Suspicious flower deliveries, missed mail prompt warnings about ID theft
From the El Cerrito Police Department:
On March 10th, 2003 at approximately 3: 15 pm, a resident in the 1000 block of Arlington Blvd received an unexpected floral delivery. The delivery was made by a black male adult described as a 25 year old black male wearing a tee shirt and jeans. He arrived in a silver van or SUV. The flowers came with a card from a shop in Oakland, from a party that the resident did not know. The resident called the floral shop and learned that no one had sent her flowers. The resident also noted that she had not received any mail on the previous Friday.
On March 10th, 2003 at approximately 4 pm, a resident in the 1300 block of Brewster Ct also received a floral delivery. The flowers were delivered by a similar subject as the delivery made in the 1000 block of Arlington Blvd. The delivery man asked to see the residentís driverís license and signature for the flowers, which she provided. He was described as driving a silver van. It was later confirmed that the flowers did not come from the shop either. This resident also noted that she had not received any mail on the previous Friday.
In todayís world personal identifying information is a valuable commodity. Identity thieves are constantly coming up with new methods of obtaining your personal information. You should never provide your personal information over the telephone, in person, via the Internet or through the mail unless you initiate the contact or know whom you are dealing with. In a situation where a delivery is made to your residence and you have reservations about the delivery, you can decline the delivery or ask to see identification. Typically delivery persons will wear uniforms and will be identifiable by signs on their vehicles. Deposit your outgoing mail in post office collection boxes or at the local post office. Collect your mail as expeditiously as possible.
Any questions or inquiries regarding this incident should be referred to Detective Cliatt, El Cerrito Police Department (510) 215-4420.
Run dates: 2003-03-12 - 2003-03-31