"Re-Shipping" Scams Make Victims Part of the Crime - WBAY

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"Re-Shipping" Scams Make Victims Part of the Crime

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It's a recent trend--online job offers looking to hire people to "re-ship" just about anything and everything.  But be warned-- it's not all it's packed up to be.

That's what scam victim Ella Butler found out when she applied for a job in the re-shipping business.

"They needed someone to send packages. So, I sent my information in," Butler said.

After sending a copy of her driver's 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. It was easy money, $16 a-package," Butler said.

Butler was sent ski equipment, watches and even an electric guitar to ship out.   But soon, she started to become suspicious.

"I noticed that all of the packages coming to me then I was sending went to Moscow, to Russia.
All these different names coming to my address, so I called the postal service."

Postal inspectors began tracking the packages Ella was receiving.

"Basically it is a fraudulent credit card purchase that is shipped to an individual in the U.S. who is unwittingly participating in the scheme from a work-at-home job," said Frank Schissler, U.S. Postal Inspector.

Butler warns, "you can fall for this kind of scam, because they are just too good to be true. It's quick money. Do not fall For it."

 

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