Preventing Shipping Scams

In a "shipping scam" the company will ask you to receive packages and re-ship the packages to another location. These packages typically contain goods that were obtained fraudulently through unauthorized online credit card purchases. In turn the company will typically offer you a commission on each shipment. In this case you are acting as a "launder" for the products and can be held legally liable or fined for these transactions.

The company will either send you a check or initiate a direct money transfer to your bank account. Unfortunately these funds are fake checks or fraudulent and as the account holder the bank will hold you liable, and in some cases take legal action, regardless of whether you knew or did not know the funds were fraudulent. The company may also use wire transfers or online payment services instead of bank accounts or checks.

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