Theft of freight remains a risk for shippers:
While the highest incidence of cargo theft occurs on the
full-truckload side of the business, less-than-truckload carriers are not
immune. In the LTL arena, the threat is mostly internal, where an employee may
be approached by an outside perpetrator and encouraged to collude with the
thief in a scheme involving a customer or goods at the trucking terminal.
Today’s cargo thieves are using increasingly sophisticated
techniques. These include social engineering, “spoofing” technologies, identity
theft, and fictitious pickups. Most of these techniques use technology to trick
the shipper into giving up the load.
With a fictitious pickup, for example, the thief
impersonates the legitimate carrier in a truck that has been branded with the
carrier’s logo. The thief shows up early and picks up the freight using forged
paperwork, then disappears before the legitimate carrier arrives.
If a pickup seems suspicious, don’t hesitate to confirm the
driver’s identity with UTS or the carrier. Be sure to use a verified phone
number and not a number provided by the driver, which may connect to an
accomplice who is in on the deception.
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