Scammer poses as UPS employee
POSTED: Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 4:55pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 5, 2014 - 9:27am
HARLINGEN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — "He repeatedly kept saying he was with UPS and he had a package for me that I won something from Wal-Mart," said almost victim Jimmy Newell. "And I was like, 'Wal-Mart?! I haven't even tried for any sweepstakes or nothing like that.'"
That was the first red flag that Newell noticed when he received a call from an unknown number, even though the person on the other end claimed to be from UPS.
"So I asked him for the address that it would please be delivered to, and he said 'it's for you at your address'", said Newell.
Maybe it was the fact that Newell used to be a police officer, but a blocked number and an unmarked package left him all too suspicious.
"When he would not give me the address of what's on the package, or the name and then he said he's gonna call me back in 45 minutes to get my information," said Newell. "Well, it's already on the packages and UPS always has names and addresses on the packages."
When he called up his local UPS store in Harlingen, employees let him known there was in fact no package addressed to him.
Newell says a quick double-check is all it takes to find out if you're getting scammed.
"Find out for sure if you have to," said Newell. "Call the main offices, to make sure if you have any packages that's available to you, if not, then you know what's going on. Just don't do it."
And even though the scammer didn't directly ask for his credit card information, he did request that Newell confirm the package by asking personal questions about his identity.
"If I had not known better, I'd probably be a victim of ID theft or my bank account would be getting swiped out," said Newell.