Beware of strangers bearing unexpected gifts

on Friday, 23 November 2012. Posted in N21 Community

The Police want to make people aware of this "new and clever credit card scam - be wary of those who come bearing gifts".
 
A few days ago someone locally received  a phone call from someone who said that he was from "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.
 
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 delivery man's reply was, he was only delivering the gift package, But allegedly a card was being sent separately; 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.
The husband, who, by this time, was standing beside his wife, pulled out of his wallet his credit/debit card, and '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To their surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, £4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM machines.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 somehow the "mobile credit card machine" which the delivery man carried was able to duplicate and create a cloned card with all their card details, including PIN number.
 
Upon finding out the illegal transactions on their card, of course, they immediately notified the bank which issued them the card, and the credit/debit
account has been closed.  The Police confirmed that that several huseholds in the area had been affected by the scam.
 
The police expect further attempts, especialy in the run up to Christmas and warn people to be  wary of accepting any "surprise gift or package. Never accept anything if you do not personally know and/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.
 

The Police want to make people aware of this "new and clever credit card scam - be wary of those who come bearing gifts".

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