Online Job Seeker Duped To Help Con
from the tricky dept
Just as the FTC says they’re going after auction fraud, it appears the auction fraudsters are getting sneakier in their techniques. The latest move is duping a random person online to be their middleman. Here’s how the scam works: the scam company sets up a website saying they help people ship stuff to Eastern Europe. Then, they post a job ad to Monster.com looking for employees who will get paid $70 for each package they send on. The scammers then set up some online auctions, pretending to be the sucker they convinced to take the “job”. Winners of the auction send their money to the dupe, who forwards it on to eastern Europe. The people scammed in the auction, of course, end up blaming the guy who got duped. In the case described here, he even had police charges filed against him. Now, he’s trying to clear his name and let others know about the fraud so they don’t get suckered as well.