The Better Business Bureau warns what seems like easy, stay at home employment could really be an elaborate scam.
The BBB Serving West Central Ohio warning area residents about a scam they're calling the Russian Package Transfer Scam. Several people have called the BBB recently concerning the scam. At least two people have been victimized. Ashley Epperson was looking for work online when she was offered a job of gift wrapping and forwarding packages overseas. Epperson realized it was a scam after not getting paid.
Neil Winget of the BBB says the perpetrators are using stolen credit card numbers to make the purchases. Victims like Epperson are middlemen and prevent the true criminals from being tracked. Epperson didn't lose any money in the scam. However, she filled out a job application and tax paperwork. Now the scammers have her information.
Winget says victims can contact the BBB. He also suggests that victims report their experience on the Department of Justice internet fraud website. That address is www.ic3.gov.