OK, long story, but a friend of mine ordered $600 worth of stuff from another person on a (reputable) specialty forum, and paid for it via PayPal. As for what’s in the package, let’s just say this friend is super into yo-yos.
My friend was wondering why this package hadn’t yet arrived after 2 weeks, so he pinged the person. Who replied with
a picture of a USPS receipt that looked 100% valid
a USPS tracking number that is 100% valid
However. For mysterious reasons of mystery, this package has been held by USPS indefinitely and isn’t getting delivered.
When giving this, uh … friend … advice about his situation, I want to believe this is just random chance, some kind of unfortunate internal USPS mixup. But the conspiracy theorist inside me is wondering “could this be some kind of trick?” Is it even possible to…
Put a random package full of random junk together at roughly the correct weight, easy ✅
Mail it via USPS to get a confirmation number, easy ✅
Do something weird to the package such that USPS will hold it for a long time, or indefinitely, and it is very unlikely to ever get delivered, or will be delivered very late. This is the part I am unsure about. How would you even do that ❓
I guess if you did anything patently illegal with the package, it could come back to you maybe, so that’s out. But can you put some dangerous kind of plausibly “whoops that was an accident” item in the package that will cause it to get held?
This friend has already opened a request with the USPS into the event using their online web form, and got a form email back, but nothing concrete.
I dunno, maybe my friend is just paranoid.