OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS, PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS EVERYWHERE WILL BE SENDING CHRISTMAS CARDS TO CHILDREN...FILLED WITH 5, 10, EVEN 20 DOLLAR BILLS.
BUT THERE'S A CHANCE MANY OF THOSE CARS WON'T MAKE IT TO THE RECIPIENT.
RENA GISELLE IS TIRED OF RECEIVING CHRISTMAS AND BIRTHDAY CARDS WITH SOMETHING MISSING.
THE SOMETHING BEING CASH FOR HER KIDS.
"When he opens it, he likes to see the cash fall out."
BUT WHEN THIS CARD RECENTLY ARRIVED FOR HER SON, SHE NOTICED THE CORNER TORN....
AND THE CASH GRANDMA ENCLOSED NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.
"I mean that's just tampered with! I don't know if they can tell if there is cash in there or not."
HER MOM CONFIRMED SHE PUT MONEY IN IT.
"My grandparents and family and friends like to send cash through the mail for like the holidays and birthdays, and this year they're not coming through, or they are coming through like this."
THE PROBLEM IS IF YOU PUT CASH INSIDE A HOLIDAY GREETING CARD, ESPECIALLY MORE THAN ONE BILL IN THICKNESS, A GOOD THIEF CAN OFTEN FEEL THAT CARD AND TELL THERE'S MONEY INSIDE IT.
JUST THIS PAST MONTH.... A POSTAL WORKER ADMITTED TO STEALING 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH FROM CARDS IN WISCONSIN.
CASH IS ALSO STOLEN BY PORCH PIRATES...THE THIEVES WHO RUN OFF WITH OUR AMAZON BOXES THE POSTAL SERVICE SUGGESTS YOU DON'T MAIL CASH.
--PERSONAL OR CASHIERS CHECKS.
--OR SENDING CASH BY REGISTERED MAIL, WHERE YOU INSURE IT.
RENA IS PUTTING HER PARENTS ON MONEY TRANSFER APPS LIKE VENMO AND ZELLE.
"I would suggest using apps, because you'll have the money in a minute."
BECAUSE A HOLIDAY GIFT IS NO FUN IF A GRINCH GETS IT FIRST.
IF YOU MUST SEND CASH, TRY TO WRAP IT IN EXTRA PAPER...SO THAT SOMEONE WITH CURIOUS FINGERS WON'T BE ABLE TO FEEL WHAT IS INSIDE. THAT WAY YOU DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.
I'M JOHN MATARESE FOX 47 News.