When you go up to the register to pay for something, the last thing you expect to hear from the cashier is, " Are you part of a scam?"
But thankfully, that is what happened at the Post Office. Kelly Worthman has worked for the postal service for 28 years. She immediately knew something was not right when a customer said he was shipping the items for a new job he got online.
He wanted to know how to package these iPads. "I said where are you shipping them to and he had four of them, I said where are you shipping them to and he said international. I said sir, please do not mail these packages international, this is a scam. No, no, it's not a scam, he said and told me they gave him the money. I said the money is not there."
She was right. Kelly immediately called a postal inspector and asked the man to wait while they did a little research. They found the company was bogus.
The way the scam works is a simple bait and switch.
The company asks you to buy and send electronics quickly and then deposit their check into your account. By the time the bank realizes the check is bad, the victim has sent the purchased items.
The person is out the money and the items.
"The bank comes back and says the check is no good, now you're bouncing checks now your payments to your car, or your car note, or your mortgage are getting affected."
There are legitimate work-from-home jobs. So, how do you know?
The best way to protect yourself is to research the company.
If there's no physical address, if you can't go and speak with someone face to face, that should be your first red flag.