A warning has been issued over a fake Amazon worker going door-to-door in Stoke-on-Trent to find out ‘safe place’ details in an underhand bid to steal parcels.
The ‘suspicious’ man claiming to be from the online retail giant was spotted knocking on homes in the Hartshill area this week.
He then asked for information on where to leave packages when the householder is out.
It is believed this is used to swipe any packages as and when they arrive.
One resident took to social media to share details of her encounter with others coming forward to say they too had been victims.
She said: “A man, around late 40s with shaven grey side hair has knocked on my door today claiming to be from Amazon and asked for me to provide a safe place to leave parcels as I have previously missed a few deliveries.
“I questioned why this was not being asked on email and he said they had been asked to come and gather information from people in person.
“This seemed strange to me as I haven’t even got any deliveries coming.
“He did not have any ID and wore a hi-vis waistcoat with a phone he used to click on during the conversation.
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“He had parked his van away from my house at the top of the street.
“I rang Amazon asking if they had sent people out regarding this and two departments both said ‘no’ and have advised me to contact the police.”
Anyone with information should contact Staffordshire Police on 101.