January 28, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Scam Targets Businesses With Bogus Deliveries

The Springfield Police Department is currently investigating a string of scams levied at business owners in Springfield. The scam includes individuals posing as employees of either construction companies or local homeowners requiring repairs to their homes or supplies delivered to a specific location.

In the scam, the suspect(s) contact a local delivery service to pick up goods from businesses which range from appliance centers to tire shops. The suspect(s) will contact the business ahead of time and request the goods placed on an invoice to be billed at a later date. The delivery service will then pick up the goods and deliver them to an address where the suspect(s) will take them at a later time.

The Springfield PD would like to warn all business owners to verify the credentials of those whom they do not know calling into a business requesting goods be delivered.

SPD Case Number: 11-2524
Media Contact: Cpl. Matt Brown, phone: 417-864-1786
Release authorized by: Maj. Kevin Routh

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
417-864-1810 • springfieldmo.gov/spd