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Thousands of Moms Targeted for Work-at-Home Scheme


It's a scam that claimed tens of thousands of victims--many of the moms.

The victims were promised big money to work at home, but they ended up losing money instead.

The scam lured in a staggering 65,000 people to the tune of $1 million.

"Most were stay-at-home moms who were looking to make extra income," said Christopher Cizin, U.S. Postal Inspector. "They read about the opportunity to work at home from a parenting magazine or other magazines catered toward homemakers."

The website touted it as a "legitimate work at home opportunity."

"They were told to pay a fee of $29 or $39 or $59 depending on which opportunity they were interested in," said Cizin. "They responded and got some materials in the mail."

Those materials included postcards aimed at recruiting more people. They promised that if someone responded to those mailings, the sender might make money, otherwise nothing.

These testimonials were just another part of the scheme.

"From our investigation, we determined none of the people in the testimonials were actual people," said Cizin. "Based on the records by the company, there was no one who made that type of money."

After getting several complaints, postal inspectors went undercover posing as someone looking for a work-at-home job.

That investigation led them to those responsible for the scheme.
Postal inspectors have this advice for anyone considering a work-at-home job "opportunity":

"Be suspect. If you have to pay in, it may be a scam," warned Cizin.

Postal inspectors say always check out the company with the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau or your State Attorney General.

Never give out personal information to a person or company you don't know.

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