The victim of a recent employment scam says the hoax all began after she posted her resume online, desperate to make ends meet when a job offer appeared in her inbox.
"Pretty much as soon as I put my resume on Monster.com I was contacted by email about information about joining the Forwarding Group," says the victim of the scam.
The victim, who doesn't want to be identified, says the company appeared to be legitimate. Its web site offered all the information she was looking for.
"I thought I actually found a job that I could do in my spare time, just doing this a couple hours a day, that's all it tells you to do. I just really thought it would be a good way to earn a little bit more money on the side," she says.
She later learned it was a fake employer. She agreed to help with his reshipping business that he said was based in the U.K., a scam the BBB has recently learned more about.
"What they are doing is they are using stolen credit cards to purchase merchandise from businesses and then the merchandise is shipped to an unsuspecting employee in the U.S. They turn around and reship that merchandise out of the U.S.," says Monica Horton, president of the BBB of North Central Texas.
Making all roads lead to the employee when the credit cards come up stolen. Horton says preying on the unemployed is becoming more of a trend for scammers.
"Unfortunately with the unemployment rates being so high the employment scams are running wild out there on the internet," Horton says.
After receiving eight packages at her home that she was told to reship for the company, the victim became suspicious and contacted the BBB just in time to learn how dangerous these scams can be once you become involved.
"This kind of scam right here can really get you in a lot of trouble and it could actually ruin your entire future if you're not careful," the victim says.
If you are suspicious of a job offer online, you can contact the BBB at (940) 691-1172 or click here to check out their web site where they post updates on scams.