Looking to earn extra income working from home? Don't bother applying to this fake shipping business that claims to be based in Wisconsin. It's a con, and your work may help scammers.
How the Scam Works:
You receive an email offering you a job at a business called Send-it-Off, Pick and Send or a similar name. "Here is the application form and the job description to get more information about the position," the email reads.
You read the information. Send-it-Off claims to be a shipping service based in Wisconsin, and it is hiring "agents" to package items and mail them overseas. The company promises to reimburse "agents" for their expenses and pay a monthly stipend. It sounds like easy money, so you fill out the application form and send it back.
Soon, your first assignment arrives. You are asked to ship some electronics, such as an iPhone or iPad, to an address overseas. You send off the items... but your payment never arrives. You've been conned, and you may have just helped scammers move illegally obtained goods.
Watch out for variations on this scam. For example, con artists are likely to change the name of their "business" as word of the scam travels. Also, watch out for requests that could open you up to ID theft. Some victims reported sending a copy of their driver's license with their "job application," which gave scammers their name, address and photo.
Spot a job scam before you waste your time and money.
For More Information:
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Thanks to the BBB of Wisconsin for their investigation into this scam. See their interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here.