Redirection Scam – the ‘Boiler Scam’

This scam has been going on for years now – there hardly seems to be a courier company that hasn’t been caught up in it.

It involves an unsuspecting courier being contacted by a random customer out of the blue and being sent in to a third party to collect valuable kit. A few couriers have been arrested and accused of being involved in these scams.
There are a few basic steps that can be taken to avoid becoming involved:

Every ‘Cash On Delivery’ job should start alarm bells ringing straight away. Every job involving collection of high value items from third parties for end-user companies you’ve never dealt with before should also start alarm bells ringing.

Always get a landline phone number for the company that you’re dealing with. Ring them back on it to confirm a minor delivery detail. Check the number you’ve called using Google etc and see if it corresponds to the company that you think you’re dealing with. If not then find a number for the company by other means and ring them direct and ask them if they’ve organised the job. If you can’t contact them that way then ring the company that you’re collecting from and ask them to verify with the account holder that it was them that have ordered the goods. Nobody is going to think any the worse of you for carrying out a few fundamental checks. Read More…

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Posted by Alec at 2:41 pm, March 31, 2008