Police warn about credit card scam during holiday season

Posted at 6:21 PM, Dec 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 19:28:03-05

A twist on a credit card scam is picking up steam ahead of the holiday season.

Across the country, there have been reports of thieves making online purchases using stolen credit cards and having it delivered to nearby homes.

Thieves use an alternative address to avoid alerting law enforcement about their crime. They track the shipment then wait for the delivery to be dropped off by the driver. The scammer can then scoop the package from the doorstep.

If a homeowner gets an unexpected package, this could be a red flag for credit card fraud.

Temple police say they have not received any reports, but have seen similar scams. They warn residents to remain vigilant.

“People are always looking for ways to deceive you and take your money. Especially during the holiday season. You’re going shopping, well they’re going shopping too, but it’s your stuff,” said Ellen Morton, spokesperson for the Temple Police Department.

Reporting suspicious activity can help stop a suspect in their tracks.

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