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Amazon posts pics of package delivery - fraud prevention??

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Amazon posts pics of package delivery - fraud prevention??

Not sure if this is new... but just received an amazon prime delivery overnite - less than one day shipping (took 12hrs actually Smiling Face With Sunglasses) and in the tracking details it has a pic of the package right by the front door. I'm guessing for proof of delivery with all the fraud of "missing or delayed packages". Never had this in prior amzn purchases, whether delivered by amzn, CP, Fedex, or any1 else.

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In Ottawa I've had this done for a while now when they use Intelcom. I'm sure it's for proof of delivery but they tend to leave it out in the open where anyone can pass by a swipe it.
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its not amazon who is doing it. its Intelcom they been doing it for over a year now. when they delver they either get you to sign for the package or the take a picture showing ware they left the package.
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how does this prevention anything?
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Dreamrider wrote: how does this prevention anything?
Doesn't prevent anything but no doubt discourages 'item not received' friendly fraud. Legally though the picture proves nothing and they'd lose if you disputed the payment.
Lots of smaller couriers seem to do this (AMZN, Ziing, Loomis...) but I don't think any of the big guys do (UPS, Fedex, Canpost...)

At least in my area, a lot of the time the delivery guys don't even bother with the picture and just mark it as "Handed to resident" even though they threw it on the porch and didn't even ring the bell *shrug*
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Ya not going to prevent anything
Just proves that it was “technically” delivered / in place
(Lol if even just for a minute ... as per the above video)

We try to limit the pkgs in our life that are just “dropped / delivery”
Either by utilizing Canada Post Flex Delivery
Or using Courier Companies where a signature is required

Thinking tho with all the Doorstep Thefts that have come along with Online Shopping
(Plenty of news stories, on how these thieves just follow delivery trucks in residential areas)
I can see where the locked household parcel drop boxes are going to become more popular over time

Although if I ever did buy one, i’d be looking for a model that could be drilled / bolted in place thru the base into the floor .. preferably concrete stoop
(In the same way that household safes work)
The standard metal lock boxes, or DIY locked deck boxes ... just IMO invite thieves to carry off the whole shebang
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Dreamrider wrote: how does this prevention anything?
Proves it was delivered to the right place.
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ironchefff wrote:
Somebody's getting fired.

Pretty sure that you can't take a crap any more without the possibility that it will show up somewhere.
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starchoice wrote: Somebody's getting fired.

Pretty sure that you can't take a crap any more without the possibility that it will show up somewhere.
Oh the irony...
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They need to stop leaving packages outside the door. Simple as that. This does not prevent anyone walking by to take it.
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An additional issue I have with it is that they tend to place the package so they can get a good photo.
That means placing it so it is more visible rather than hiding it the best they can, such as behind an object (planter, etc.)
The goal seems to be a good photo, rather than a good delivery.
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it's just Amazon's excuse to use their S3 service.
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I would be curious if the picture is sufficient proof for your credit card issuer to decline a chargeback if the item is subsequently stolen. That would be my concern.
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carmaster wrote: They need to stop leaving packages outside the door. Simple as that. This does not prevent anyone walking by to take it.
I agree. I used to work as a courier years ago and hand delivering the item and obtaining a signature was mandatory. If the recipient wasn't home we had to get them on the phone and get their permission to push the item through the mail slot. Leaving the item on the doorstep or even in an unsecured mailbox was unthinkable. It's sad to see how this has changed. I made a thread complaining about this before and got more downvotes than upvotes. Many RFDers seem to love having packages left unattended on their doorsteps.

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