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PSNI warn of mobile phone delivery scam

The scam involves mobile phones being delivered to an incorrect address by a legitimate company, before a bogus delivery person attempts to collect them.

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Updated 18:33

THE PSNI IS investigating a scam which involves the delivery of mobile phones to incorrect addresses.

Police said that a householder in Ballymena in Co Antrim received a package containing two mobile phones from the provider O2.

Having not ordered the phones, the man contacted the company, who instructed him to return the phones to them.

Soon after making this call, however, the man was contacted by someone purporting to be from a delivery company. This person said that the phones had been delivered to the incorrect address and would be collected.

Having told the “delivery man” that the police had been notified, the caller hung up.

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The PSNI believe that scammers are purposely ordering phones to an incorrect address before attempting to collect them. In doing so, they get the handsets without making the full payment and/or by reneging on the payment/contract terms. The fact that an address has been given that isn’t their own makes them more difficult to track down.

The police are advising anyone who receives phones or any other items that they have not ordered to contact the company the delivery is from.

Police should also be contacted on 0044 845 600 8000 by any member of the public who believes that a delivery has not been a genuine mistake.

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