This is the season of giving, but area residents are advised to be cautious when taking delivery of gifts.
Placer PROTECT, Placer County’s multi-agency elder-abuse task force, warns of a gift delivery credit card scam, recounting the recent experience of a resident of a Del Webb senior community.
The resident received a phone call from someone claiming to work for a delivery company. The caller asked if the resident was going to be home because he needed to deliver a package that required a signature. The caller said the package would be delivered within the hour, and the delivery man arrived with a basket of flowers and a bottle of wine, according to the Placer PROTECT Facebook post.
The delivery man then explained that because the gift contained alcohol, there was a $3.50 “delivery/verification charge,” providing proof that the package was delivered to an adult of legal drinking age, not just left on the doorstep.
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The resident offered to pay in cash, but the delivery man said the company required a credit card for verification. He took the resident’s credit card and, using a small mobile card machine, asked the resident to enter his PIN number and provided a receipt. Within the next four days, more than $4,000 was withdrawn from the resident’s debit card account.
Placer PROTECT urges people not to provide credit card information to a delivery person, and to ask for and verity the sender’s information before accepting an unexpected package.