Undated -- A new scheme is targeting people who want to work from home. It's putting them in the middle of fraud, and getting involved could mean a big cost.
Stephanie Harden is a US Postal Inspector. She said, "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 scheme whatsoever." That's what the criminals want you to think. They market these jobs to people trying to find work - usually on the internet. It sounds simple. They receive packages at their home, re-wrap them and send them somewhere else - usually overseas.
Postal inspectors say a large percentage of these scams 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.
Harden said, "Credit card companies will contact local police and say there is an address in your county receiving stolen property because the credit cards are no good."
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 does not pay a regular salary or involves working for an overseas company.
-check out the company with the better business bureau or state attorney general.
-and ask why am I the middle man?
If you believe you're a victim of one of a re-shipping scheme, you can file a complaint with postal inspectors online.
US Postal Inspectors/WFMY News 2