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Consumer Alert: 'Stay at home jobs' could be a big scam


Consumer Alert: The flexibility of working from home is very appealing for many Americans trying to make ends meet, but proceed with caution. Most of these jobs found online are nothing more than a scam.

Nearly $750,000 of fake postal money orders were stuffed into express mail envelopes and sent across the county to hundreds of people.

US Postal Inspector Bob Schmidt says, "I knew someone had been mailing hundreds of pieces over a year. On a certain Saturday 150 went out from six different post offices about 25 each one."

Once Postal Inspectors confirmed who was sending all of these packages they confronted the woman.

Schmidt says, "She couldn't believe it at first, she wanted to help right away, offered email phone numbers whatever I wanted to help catch the guy."

She said the checks and instructions on what to do came from West Africa.

"These people are usually victims themselves," Schmidt says. "They've gone online to look for a job to do from home - they get contacted by the scammers."

She didn't realize the checks were bad or that she was doing anything wrong. The conartists promised her up to $200 an hour. Inspectors say be weary of these promises.

"No company is going to pay that much money to have somebody stuff envelopes and ship them out. Be weary of anything online really. They can really disguise themselves they could say they are whomever they want to be."

This is another example of, 'if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.' Making $200 an hour just isn't realistic.


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