FTC: Scammers impersonating delivery service support to rip off drivers and restaurants

Scammers aren’t just targeting customers -- they’ve got their sights set on delivery drivers and restaurants, too.

The Federal Trade Commission warns that a new scam is targeting restaurants and drivers for food delivery services like DoorDash and Uber Eats.

The FTC says the 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 the FTC warns you should never share.

If you get requests like this, no matter where you work: Stop.

Here’s how to avoid the scams, the FTC says:

  • 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.

Find out what to do if you paid a scammer or gave a scammer your personal information.

And if you spot these scams, tell the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. When you report a scam, you help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies stop scams.

About the Author:

A Jacksonville native and proud University of North Florida alum, Francine Frazier has been with News4Jax since 2014 after spending nine years at The Florida Times-Union.