Beware Latest Gift Basket Fraud Scam

Haven’t been able yet to verify if this one is true, however it is a highly possible scenario especially during this festive period.  Always better to safe and informed!  This one is from an email alert received…..

*UPDATE 05 JAN2009*  It Happened But NOT in SINGAPORE, this is one of the those ‘viral emails’ that is changed to suit the sender’s  Agenda!  Well there is still a lesson to be learnt here..

Just happen last week in Singapore .


It works like this:

Last Wednesday I had a phone call late morning from Express Couriers to ask if I was going to be home as he had a delivery for me. He said he would be there in roughly an hour. He turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and wine. I expressed my surprise as I wasn’t expecting anything like this and said I was intrigued to know who was sending me such a lovely gift. He said he was only delivering the gift and that the card was being sent separately (the card has never arrived). There was a consignment note with the gift. He went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol he has to charge the recipient $3.50 as proof that he has actually delivered to an adult, and not left it on a door step if the recipient is out, to be stolen or taken by children. This seemed logical and I offered to get the cash. He then said that the company required the payment to be by Eftpos so he’s not handling cash and everything is properly accounted for.

Frank was there and got his credit card and ‘John’ swiped the card on this small mobile machine that also had a small screen upon which Frank entered in his pin number on. A receipt was printed out and given to us.

Between last Thursday and Monday, $4,000 was withdrawn from our credit account at ATM machines in the north shore area. It appears a dummy credit card was made using the details in the machine and of course they had Frank’s pin number. The Bank has stopped our cards and I’ve been to the Police this morning, where they confirmed that it is a definite scam and many households were hit during the first 3 days of October.

So PLEASE be wary of accepting a gift you ‘ re not expecting especially if the card is not with it. We ‘ ve all received gifts like this and would never dream that it could be such a despicable act. Please also let other female friends and relatives know. Hopefully, these fraudsters have ceased this activity by now but you never know.

6 Responses

  1. Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so! really nice post.

  2. Thanks….but it was more like a public service announcement.

    cheers 😉

  3. This is a good post. There should be a site just to expose all of the gimmicks and scams.

    • There are few in fact, just do a search for myth busters / scams etc.

  4. Yes, something similar happened to a friend of mine. The key is to never give card details for anything your haven’t initiated yourself, and to buy from well known brands online.

  5. Research on the sites before purchase might help too eh? Thanks for sharing….


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