This next scam alert is probably most devious and elaborate scams I've come across in the past 3 years of posting these up. This one is well worth a read, as I expect many people (myself included) would fall for this.
Hopefully I hope there is a paper trail a mile long that they can catch these swindlers.
Staffordshire Trading Standards have received reports of local residents who have responded to delivery driver jobs advertised on the Job Centre Plus website.
The advert gave no company name, just a mobile phone number. When the job seekers phoned this number, they were asked to text their name, address and date of birth and an application form would be sent to them.
The following day, the job seekers received parcels, addressed to them, for which they had to sign for. They unwittingly signed for the parcels and a few minutes later received a telephone call from the number on the job advert. They were told that there had been a mix up with the application form and the parcels, which had been wrongly delivered, and that a courier would call shortly to collect them.
The job seekers later received bills for very expensive mobile phones. Contracts had been taken out in their name, using the information provided for the application form, and as they had signed for the packages were liable for the cost.
This advert has now been removed from the Job Centre Plus website.
Please be aware of packages being delivered to your home. At this time of year, parcels are obviously being sent in high numbers. If you receive an unexpected parcel, addressed to you, check the contents and if you haven’t ordered it contact the company who sent it to arrange its return.
If you have signed for a package, and then give it to someone who claims it is theirs, you may find that you are charged for the contents as the company may have your details on record and signature to prove you have received it.