Common courier scams

Setting up a delivery service may be relatively simple but the problem arises when you want to make it successful. Courier services have to navigate several pitfalls, potholes, rip-offs and scams that challenge most of the aspiring couriers. Studies show that couriers are vulnerable to scams by dodgy dealers and con artists who are ready to scam directly from delivery service or use them as middlemen in their process.

 Smart Delivery Service experience prevalent scams by the so-called clearing houses or agencies who are apparently interested in allotting work to the owner drivers. These people contact the customers directly and for courier services to stay away from their scams make sure to watch for the below telltale signs for deceitful activities:

Scammers insist on weekly or monthly payments so that they can ensure standing orders Insists on shift work They insist on hourly rates The website of scammers is fresh and newly registered yet they claim to have decades of experience in delivery and logistic services They use free classified websites such as Gumtree for online advertisements On the whole, the charges are too good to be true.

Many out-of-work scammers have a van to show off as an experienced courier service. Some of them even charge membership on their website. They may promise you a lot to make you register with a membership fee and you will never hear from them again as they easily walk off with your hard earned cash.

Smart Delivery Service experience ‘Hendon’ scams where scammers directly contact them and introduce as a dealer of the leading logistics companies such as B and Q or Tesco. They ask for urgent small package delivery and if you accept, you may have to stand on a street corner when you go to collect your money for the work. Some of them ask you to deliver and collect fees from the end customer as they have certain issues with Paypal or other electronic payment systems. Ultimately, you will not be able to reach the given wrong address and if you open the parcel, you will find worthless junk.

Some rip-off merchants may charge an arm and a leg for guides with positive tips to flourish in the delivery service but frankly speaking, they are worse than trash, as you can fetch plenty of free advice through delivery service Dallas blogs or forums or through trusted resources online. Wall planner scams may promise you 10,000 leads in your locality through their expensive advertising space. You may get a few planners with your company’s name as a proof but these planners are never printed and nobody will have the change to notice the expensive ad.

Anther form of scams is the credit card theft. There are individuals or scam rings using other peoples credit card information and buy merchandise on line or over the phone and use courier services to pickup the merchandise. Once they learn that this system works, they continue to order and collect the merchandise through courier companies. We have learned to prevent this through experience. When we send a driver to a delivery location and we feel suspicious of the location, we will notify the shipper and inform them of the situation and prevent the delivery. Once they do not receive the merchandise, these individuals panic and start calling frequently and sometimes even threats. We had a customer who used us once and after receiving the bill, he disputed the bill and did not make the payment. You have to be very careful in handling credit card transactions in delivery service business to protect yourself and the financial interests of your customers. This is a major task and big firms such as Fedex and UPS have their own divisions to prevent fraud. Small businesses do not have the revenue stream to afford to create a specific division. That’s where we have to teach our employees and drivers to use more common sense to spot and prevent these types of scammers.