Mobile phone crime
26/05/2015 18:34:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
A number of people in the Coulsdon and Purley area have been affected by deliveries of mobile phones they have not ordered.
This fraud is simple but sometimes extremely expensive if you do not follow some simple guidelines.
Our local police advise:
'If you are not expecting a delivery make sure the name on the parcel and the address is correct. Anything you sign for makes you liable for the expense. Doing a neighbour a good turn could end up being expensive!
If you sign for a phone you have the initial cost of the product and the contract, which is usually for a fixed period.
Simply if it doesn't have your name on it don't sign for it.
It's the couriers job to deliver it and he or she will have to take it back to their depot.
The scam takes place when you sign for something and then usually someone comes back and says," I'm sorry the parcel was delivered to you in error" if you hand it back to the Courier you need to know the company name, the name of individual the index of the vehicle, have they ID are they in uniform?? if not don't.
Contact your bank to check you have not had some compromise of your details and that a debit has been set up on your account, phone 101 and report it and obtain a crime reference number, report it to the telephone provider for the phone delivered to you quoting the crime reference number i.e. Vodaphone, EE, O2 etc, check with other members of your household that they have not ordered something on your behalf.'