The BBB of Southwest Missouri warns of porch pirates

According to the BBB, online purchases are expected to grow by at least 35% this year. And with that rise of online sales, many of us will receive numerous packages at our homes. While many of us are staying or working at home regularly, a lot of us aren’t, making this is a perfect opportunity for thieves to steal delivered packages from UPS, FedEx, and USPS. Short of being home every time a package is delivered, you can lower your chance of being targeted by a porch pirate.

The default for many of us is to have packages, large or small, sent directly to our homes. Although, many retailers, large and small, are offering packages and orders to be sent to their stores so that you can stop in and pick them up at your leisure and so they are not stolen. Another option is to have them delivered to a family member or friend’s address that will be home when the package is delivered.

The Better Business Bureau is always tracking on-going scams in the area at

Stephanie Garland is the Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau in Springfield, Missouri. You can reach her at 417-862-4222.

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