Commentary

MILAM COUNTY T.R.I.A.D.

Fake delivery, real credit card duplication and theft
Ted Hubert

A woman followed a Federal Express truck to record the addresses where packages were left. Later, a thief returned and picked up all the packages still waiting to be claimed by their rightful owners.

The crook reasoned that if the package is still sitting by the front door, then no one is at home and it is safe to pick it up and leave post haste.

This worked very well until some nosey neighbor noticed a stranger get out of the car and put the package in the back seat and leave. The neighbor took the license number and called the police.

One would wonder how the driver explained all the packages in the car with different names and address ended up in the back seat. An arrest was made.

There are important lessons to learn from this. Watch your neighbors home and help protect their property. Keep pad and pencil close by so you can take notes when unusual activities happen in your neighborhood.

“Nosey neighbors” might be a blessing.

In rural areas, space and distance may present problems, however, you might pay close attention to the vehicles they own and know their telephone numbers.

Here’s another scam. You get a call supposedly from a delivery company asking, if you are going to be home for a delivery? Frank and Donna received such a call. Within the hour what turned out to be a fake delivery truck arrived and a uniformed delivery man gave Donna a gift basket with flowers and a bottle of wine.

The delivery man asked for $3.50 “payment” and had to have a credit card or debit card for payment. He could not accept a check proof was required the package was left with an adult.

This would prove that the package was delivered and that a minor was not given the alcohol (wine) and that they were in possession of the card. The flowers and wine had a greater value than the required amount, so Frank and Donna complied and the man swiped their card.

There was nothing with the “gift” to identify the sender.

Days later, the couple learned $4,000 had been withdrawn from their account from various ATM locations.

The con man’s swipe machine collected data permitting the card to be duplicated.

Beware of free “gifts” with no card explaining the occasion.

Never give information that could result in your personal data being compromised.

It is a good idea to ask delivery personnel to show some personal identity such as driver’s license.

Note the number and take the truck tag number, too. This information may protect your money ands help law enforcers to apprehend these culprits.

MEETING—The 2013 Milam County TRIAD general membership will be held Oct. 13 in Rockdale. Location will be announced later.


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