Despite a misleading title, (I fully expected a study on the tape or at least an informal experiment) my personal experience has tracked with the writer's hypothesis of "This tape causes people to think there is a phone inside."
Someone in our office recently had an Amazon packaged delivered and it was marked with the fire tape. As it was waiting for him on his desk, we assumed he had ordered a Fire Phone and waited eagerly to check it out when he got back.
It was a travel mug.
My building just started having packages disappear as well, coinciding with the Fire tape. Seems really idiotic to make a package appear to be expensive electronics and then also leave instructions for USPS to "lol leave where ever"
Luckily, nobody's gonna steal an Amazon parcel for a Fire Phone!
It's funny you mentioned this. The first package I got with firetape was opened at the corner. I figured Fedex driver snooped. Luckily it was a $4 item.
Order another package, sure enough this one had the tape tampered with too. Only since the tape.
Haha, one incident of it... MUST BE THE TAPE! This is most likely a coincidence.
Eh. He says in his post that it's perhaps mere coincidence and I'll have to believe that.
All Amazon packaging is noticeably branded as such. Some people steal packages, no matter what they think is inside. That's why you have to be there to sign for them or have somewhere safe for the delivery person to leave it. Or let them come back the next day.
I'm not sure how it works where he lives specifically but unless it's something delivered by USPS I have to be there to sign for it. And even then my mail lady knocked on my door to tell me it was there when it couldn't fit in the mailbox. If not home, someone typically is, it gets left in a safe, inconspicuous spot.
I'll assume that because it was a phone case that it was sent by mail service in which case you should talk to your mail person before it arrives to make sure they don't leave it out in the open.