Home for the Holidays | Online Shopping & Deliveries
This week you’re most likely expecting loads of deliveries with those Christmas gifts you secured on Cyber Monday. Sure, online shopping has made gifting a whole lot easier, but is it safer? There are a few issues to address here, so let’s dive right in.
Online shopping is more popular than ever, and since billions of dollars will be spent via the inter-webs this month, these specialized criminals are on the prowl.
- Use familiar sites, and beware of sites that don’t end in .com.
- Use secure sites that begin with ‘https://’. That ‘s’ is the key.
- If an offer sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Don’t get scammed.
- Once you’ve made purchases, check your bank and credit card statements often. Theft can happen quickly, and it’s best to catch it ASAP.
- Use strong and unique passwords
A cluttered doorstep
Thieves are on the lookout for packages on doorsteps this time of year- keep yours clean. If you’re expecting packages and know you won’t be home for a few hours, have a neighbor pick them up and hold onto them for you. Also, UPS also offers an option for you to have your packages held at the nearest UPS store. If possible, ship packages to your work address so they aren’t left in the open.
In neighborhoods, keep an eye on suspicious vehicles following delivery trucks or waiting nearby. In apartment complexes, avoid giving gate codes out or letting people ‘piggyback’ when you’re going in. It’s each residents’ responsibility to keep the whole building safe.
Beware of fake delivery personnel – it’s best to really get to know your normal delivery people (USPS, UPS, Fedex, etc…), but we understand that this time of year demand is higher, and you may not see your regulars. If you expect that you’ll need to sign for a package, prepare ahead of time and have someone over with you. Otherwise have your items held at the UPS store.
You may think this is far-fetched, but it happens, and you should be aware.