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Free parcel on your doorstep? You may be a victim of "brushing"

07 Feb 2019, 15:38

https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/busi ... -1-5882425

Consumers are being warned about a parcel delivery scam known as ‘brushing’.

The scam involves unordered packages turning up on people’s doorsteps after Amazon sellers set up accounts in their name, send products and use the account to post fake positive reviews.

Suffolk Trading Standards said: “At first glance, receiving packages you haven’t paid for might seem like a great problem to have.

“The reality, though, is being involved in a brushing scam means that someone has gained access to your name, address, and potentially other information.”

Trading Standards advised ‘brushing’ victims to contact the retailer and change their passwords online in case their address was obtained by hacking an account.

If the volume becomes a problem, contact Royal Mail for help holding packages until you can pick them up or handle the matter.

Report a scam to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.


Free parcel on your doorstep? You may be a victim of ‘brushing’

07 Feb 2019, 17:37

Amazon don't send out stuff for free

Free parcel on your doorstep? You may be a victim of ‘brushing’

08 Feb 2019, 03:44

TrueBlueTerrier wrote:https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/business/suffolk-trading-standards-free-stuff-review-fraud-1-5882425

Consumers are being warned about a parcel delivery scam known as ‘brushing’.

The scam involves unordered packages turning up on people’s doorsteps after Amazon sellers set up accounts in their name, send products and use the account to post fake positive reviews.

Suffolk Trading Standards said: “At first glance, receiving packages you haven’t paid for might seem like a great problem to have.

“The reality, though, is being involved in a brushing scam means that someone has gained access to your name, address, and potentially other information.”

Trading Standards advised ‘brushing’ victims to contact the retailer and change their passwords online in case their address was obtained by hacking an account.

If the volume becomes a problem, contact Royal Mail for help holding packages until you can pick them up or handle the matter.

Report a scam to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

"If the volume becomes a problem, contact Royal Mail for help holding packages until you can pick them up or handle the matter." - but surely you can only have a KeepSafe for ALL your mail for a given period not just parcels of a certain type.

Free parcel on your doorstep? You may be a victim of ‘brushing’

08 Feb 2019, 07:15

We don't doorstep so why contact us

Free parcel on your doorstep? You may be a victim of ‘brushing’

09 Feb 2019, 02:12

arnold cheshire wrote:Amazon don't send out stuff for free

I think some of the sellers on their website do.

Free parcel on your doorstep? You may be a victim of ‘brushing’

09 Feb 2019, 09:46

baldrick wrote:
arnold cheshire wrote:Amazon don't send out stuff for free

I think some of the sellers on their website do.

Samples?

Free parcel on your doorstep? You may be a victim of "brushing"

10 Feb 2019, 05:05

No some sellers include p&p in their pricing. I've bought stuff like vitamin supplements, boots, trainers, shirts, cds and dvds through (not from) Amazon and postage was included.
If you buy anything over £20 from Amazon postage is free. And if you sign up for 'Amazon Prime' (involves paying a yearly charge) postage is free on everything.

Free parcel on your doorstep? You may be a victim of "brushing"

10 Feb 2019, 18:26

baldrick wrote:No some sellers include p&p in their pricing. I've bought stuff like vitamin supplements, boots, trainers, shirts, cds and dvds through (not from) Amazon and postage was included.
If you buy anything over £20 from Amazon postage is free. And if you sign up for 'Amazon Prime' (involves paying a yearly charge) postage is free on everything.

Thanks

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