Rip-Off Alert: Work-at-home scam uses different tactic on its victims
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
There are legitimate work-from-home jobs. In fact, Amazon just recently announced new jobs that allow you to work at home, but not all gigs are genuine.
This one claimed to be legitimate, but it turned out to be a scam. One victim explains the one thing that could've kept her away from cons.
Pam McDeavitt already works from her Pittsburgh home, so when she got an email offering her an additional part-time job with flexible hours and good pay, she was interested.
“I signed up on their website, and I filled out everything and shortly thereafter I got an email,” she said.
The job was described as a re-shipper job. Payment would be $40 per package.
“If it would have been a whole lot of money, it would have been a red flag to me,” McDeavitt said. “If it would have been too little money, I wouldn't have been interested.”
She immediately received two packages. One was from Nordstrom.
She printed out the shipping label and sent it to the address she was given. But when she got the next package, she felt something wasn't right, so she emailed the company.
“I just want to be clear, there's nothing in this package that is considered dangerous because I don't want to get in any trouble, OK? There's nothing in here that's dangerous or terrorist?” she wondered.
They sent back an email, but she still had reservations.
“Why was I getting a package from Nordstrom? Why was it sent to me and then I'm sending it to somebody else?” she asked.
She then called postal inspectors.
“There are legitimate work-at-home jobs,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Joseph Bell. “However, they are few and far between.”
Inspectors learned the postage McDeavitt was using was counterfeit. They caution consumers to research any potential employer. Sometimes a simple internet search will reveal a scam.
Follow-up with that company by independently finding a phone number or an address for that company. And make contact through that phone number or address. Don't rely on what was emailed to you.
Check online to see if there are complaints or other red flags before you sign up for the job.