Lincolnshire Police are warning residents in the Lincoln area after a recent case of suspected fraud in North Hykeham.
A named and addressed package containing an iPad Mini and some headphones was delivered in North Hykeham, but these goods had not been ordered by the resident.
Later that day, a man called at the house to collect the package stating that it had been delivered in error. This struck the resident as suspicious and she challenged the man. He was unable to provide ID and ran off.
The resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “It was a frightening experience. He looked official with his orange jacket and clipboard but we thought it was strange. I would urge anyone who is suspicious to check for a delivery van and ask for ID.” In this case the bogus delivery driver had parked out of sight and could not provide ID.
It is suspected that the goods were ordered from a retail company on a stolen or cloned card with the offender changing the delivery address to avoid detection.
It is thought that other offences may have occurred in the county but that residents might have given the goods to the bogus delivery man not realising that they are being used to receive the stolen goods. As they are not billed for the goods they may think no more of it.
Lincolnshire Police are urging any resident who receives a package containing high value items which they have not ordered to immediately report this via 101.