re-blogged from a Neighbourhood Watch email warning – thank you Richard:
Warning over parcel delivery scam
A PARCEL delivery scam has been catching city homeowners unaware.
Now the police have issued a warning after an increasing number of people in Milton Keynes are being targeted by the conmen.
As part of the ruse, parcels are being delivered to residences with the labels showing a correct address, but an unknown name.
The person receiving the parcel is asked to sign for it by the delivery company.
Soon after the delivery someone visits the address saying they believe a parcel intended for them has been delivered there by mistake. They take the parcel and are not seen again.
A few days later the occupants of the address start to receive paperwork, often including demands for payment for the contents of the parcel because they did sign for it.
In one incident three parcels were delivered to an address in Milton Keynes and shortly after man knocked on the door asking for the parcels.
In other instances the offenders are described as a woman of mixed race in her 20s, of large build, around 5ft 5ins with red hair.
Another offender is described as a black man in his mid-30s, bald, of stout build and wearing a beige jacket.
PC Clifford-Smith at Bletchley Police Station said: “Even if you are expecting a delivery make sure the label is correctly addressed to you or a member of your household.
“If you are not expecting a parcel, carefully inspect the label and if there are any discrepancies in the details, you must seriously consider declining the delivery.”
PC Clifford-Smith added that people should be aware of the scam and if they had any concerns, to call the police on the 101 number.
Information can also be given to the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
and this is the trail of events in Egham
NHW Committee member reports:
” I just wanted to let you know that my husband has been a victim of identity fraud. This is how it worked. A man in a an official looking yellow jacket which had Adidas imprinted on it came to the door today. I didn’t open the door to him. I spoke to him through the window. He asked if I had received a package. I said no. Who was it for and he said our name. He said it was a small pink box. I said no and sent him away and he left in the direction of the High Street. Then I looked from the upstairs window to see where he went and he was out of sight. There had been no van or car that I could see with him. I was suspicious so I reported it to the police.
About an hour later lo and behold my husband received a package special delivery by royal mail from K & co. (Note: on line shopping formerly Great Universal, Empire Stores & Kays) It was an Ipod Nano value £169 which he had not ordered. We phoned his credit card and bank to make sure nothing had gone through. Then I called K & Co. and they were already aware of an identity fraud that had been committed on Alan. They said someone would probably come to the door saying that a package had been wrongly delivered. “ping” The penny dropped. She said that would have been the man this morning. The person had given the wrong spelling of my husband’s name and a wrong date of birth. K & Co had notified CIFAS which is the organisation dealing with ID fraud. They said they had put a letter in the post to my husband this morning. They will be picking up the item tomorrow. I phoned the police back again to update them. I have also contacted Equifax to get a credit report and make sure that nothing had been applied for. We have also notified the fraud department of our credit card and bank. It is very odd as my husband never uses the internet or the computer at all for that matter. It would seem. I don’t think they have our bank details. I think they just used the name and address to create the fraud with made up details. The worry is that it could harm my husband’s credit. We’re not happy bunnies.
I think it is worth letting people know about this. As it was the address details that were used it could happen to anyone.”