The Truth vs. The Scam: Payment Processing,
Re-shipping, Forwarding Scams
Work at home processing or reshipping checks, money
orders, envelopes, and/or merchandise; receiving money wired into your
account; writing checks on somebody else's account; secret shopper jobs;
forwarding cash received in a package, by mail, by Western Union or
MoneyGram; and receiving credit cards or gift cards from a foreign
employer or someone you met online.
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3. Forwarding packages
4. Money wired into your account & re-wiring Western Union or MoneyGram payments
5. Writing checks and forwarding
checks and sealed envelopes
6. Secret Shopper jobs and forwarding cash
credit cards or gift cards
about credit cards and gift cards
sent to you by a foreign employer or someone you met online.
you have engaged in any of the actions described below, go to
The Scam Victim's
Solution Center menu to see how to deal with your specific
cards and gift cards with your name on them
Both work-at-home scammers
and romance scammers are sending their targets gift cards and credit
cards with the target's name on them.
The cards appear to arrive from
legitimate credit card distributors. They have your name on
them. However, the credit card number and the magnetic strip
information belong to someone else whose credit card information has
been stolen, and whose identity has probably been stolen as well.
The scammer tells you that
you may use the cards for yourself, BUT he or she wants you to get
cash advances and send them by Western Union or MoneyGram to someone
you never heard of. He or she may also ask you to purchase
specific merchandise and ship it to someone you never heard of.
If the shipping address is in
a foreign country, the merchandise is going directly to a scammer.
If the shipping address is in your country, the recipient may be a
Re-shipper Scam victim or may be a member of the scam network.
The gift cards are purchased
with money stolen from someone's bank account account or with money from a
stolen credit card.
If you use these cards you
are placing yourself at risk of arrest and at risk of owing for the
used amounts, particularly for the purchases you made for yourself.
The scammers encourage personal purchases to corner
you into believing you cannot contact the card company or law
enforcement. Not so.