Consumer Alert: Some work-at-home jobs may be outright scams, and you might not find out until it's too late.
Daniel Di-Maio is the victim in this case. Daniel says, "I thought it was going to be worth it because I get to work from home. This is fantastic."
Daniel thought he had found the perfect job online as a logistics specialist for a commerce website.
"My responsibility was to re-package 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 is a Postal Inspector. Steve says, ""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 conartists offered Daniel $50 for every package he sent and said he may get up to 15 in one month.
Daniel says, "I was at $2,700 so I was on top of the world, thinking I was getting a fantastic pay day, until it didn't come."
Steve says, ""There will be a promise of $50 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.
Daniel says, ""When I really realized it was a scam I was like, oh my gosh, I'm 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.
Steve says, ""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."
Daniel says, ""I learn from it, and move on."
Postal Inspectors say it is important to always check out the business trying to recruit you. Check their website and the Better Business Burea to see if any complaints have been filed against the company.