Con-Artists Tricking Victims into Helping Them Steal

Imagine making money in the comfort of your home.  Sound too good to be true? Well, it is.  Many times work-at-home jobs are a scam.

But con-artists are now using this type of fraud to fool victims into helping them steal money.

In this new scheme, scammers are tricking the public into providing their personal information so that they can wire money or transport stolen goods.

According to the FTC, scammers will send emails offering a job as a clerk, correspondence manager or import/export specialist.  The application will ask for personal information and a bank account number.  After accepting, your first task is to wire transfer money to your account and then transfer a majority of it to their contact.

But it doesn’t stop there. Next, you’ll have packages sent to your home. Your task will be to re-label them with information they provide and ship them out.

In another version of the scam,  con-artists will pose as a regular joe looking for love.  The scammer will email the victim as someone they met on an online dating site.  They will claim their stuck outside of the U.S. on business and need your bank account to relay money from their home office.

The reality is the check the scammer sends is fake. If you deposit and withdraw the money, you’re required to repay the bank.

All these schemes are intended to land the victim in hot water, but there are ways to avoid this.

BBB offers these tips:

Do your research. Try typing the company’s name with the word scam or reviews in different search engines and see what you find.

Never give out your personal information. Use your common sense. Giving out your personal information to someone you have never met in person is a never a good idea.

Get details about the job. How much will you get paid? What tasks will you have to perform? Who will pay you and how? These are questions that the person hiring you should be able to know.

You can report a scam by using BBB’s Scam Tracker.