to crime: an employment scam
Are you being recruited to commit a crime?
If you answer a job posting for at-home work, you may be.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation says Americans
are being recruited as "reshippers" in various ways
-- and end up being unknowing accomplices in a crime.
Here's how the scam works: The scammer places
a help-wanted ad at a popular Internet job-search site offering
a work-at-home job. Sometimes, the scammer sets up an elaborate,
official-looking Web site for the bogus company he claims
The victim must fill out an employment application
that asks for Social Security number and date of birth. Then
the victim is told he got the job.
Packages arrive at the victim's home.
He is told to repackage the items and ship them overseas,
using his own money which will be repaid. Unbeknownst to the
victim, the packages he's receiving were paid for with fraudulent
At stage two of the scam, the victim is told
he will be paid by cashier's check. But there's a catch. The
check will be written for more than the amount the victim is
owed. The victim is told to deposit the check and forward the
difference to his employer's overseas bank account. Eventually,
the victim's bank informs him that the cashier's check bounced
-- and he owes the bank the amount of the check.
At stage three, the victim realizes it's a scam and thinks the
ordeal is over -- but it's not. The fraudulent employer has
the victim's birth date and SSN. He has applied for several
credit cards in the victim's name and has been using them to
buy merchandise that is being shipped to other unknowing victims
of the scam.
The cycle continues and more Americans in search
of employment find themselves in worse shape than they were
when their job search began.
If you think you may be involved in reshipping
fraud, contact the FBI.
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