FBI, USPIS investigation shut down 17 website scams

St. LOUIS, MO. (KMOV) – The US

An investigation into the scam began in February 2021, when a fraudster used another credit card to buy a virtual reality headset and had it shipped to a home in Hazelwood.

According to a release from U.S.

People involved in this scam believed they were accepting legitimate work-from-home jobs with a real company. The people who were unknowingly part of the scam were used to insulate those running it from law enforcement.

According to the release of US

A victim of Hazelwood’s scam believed they were taking a work-from-home position for a company called LocalPost as a quality control inspector. She was paid $20 for a package delivered to her address, where she would take a picture of the product and then reship the items to another address.

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The Hazelwood woman allowed investigators to use her login credentials to log into the LocalPost online dashboard, where they discovered 25 packages shipped to the Hazelwood address. One of the items included a $1,500 laptop that was fraudulently purchased with a St. Louis County’s credit card.

Another victim in Texas believed they were taking on a logistics inspector position with another company linked to the scam. The victim spent about $32,000 that they believed would be reimbursed but never was.

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received 64 complaints related to the scams. The Federal Trade Commission received 56 complaints about the websites involved in the scams.

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“Although the fraudsters who have defrauded untold numbers of people are hiding from justice in foreign countries, we have shut down their ability to perpetuate these scams by shutting down their websites,” said Fleming. “This case should serve as a warning to them, and to those who may be tricked into participating in similar scams in the future. Anyone approached with a work-from-home opportunity should thoroughly investigate their prospective employer before sharing any Personal information.

One way to stay protected from these scams is to double-check information before offering private information.

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“This is yet another type of cyber fraud that criminals, often overseas, use to victimize hard-working Americans,” said Special Agent in Charge Jay Greenberg of the FBI in St. Louis Division. “To avoid the vast majority of online scams, make it a habit to ‘always doubt and check it out.’ With this type of scheme, do an internet search of the ‘business’ addresses provided and then call the location’s phone number to confirm.

Information about scam spots can be found through the Federal Trade Commission and the AARP.

You can report these crimes to the US

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