A friend sent me this. I want to share it with you.
This scam is very clever. Be very careful out there!
One could easily fall for this - beware of people bearing gifts
There is a new and clever credit card scam. Please circulate this.
It works like this:
Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone who said that he
Was from some outfit called: "Express Couriers" asking if I was going
To be home because there was a package for me, and the caller said
That the delivery would arrive at my home in roughly an hour. And sure
Enough, about an hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a
Beautiful basket of flowers and wine. I was very surprised since it did not
Involve any special occasion or holiday, and I certainly didn't expect
Anything like it. Intrigued about who would send me such a gift, I
Inquired as to who the sender is. The deliveryman's reply was, he was
Only delivering the gift package, but allegedly a card was being sent
Separately; (the card has never arrived!). There was also a
Consignment note with the gift.
He then went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol,
There was a $3.50 "delivery charge" as proof that he had actually
Delivered the package to an adult, and not just left it on the
Doorstep where it could be stolen or taken by anyone.
This sounded logical and I offered to pay him cash. He then said that
The company required the payment to be by credit or debit card only so
That everything is properly accounted for.
My husband, who by this time was standing beside me, pulled his
Wallet out of his pocket with the credit/debit card, and 'John', the
"delivery man", asked my husband to swipe the card on the small mobile
Card machine which had a small screen and keypad where Frank was also
Asked to enter the card's PIN and security number. A receipt was
Printed out and given to us.
To our horrible surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday,
$4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at
Various ATM machines.
It appeared that somehow the "mobile credit card machine" which the
Deliveryman carried now had all the info necessary to create a "dummy"
Card with all our card details after my husband swiped our card and
Entered the requested PIN and security number.
Upon finding out about the illegal transactions on our card, we
Immediately notified the bank which issued us the card, and our
Credit/debit account was closed.
We also personally went to the Police, where it was confirmed that it
Is definitely a scam because several households had been similarly
WARNING: Be wary of accepting any "surprise gift or package", which
You neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves
Any kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package.
Also, never accept anything if you do not personally know or there is
No proper identification of who the sender is.
Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit
Card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or
Pass this on, it may just prevent someone else from being swindled.
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