Spotting phony pick-ups and ID scams
TAPA members may be interested in this article on spotting phony cargo pick-ups and ID scams, published by FreightWaves, the leading provider of news, data, and commentary for the freight market.
Bulletproof trucks are the transport industry’s latest response to the rapid rise of cargo vehicle hijackings in Mexico
Truck drivers and operators in Mexico are spending an estimated $27,000 to make their vehicles bulletproof to protect themselves against hijackers, according to media reports.
Violent crimes are now said to cost the country’s transport industry some $4.6 billion a year with incident rates doubling over the last 3-4 years to over 30 a day, often involving roadblocks to bring trucks to a halt. Rather than risking damage to the hijacked vehicle, one report says, thieves are targeting drivers instead, putting their lives in danger.
It also claims that some insurers are refusing to cover the most targeted types of cargo loads unless they can see evidence that trucks have been equipped to withstand an armed attack by criminals. Subsequently, actions being taken by Mexican transport companies include coating trucks with steel, fitting bulletproof glass and using retractable steps to stop thieves accessing drivers’ cabs.
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It says: ‘There exists a section of cargo theft that is almost entirely attributable to the gullibility of brokers and carriers – namely, fictitious pickups and identity (ID) theft. As the trucking industry is not vetted or pressure- tested to the extent that the banking system is, it is hard for people to spot red flags that arise from fictitious pickups and ID scams.’
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licence plates Dozens of truck number plates have been reported stolen from parked vehicles in the Nidwalden area of central Switzerland, close to Buochs.
Four men charged for $500K tequila theft
Police in Florida have arrested and charged four men for the theft of nearly 1,000 cases of tequila worth $500,000 from a truck heading from Miami to Tampa. According to media reports, the crime occurred on 30 December when the vehicle was stolen from a truck stop next to Highway 301 late in the evening.
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