Sunday, February 10, 2013

Verify Phone Numbers of Courier Services

Courier Services can make taking or delivering things to other places or countries convenient. You do not have to  worry about sending good things or money to your loved ones far from you. This has made things easier for many. Instead of you going to a place personally to give whatever you need to give, you can just send it via courier services.

There are, however, things that you need to consider and take note of when you send or receive anything from a courier service.

If you are the sender:
- Ensure that you have given your correct information and that of the recipient at the courier service office.
- If you receive calls offering free picking up of the goods you want delivered, make sure the caller is really from the courier office. Reverse lookup the phone number that called you and make sure you are talking with the official representative of the courier company. It is important that you do such transactions only with trusted courier services. If it is a new company offering the service, do not just grab the offer even though the company gives freebies or discounts.
- If you are asked of your credit card number, it is better that you pay via money transfer to their account. Inform the sales representative that you will be the one to pay yourself. Ensure also that you get the correct account number that the caller gives you. Verify it as well before transferring money to it or depositing payments.

If you are the receiver:
- When you receive a call informing you that you have a package or that money was sent to you, check phone directory online to verify the number that called you if it is really from the courier service. If you are asked to pay an amount for charges so that you can claim your money or package, do not pay anything or give your credit card number. Check if phone number has any spam rating attached to it. Make sure that you verify numbers and transactions first.
- Ask from who the package is from. Call the person that the courier service said as the sender and confirm if he or she really sent something for you.
- Report to the FTC and police any suspecting transaction like when you are asked for your credit card number to claim our package.

There are so many phone spams going on, it is important that you keep yourself safe at all times. Do not readily believe a caller especially if it is unsolicited. Inform your family and friends as well so that they are aware of such incidents.

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