Work at Home Scams

By: Nichole Vrsansky
By: Nichole Vrsansky

The offers are tempting: Make thousands of dollars in the comfort of your own home, but instead of making money, consumers end up spending their own.

"They misrepresented the truth to me and defrauded us of our money and hopefully we'll be able to recover that," says David Kingry, a victim.

The ad asks you to send money to a post office box in your area and, in return, you'll stuff envelopes for cash.

"Where have you ever applied and been asked to pay to go to work there? That should give you a clue that something is not right here," says Dennis Horton of the Better Business Bureau.

Instead of the green, you end up receiving a letter on how you can place the same ad and have someone send you money. But if you do that:

"The problem is, that's mail fraud, which makes you a criminal in the process of trying to make two, four or five hundred dollars,” says Horton.

Working together the Better Business Bureau, the Illinois Attorney General and the U.S. Post Office are filing suit and cracking down on these con artists. They’re urging anyone who receives these scams to return to sender.


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