Scam victims - what to do and how to
do it if you are in trouble from the following scams:
• Work at home scams
Processing or reshipping checks, money
Re-shipping envelopes and/or merchandise;
Receiving money wired into your
Writing checks on somebody else's account;
Secret Shopper jobs;
Receiving credit cards or gift cards from a foreign
employer or someone you met online.
• Romance scams
• Overpayment scams
• Lottery scams
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You have received packages
and re-shipped them
• You have
received packages and have not re-shipped them
• You have been
told you will receive packages and have not yet received them
Western Union and MoneyGram were
designed to send money to friends and family, not to send
money to strangers.
NEVER WIRE MONEY TO A STRANGER!
have been receiving packages and have sent some off to the
addresses on the labels supplied to you by the scammers, please file
a report with your local Main Post Office. Letters and
packages fall under the jurisdiction of the US Postal Inspector
regardless of the method you are using to send them and how you are
file a report with the shipping firm (FedEx, Airborne, etc.) and ask for the Fraud
Department. In some instances, the packages will not have been
picked up on the other end and can be returned.
is to get the scam on record. Without records, there is no way
for enforcement to keep track of these scams, and no way to budget
funds to fight them.
report with your local law enforcement. It's best to make them
aware of the scam, and that it's happening in their community.
Please contact each merchant that is shipping packages to you and
explain what is going on.
Turn back all new deliveries. We have heard of instances
where entire truckloads of electronics have been delivered to
someone like you, and the truck drivers are not very happy when told
to take everything back. It's hard on a trucker to do that
when he is expecting to have an empty container to fill with another
delivery for the return trip. Be understanding, don't return
his anger, explain what is going on. Remember, now he's a
victim of the scam as well.
It is possible that you will be stuck with
the merchandise. Some merchants would rather write off
the merchandise as a loss than pay for shipping back to the
store. You can ask your Post Office to take the
packages and you can ask local law enforcement to take the
In some instances, you may have to simply drop
off the packages at your local law enforcement office, telling
them you discovered the merchandise was purchased with stolen
credit cards and the merchants do not want it back.
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