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Howard Ain, Troubleshooter: Re-Shipping Scam Alert
CINCINNATI (Howard Ain) -- During tough times when jobs are hard to find you may notice ads from foreign companies offering jobs for easy money.
But, Local 12 Troubleshooter, Howard Ain, says be very careful, some offers are just scams.
We've all heard the warnings about signing on for work at home jobs. Many of them are outright scams but you may not find that out until it's too late.
Fraud victim Daniel Di-Maio said, I think it was going to be worth it because I get to work from home. This is fantastic.
Daniel Di-Maio thought he had found the perfect job online as a logistics specialist for a commerce website.
My responsibility was to repackage everything and upload a shipping label off their website.
Sounded good, but Daniel was actually caught in the middle of a sophisticated reshipping scheme.
Steve Bolz, a US Postal Inspector, said, People from overseas who in most cases have stolen credit cards numbers, use those numbers to order merchandise from American companies. 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 dollars for every package he sent and said he may get up to 15 in one month.
Di-Maio said, I was at 2,700 dollars so I was on top of the world thinking I was getting a fantastic payday until it didn't come.
Bolz said, There will be a promise of 50 dollars a parcel, but it is all bogus. At the end of the day they will never see a dime.
Daniel learned this lesson quickly and called postal inspectors, When I really realized it was a scam I was like oh my gosh Im an idiot.
Inspectors say re-shippers often lose money. Many are asked to buy packing supplies and scales and are told they will be reimbursed.
Bolz tells Local 12, 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.
Postal Inspectors say its important to always check out a business that's trying to recruit you. Check their website, check with the better business bureau, see if any complaints have been filed against the firm.
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