With every postal service kicking into overdrive for the Christmas season, it means an influx of grinches are getting ready for their annual stealing spree.

CT Post is warning residents to be wary of the recent influx of package grabbers and delivery scams.  With Christmas fast approaching and money a little bit tighter than usual, losing a package is probably dead last on everyone’s list.

Howard Schwartz, a Better Bureau spokesman, offered several tips on how to keep your holiday delivery season chaos free.  He said, “Whether it is at your front door or a common lobby in an apartment or condominium complex, there is a chance the merchandise may be stolen […] To prevent package theft, arrange to have gifts you bought delivered to a neighbor, trusted friend, or your workplace.’’

This is especially true if you live in an area that has already been targeted by delivery grabbers.

Schwartz also recommends tracking your package and frequently checking its estimated time of arrival.  That way, you know exactly when the package is at your front door.  He says thieves will go out of their way and follow delivery truck to grab any and all unattended packages.  Meaning, your delivery could be snatched up in a matter of minutes.

So, if you are invested in keeping your packages in your possession, it’s better to be safe and paranoid than sorry.

There is also a new type of scheme affecting holiday shoppers this year.  Schwartz cautioned of a rise in fake “failure to deliver” emails and phone calls.  Scammers will claim their driver was unable to leave the package, so the person must set up a new delivery time by clicking a link.

Schwartz told the CT Post this scam is particularly dangerous because, “It is not unusual to receive a parcel with a gift you bought or sent by someone else. […] As a result, someone might not have any reason to doubt that an email or phone call, supposedly from a delivery company, is fake.”

As to what happens should someone fall for the scheme, “[The] links and attachments will likely unleash a virus or other malware that can track your log-ins and passwords as you travel the internet or corrupt your computer files.’’

Although this scenario spares you from losing a delivery, you could wind up losing something invariably more precious considering the invaluable information we store on our computers.

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