W.Va. Attorney General's Office Warns Against Criminals Pilfering Porch Packages


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reminds holiday shoppers to exercise caution when having packages delivered to their homes. Packages arrive at doors more frequently during the Christmas shopping season due to the popularity of online purchasing. Thieves have been known to pilfer packages from porches, so it is important for consumers to take precautions. “Online shopping continues to grow in popularity because it is so convenient,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This has also led to a growth in thieves stealing unattended packages. Thieves will prey upon any opportunity, so it’s important to not let them steal your joy this season.” Consumers should consider having packages shipped to their workplace or to a trusted neighbor’s house instead of allowing gifts to be left unattended at home. Consumers can also opt to have their packages shipped to a local post office for pickup. Consumers should always require a signature to verify receipt. Video doorbells also have become increasingly popular and, in some instances, have caught porch pirates red-handed. The Attorney General also warned consumers to watch for shipping scams, such as the “parcel-waiting” scheme. It targets consumers with a card claiming someone attempted to make a delivery and asks the consumer to call a specific number for more detail. Those who make the call may be placed on hold and connected to a premium or overseas service that can prove costly and jeopardize personal information. The advice comes as part of the Attorney General's Holiday Consumer Protection Week. Consumers with questions or concerns can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.

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