|Published:||Mar 11, 2013 1:53 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 11, 2013 6:14 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A Call for Action alert about a scam targeting moms who work from home. If you're trying to make a little extra money, chances are, there's someone trying to take it from you.
"The person said they worked for a large company and that they were planning a wedding," said Millie Muentes, fraud victim.
Millie Muentes is a stay at home mom as well as an independent sales person with a beauty company. The potential customer who contacted her by email was interested in buying a large amount of products as souvenirs for their guests for the wedding.
$1,000 worth of beauty products. The client e-mailed Muentes' credit card information with a name and billing address. But Millie was suspicious so she contacted postal inspectors who checked out the address.
"It was a freight warehouse and that freight warehouse had an outside, foreign address where the items were going to be mailed to," said Blanca Alvarez, U.S. Postal Inspector.
The credit card had been stolen. In other words, this was a scam.
"I was really disappointed," said Muentes.
In this case, Muentes' instincts saved her. Anytime you're doing business online, no matter what it is, check out the person and the money on the other end of the deal very carefully.