Hoax: Couple get scammed out of $5,000 by fake delivery guy

An old hoax from 2015 has resurfaced online again warning the public about how a couple were 'victims' to a delivery 'scam'.

The post was shared by Facebook user Tsang Keng Swee.

He wrote about an experience a woman and her husband apparently had with a fake delivery man.

It all started when they got a call from a company called "Express Couriers" on May 3 asking if anyone would be home to sign for a package.

"The caller said that the delivery would arrive at my home in roughly an hour. Sure enough, about an hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a parcel and a bottle of wine," she wrote.

She was not expecting such a package and asked who it was from to which the delivery guy replied:

"I don't know, I'm only delivering the package."

"Apparently, he said the sender would want to give you a surprise and a card would be sent separately...my birthday was on the way also, so we thought [it] could be from a distant friend. There was also a consignment note with the gift.

"He then went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol, there was a $7.50 'delivery/verification charge', providing proof that he had actually delivered the package to an adult (of legal drinking age), and not just left it on the doorstep where it could be stolen or taken by anyone, especially a minor.

"This sounded logical and I offered to pay him cash. He then said that then delivery company required payment to be by credit or debit card only, so that everything is properly accounted for.

"He added they also don't carry cash to avoid loss or [be] likely targets for robbery.

"My husband, who by this time was standing beside me, pulled out his credit card, [gave] it to him to swipe the card on a small mobile card machine with a small screen and keypad and asked to key in the verification code.

"Frankly at this point we never [suspected] anything [abnormal] and a receipt was printed out and given to us, he then wished us good day and went off as normal.

"To our horrible surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, $5000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit account at various ATM machines.

"Apparently the "mobile credit card machine" which the delivery man carried had all the info necessary to create a "dummy" card with all our card details, of course with the verification code.

"Upon finding out about the illegal transactions on our card, we immediately notified the bank to stop payment, but [it was] already too late.

"We went to make a Police report, and was [informed that] quite a number of households had been similarly hit."

The post has since garnered over 3,469 shares and 320 reactions.

Do take note that this is a hoax and that there is no cause for alarm.