BBB Warns Of 'Work From Home' Scam


UPDATED: Monday July 14, 2014 3:08 PM

The Better Business Bureau is warning people about a new “work from home” scam.

A fake business claiming to be based in Wisconsin is hoping you will help them by shipping goods. 

The business is called Send-it-Off, Pick and Send, or another similar name. 

The scam requires you to package items and send them overseas. Some of those items can include iPhones or iPads.

The company also promises to reimburse you for their expenses and pay a monthly stipend. But that payment never comes and now illegally obtained goods have been moved.

The BBB warns to watch out for variations of this scam and to watch out for requests that could leave you a victim to identity theft. 

The BBB also offers tips to help identify a scam before you waste time and money:

•         Watch out for these phrases: Scam ads often contain the phrases “Teleworking OK,” “Immediate Start” and “No Experience Needed.” Watch out for ads that urge you to apply immediately.
•         Be very cautious of any job that asks you to share personal information or hand over money. Scammers will often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit or paying for training.
•         Some positions are more likely to be scams: Always be wary of work from home, secret shopper positions or any job with a generic title, such as admin assistant or customer service representative. These often don’t require special training or licensing, so they appeal to a wide range of applicants.
•         If a job looks suspicious, search for it in Google. If the result comes up in many other cities with the exact same job post, it is likely a scam.
•         Check out the business’ website to make sure the opening is posted there. If you are still skeptical, call the business to check on the position. Don’t rely on websites or phone numbers provided in the advertisement; find the “employer” on your own to make sure it’s the real deal.

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