collectmyparcel.com has fallen prey to a fraudster and many other businesses are currently experiencing the same exploitative problem. Here’s what we have found out so far, please warn others.
The scammer places an “X for sale” ad on a classified listings page online – tickets for an event, a new laptop, iPad etc – it could be anything. When someone shows an interest in buying the item, the scammer says they will send the goods to a collectmyparcel.com office in Vancouver, Canada or sometimes the US or even the UK, and the buyer should send payment via Western Union to “X company” (not called collectmyparcel.com). Once payment has been received, the scammer sends the buyer an invoice with the collectmyparcel.com logo and our supposed address in Vancouver/Canada, saying that ‘collectmyparcel.com’ will deliver the goods. Of course the product for sale and the collectmyparcel.com fake office in Vancouver don’t exist and the invoice is also a fake.
Vancouver scam URL
In a further attempt to convince the buyer that the sale is genuine, the scammer copies the web page, so in this instance they copied our Home page. Of course they can’t use our exact domain because we own it, so they make up a new one, which will be something along the lines of:
(these are the ones we are aware of and have managed to get removed from the Internet by contacting the domain registrar).
The site looks exactly like ours, but it isn’t ours.
Vancouver and Canada
The key link between current scams like this is Vancouver and Canada, but it could be anywhere.
For advice on shopping safely online visit Get Safe Online for more information on security and dealing only with reputable sellers.
If you hear of any more collectmyparcel.com scams, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can take immediate action.