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by Jay Reeves |

Cyber Scammers Target Pizza Deliveries

Cyber scams are so rampant it’s become risky to even deliver a pizza.

In July, the Federal Trade Commission warned consumers of a current scam that targets drivers for food delivery services like DoorDash and Uber Eats.

From the FTC: “Scammers posing as ‘support’ from food delivery services are contacting delivery drivers and restaurants and trying to steal their personal and financial information.

In one scenario, the scammer tells delivery drivers and restaurants they’re sending a free tablet or printer to handle food delivery orders. To do that, they say, they need to ‘verify’ your phone number, email and login, Social Security number and bank account to send the equipment.

In another scenario, the scammer says they need the driver’s email or bank account because there’s a problem with an order, or they want to refund them money from a canceled order. After getting the driver or restaurant owner’s email, the scammer may ask for an email verification code...which you never want to share.”

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How to Avoid Imposter Scams

Following is from the FTC:

  • Don’t give your personal or financial information to someone who unexpectedly calls, texts, or emails you. They may be trying to steal from you.
  • If you think the request is legitimate, contact the business directly. But use a phone number you know is real or a website or app you found yourself.
  • Never share an email verification code with someone if you didn’t contact them first. Scammers are after your information and money. Sharing verification codes makes it easier for them to pretend to be you. Once they’re “you,” they have access to your accounts and can take your money.

Click here for FTC guidance if you paid a scammer or gave a scammer your personal information.

SOURCE: Scammers impersonate delivery service support to rip off drivers and restaurants | Consumer Advice (

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About the Author

Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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