Did someone fake a card to make it look like I ordered something?

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Did someone fake a card to make it look like I ordered something?

Postby credit_card_fonz » Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:04 pm

I rented a mailbox at the UPS Store so I have a mailbox with a street address. A scammer that I had contact with and accidentally gave some of my info to started sending packages to my UPS Store address, no warning at all, stuff just started showing up. Then I received a bunch of emails with the tracking info stating they know I received the packages, then demanded that I email them the ISBN numbers from the books and re-ship them. They didn't even offer me any money, just demanded that I do it.

It all started when I tried to sell something online and an out out-of-state buyer tried to send me a counterfeit check with a $5,000 overpayment, They threatened me demanding their merchandise and I just told them their check was no good, no deal. From this they had my email (gmail account) prepaid cell # and UPS Store address.

I now have several boxes of books, one 34lb. box and two 50lb. boxes. What I was told is that a scammer can get your address and somehow open a credit card account with your address on it to make it look like you ordered it, then have you re-ship the stuff so he gets his merchandise and the victim looks like the scammer. The have people in a major network in and out of the country who never seem to get caught.

The last email warned me that I better get busy and start re-shipping because a lot more packages were being shipped. I just checked my credit reports and don't see any new accounts that have been opened. Is it possible they could have somehow faked credit cards with my address? If packages are refused and the merchant claims they didn't get them back would I get in trouble for not sending them back? I have to feel for the poor DHL driver when he shows up with a truck full of packages just for me and the whole load gets refused. The UPS Store has instructions to refuse any large packages unless I notify them in advance that I'm expecting something.

It's going to take a lot of work and expense on my part to sort and return the books I've already been sent. I've already checked and since the packages were all signed for they can't be refused, they require a new shipping label to return. Just FYI, one package came UPS and two came Fed Ex and all were delivered to my address at the UPS Store.


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Postby DavidNY » Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:07 pm

You should notify the police department in the town the scammer lives in.

If the phony check was sent through the USPS you should also contact the postal police.

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Postby credit_card_fonz » Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:59 pm

I printed out several emails I received and the local cops said it appeared they came from the UK. They said without taking all the computers I used to communicate with these people, the printed out emails would be useless. They figure it's a network of people with several people out of the country and a bunch of people all over the United States.

What sucks, these packages were heavy and all were shipped Next Day Air early AM from Road Island and the cheapest cost $245 to ship. UPS told me I could bring any unopened boxes to their distribution center within 5 days of receiving them and they would send them back. I had to call the warehouse that shipped the other package because it was opened and the guy wasn't sympathetic at all. He said they would send me a call tag for the package but the shipping cost to receive it, the shipping cost to send it back and a 10% restocking fee would be taken out of my account. What account? I've never dealt with these people before in my life! I've never ordered anything from them. He went on to say I may not be credited for refused packages because the returns department was a different address than the address it was shipped from.

Let's see, the scammer had me sent a check from Georgia. When I told him the check was a phoney he had someone in Nevada send me a confirmation letter saying they were the one who signed the check and it was guaranteed good. When I told him no deal, I was finished communicating with him, he started having warehouses from several different states send me packages. Well, the first 3 went to the same place, another came today from a different state.

Basically, they said it appeared the guy was doing this because I told him his check was no good and I refused to cash the check and send him his merchandise along with his $4,500 overpayment refund. He keeps saying he won't be ignored and I will follow his instructions or things will get worse. Since I didn't cash any checks and all the merchandise was shipped back to where it came from, the local police say there isn't much that can be done at this point.

I just can't help but wonder how a scammer would get all this stuff sent to me and how I could put a stop to it. Since all he has are my UPS Store address and prepaid cell phone, how could he have made it look like I placed the order? Heck, I have a legit credit card and still have difficulty ordering stuff. I'm really wondering what the do about shipping and restocking.

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Postby DavidNY » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:11 pm


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Hi

Postby joymali » Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:58 am

Wow, that’s disturbing, to say the least. To report identity theft or fraud, even possible or suspected fraud as in your case, you need to report it to the credit reporting agencies. They will put a fraud alert on your report, so that lenders will have to contact you to verify your identity before granting credit. Many websites offer different resources that can help you deal with identity theft, offer fraud protection, help to prevent it from happening in the first place, and correcting fraud when it occurs. This is why it is so important to monitor your credit report and score often so you can see any changes as soon as they occur.



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