Unemployed Falling Victim to COVID-19 Work-From-Home Scams

Unemployed Falling Victim to COVID-19 Work-From-Home Scams

(NewsReady.com) – Millions of Americans have lost their jobs during the pandemic as a result of lockdown measures meant to slow the spread of the virus. Many of those people are looking for new ways to make money from home in order to keep themselves and their families safe. Unfortunately, that leaves them vulnerable to scams.

One man, Alan Walker, recently came forward and told reporters he fell victim to a work-from-home job scam. The Florida resident told NBC News that he started looking for employment after he lost his job at the Port of Miami. He finally found an opportunity re-shipping items from his house. A distributor would send him a package, then he would resend the items to others.

He sent about 19 packages but stopped when he didn’t hear back from the company about his late paycheck. On January 19, the US Postal Inspection Service notified him that he was part of a scam and had been receiving/shipping stolen goods.

Walker’s story isn’t unique. The scams have become more common during the pandemic.

Workers should be wary of any at-home position that requires you to re-mail products. If a company can ship the item to you, certainly it can send the item to the rightful customer. Always research a company that claims you can work from home before sending your personal information. And remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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