Constant connectivity to the internet has improved our lives by leaps and bounds. From booking dinner reservations and buying movie tickets to keeping in touch with long-distance friends and finding the perfect gifts, the web offers a wealth of information. But along with the perks, numerous threats lurk online.
While we truly want to believe that the internet is a safe place where you can’t fall for all types of online scams, it’s always a good reminder to do a reality check. We, humans, can become an easy target for malicious people who want to steal our hard-earned money. Worse, our most valuable personal data.
One netizen recently shared her experience after being scammed by an alleged online shop. Jeshika Yan shared the modus on her Facebook account to warn everyone. She went on to narrate that it was around 5:00 in the afternoon when an unexpected delivery arrived at their home. Written on the package were Jeshika’s full name and correct address.
She was not at home at the time so her mother received the parcel on her behalf. Initially, her mother was surprised since her daughter did not inform her about it prior to the delivery.
Jeshika said that she frequently purchases things online, but she makes it a point to tell her mom about it. Whenever she is not around, it is always her mother who would receive and pay for the items.
Since Jeshika only borrowed her mother’s phone because hers was broken, her mother was not able to reach her immediately to ask about the package that came to their house.
On the other hand, her mother was convinced that the package was really hers because it was named and addressed to Jeshika. To make the story short, her mom received and paid the package, informing her about it later on through Facebook chat after the dispatcher had left.
Much to her surprise, Jeshika replied to her mom that she neither ordered anything nor was she expecting any delivery that day.
Their house is in Batangas City while she is working in Sto. Tomas. The package which cost P1,890 indicated that it was from a shop named SHOPALLYOUWANT and was dispatched by XPOST.
Surprisingly, the culprits managed to get her complete name and home address right although her contact number was incorrect. She immediately thought that it was a modus and did her research online. She googled XPOST and found out that there are other cases similar to theirs.
Jeshika even tried to call the number of the sender written on the package but unfortunately, it couldn’t be reached. She concluded that the number was just made up. Based on the information she gathered, they most likely got her name and address from Shopee and Lazada where she usually shops. The modus is that they would send a random package which is supposedly on “super sale” and would make the receiver pay for it with an overpriced amount.
Since the package is marked Cash On Delivery (COD), it must be paid upon delivery. Moreover, Jeshika thinks that the delivery guy is an accomplice to the modus.
She warns everyone to always be vigilant especially when giving out information online.