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Consumer Alerts: The Other Side

<div>The flexibility of working from home is very appealing for many Americans trying to make ends meet.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.3em;">However, proceed with caution. Most of these jobs found online are nothing more than a scam.</span></div>

The flexibility of working from home is very appealing for many Americans trying to make ends meet. 

However, proceed with caution. Most of these jobs found online are nothing more than a scam.

You are looking at almost $750,000 dollars worth of fake postal money orders. The bogus checks were put in these express mail envelopes and sent across the country to hundreds of people.
 
Bob Schmidt, US Postal Inspector said, "I knew someone had been mailing hundreds of pieces over a year. On a certain Saturday 150 went out from six different post offices about 25 each one."
 
once postal inspectors confirmed "who" was sending all of these packages they confronted the woman.
 
"She couldn't believe it at first, she wanted to help right away, offered email phone numbers whatever I wanted to help catch the guy," Schmidt said.
 
She said the checks and instructions on what to do came from West Africa.
 
"These people are usually victims themselves they've gone online to look for a job to do from home - they get contacted by the scammers," said Schmidt.
 
She didn't realize the checks were bad or that she was doing anything wrong. The con artistspromised her up to $200 dollars an hour. Inspectors say be weary of these promises.
 
"No company is going to pay that much money to have somebody stuff envelopes and ship them out. Be weary of anything online really. They can really disguise themselves they could say they are whomever they want to be," says Schmidt.

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