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FBI: Donít be Fooled by Work-at-Home Scams
FBI.gov - Press Release ^ | February 4, 2009 | n/a

Posted on 02/04/2009 6:10:13 PM PST by Cindy

February 4, 2009

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http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel09/workathomescams020309.htm

FBI: Don’t be Fooled by Work-at-Home Scams

The FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) continue to receive numerous complaints from individuals who have fallen victim to work-at-home scams and remind consumers to be vigilant when seeking employment online.

These work-at-home schemes are designed by criminals to gain the trust of job seekers in order to take advantage of working relationships to further illegal activity. Most victims do not even realize they are engaging in criminal behavior until it is too late.

In many of the reported scams, victims are often hired to “process payments,” “transfer funds,” or “reship products.” However, these scams exploit unwitting employees by having them cash fraudulent checks, transfer illegally obtained funds for the criminals, or receive stolen merchandise and ship it to the criminals.

Other scams entice victims to sign up to be a “mystery shopper,” receiving fraudulent checks with instructions to cash the checks and wire the funds to “test” a company’s services. Victims are told they will be compensated with a portion of the merchandise or funds.

Job scams also often provide criminals the opportunity to commit identity theft when victims provide their personal information, sometimes even bank account information, to their potential “employer.” The criminal/employer can then use the victim’s information to open credit cards, post on-line auctions, register websites, etc., in the victim’s name to commit additional crimes.

“Don’t get duped by these criminals offering easy money. Remain skeptical of unsolicited job offers that sound too good to be true and report any scams you might encounter,” said Richard Kolko, FBI National Press Office.

To receive the latest information about cyber scams, please go to the FBI website and sign up for e-mail alerts by clicking on one of the red envelopes. If you have received a scam e-mail, please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at www.ic3.gov. For more information on e-scams, please visit the FBI’s New E-Scams and Warnings webpage at www.fbi.gov or www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com. # # #


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: employment; internet; scam; scams; workathome
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1 posted on 02/04/2009 6:10:13 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Gee, I work at home...


2 posted on 02/04/2009 6:11:05 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: DBCJR

Heck so do I... I’m a housewife.


3 posted on 02/04/2009 6:11:52 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

That doesn’t mean you, you....(shudder) DUST, does it?


4 posted on 02/04/2009 6:15:13 PM PST by Bradís Gramma ( PRAY! Pray for the U.S. Pray for Israel.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Yep and clean toilet bowls...oh, and on the upside make the best dinners short of eating out at an upscale restaurant.

Smiling...


5 posted on 02/04/2009 6:17:40 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

You mean that I CAN’T make $300/hour by acting as a ‘collection agent’?? There goes my budget!!


6 posted on 02/04/2009 6:19:37 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ("men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." -- Edmund Burke)
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To: Cindy
I work at home too. I do Windows...and Linux, QNX, UNIX and a variety of other operating systems. It's important to C# so you don't miss the details.
7 posted on 02/04/2009 6:20:39 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Cindy

I saw a sign on a pole recently that cracked me up.

“Work at home, up to $5000/month, don’t believe it? Don’t call”

LOL. That’s perfect. Only suckers need apply.


8 posted on 02/04/2009 6:20:42 PM PST by Malsua
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

and...I can’t make paid for “stuffing envelopes”?


9 posted on 02/04/2009 6:21:24 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

And you call that “work”? Oooh please don’t tell my wife I said that!


10 posted on 02/04/2009 6:21:34 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: Cindy

I work at home... FReepin’ !


11 posted on 02/04/2009 6:23:19 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Cindy

Truth is, working from home allows me to help out a lot with the house chores.


12 posted on 02/04/2009 6:24:36 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: DBCJR

Seriously, that’s great.


13 posted on 02/04/2009 6:25:11 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Michelle Soetero works at home, but it doesn’t pay much!


14 posted on 02/04/2009 6:26:53 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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>> FBI: Don’t be Fooled by Work-at-Home Scams

>> Truth is, working from home allows me to help out a lot with the house chores.

That’s how your message shows in the thread list. Looks like you got scammed into doing house chores.


15 posted on 02/04/2009 6:26:57 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: Myrddin

Now that’s a good job.


16 posted on 02/04/2009 6:29:44 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Malsua

Wowser...that’s a lot of money.

I wish I was a sucker... I’d call that number.


17 posted on 02/04/2009 6:30:31 PM PST by Cindy
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Oh, how I would like to reply, but I work from home for an Insuraaaaaaaa...

never mind


18 posted on 02/04/2009 6:32:26 PM PST by Swan
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To: Cindy
FBI: "Don’t be Fooled by Work-at-Home Scams"

Yet we are supposed to follow the biggest scam master of them all, Barack Obama?

Where is the damn FBI warning about that clear and present danger?

19 posted on 02/04/2009 6:33:29 PM PST by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: Swan

Did you just say you worked for a duck?


20 posted on 02/04/2009 6:33:41 PM PST by Cindy
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