Everyone has a bone to choose from with the so-called “scalpers” right now taking advantage of desperate buyers, but what about the people who are responsible for hauling product shipments in the first place? Well, a U.S. state postal worker in Connecticut put a target on his back when he started stealing consoles and various other items in 2020.
As reported by Polygon, Over a period of approximately two months between February and April 2020, Zoheb Deura, a former employee of the United States Postal Service, was caught red-handed by the company’s inspector general.
Deura was convicted of stealing “numerous packages, including packages containing an Apple computer, PlayStation and Nintendo gaming devices, an iPhone, shoes and clothing.”
Following an investigation, Deura was indicted and pleaded guilty to embezzlement on October 21, 2020. He has also resigned from his job for the US Postal Service since the incident.
While we don’t think about it often, there are occasional instances like this where your packages are stolen, not by porch hackers, but by the very people who are responsible for getting them to you. Fortunately, this is not very common, but it is always an unfortunate event when this happens, as the retailer responsible for selling the item now has to deal with them directly with a disgruntled customer who does not receive not the package he paid for. . And with high-value items like electronics, the situation becomes all the more tense.
It would not be surprising if “postal poachers” could also serve as scalpers from time to time. A scalper is someone who buys a bulk shipment of a very popular item and then sells it for a markup to buyers desperate to get their hands on an item amid perceived scarcity. Remember that unless it is a limited edition of a product, you will have the chance to buy it; you just have to be patient. Don’t let the fear of missing out (FOMO) come over you and then you pay money for something not worth that price.