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Frankfort Police Dept
Saturday December 17th, 2016 :: 08:16 a.m. CST


Package Theft Prevention Tips and Amazon Scam Warning

Frankfort and our surrounding areas have been experiencing some thefts involving packages. In many cases, delivered packages that are left unattended are targeted. Most deliveries do not require a signature and are generally left at your front door even if no one is left home to accept them. Thieves may follow a UPS, Fed Ex, US Mail, and other delivery service trucks looking for easy targets.

The following tips can help to prevent these types of crimes from occurring:
• Ask for a tracking number, this will allow you to find out when your packages are being delivered.
• Request a “Signature Delivery Option”. This requires a signature when the package is delivered so it cannot be left at the front door.
• Request a specific date and time for packages to be delivered to ensure that you will be home to accept your packages.
• Have your packages delivered to your workplace.
• Have your items shipped to a family member or neighbor who will be home to receive the package.
• If your packages do not arrive as scheduled contact the sender immediately.
• Have items shipped to stores where you can pick them up at your convenience.

If you see any suspicious activity involving delivery service trucks, suspicious vehicles, or what you believe to be a theft, call the Frankfort Police immediately.

There is a new scam going on involving Amazon. This scam is completed using e-mail messages.
The scam e-mail claims that Amazon is having a problem processing your order and says you won’t be able to access your Amazon account or order anything from the store until you click on the link to provide them with critical updates on your account.

The link takes you to a webpage that looks legitimate and asks you to confirm your name, address and payment information. The scammer is looking for your personal information.

Amazon has a page on its website warning about “spoof emails.” Amazon advises it will never send you an email asking for any of the following information:

Your bank account information, credit card number, PIN, or credit card security code (including “updates” to any of the above)
Your mother’s maiden name or other information to identify you (such as your place of birth or your favorite pet’s name)
Your Amazon password. Remember, you should never give out your personal information over the phone or in response to an e-mail such as this.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday,
The Frankfort Police Department

Frankfort Police Dept
20602 Lincolnway Ln
Frankfort, IL 60423

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 815-469-9435

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