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Man warns others about work-from-home shipping scam

There’s a scam that pops up across the country, including in Mississippi, for work-from-home shipping jobs. Source: WLBT There’s a scam that pops up across the country, including in Mississippi, for work-from-home shipping jobs. Source: WLBT
There’s a scam that pops up across the country, including in Mississippi, for work-from-home shipping jobs. Source: WLBT There’s a scam that pops up across the country, including in Mississippi, for work-from-home shipping jobs. Source: WLBT
There’s a scam that pops up across the country, including in Mississippi, for work-from-home shipping jobs. Source: WLBT There’s a scam that pops up across the country, including in Mississippi, for work-from-home shipping jobs. Source: WLBT
There’s a scam that pops up across the country, including in Mississippi, for work-from-home shipping jobs. Source: WLBT There’s a scam that pops up across the country, including in Mississippi, for work-from-home shipping jobs. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

A job posting for a high paying job isn't always what meets the eye. There’s a scam that pops up across the country, including in Mississippi, for work-from-home shipping jobs.

The "company" pays you to either buy and ship products or just reship packages without questions.

Mike Stewart was browsing jobs online on Indeed when a job description for Procurement Manager caught his eye.

"It looked like a legitimate business," said Stewart.

Buy items, ship them, and that's it. It would pay $98,000 a year. He’d even get commission. He had an attorney look over the documents and contract and eventually applied.

"People had told me also that if it's a scam, it's an elaborate scam,” noted Stewart. “I said I'm going to ride it out. I'm going to see. Because if it wasn't a scam, I didn't want to miss the boat."

Trade Team GMBH, LLC even volunteered to set up an account in his name, pay off his credit card balance, and then put in the money needed for the job. His first assignment was buy as many iPhones as he could with the money they were putting into the account for him. He bought eight and shipped them to the designated address.

But then---

"Contacted the bank and said I wasn't an authorized signer on that account they gave me and so Wells Fargo sent the money back and then my card went up to maxed out," noted Stewart.

Now, he's out $15,000. That includes his original credit card debt plus the total of the cell phone purchases.

"I'm surprised as much time and effort as I put into it that they got me,” he said. “That's the part I keep trying to figure out what I missed."

But the Better Business Bureau says this kind of work-from-home shipping or reshipping scam isn't isolated.

"It's people trying to do better for their family,” explained John O’Hara, BBB Mississippi CEO. “It's almost like that answered prayer. They look very official. Their correspondence is very official. It just makes people let their guard down. They just think that it's extra money they'll make."

So what should've been the red flags?

"The question you need to ask yourself is why do they need me to do this?” asked O’Hara. “The high payout. Why would someone pay me first before I ever did anything? I never met them."

The BBB says this scam is one that often targets teachers who may be home for the summer looking for a side job. They say it also say it appeals to millennials who like the idea of quick cash without much work.

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