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Consumer Alert: Envelope stuffing scheme bilks people out of hundreds

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Who isn't seduced by the idea of making a little extra money?

We found ads promising money for simply stuffing envelopes are, most times, not what they appear.

"On the website and on the radio what they heard is they would be stuffing envelopes and being paid up to $5,000 dollars a week," said U.S. Postal Inspector Daryl Greenberg.

More than 230 people in one case were lured in by this bogus job offer.

"You had very young victims out of high school and you had very elderly victims. You had victims who were destitute," Greenberg said.

Victims were told to send between $50 and $500 for the starter packet. They received nothing in return.

"They were heartfelt," Greenberg said. "They were trying to do good and make money and fell victim anyway."

There are ways to protect yourself from this kind of scam. Never give out your personal information to a person or company you don't know. Check out the company with the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau or State Attorney General before you send any money and be skeptical.

"I have never found a legitimate envelope-stuffing project that actually panned out the way people believe," Greenberg said.

Postal inspectors say to be on the lookout for another new scam where you are sent and asked to resend items to a foreign address. The merchandise is usually paid for with stolen credit cards. If you repackage the items, you could become part of a fencing crime and could face charges.


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