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Parcel Delivery Scam - It's NOT your name on it!

Posted on July 20, 2011

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RingmasterBedfordshire Police is warning the public to check labels carefully when taking delivery of parcels at their homes...

A new scam has come to notice whereby parcels are being delivered to residences with the labels showing a correct address, but an unknown name. The person receiving the parcel has been asked to sign for it and, in many cases, has done so.

Soon after the delivery, usually the following day, a woman visits the address saying she believes a parcel intended for her has been delivered there by mistake.

The woman takes the parcel and is not seen again.

Within a few days, occupants of the address invariably start to receive paperwork, often including payment demands for the parcel.

The woman is described as being of mixed race, aged in her 20s, large build and approximately 5'5" tall. She has 'significant red hair'.

Sergeant Andy Rivers said, "Even if you are expecting a delivery, make sure the label is correctly addressed to you or a member of your household.

"If you are not expecting a parcel, carefully inspect the label and if there are any discrepancies in the details, you must seriously consider declining the delivery."

If this has happened to you, or you have any information about the scam, please contact Sergeant Rivers on 01234 841212 or text 07786 200011, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously if preferred, on 0800 555111.

Thank you for your support.

Source: Ringmaster Bedfordshire

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