This is a hoax. It has been around for quite sometime now.
By the way, next time please use a city outside of Wisconsin as I am a resident and don't want any attention drawn to the state.
When I queried eBay spokesman Chris Donnelly about rumored large purchases of UPS uniforms on the auction site, he answered: "We are aware of the
rumor, but as far as we can tell it's just that — a rumor." He said he was not aware of any law enforcement investigation of the claims — which
doesn't necessarily mean one didn't take place.
Likewise, a United Parcel Service spokesman quoted in a recent edition of the Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal said, "Call it urban legend or
call it hoax, there's nothing to it." He was skeptical of the implication that UPS personnel, who drive regular routes and are typically well known
to their commercial customers, are likely targets for impersonation.
Nevertheless, articles of UPS clothing have been known to turn up for sale on eBay. I found several examples myself on February 28, 2003, the same day
I spoke with eBay's Chris Donnelly, who said at the time he wasn't sure whether UPS uniforms were prohibited for sale or not. In any case, the
auctions I saw were deleted within hours, indicating that such items are indeed banned — now, if not previously — and that the company is monitoring
the site closely for them.
According to participants in newsgroup discussions devoted to tracking this rumor, there was evidence in early January — in the form of eBay search
results showing completed transactions involving UPS uniforms — of at least a few such auctions where the bidding went suspiciously high on individual
However, the FBI has confirmed that these purchases were, in fact, investigated by the agency and found not to be terrorist-related. I repeat: the
purchases were not terrorist-related, according to the FBI. Still, as a matter of course, the agency recommends that "due diligence and verification
of delivery personnel" be part of the security routine for any building receiving outside deliveries.
Customers who are concerned about the legitimacy of any UPS delivery can call 1-800-PICK UPS to verify it, according to the company's spokesman.
[Edited on 11-2-2004 by Dreamz]