The 12 Days of Holiday Fraud – Day 12: Porch Pirates

We’ve reached the final day in The 12 Days of Holiday Fraud – our version of the holiday classic The 12 Days of Christmas! We’re warning about the top scams that leverage the holiday season to target you and how to avoid falling victim to fraudsters.

We hope you take these tips to heart and resolve to start 2021 cyber smart!

While the previous 11 days have tied into our increasingly cyber world, the old ways can still be effective for criminals – including stealing physical property with their bare hands.

“On the eleventh day of the holidays, my scammer targeted me with  . . .”

 DAY 12: Porch Pirates

The front porch of the house has become the destination place for packages ordered online, and therefore is a target for criminals looking to make a quick steal. The thieves aren’t necessarily sneaky about it either, as that type of behavior might make a passerby suspicious. Often, they walk by or pull up in a car, walk to the front of the house, and calmly take the packages.

HOLIDAY TIPS

  • Track your packages online. Most sites will tell you when they will be delivered. Therefore, you can arrange to be home or have a neighbor pick up deliveries.
  • A visible security camera can’t physically stop someone from stealing packages, but it can be a strong deterrent.
  • Instead of having Amazon packages delivered directly to your home, you can have them shipped to a nearby Amazon Hub locker. Once delivered, you receive a unique code for each package you’ll be picking up.
  • Products such as BoxLock are locks with a built-in scanner that allows the delivery person to press a button and scan the package. This opens the lock allowing the package to be placed in a secure compartment and then relocked.

Check out Day 1: Secret Sister Gift Exchange.

Check out Day 2: Requests for Charitable Gifts.

Check out Day 3: Secret Santa Shopper.

Check out Day 4: Fake Holiday Marketplaces.

Check out Day 5: Package Delivery.

Check out Day 6: Gift Cards.

Check out Day 7: Fake Apps.

Check out Day 8: Holiday Shopping Spree.

Check out Day 9: Puppies.

Check out Day 10: Travel.

Check out Day 11: Stolen Rewards Points.

By clicking on any of the links above, you acknowledge that they are solely for your convenience, and do not necessarily imply any affiliations, sponsorships, endorsements or representations whatsoever by us regarding third-party websites. We are not responsible for the content, availability or privacy policies of these sites, and shall not be responsible or liable for any information, opinions, advice, products or services available on or through them.

© 2020 Buckingham Strategic Partners®

The contents of any report published herein are for informational and educational purposes only. The articles are not to be construed as investment, tax, financial, accounting, or legal advice. Individuals should seek independent advice from a tax professional based on his or her individual circumstances.

The analysis contained in any publication published or otherwise disseminated by Buckingham Strategic Partners (BSP) on this site is based on the data available at the time of publication which may become outdated or otherwise superseded at any time without notice, and the opinions of BSP. Certain information contained therein is based upon third-party sources, which BSP believes to be reliable, but is not guaranteed for accuracy or completeness. Neither the SEC nor any other federal or state agency or non-U.S. commission has confirmed the accuracy or determined the adequacy of information published or disseminated by BSP. Any publication or dissemination of information to the contrary is unlawful. Each reader acknowledges the contents published or otherwise disseminated by BSP is the sole property of BSP and any reproduction or distribution of such information, in whole or in part, other than for its intended purpose with credit provided to BSP, is prohibited. BSP reserves the right to remove, alter, edit, or adapt any third-party content published, contributed, or subject to applicable law.

By clicking on any of the links within the articles on this site you acknowledge that they are solely for your convenience, and do not necessarily imply any affiliations, sponsorships, endorsements or representations whatsoever by us regarding third-party Web sites. We are not responsible for the content, availability or privacy policies of these sites, and shall not be responsible or liable for any information, opinions, advice, products or services available on or through them.