“Porch Pirates AKA Delivery Theft”
What do you know about Porch Pirates? Read the article and create a social media post to tell a friend about the problem or a solution.
Consumers love their Amazon! Even after porch pirates seem to get away with stealing shopper’s “delivered” online shopping purchases, it does not seem to slow consumer spending. Amazon looked into a theft ring that involved a delivery service (drivers) contracted by Amazon, stealing purchases and then reselling the stolen items.
Companies like Walmart and Amazon have found that consumers have not lost trust in these businesses, and continue to buy, allowing at-home deliveries to continue.
Some online merchants will replace items not received by mail if you can prove that it was never delivered. Most businesses have turned to mail tracking services to ensure that their products are shipped out and they can be located in the shipping process; which in turn safeguards delivery of the item.
Shopping online is always a risk. Write down what risks are involved when using the internet to purchase goods or services. Next to each item, provide a way to help minimize that risk. Circle the risks that you cannot minimize with additional proactive steps. What are the benefits to shopping online? Do you prefer to shop at a brick and mortar businesses, or buy online? Why? Have you ever had a negative shopping experience online? How was it resolved?
Extension: Go online to your favorite online retailers and find out what their policy is regarding missing packages. Research at least 5 different merchant policies. Create a spreadsheet to analyze their shipping policies. Compare your results and list them as SAFE or UNSAFE for the consumer.
Florida Financial Literacy Standards:
SS.912.FL.6.1: Describe how individuals vary with respect to their willingness to accept risk and why most people are willing to pay a small cost now if it means they can avoid a possible larger loss later.
SS.912.FL.6.9: Explain that loss of assets, wealth, and future opportunities can occur if an individual’s personal information is obtained by others through identity theft and then used fraudulently, and that by managing their personal information and choosing the environment in which it is revealed, individuals can accept, reduce, and insure against the risk of loss due to identity theft.
Created by Deborah Kozdras and Brittany Sampson