The most basic ways romance scammers operate:
They develop an online relationship with someone but never meet in person.
Over time, they convince their so-called partner to send them money, buy them gifts, or invest in their business.
They may offer gifts – but ultimately, they will always take far more than they give.
Look Out 👀 for this New Package Delivery Scam
In a new spin on the package delivery scheme, scammers are no longer posing as mail carriers. Instead, they’re impersonating US Customs and Border Protection, claiming to have intercepted a package addressed to the victim.
Even if they sound official or make threats, don’t let these scammers fool you. The person contacting you is simply impersonating an agent in an attempt to gain access to your personal information and bank accounts.
How the Scam Works
Consumers have reported two versions of this scheme to BBB Scam Tracker.
The suspicious package scheme: You receive a call, email or text saying that US Customs and Border Patrol has intercepted a suspicious package addressed to you. You’re instructed to respond immediately or a warrant will be issued for your arrest. When you reach out, you learn they seized the package because it contained drugs, weapons, cash, or other contraband. The "officer" asks for your personal information in order to “verify your identity,” but it’s just a ruse to steal your identity.
The sweepstakes scheme: In another version of this scam, you’re contacted by someone claiming to be associated with US Customs and Border Protection. This time, they don’t threaten you with arrest. Instead, they claim to have intercepted a package containing a massive sweepstakes prize. To receive your winnings, you need to pay a huge fee for special shipping labels.
For More Information
US Customs and Border Protection issued a public warning about this scam.
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