A meals supply driver was the sufferer of a horrible fraud that left his checking account empty.
In the days when so many individuals complement their personal funds with this kind of work, which makes use of digital communication, they’re uncovered to many scams. Our sister station’s investigative workforce explains how criminals are scamming these employees.
“Because of the pandemic, I don’t want to risk it, I have a family that I have lost, my brother’s wife, my cousin, they all died,” stated Ernesto de la Cruz, who works in meals supply.
COVID-19 has shaken his life, which is why de La Cruz stopped driving round passengers. Now he solely makes meals deliveries for Postmates and Uber, however he stated he was not privy to the dangers of falling into the fingers of scammers.
“It was weird that I received an order for some fries, only some small fries and I said how strange, right? And the delivery was just one block from the restaurant,” de la Cruz stated.
De la Cruz stated he went to select up the fries and delivered them, however nobody was at the supply deal with.
“Then I referred to as him. He did not answer me, however they instantly referred to as me and stated they have been calling from Postmates,” de la Cruz stated.
De la Cruz added that they despatched him a textual content message to substantiate that it was him.
“You mark #1 if yes, and then another text for your email, you mark #2,” he stated.
Initially, de la Cruz adopted the directions, however one thing stopped him.
“The first time I answered, and I dialed 1, however then, I began to doubt, and I stated you realize what? This does not really feel proper to me. I’m going to cancel the order,” he stated.
De la Cruz advised Telemundo 52 Responde that he hung up, however later he obtained one other suspicious order, three cookies, so he determined to place a good friend who additionally works at Postmates on alert, nevertheless it was too late.
“At that exact time they were doing the scam on him as well, and they took $2,100 from his account,” de la Cruz stated.
His good friend gave all of them the info they requested for, assured that he was speaking to somebody from Postmates.
“They advised him they have been going to present him a $50 reward card if he verified his info. He gave them his checking account, the password, and at that second they made the switch from his account,” de la Cruz stated.
They emptied his account, and sadly, as he gave the authorization, the financial institution couldn’t assist him.
Postmates reiterates that they solely talk with their drivers by the platform, and they won’t name you to ask on your password or personal info. If that occurs, do not reply to the textual content, or cling up and report it instantly.
“The scammers are all the time able to assault. It is necessary to be very cautious and never belief so simply,” de la Cruz warned.