CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Better Business Bureau sent out a warning about thieves taking advantage of the busy delivery season.
The BBB said the scammers show up at the door with a "surprise" delivery that requires a "verification fee," which requires credit or debit card information from the recipient. The delivery person has a card scanner on-hand.
Here's how to avoid becoming a victim, according to the BBB.
First, be suspicious. A friend or family member's gift is likely to be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service, Fed-Ex, UPS or other well-known delivery services. Recipients should question any package from a service they don't recognize.
People should guard their cards. Don't give a card to someone who comes to the door.
Don't pay to receive a gift. Unless buyers requested the package and expected to pay something, they shouldn't have a fee at delivery. Being asked for an ID is ok, but not a credit or debit card.
Finally, slow down and think. BBB President Steve Bernas said thieves take advantage of how busy and distracted people might be this time of year.
For more information, visit www.bbb.org.