Work at Home Scams

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Source: Ventura County Sheriff's Office

Nature of Incident: Work at Home Scams
Location: Camarillo Police Department

Are you looking for an easy way to make money at home? Did you post a resume on Craigslist? Did you get a job offer via text or email without ever having a face to face interview? If this sounds familiar you may have been the victim of a work at home scam.

The most common work at home scams are envelope stuffers, mystery shopper, or home shippers. Recently, the Camarillo Police Department became aware of a mystery shopper scam. The victim received a message via email regarding earning extra income. The victim then received a check from “Field Agent Inc.” for a significant amount of money, was told to deposit the check in his account, and was asked to purchase two iPhones. The victim purchased the phones, shipped them to Texas, and was told to keep the extra money for himself. The next day the victim was notified by his bank that the check was bogus, and the victim was out the full amount of the check.

The Camarillo Police Department would like to offer the following tips so you don’t become a victim:
1) Do not give out personal information to someone you don’t know
2) Be wary of someone asking you to deposit a check into your account as payment for a job and telling to you to keep the extra money for yourself
3) Do not pay any upfront fees
4) Research the company involved through the Better Business Bureau @ https://www.bbb.org/, the Attorney General @ https://oag.ca.gov/ , or the Federal Trade Commission @ https://www.ftc.gov/

Remember that there is no easy way to make money working from your home. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you are a victim of a scam and you have lost money as a result of that scam, please contact the Camarillo Police Department @ 805-654-9511 to report the scam to a deputy.

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Luvaduck Feb 09, 2018 05:21 PM
Work at Home Scams

To avoid the "I need emergency money granny/parent/sibling" scams, establish a code word with those you'd step up for. Treat a bogus call as an opportunity to tune a stand-up comedy routine. While they're whining, lying and pleading to you, they can't be working the phone on someone else!

Flicka Feb 09, 2018 10:52 AM
Work at Home Scams

Speaking of scams, just now while I was responding to Roger's scanner reports I got a "Grandmother's call". My "grandson" gave me a long song and dance about a traffic accident, on and on, broke his nose is why I didn't recognize his voice, in jail etc. Hadn't asked for the money yet when I asked him what he was going to do when he got out, go to work? Well, yes he had to get to work. When I told him my grandsons are all in college he hung up. I knew from the get go it was one of those I've read about but wanted to hear his script.

Flicka Feb 09, 2018 10:22 AM
Work at Home Scams

Something similar happened to my family about 35 years ago. My daughter, just our of high school, was offered a job stuffing envelops, had to send $15 to a P.O. box so I wrote the check. Never heard a word again. And, they are still doing it, and apparently getting away with it.

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