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basket contained liquor. The fee is supposedly required to prove that the package was received by an adult of drinking age, instead of being left outside where a minor would have access to it.

In one reported case, the consumer wanted to pay with cash, but the delivery man said he could only accept payment by credit card.

The courier swiped the credit card on a mobile terminal and asked that the consumer enter the card’s Personal Identification Number (PIN), and then handed her a receipt for the payment.

Over the course of five days, $4,000 was withdrawn from her bank account at several ATMs or charged to the card.

It turns out that the criminal used the mobile pin pad to copy the card.

The victim promptly called her bank, which closed the debit/ credit account and issued a new card.

When she called her local police department in Yorkville, Illnois, they told her that a number of people in other local households had fallen victim to the same scam.

The Better Business Bureau has advice for consumers to protect themselves from similar fraud:

Who sent it? Be wary of any “surprise” gifts or packages, especially if you did not order or expect them. Don’t accept any delivery unless the package identifies the sender or if it comes from someone you don’t know.

A delivery fee is a red flag.

Delivery companies do not require payment of fees as a condition of delivery.

Be stingy with information.

As a general rule, you should never give out financial or personal information to anyone over the telephone, online or at the front door unless you initiated the transaction.

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