Internet Fraud - Third Party Receivers

October 21, 2015

A general trend has been noted by the Internet Crime Complaint Center regarding work-at-home schemes on websites. In several instances, the subjects, usually foreign, post work-at-home job offers on popular Internet employment sites, soliciting for assistance from United States citizens. The subjects allegedly are posting Internet auctions, but cannot receive the proceeds from these auctions directly because his/her location outside the United States makes receiving these funds difficult. The seller asks the United States citizen to act as a third party receiver of funds (i.e. check, cashier check) from victims who have purchased products from the subject via the Internet. The United States citizen, receiving the funds from the victims, then wires the money to the subject.  Shortly after the funds have been wired out, the check or cashier check is returned by the bank due to being fraudulent and is charged back to the U.S. citizen’s bank account.  If you or someone you know has fallen victim to this scheme, Please report to your local FBI or at www.fbi.gov.

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