ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the FBI seized and shut down 17 online domain names linked to work-from-home and remittance scams on Thursday.
The investigation into this scam began in February 2021, when a scammer used someone’s credit card to buy a virtual reality headset and have it shipped to a home in Hazelwood.
According to a release from U.S. Attorney Sayler Fleming, the scammers trick job seekers into receiving stolen goods and then send those stolen goods to another account. managed by scammers.
People who participate in this scam believe that they will accept work from home jobs with a real company. These unknowing people were used in this scam to separate the people who lead from law enforcement.
According to the released US Attorney Fleming, investigators have found many links that they believe the scammers are in Russia.
The victim of the scam from Hazelwood thought they were taking a work-from-home position for a company called LocalPost as a quality inspector. He was paid $20 to deliver a package to his address, which involved taking a picture of the product and then returning the items to another address.
Hazelwood’s wife allowed investigators to use her credentials to log into the LocalPost online dashboard, where they discovered 25 packages had been sent to Hazelwood’s address. One of the items found was a $1,500 laptop fraudulently purchased with a St. John’s credit card. Louis County.
A victim in Texas believed they were taking a logistics inspector position with another company linked to the scam. This victim lost about $32,000 which they expected to be reimbursed but never was.
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has received 64 complaints about these scams. The Federal Trade Commission has received 56 complaints about websites involved in these scams.
“Although the scammers have deceived countless numbers of people to hide from justice in other countries, we have blocked their ability to continue to deceive by closing these websites,” said Fleming. “This case will serve as a lesson to them, so that those who are deceived into participating in similar scams in the future. Anyone who comes with a work-from-home opportunity should investigate properly. to their employer before providing any personal information.”
One way to protect yourself from these scams is to double-check the information before giving out personal information.
“This is another form of cyber fraud that criminals, often in foreign countries, are using to victimize vulnerable Americans,” said FBI Special Agent Jay Greenberg in St. Louis. Louis Division. “To avoid most internet scams, practice ‘Always double check it.’ With this strategy, do an online search of the given ‘business’ numbers and then call the location’s phone number to confirm.
Information on how to spot these types of scams can be found through the Federal Trade Commission and the AARP.
You can report these crimes to the US Postal Inspection Service or the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
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