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Cadott woman unknowingly gets caught in scam

By LIZ HOCHSTEDLER|Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 11:00 am |

Over $250,000 in fraudulent United State Postal Service money orders were confiscated by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The orders were being sent to a Cadott woman unknowingly serving as a middle mailer for a cash scam. For the Herald

A Cadott woman thought she had an ideal job.

She had become an account for a company out of London. From home, she completed and mailed money orders to the company’s employees.

The problem was the woman, who is not being named by the Cadott Police Department for privacy reasons, had become a middle mailer for an international money scam, said Cadott Police Chief Louis Eslinger.

His department was notified of the scam recently when the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement learned a Cadott resident was a recipient of a package from Nigeria that held over $250,000 in fraudulent United States Post Office money orders.

Officers went to the home, and a man at the house said his wife had recently begun working as an accountant, a job she found on the Internet.

“This person believed she had found a legitimate ‘work from home’ job over the Internet,” Eslinger said. “However, there were several signs that should have caused a red flag to go up.”

The warning signs included: that she was required to send checks through FedEx, UPS and the USPS; the employer asked that she use fake names of businesses when completing shipping forms; she was given names and credit card numbers and asked to charge those credit cards after being told those people would be compensated for use of the cards; and she was told to be discreet.

“These are all indications that should have said ‘something’s wrong with this,’ ” Eslinger said.

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September 14, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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