When you read about scams like this, it's easy to fall into a "that happens to other people" mentality. However, when you look at the numbers of people in Illinois and around the country who've lost significant sums of money, keep in mind that it could easily happen to you.
This isn't actually a post on the people who will use any form of communication necessary (up to, and including petroglyphs) to try to get you to buy an extended warranty you don't need. It's really my only way of reaching out to try to sell you an extended warranty that you don't need.
Before we started getting all these packages delivered directly to our front door on a regular basis, I'm sure the number of porch thefts was a lot less than it is today simply because there weren't as many opportunities for porch pirates.