Scammers take advantage of HCMC delivery restrictions
Senders are seen in Ho Chi Minh City before August 23, 2021. Photo by VnExpress / Quynh Tran
The people of HCMC are getting ripped off by delivery people who are taking advantage of the current shortage.
Chi, a durian seller in Phu Nhuan District, was unable to book deliveries through apps due to mobility restrictions and called a man who delivered for him in the past.
Nguyen picked up VND 2.3 million ($ 101.26) worth of durian and delivered it to customers, but never returned with the money.
All of Chi’s calls and messages went unanswered.
He said: “He was kind and enthusiastic when I first booked it. I never thought I would be cheated like that.”
Thao from District 7 tried to find a delivery boy on Facebook groups to send a food package to a friend in need.
A man named Dinh took the parcel worth almost VND 2 million and left. Thao’s friend never received it.
With people ordered to “stay where they are,” at least 10 complaints of such maritime fraud were posted to a 69,000-member Facebook group this week.
Similar stories are found on other groups selling cosmetics and snacks, as shippers take advantage of the high demand to earn money even if it’s just by stealing.
They also charge three or four times the regular fare.
Delivery companies have claimed that these frauds only happen to those who book services outside of their apps.
Some companies operate on a limited basis to comply with the restrictions.
AhaMove does not offer services in the town of Thu Duc and in seven neighborhoods considered to be at high risk. It also does not offer motorcycle delivery, only trucks and vans.
LoShip is still operating but does not deliver inter-district deliveries.
As of July 26, HCMC only allows shippers to transport essential goods while demanding strict social distancing measures.
For more than a month now, HCMC has been the epicenter of the ongoing Covid-19 wave that began in late April. It has recorded nearly 200,000 local cases of Covid-19 since the fourth wave of coronavirus hit Vietnam in late April.