There is a new scam afoot.


October 5, 2006, 05:00 PM
I know that this is off topic but I am PO’d and I just had to let people know about this. I apologize if this gets long winded.

I received a call from my bank today saying that someone from UPS called them saying that they had a package they were trying to deliver to someone with my wife’s name. (We recently sold our home and are staying in an apartment until our new place is finished, so we are sort of between addresses right now.) (Also my wife actually worked for that bank a while back so it wasn’t completely out of the question that someone would look for us there.)

Anyway, they said that they have a package for her (actually in her maiden name, but they also had our last name) that has been insured for a substantial amount of money. They asked the person at the bank for a number to reach us at which they wisely refused to give out. So they left a toll free number and a tracking number so that we could reach them.

When you call the number you get a recorded message saying that you have reached “National Courier Service.” The recording asks for your tracking number. Then it asks for a name so that it can “introduce you. (Being the paranoid sort I am I gave a false name to the recording.) Then it rings several times and the recording says that all or their representatives are busy with other people and that if you leave a detailed message someone will get back to you later or on the next business day. I hung up.

I went online and looked up National Courier Service. They have a website for tracking packages. I entered the tracking number and the address for a vacant lot. Again it was a dead end. There was a message that came up thanking me and saying that someone would contact me soon for the shipping info.

The BBB has no information about this company.

This is obviously a new angle on a fishing scam. I thought of contacting the authorities but they wouldn’t be able (or interested) to do anything about it. I figured that the least I could do was let people know that this was going on.

If anyone is contacted by “National Courier Service” either directly or by impersonating as UPS, do not give them any information.

If I am wrong and they are legitimate (doubtful) please let me know. Otherwise, consider yourselves warned and let others know.

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October 5, 2006, 05:20 PM
sounds fishy. i wouldnt send a package "ensured for a lot of money" through some no name courier. im willing to bet its a scam. thanks for the heads up

October 5, 2006, 05:29 PM
Discussion more suited to APS.

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