Watch out for this Valentine's Day fake-delivery scam staff KABC logo
Friday, February 9, 2018

With Valentine's Day almost here, some people are looking not to steal hearts, but credit card numbers.

Local officials are warning about a scam that aims to get someone's credit card information by convincing them they've been sent a surprise holiday gift.

The "bogus delivery scam" starts with a phone call from a fake shipping company to schedule a delivery.

The scammer then shows up at the victim's home with a package - maybe a bouquet of flowers or bottle of wine - and says there is a small fee due for the delivery.

The victim hands over a credit card to pay the fee and the thief swipes the card through a reader.

The bad guys now have the victim's credit card info and go on a nice little online shopping spree - buying as much stuff as they can get before the victim catches on.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office offers a few tips to avoid falling for scams like this:

For starters, don't accept a package if you don't know the sender.

Don't give out your credit or debit card information if it is not a purchase that you initiated.

Be suspicious of deliveries from unrecognized services.

The DA's office has produced a video available here that provides more information on the scam.