Scam Alert: Work-From-Home Red Flags

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Online job offers can be seductive. But some of these jobs might bring you down a path you should definitely avoid.

"Good money, you can make at home," said Ella Butler. She was targeted for an online ad, so she decided to apply for a job in the re-shipping business. "They needed someone to send packages. So, I sent my information in."

After sending a copy of her drivers license, Ella signed a contract to re-ship items via Express Mail.

"Receive packages at my home and then send them wherever they tell me to send them," said Ella. "It was easy money, $16 dollars a package."

Ella was sent ski equipment, watches and even an electric guitar to ship out, but then she started to become suspicious.

"I noticed that all of the packages I was sending went to Russia," said Ella. "All these different names coming to my address and I called the Postal Service."

Postal inspectors began tracking the packages Ella was receiving. They learned the conmen were using stolen credit card information to buy things and ship them to Ella and others who were unaware of what was going on.

"The Internet allows fraudsters to hide behind the computer," said US Postal Inspector Frank Schissler.

The lesson here: before taking a job advertised online, check out the company with the Better Business Bureau or the state's Attorney General.

"On the surface it seems like such a great job," said LPD Officer Erin Spilker. "I can work from home, I'm getting paid all this money to do pretty menial tasks. The problem is, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

"Quick"and "money" are the two key words here.

When you see them in an offer, the best advice: run in the other direction.

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