|Published:||May 07, 2013 5:05 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 07, 2013 6:17 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A new twist targeting people who work from home is getting more popular. WINK News Call for Action found out getting involved could cost you more than money.
"Most of the victims are thinking they are doing it as a "work at home" job and have no idea they are tied to any scam whatsoever," said Stephanie Harden, U.S Postal Inspector.
That's what the criminals want you to think. They market these jobs to people trying to find work, usually on the internet.
"Receive packages at their home, re-wrap them and send them usually overseas," said Harden.
Postal inspectors say a large percentage of these scams originate in eastern Europe and Nigeria. The good include computers, cameras and other electronics usually bought with stolen credit cards. The person who thought they were just making extra money working from home becomes part of a crime and can even be arrested.
"Credit card companies will contact local police department and say there is an address in your county receiving stolen property because the credit cards are no good," said Harden.
So if you get one of these, it's especially important to take action. Even if you don't do anything with it, report it to the post office right away. Since it comes through the mail, they're the lead investigators on it.