Laptop mysteriously shows up at Caro residents’ home, scam involved police say

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A scam occurred in Tuscola County after a Caro resident on Aug. 12 informed police that a laptop was delivered to their house by FedEx. The problem is that the victims never ordered a laptop. Best Buy discovered that the victim’s credit card information was being used by someone who had ordered the laptop with the residents’ credit card and address. The day after the laptop arrived, a note was left on the door, “on what looked like official FedEx paperwork,” Tuscola County Sheriff Glen Skrent said. “The note said we erroneously left this package here and stopped here to pick it up, please call us.”

A scam that has been making its way across America has now been reported in Tuscola County.
On Aug. 12, a Caro resident informed police that a laptop had been mistakenly delivered to their house by FedEx.
“What happened was a package came to their home and it was a new laptop,” Tuscola County Sheriff Glen Skrent said. “They had no idea who ordered it and they all work in the house, so maybe the husband ordered one or the wife. It sat there for a day, and once they started talking to each other, they figured nobody ordered this laptop from Best Buy and delivered by FedEx.”
Suspicions were raised when, a day after the laptop arrived, a note was left on the door. After searching online, Skrent found that this same scenario has been happening in different states too.
“While they were gone, someone representing FedEx came to the house and left a note on what looked like official FedEx paperwork saying we erroneously left this package here,” Skrent said. “We stopped here to pick it up, please call us.”
Once they read the note, the victims started to think something was fishy and got in touch with Best Buy where the laptop was purchased.
Best Buy discovered the victim’s credit card information was being used by someone else, according to Skrent. The suspects ordered the laptop with the resident’s credit card and address.
“They hadn’t made a purchase at Best Buy in years,” Skrent said. “So somehow, somebody has access to both FedEx paperwork and Best Buy information.”
The suspects have since canceled their credit card, according to Caro Police Chief Brian Newcomb.
“The suspects must have ordered it with their (victim’s) credit card, and then had it delivered to their house so that they didn’t get caught having it delivered to their own house,” Skrent said.
Since the victims never came in contact with the suspects, Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t have a description of the vehicle or any further information at this time.
The family has since returned the laptop to Best Buy, and the public is asked to call 911 to report if this scenario happens to you.

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