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Officials warn of bogus work-at-home offers

December 20, 2012

By Joe White
PDN Reporter
Postal authorities are warning of a recent
scam that could affect LeFlore County
residents.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has
released a statement to educate the public
on the dangers of the Work-At-Home
Re-Shipping Scam.
Officials said that the scam is costing
the U.S. Postal Service lost postage and
taking advantage of those trying to earn
extra money during the holidays.
The USPIS said that the scam begins
when individuals who have submitted a
resume to various well-known national
websites believe that they have been contacted
via e-mail and offered a legitimate
work-at-home position.
The target of the scam is told that they will be paid
based on the number of gifts they repackage and resend
and are offered a bogus work contract.
Merchandise is purchased by the scammer with stolen
credit card information and then sent to victims to be
repackaged and sent to locations in Russia.
Bridget London, USPS postmaster in Poteau, said that
victims of the scam can be charged with trafficking stolen
goods and that one local woman already has been targeted.
“There have been two arrests in the Tulsa area,” London
said. “People need to be wary of work-at-home job
offers.”
London added that victims of the scam are not paid for
resending the packages.
USPIS officials said shipping labels for the repackaged
items are bogus, most already having been used.
They asked anyone who believes that they may have
been a victim of the scam to contact the local post office
or police department.

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