Homeland Security: Threat involving imposter UPS drivers isn’t authentic


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A letter is circulating claiming someone is planning a terrorist attack by buying a large quantity of United Parcel Services uniforms and planning to pose as deliverymen.

Homeland Security officials in Tennessee say there is no need for citizens worry.

However, a letter circulating across the country about a warning from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security claiming there has been $32,000 purchase of UPS uniforms on eBay over the last 30 days.

The letter claims, “This could represent a serious threat as bogus drivers (terrorists) can drop off anything to anyone with deadly consequences!”

“That letter is not authentic,” said Commissioner Bill Gibbons with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. “We are living in very dangerous times, and it’s important to check out everything that’s out there that might be a potential threat.”

The letter states to take this seriously, to tell everyone in your office, family and friends, but Director Gibbons said if this was an actual threat the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would contact each state, and so far that hasn’t happened.

“I would think it would be difficult for someone to purchase that volume of UPS uniforms,” Gibbons said. “I’m sure UPS has a system in place to have some control over that, but that’s a question for UPS.”

Even with the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, Gibbons said the threat level in Tennessee hasn’t changed.

“There has been no elevation, we are not aware of any specific threat we are facing at this time,” the commissioner said. “But at the same time we are being vigilante in terms of looking at any information provided to us, and make sure we’re vetting that process.”

Despite the letter being bogus, Gibbons said you can’t be too careful.

“We’ve got some great analysis to look at it to really make a determination as to whether it’s a serious threat or not,” he said.

The letter also stated UPS drivers should always had a valid ID, and if a worker delivers or picks up a package, make sure he or she is driving a marked company vehicle.

News 2 tried repeatedly to contact UPS for comment, but none of the calls were immediately returned.

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