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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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