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Re-shipping Scam Targets People Looking to Work from Home


Work-at-home can be a tricky a business.

A man who thought he landed his dream job working for an online company found out he was a middle man in a scheme and would never see a penny for his work.

"I thought it was going to be worth it because I get to work from home. This is fantastic," said Daniel Di-Maio, Fraud Victim.

Di-Maio thought he had found the perfect job online as a "logistics specialist" for a commerce website.

"My responsibility was to re-package everything and upload a shipping label off their website."

But Daniel was actually caught in the middle of a sophisticated re-shipping scheme.

"People from overseas, who in most cases have stolen credit cards numbers, use those numbers to order merchandise from American companies," said Steve Bolz, U.S. Postal Inspector. "These companies often won't send things overseas so they have to recruit an American, a middle person to receive this merchandise."

The con artists offered Daniel $50 for every package he sent, and they said he may get up to 15 in one month.
"I was at $2,700 so I was on top of the world, thinking I was getting a fantastic pay day. Until it didn't come," said Di-Maio.

"There will be a promise of $50 a parcel, but it is all bogus," said Bolz. "At the end of the day they will never see a dime."
"When I really realized it was a scam I was like, 'oh my gosh, I'm an idiot,'" said Di-Maio.

Postal inspectors say re-shippers often lose money. Many are asked to buy packing supplies and scales and are told they will be reimbursed.
"I tell people if it deals with another country and some kind of commerce or business dealings with a foreign country--look out, it may be a scam," said Bolz.

"I learn from it and move on," said Di-Maio.

Postal inspectors say it's important to always research the business trying to recruit you.

Check their website and the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the company.

Click here to report internet crimes to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint center.

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