Delivery Break In

 

Delivery Break-in Scam: How It Works

Federal Express (FedEx) and United Parcel Service (UPS) are the largest courier/delivery services in the world. In fact, there isn't a day that goes by that one does not see their numerous delivery trucks rumbling down streets all over the globe. But there are those who would take the good and reputable names of Fed Ex and UPS and use them for their own selfish gain.

In the Delivery Break In scam, victims will receive a phone call from "Fed Ex" or "UPS" advising them of a pending package delivery. The caller wants to know when the best day to deliver would be.

Victims will typically say something such as "Monday is no good; I have to work and nobody will be here to receive the package." This is all the verification the caller needs. They now know the victim will be gone on Monday and when the unwitting victim comes home from work Monday evening, they are greeted by the sight of a house that has been broken in to and burglarized.

Watch the video below put together by a senior talking about the Delivery Break-In scam:

Delivery Break In Scam Video

 

How To Avoid the Delivery Break-In Scam:

First, be aware that Fed Ex and UPS NEVER call the recipient of a package delivery for any reason. If they try to deliver the package and the resident is not at home, they will leave a note advising of when they will try delivery again. Receiving a call trying to "schedule" a good delivery time is a huge red flag.

Also, be aware of the things you say on the telephone to perfect strangers. We often give away personal information without being cognizant to the fact that we have just done so. Simple caution and discretion will go a long way toward people not being victimized by scammers.

 

How To Report the Delivery Break-In Scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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Peter Griffin

Received 2 phone calls yesterday in France purporting to come from UPS. Said he needed my Date and place of birth for the German Customs to release the goods (HP printer inks for which I have an outstanding order), I refused to give him any personal details. Would not give me any identity so I rang off. His phone no. was 0039 0805006.

elizabeth slade

too much information for me to write as I’m a disable person please contact me at [709] 595 2007 this has to do with a scam involving IMF and Facebook lottery and fed-ex

Anne

We received a call on SATURDAY from someone claiming to be from Fed Ex. He wanted our physical address. He had my husband’s name and knew what town our PO Box is located. We were not expecting a package. When I asked him for a Tracking #, he hung up. The really odd thing is that the # on the caller ID indeed WAS from a Fed Ex office but in another state and was closed on Saturdays. Needless to say they did not employ anyone named Ed. We knew it was a scam, but wondered what they wanted. Never… Read more »

Philip Wooldridge

I got a call a couple of days ago, purporting to be from Fedex, and wanting to know if I would be available the next day to receive a package that had to be signed for. "Press 1 if you will be home" or something like that, followed by a rapidly fired off tracking # that I didn’t write down.

I was a little suspicious at the time. No package came as you may suspect. I just asked Google, and found your link. Thanks!

Bob Fernridge

860-337-6806 most likely a scrambled, fake number claiming a package was being held and ready to be delivered and would I be home to take it.. They were a package delivery company. I could tell right off the bat it was a scam call, speaker phone and all.. They finally hung up after I asked them questions.

Rebecca

Received a phone call and message from (469) 606-4574 – a woman named Lisa, from "International Courier Services". She said I had a package arriving tomorrow and I needed to be home to sign for it. I have no packages arriving! I will not call her back!

Corey

I just received a phone call and message from (469) 606-4574 – a woman named Lisa, from "International Courier Services". She said I had a package arriving tomorrow and I needed to be home to sign for it. Then 10 minutes later she called my mother.

Keyona Hayz

My call was from a guy claiming his name is David Thomas number 1-876-369-1906. He told me he had a check to deliver for me was $210,000 and it’s for paying my utilities on time. Also saying it’s a prize giveaway from Walmart. He got mad when I told him I didn’t want it, said I should be ashamed of myself for not wanting $210,000.

linda davis

Just received a call with a message that said it was ups and he had a cashier check he needed to deliver. I did not and will not call him back but think I may call the police just in case.

Ed

Received a professional recording from "FedEx" stating a package was arriving next day afternoon and a signature is required. Please call if this is not a convenient time. Sure. But what is troubling is I also had an unknown Ebay seller email me that day stating package (Apple watch $1,450) was shipped. I checked with PayPal and to my horror, there was a pending payment upon delivery of said item. I called Paypal immediately to report attempted fraud, changed all my associated passwords. I subsequently traced the FedEx tracking number and on the legitimate FEDEX website it stated that package… Read more »

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