14 Feb 2018
Amazon warning: Beware of deliveries you didn’t order
Have you heard of a new Amazon package scam called “brushing?”
This crime involves having packages you didn’t order from Amazon 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…because we’re beginning to see reports that Amazon customers are the targets of a hot new package delivery scam.
It all started innocently enough for a Massachusetts couple named Michael and Kelly Gallivan when a phone charging hand warmer showed up unannounced about five months ago. 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 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.
It’s all part of a new international e-commerce scam called “brushing.” Brushing involves overseas sellers purchasing their own goods through fake buyer accounts and having the merchandise shipped to real U.S. addresses.