An elaborate scam with ties to the Russian mob has snagged victims here in the heartland. One of them is now stuck with an huge credit card bill.
From his garage in Gretna Chad believed a shop and ship operation supplied an international business.
Chad says, "I was looking forward to a great opportunity." Instead a job scam boxed him in financially. Chad asked his full name not be revealed fearing he'll be targeted by other scammers. He says, " My goal was to be able to support my kids more.to make more income for them and for me and it turned out to be the exact opposite so it was crushing."
Chad's resume on line spotted by a company that paid off his business credit card so he could buy electronics and ship it to Russia. A job he took seriously buying eight cameras ten lenses a half dozen ipads and more. Chad says in that three week period he purchased at least a dozen expensive laptops.
Nearly\ $90,000 in credit card bills paid off by the Russian company. Chad learned later the funds had been stolen from a hacked business account in Michigan so hes stuck with the bill.
Chad says:that's when my heart dropped."
A Sarpy Sheriff's fraud investigator found that the Russian mob tricks American job seekers into buying and shipping electronics.
Deputy Matt Barrall says, "That command three four and even five times the price as they do in the united states." Barrall says its the most elaborate scam he's seen in 16 years of law enforcement.
From dental plan to 401K, the phony job looked so real. Chad had dreams of growing into a worldwide electronics shipper. But because the scam left him 90-thousand dollars in debt he's packing it in. Chad says:it turned into a nightmare."
The Better Business Bureau has complaints from three others in Nebraska and Kansas. All together this international buyers scam has stuck the victims one hundred twenty thousand dollars in debts.