Rip-Off Alert: Work-at-home opportunity vanishes when payday rolls around

Work at home scam (MGN Online)

Many people are looking for jobs where they can work at home. But if the red flags were in front of you, would you recognize them?

An unemployed Houston woman, who did not want to be identified, was looking for a job to work from home.

“When you go to unemployment, your information is put out and every headhunter in the business contacts you,” she said.

She received many offers, but one for a reshipping position was the most promising.

“Sounded excellent because the pay was … starting pay was $2,500 a month, plus so much per package depending on the package,” she said.

The job description went as follows: receive packages; print out prepaid postage labels; and repackage and reship items. In the beginning, if she had questions, she would call and talk with her employers.

Everything changed when she got a package to send internationally.

“When I started trying to approach them and call them, they would not take my calls,” she said. “Everyone disappeared. Completely disappeared.”

Postal inspectors say this is typical in work-from-home schemes – right around the time victims should be receiving their first paycheck, there’s silence.

“Typically, the merchandise is stolen merchandise, where they may have used an innocent or another victim’s personal information,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Stephanie Houston.

“My heart was broken,” the victim said. “I was very disappointed. It had already been a bad time, so vulnerability was at best for me at that time.

“I’m just sad, and I pray that this will help somebody else to not get involved.”

Postal inspectors say reshipping positions are rarely legitimate, so if you find an offer, always proceed with caution.

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