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Mon Jan 4, 2021, 03:33 PM

2. Here's something that came up when I Googled this

(Your story rang a bell from something I read a few months ago about a scam called "brushing" )

Also, I don't know if this applies to your situation, but it could be a possibility.

Amazon Scam Warning: Beware of Deliveries You Didn’t Order

Have you heard of the Amazon package scam called “brushing?”

This scheme involves receiving random packages from Amazon you didn’t order that just show up on your doorstep.

Now, you might be reading this thinking, “Wow, that would be a great problem to have.” But there’s a reason why it’s more troubling than it seems at first glance!

Amazon Brushing: Why Getting Random Amazon Packages Is NOT a Good Thing
The Amazon brushing scam might seem harmless at first, but the danger is really threefold.

First, it means that your name, shipping address and possibly phone number have been compromised. It’s possible that this might happen when you’re dealing with less-than-reputable third-party sellers on Amazon.

Second, and even more concerning, what happens if a phantom seller ships contraband to your home? You could find yourself charged with possession of illegal drugs or banned weapons — instead of the phantom seller.

Finally, a crime like this has a hidden financial cost. Somebody has to pay for the lost merchandise and the shipping costs, right? That person is likely to be you, the Amazon customer — in the form of higher costs for the things you legitimately order.

Amazon Brushing Scam Hits Couple’s Doorstep

It all started innocently enough for a Massachusetts couple named Michael and Kelly Gallivan when a hand warmer showed up unannounced from Amazon. The only problem was the Gallivans didn’t order it, CBS News reports.

So the couple called Amazon hoping to return the wayward package. But with no order number and no return address on the rogue delivery, Amazon couldn’t help them.

After that, more Amazon packages they didn’t order started showing up — once or twice a week. Subsequent shipments included everything from a humidifier, flashlight and Bluetooth speaker to a computer vacuum cleaner and LED lights.

More here: https://clark.com/shopping-retail/amazon-scam-brushing-warning-deliveries-you-didnt-order/

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