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Reshipping Scams Make Victims Part of the Crime

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A new scheme targeting people who want to work from home is growing in popularity.

It's called "reshipping fraud" and the people who are getting caught up in it have no idea that they're actually becoming part of the crime.

"Most of the victims are thinking they are doing it as a work-at-home job and have no idea they are tied to any scam whatsoever," said Stephanie Harden, U.S. Postal Inspector.

That's what the criminals want you to think. They market these jobs to people trying to find work-- usually on the internet.

Harden describes the work as follows: "Receive packages at their home, re-wrap them and send them usually overseas."

Postal inspectors say a large percentage of these schemes originate in eastern Europe and Nigeria.
 
The goods include computers, cameras and other electronics usually bought with stolen credit cards.

The person who thought they were just making extra money working from home becomes part of a crime and can even be arrested.

"Credit card companies will contact local police departments and say there is an address in your county receiving stolen property because the credit cards are no good," said Harden.

Postal inspectors offer these tips:

  • Don't give your personal information to a person or company you don't know.
  • Be suspicious of any offer that doesn't pay a regular salary or involves working for an overseas company.
  • Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau or state attorney general.
  • If you believe you're a victim of one of these reshipping scams, you can fine a complaint with postal inspectors online.  Click here for a link.



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