The Courier Delivering Wine Scam - Internet/Facebook Rumour

26 Sep 2013 - Article No: 1777. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Hi everyone,
I want to let you all know that Frank and I have been the victims of credit card fraud this week and felt I should warn you all about the clever scam. It works like this:
Last Wednesday I had a phone call late morning from Express Couriers to ask if I was going to be home as he had a delivery for me. He said he would there in roughly an hour. He turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and wine. I expressed my surprise as I wasn`t expecting anything like this and said I was intrigued to know who was sending me such a lovely gift. He said he was only delivering the gift and the card was being sent separately (the card has never arrived). There was a consignment note with the gift.
He went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol he has to charge the recipient $3.50 as proof that he has actually delivered to an adult, and not left it on a door step if the recipient is out, to be stolen or taken by children. This seemed logical and I offered to get the cash. He then said that the company required the payment to be by Eftpos so he`s not handling cash and everything is properly accounted for. Frank was there and got his credit card and "John" swiped the card on this small mobile machine that also had a small screen upon which Frank entered in his pin number. A receipt was printed out and given to us.
Between last Thursday and Monday $4,000 was withdrawn from our credit account at ATM machines in the north shore area. It appears a dummy credit card was made using the details in the machine and of course, they had Frank`s pin number.
The Bank has stopped our cards and I`ve been to the Police this morning, where they confirmed that it is a definite scam and many households were hit during the first 3 days of October.
So PLEASE be wary of accepting a gift you`re not expecting especially if the card is not with it. We`ve all received gifts like this and would never dream that it could be such a despicable act. Please also let other female friends and relatives know. Hopefully, these fraudsters have ceased this activity by now but you never know. I wanted to warn all my friends.
P.S. I don`t think I`ll ever drink the wine - I`d probably choke on it!
collected June 2013

scam doing the rounds. A delivery company calls and asks if you are going to be in as they have a parcel for you. Within the hour a driver appears with a basket of flowers and a bottle of wine, no idea who it`s from but there is going to be a card to follow. He asks for 3.40 so he can prove the delivery has been made to an adult as there is alcohol in it. He can`t take cash as the transaction has to be prove able so he produces a hand held card reader. You put your card in and type the PIN and get a receipt from the machine for 3.40. A couple of days later your account has been cleaned out. Clever and affective. Unless you know who it is from beware of unexpected deliveries. Pass it around folks the more who know the harder it is for the scum
collected September 2013

Rumours describing a scam that involves a scammer pretending to a be a courier and fooling the victim into using their credit card to accept a delivery is currently circulating the Internet.

The scam described in the message involves a scammer posing as a courier agent delivering either a gift basket or flowers and wine to an unsuspecting victim. The scammer tells the victim they need to charge the victims debit or credit card a small amount to prove they are over the age to accept alcohol. After the victim complies they inadvertently hand over their banking details and have their accounts wiped.

Whilst many warnings like this are nothing more than spurious, alarmist nonsense, this warning does derive from a genuine attack that occurred in Australia back in 2008. David John Hennessey, 50, was arrested in Sydney for stealing, according to this news article, up to $32,000 AUD from unsuspecting victims. The method used by Hennessey closely matches the description made in the message.

With that said, the attack occurred in 2008, and despite this email being forwarded every year since it does not appear that this type of crime has reoccurred elsewhere.

Generally common sense advice applies here just because someone turns up at your door pretending to a courier agent it does not mean they are telling the truth. Be sceptical of unexpected visits from anybody that you do not know and always verify the authenticity of such callers before complying with any requests. Especially if those requests involve your credit card!

This does not only apply to courier agents, but also police officers, gas inspectors, electricians and any other person who may have reason to call.

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