Package scams aren’t a new thing but this particular package scam is pretty slick. Generally, package thieves are bold enough to walk up to your doorstep and snatch your valuables without a second thought. These package thieves are doing things a little bit differently. This package scam involves distracting the target with a fraudulent credit card charge then sending a return label for the goods.
Basically, these crooks get ahold of the target’s credit card number which they use to order expensive goods from the internet. The have the goods shipped to the target’s address, where the recipient is likely confused and trying to dispute the charge with the credit card company. The crook then sends a return label that looks as if it’s from the place of purchase, except the address is a drop off for them to collect stolen goods.
FedEx showed up at the couple’s home with a shipping label and instructions to pick up a computer for return to Best Buy.
However, the address on the return shipping label wasn’t for a legitimate Best Buy location; it was for a residential street address in the Philadelphia area — likely the home of reshipping mule who doesn’t even know that their new work-from-home job is part of a criminal front.
So the m.o. of the criminals is this: They will order expensive electronics on a stolen credit card and have the purchases shipped to the home of the legitimate credit card holder. The criminals are hoping the card holder will become preoccupied with disputing the purchase with their bank.
That’s when the crooks strike a second time by sending a return label and package in which the item is supposedly to be shipped back to the retailer.
But if you ship it before noticing that the address on the return label is not that of legitimate warehouse or place of business, the retailer may hold you financially responsible for the cost of the stolen merchandise.