Criminals are utilizing two schemes to get your information and holiday packages.
The Connecticut Better Business Bureau said criminals are not only targeting packages on doorsteps, they’re also using fake email notices.
The BBB cited law enforcement and United States Postal Inspection Service.
Both said one tactic involves thieves following a delivery truck along its routes and snatching packages once they’ve been delivered and the coast is clear.
The criminals typically look for electronics and other valuables.
They sometimes walk around a neighborhood looking for packages on someone’s property.
The BBB recommends arranging to pick up a package or ask for a specific delivery time.
The other scheme involves “missed delivery notification” emails.
The BBB said the emails look like they come from a legitimate delivery company or retailer and include a call to action to claim a parcel.
The email usually claims that a company was unable to deliver a package and urges the recipient to click a package tracking link provided in the message. The link may also ask the user to open an attachment.
The resulting link may direct people to a legitimate-looking website seeking personal or financial information.
However, the action can download malware onto the computer to steal personal information.
The BBB recommends that people ignore email notices about missed deliveries.
For more information on protecting personal information and packages, head to the BBB's website here.
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