Downtown Oakville Scam Alert: Package Delivery
A message from Halton Police Fraud Unit and Halton Crime Stoppers
Good Afternoon Members,
We have received a few notices from local businesses and Halton Police that would like to make small businesses aware of a package delivery scam, which has surfaced within the region during the last two weeks.
In this scam, the suspect calls a small business, pretending to be from a neighbouring store, and asks the victim to sign and pay for an urgent package the neighbour is expecting.
The suspect provides some excuse as to why they cannot be around to collect it themselves and claims they will pay the victim back as soon as they can get back to collect the package.
If the victim agrees, someone arrives a short time later with a package for delivery.
This individual collects the cash on delivery fees from the victim and leaves the store.
It is not until sometime later after the neighbouring business doesn't show up that the victim discovers the package is just an empty box weighted with used magazines and they are out the cash given for the delivery.
The fees paid for the fake delivery have been between $240-$260.
The suspect was captured on surveillance camera and police are hoping members of the public can identify him.
We advise that local businesses do not accept package deliveries from other neighbouring stores until the matter has been resolved.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Halton Police Fraud Unit at 905-465-8738 or Halton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting "Tip201" with the message to 274637 (crimes).
Administrative and Membership Coordinator
Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area
146 Lakeshore Road East (2nd Floor - West Office)
phone: 905-844-4520 (x.10)