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Amazon asking for date of birth

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Doodle Tue 21-Jul-20 14:59:02

DH and I have Amazon deliveries all the time. Parcels are often left outside our door or in the reception and they don’t even ring the bell. Today’s delivery man said he needed my date of birth for confirmation of deliver. I told him I wasn’t giving him my date of birth and that Amazon don’t know my date of birth anyway so it wouldn’t confirm anything. I offered to sign for the delivery but no, nothing other that me giving him my date of birth would do. If I did not provide the information he would take the packages away. After much discussion we said take them then which he did.
The items ordered were a bathmat and some hand wipes, not exactly contraband.
Has anyone else been asked for their date of birth when taking delivery of an Amazon order ?

BlueBelle Tue 21-Jul-20 15:02:07

No is the simple answer that’s never happened to me
As amazon didn’t have your birthdate anyway I d have just put any old date in

Doodle Tue 21-Jul-20 15:20:53

Yes I didn’t think of that till later. I didn’t have to write it down it was a form on his hand held gadget and he wanted me to tell him.

cornergran Tue 21-Jul-20 15:23:50

Not happened yet. I’ve a small package due later. If asked I’ll make up a date of birth. Seems odd.

geekesse Tue 21-Jul-20 15:30:42

I’m expecting an Amazon delivery later today. I will report back.

annsixty Tue 21-Jul-20 15:41:56

I have with Amazon when it has been Alcohol, as in Gin and Whisky for Christmas and Birthdays but I never sign for anything else now, they just ring the bell and leave it in the porch.

cornergran Tue 21-Jul-20 15:47:13

Package has arrived. As ann said left in the porch, didn’t even ring the bell. Why not contact Amazon doodle? Think I would.

Furret Tue 21-Jul-20 15:47:27

Some items they have to be assured you are over a certain age. Do you look very young?

Furret Tue 21-Jul-20 15:48:02

Kitchen knives

AGAA4 Tue 21-Jul-20 15:53:25

This delivery person has your name, address and wanted your date of birth!?
Doesn't sound right to me. Contact Amazon. Not all their staff may be honest.
My daughter came downstairs to find an Amazon delivery man in her living room.

Elegran Tue 21-Jul-20 16:08:05

The Amazon delivery men don't work directly for Amazon. Delivery is contracted out to local drivers. They could be anyone at all.

grannysyb Tue 21-Jul-20 16:24:31

I had it last week, needed ID as it was a bottle of Moet! The "do" for the wife of one of my DHs oldest friends 80th had to be cancelled due to covid and they sent all the guests a bottle of champagne, really kind!

Jaxjacky Tue 21-Jul-20 16:29:53

Probably the wipes..alcohol content? Computer said...

Susan56 Tue 21-Jul-20 16:30:01

AGAA4,the Amazon delivery driver walked into my daughters house on Monday too.He was wearing a mask and she had no idea who he was.Really frightened her.

AGAA4 Tue 21-Jul-20 16:37:29

Susan. My daughter complained to Amazon and they apologised and said they would look into why he did that.

Lolo81 Tue 21-Jul-20 16:53:11

I’ve only ever had to provide ID when ordering kitchen knives or anything with alcohol. Even though I’m obviously over 18, the driver had to take a picture of ID as confirmation. Is there any chance the wipes had some sort of alcohol in them? That would explain needing the confirmation.

PinkCakes Tue 21-Jul-20 16:57:12

I have things from Amazon every week - I've been buying stuff from them for years. I've only once been asked for my date of birth, and that was for alcohol at Christmas. I had to show my driving licence as proof.

Why did you object to giving your date of birth? I suppose the delivery driver was only following orders.

Nannarose Tue 21-Jul-20 17:10:38

DH uses Amazon a lot, and we have never been asked either. I too would have refused, but as suggested, probably just given a fake.
I would worry that it would be used to build a fraudulent ID.
I don't like giving out my phone number. They say it is in case there are delivery problems, but some large companies do seem to sell them on. So unless there is a good reason (usually a small independent company who might have a query) I give a fake phone number (I have one I made up and I ring it occasionally to check it's not in service!)
I am now prepared with a fake date of birth, so thank you!

Greenfinch Tue 21-Jul-20 17:12:15

Never. I had a parcel left on the doorstep today. They did not ring the bell.

Oopsminty Tue 21-Jul-20 17:14:01

I had my photo taken today by a young chap who'd dropped a parcel off

As I bent down, looked up to say goodbye and there he is, taking my photo

I wasn't looking my best but I doubt he was very concerned

My daughter says that's quite common but I'd never had that happen before

I suppose a lot of parcels are being left in porches and it's possible the owners are saying they've not received it. Whether true or not.

So now they can glance at their phones and see cranky old ladies peering at them wondering what on earth they're doing.

Davida1968 Tue 21-Jul-20 17:18:19

No, we've never been asked for DoB by Amazon delivery person, either.

Susan56 Tue 21-Jul-20 17:33:59

AGAA4,thank you.I will tell my daughter.

Elegran Tue 21-Jul-20 17:34:52

PinkCakes One of the things that are often used by banks and other firms as an identity check is your date of birth. Several people are rightly bothered about being asked it unnecessarily by complete strangers who have their name and address and are only subcontracted to deliver to you. The Amazon delivery men here change frequently, so the 50p a parcel that they get clearly doesn't make it worth their while. They could stop delivering tomorrow and never be heard of again, but they have your details. If they turned to crime, that could go towards stealing your identity.

Elegran Tue 21-Jul-20 17:35:34

who have your name and address

Doodle Tue 21-Jul-20 17:43:49

I did phone Amazon and managed to get through to the logistics department. Apparently there was no need for me to give my date of birth and the chap shouldn’t have asked for it. They apologised and said they would re schedule delivery for tomorrow with a different driver. I think he was just a new chap who didn’t know what he was doing.
jaxjacky sorry I wrote hand wipes but they were in fact baby wipes not alcohol wipes so no alcoholic content in my parcels.