Too Good to be True: Victims Duped by Envelope-Stuffing Scam - WBAY

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Too Good to be True: Victims Duped by Envelope-Stuffing Scam

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Many people are fighting to make ends meet, and criminals have found creative ways to prey on people who are struggling.

We've all seen those ads promising to make easy money working at home--but they're often "too good to be true."

"On the website and on the radio what they heard is they would be stuffing envelopes and being paid up to $5000 a week," Daryl Greenberg, U.S. Postal Inspector.

In one case alone, more than 230 people were lured in by this bogus job offer.
 
"You had very young victims out of high school and you had very elderly victims. You had victims who were destitute," said Greenberg.

Victims were told to send $50-$500 for the starter packet.
 
"They were heartfelt, they were trying to do good and make money and fell victim anyway."

In the end the victims received nothing in return.

"I have never found a legitimate envelope-stuffing project that actually panned out the way people believe," said Greenberg.

Here are some tips to avoid falling victim to one of these scams:

  • Never give your personal information to a person or company you don't know.
  • Check out the company with the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau or State Attorney General's Office before you send any money.


 

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