Warning about flowers and wine scam

A WARNING has been issued about a scam where a courier delivers flowers and wine to your front door.

The victim receives a phone call asking whether they will be home to receive a delivery in the next hour.

A courier then arrives with flowers and a bottle of wine stating it is a gift, and asks for a £3 credit card payment as proof that the alcohol had been delivered to an adult.

The scammer then produces a mobile card machine to swipe the card and asks the victim to enter their pin number. A receipt is printed and handed over.

The machine is in fact bogus and is used to clone the victim’s card so that money can later be withdrawn from their account at a cash machine.

It is a scam which has hit St Alban's but people in Essex are being warned because cons tend to move out towards our area.

A spokesman for Southend Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership said: "Residents are advised not to hand over payment or any personal information to unsolicited callers.

"If in doubt, close the door and report any suspicious activity to the police on 101."

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2:08pm Tue 23 Oct 12

EssexBoy1956 says...

So somebody turns up on my doorstep with an unexpected free gift and I don't think it's a con? Duh. Are people really that stupid?
So somebody turns up on my doorstep with an unexpected free gift and I don't think it's a con? Duh. Are people really that stupid? EssexBoy1956

2:38pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Olivia2847 says...

Here in Leigh we all know that if a tradesman turns up at the front door it must be a con! We only have deliveries at the tradesmen's entrance round the back ;-) God forbid what happens in Thorpe Bay!!
Here in Leigh we all know that if a tradesman turns up at the front door it must be a con! We only have deliveries at the tradesmen's entrance round the back ;-) God forbid what happens in Thorpe Bay!! Olivia2847

9:43pm Tue 23 Oct 12

DogsMessInLeigh says...

What type of wine is it..is there a choice, or do you get whats given..?
What type of wine is it..is there a choice, or do you get whats given..? DogsMessInLeigh

11:41am Wed 24 Oct 12

hellopotap says...

Haven't encountered something like that but I remember reading about it at Callercenter.com before. I didn't think the scam's become prevalent.
Haven't encountered something like that but I remember reading about it at Callercenter.com before. I didn't think the scam's become prevalent. hellopotap

1:36pm Thu 25 Oct 12

APR says...

Of course this sort of thing could feasible happen, but the story has been
circulating for the last four or five years.
Of course this sort of thing could feasible happen, but the story has been circulating for the last four or five years. APR

7:06pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Tj Lady says...

well they wouldn't get much out of me,only have 1p in the bank..and never answer the door either.
well they wouldn't get much out of me,only have 1p in the bank..and never answer the door either. Tj Lady

3:21pm Sat 27 Oct 12

DogsMessInLeigh says...

well you won't get any free wine and stuff then.
well you won't get any free wine and stuff then. DogsMessInLeigh

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