Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

Another scam out there to take our money

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I checked on snopes.com and this has really happened.    These crooks are getting pretty smart.   Most of the incidents were in Vancouver, Canada but I’m sure they could soon be in our backyard.

Here’s one I hadn’t  heard before ……. I think this could take many forms.

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 Fran k 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To our horrible surprise,  between Thursday and the following Monday, $4,000 had been charged/withdrawn  from our credit/debit account at various ATM machines.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 hit.

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 transaction!

Pass this  on, it may just prevent someone else from being swindled

Author: Fay

Follow the adventures of Fay and Bob, 65 plus, as they explore the country to look for a new home, sell their MN home, finally move and get settled into a new state and town.

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