Skip to comments.FBI: Donít be Fooled by Work-at-Home Scams
Posted on 02/04/2009 6:10:13 PM PST by Cindy
February 4, 2009
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FBI: Dont 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 companys 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 victims information to open credit cards, post on-line auctions, register websites, etc., in the victims name to commit additional crimes.
Dont 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 FBIs New E-Scams and Warnings webpage at www.fbi.gov or www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com. # # #
Gee, I work at home...
Heck so do I... I’m a housewife.
That doesn’t mean you, you....(shudder) DUST, does it?
Yep and clean toilet bowls...oh, and on the upside make the best dinners short of eating out at an upscale restaurant.
You mean that I CAN’T make $300/hour by acting as a ‘collection agent’?? There goes my budget!!
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.
and...I can’t make paid for “stuffing envelopes”?
And you call that “work”? Oooh please don’t tell my wife I said that!
I work at home... FReepin’ !
Truth is, working from home allows me to help out a lot with the house chores.
Seriously, that’s great.
Michelle Soetero works at home, but it doesn’t pay much!
>> FBI: Dont 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.
Now that’s a good job.
Wowser...that’s a lot of money.
I wish I was a sucker... I’d call that number.
Oh, how I would like to reply, but I work from home for an Insuraaaaaaaa...
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?
Did you just say you worked for a duck?
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