Oct 3, 2012

Bottesford NHW Alert: Beware Another Scam

Yet another scam, please be aware.
There is a new and clever credit/debit card scam - be wary of those who come bearing gifts.
A phone call from someone who said that he was from some outfit called "Express Couriers" asking if they were going to be home because there was a package for them, and the caller said that the delivery would arrive at their home in roughly an hour. And sure enough, about an hour later, a Delivery man turned up with a beautiful Basket of flowers and wine. 
Intrigued about who would send them such a gift, they inquired as to who the sender was. 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 £3.00 "delivery charge" as proof that he had actually delivered the package to an adult, And not just left it on the doorstep to just be stolen or taken by anyone.
This sounded logical and they 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. 'John', the "delivery man", Asked the husband to swipe the card on the small mobile card machine which had a small screen and keypad where he was also asked to enter The card's PIN and security number. A receipt was printed out and given to them.
To their surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, £4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM machines.
It appears that the "mobile credit card machine" which the deliveryman carried was able to duplicate and create a "dummy" card with all the card details.
John Shilton
Principal Coordinator
Bottesford Parish Neighbourhood Watch
Mob: 0772 5636626
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