A criminal or terrorist poses as a package {{courier}} or mailman to deliver a bomb, or get the target to open the door so he can be shot or kidnapped. The advantages of this are obvious -- by insisting that the target sign for the package, the killer can be sure a) the door gets opened for a stranger, and b) he's got the right man. To some extent, this is TruthInTelevision.

Of course, there is nothing to stop the hero from using this technique too, for non-lethal purposes -- see DeliveryGuyInfiltration. When the bomb is simply mailed to the target, that's YouGotMurder.

See also RoomDisservice. An inversion is ShootTheMessenger.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** Hajime Saito pulls this stunt when he visits the Kamiya dojo, by posing as a peddler selling medicines and home remedies. Sanosuke almost falls for it, until he notices the calluses on Saito's hands. At which point Saito [[spoiler: drops the facade and attacks Sanosuke, nearly killing him. He notes the attack would have been fatal had it not been for the flimsyness of the sword he was carrying.]]
** Saito pulls this again, only hours later, this time [[ImpersonatingAnOfficer posing as a police officer]], under the pretense of having heard of the attack from before. Kaoru and Megumi tell him Kenshin's out, so they invite him in. Saito behaves this time -- until Kenshin finally arrives.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* A played-for-laughs variant appeared in "The Power of the Press," in ''Mad House Comics Digest'' #5. A syndicate member pretending to be a college professor handed a ditzy female character a ''loudly ticking'' package intended for one of the other characters, who'd written an expose on said syndicate's involvement in betting on college sports. She accidentally tripped on a broom, sending it flying into a sink full of dishwater.

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[[folder: Fan Work ]]

* Done in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CwM7yiPVms Ace Ventura Rising]]'' through clever editing of actual ''AceVentura'' footage.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor'' opens with a CIA station being wiped out by three assassins. As the station is protected by CCTV cameras, locked doors and a guard even the receptionist has a gun in the drawer -- the killers get inside by sending in a man dressed as a postman. The place gets regular deliveries of books so this doesn't seem strange. [[spoiler:The postman killer tries the same trick on the protagonist later on, but this time he's ready.]] Later in the film the bad guys try this ruse again with the protagonist.
* ''Action Jackson'' (1988). Used by the Invisible Men to kill a witness, with a silenced gun held behind the ClipboardOfAuthority.
* ''Film/FrightNight2011'': One of the vampires impersonates a delivery person so he will be invited inside and bypass the entry prohibition.
* The movie version of ''Thr3e'' opened with a scene where a girl is given a book by the Riddle Killer from a hot dog vendor. Said hot dog vendor is actually the Riddle Killer, giving her his message.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'': Clemenza walks into a building carrying a box of roses under his arm. This allows him to walk unopposed right up to the don of one of the [[TheMafia Five Families]] so that he can pull a shotgun out of the box and unload at point-blank range.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': In a likely ShoutOut to ''Film/TheGodfather'', the T-800 carries a longbox that looks like it's full of roses. And it is, but it's also got a shotgun in it.
* In ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', TheDragon disguises himself as a milkman and a balloon salesman. Both times he kills his targets by strangling them with the chords of his headphones.
* The villain in ''Film/PhoneBooth'' [[spoiler: lures and kills a pizza delivery man to his hiding place to fake his suicide]].
* ''Quick''. The title female assassin (Teri Polo) gets into a police safe house by pretending to be a pizza delivery girl. She conceals a pistol under the pizza box.
* In ''Film/TheProfessional'', Mathilda (Natalie Portman) tries this trick to get past the door security at the NYC DEA office.
* ''Film/TheMechanic'' (original). Creator/CharlesBronson uses lipreading to see his target is expecting drugs to be delivered in a fried chicken truck, and so gets hold of a similar truck and arrives early.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': Bane poses as a delivery man to get into the Stock Exchange, with a package in one hand when he arrives at the entrance, and a motorcycle helmet to hide his gas mask until the security guard tells him to remove it. Also, one of his accomplices poses as a food delivery guy to get onto the trading floor, hiding a pistol in a paper bag. Also, a janitor pulls out a submerged machine gun.
* In the film ''An Eye For An Eye'', the villain commits his second murder when he easily gains access to the house when delivering groceries. The cruel irony of this is that this is his actual job, but he's clearly been using it to scope out potential victims.
* In ''Film/{{Traffic}}'', the key witness against a drug baron is finally murdered when a poisoned meal is delivered to his hotel room. The marshals guarding him don't realize this until the real hotel employee shows up. After roughing him up, they realize that the first guy was an imposter, but too late to save their witness.
* ''Film/ActOfValor''. The CIA operative orders out for Chinese, but the delivery driver claims to have trouble finding the location. Short time later the buzzer sounds. Her colleague goes out to answer it.
-->"How much do I owe you?"
-->"Nada" ''(another man steps from the side and shoots him)''

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/AlexRider'':
** Alex himself does this in ''Scorpia'' to try to kill Mrs. Jones.
** Fails miserably in ''Scorpia Rising'' when Smithers uses an X-Ray scanner to prove that the delivery man was carrying a gun and the package was empty. He then gets rid of him with a trapdoor under a welcome mat.
* The trope gets a mention at the end of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/GravePeril'', when Harry mentions that he doesn't order delivery pizza anymore after the start of the war with the Red Court, due to a fake pizza boy nearly killing him with a bomb.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Luther}}''. A gang of home invaders looking to steal diamonds from a pair of white collar criminal who are about to leave the country turn up in an identical removal van to the one that's just left. Thinking there's been a double booking the man answers the door only to be struck in the face. In Season 2, a random spree killer attacks a motorcycle courier and takes his helmet and gear, walks into an office building and starts attacking the staff. [[spoiler:The helmet comes in handy as he plans to escape the police dragnet disguised as a wounded victim, so has to hide his face while killing.]]
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Shows up at least once, when a courier picking up a package decides to also kill the guy he's getting it from.
* ''SaturdayNightLive'' season 1. A recurring character is a "land shark" that tries to get people to open their door. He always gets in when offering a candygram.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In "What's My Line?", Cordelia lets a cosmetics salesman into the house, unaware that he is actually an assassin who [[TheWormThatWalks can transform himself into thousands of mealworms]].
* In the ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}'' episode "New Blood", the hitman Sid Royce hires to take out District Attorney Serrera attempts to bring the DA a bomb in a pizza box.
* An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' has the detectives realize that the killer gained access to a victim's house by knocking out the real delivery guy and posing as him.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* There's a murderer in ''TraumaTeam'' who kills her victims by masquerading as a postal worker, then "delivering" a package containing a hidden bomb.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice for All'', ProfessionalKiller Shelly [=deKiller=] disguises himself as a hotel bellboy delivering tomato juice to get into his target's room.
* The [[spoiler: suspected]] serial killer in ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona4}} Persona 4]]'' does this, but with one little deviation from the trope. [[spoiler: He isn't posing as a deliveryman, he actually ''is'' one.]]

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In the ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' short 'Operation: Tiger Bomb', Flippy, Sneaky, and Mouse Ka-Boom attempt to kill Tiger General this way. Due to [[LethalKlutz Flippy throwing a slice of pizza instead of a knife, it fails]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': when Amon's coup begins, his [[TheDragon Dragon]] kidnaps one of the council members by posing as an exterminator.
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