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Shopping scam offers fake jobs

Updated: Tuesday, August 5 2014, 10:34 PM EDT
BURLINGTON, Ky. (Howard Ain) -- It's the promise of big dollars for very little work.

Ron Everman of Burlington said, "I was just looking basically to subsidize my income and thus looked like it would fit the bill 'cause it said part-time, full-time.  I went ahead and applied for it."
   
Everman found the job online.  What kind of work was it?

"It's a commodities purchasing, manager, buyer type of position," Everman said.
   
Soon he was hired at the Switzerland-based company and told he'd be paid $3,200 every two weeks.  The job required him to buy and ship expensive computers and cameras.

"They pay off your credit card.  They give you their banking information, tell you to go ahead and pay off your debt.  Then you use that amount to purchase products that they tell you," explained Everman.
   
So, he bought the items and started shipping them to an address in Russia.  Everman said he thought everything was OK because he received an email that said online bill payment confirmation and then he went ahead and sent another package to Russia.

Three days after that stuff was already shipped out Everman got a notice saying "insufficient funds."  This had occurred twice and it was about $7,000.  Everman notified the post office trying to get back the packages.

"Right now it's just in limbo.  I'd like to get my stuff back and get my life back and my credit back and maybe my wife won't be so mad at me," said Everman.
   
Everman said all the paperwork he received from this alleged company convinced him it was legitimate. 

But he now realizes, "I should have known better.  I think I'm smarter than that.  I usually can pick up a scam a mile away. This is the first time I've ever encountered something with this great a detail."


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