Identity Theft during the Holidays

Packages Left Sitting Outside Your Home Can Encourage Identity Theft

This Christmas season you might want to keep in mind one particular practice that might lead to identity theft. Think of all the packages you may be getting delivered to your home this Christmas season. Perhaps, you work long hours and don’t get home until seven or eight o’clock at night. Any packages that UPS or FedEx delivers might be left sitting out in front of your home for several hours. This can be very tempting to criminals who might be scouting out your neighborhood. It would certainly be a shame to have your Christmas items stolen, but it would be much worse if you became the victim of identity theft too.

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Identity theft is always a concern no matter what time of the year it is, but during the holiday season identity theft becomes an even more promising threat. You still might be wondering how identity theft can result from getting a box of children’s toys delivered to your home.

I have noticed that most of my invoices from mail order companies do not actually contain my credit card number or any portion of it, however, it wouldn’t be very hard for an identity theft criminal to steal your package, take a look at the invoice, and call the company you ordered from. An identity theft criminal could potentially get your credit card information or even place an order using the credit card information on file and have it delivered to his or her own home as the “gift recipient.”

A Concerted Effort and Careful Planning

There are some important tips you should keep in mind any time you are getting packages delivered to your house. You can give UPS and other national delivery services specific instructions about where you want your packages delivered. Sometimes just putting the package at your back door is enough to discourage thieves. You always have the option of having a package delivered to a different address, and if you have a close relationship with a neighbor who is home during the day, you might want them to have packages delivered there. If you have a detached garage, you might consider leaving the door to it unlocked, and the delivery person can simply set the packages inside, anything to discourage criminals from stealing your packages can reduce your risk of identity theft.

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