Protecting Your Online Purchases When Being Delivered

Protecting Your Online Purchases When Being Delivered
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 1:02pm

The countdown has begun, Christmas is closer than you think and now the buying frenzy begins but have you considered what could happen if your merchandise is delivered to your home and you're not there?

The Better Business Bureau of El Paso has some tips to help protect your purchases from those who might want to take advantage of your shopping for themselves.

See if the store has the ability to allow you to track your purchases.  If so, do so and often until you receive the merchandise.  Contact the store immediately if not received when indicated. None of the package delivery companies deliver on weekends.  If you know you will not be at home, consider having your items shipped to your place of employment or to a trusted neighbor or friend.

Try and request a delivery time when you know you will be home if possible. Ask the package delivery company to put your purchases somewhere they cannot be seen from the street, e.g. back porch, behind the back door, etc.

See if you can arrange to pick up your items at the package delivery company's place of operations.

Request a signature upon delivery.  This makes it harder on you but also harder on those who would want to steal your merchandise.

When you do receive your merchandise examine it immediately.  If you believe it's been tampered with, contact the store immediately.

Holiday times need to be stress free but you also need to know that scammers will be in full force

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