Video: Mystery packages tip off identity theft victim to eBay scam

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — How scary is this: A house painter turned identity thief uses her day job to learn her victim’s schedule. That basic knowledge is more valuable than you may think — but there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

“I got home one day and I’ve got a package on my front porch from eBay — which I did not order,” Jill Carlson told FOX6′s Contact 6.

Carlson thought it was a mix up — but the next day, when she found a notice telling her to pick up another package, she got suspicious and spoke with the post office’s clerk.

“Is there a way to stop packages from coming to my house? There is something going on,” Carlson said.

As it turns out, thieves stole Carlson’s identity, opened an eBay account in her name and began ordering online with the intent of picking up the packages before she had a chance to retrieve them.

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