Eric was a smart guy – retired from working in technology and looking for a part-time job working from home but earning some serious money if possible.
Searching on the Internet he found a website for a Swiss company offering jobs to retired people with a professional background and he took the ‘opportunity’.
The work was straightforward – mostly about buying APPLE devices in Walmarts and sending them on to an address in California.
The Swiss company paid his credit card bill for the first few weeks then the payments stopped and the credit card company told him there was fraud involved and the previous payments to his card were fake and had been cancelled.
Eric now found himself owing tens of thousands of dollars to the credit card company and the scammers had disappeared – the website was gone, the phone lines were no longer answered.
It was a nasty lesson for Eric but it can be a warning to others to beware high paying jobs offered by people you’ve never met.
This is a complex scam as the scammers set-up fake websites and call centres, fake legal documents and more to trap the unwary. They use stolen bank accounts and credit cards to pay bills initially then vanish leaving innocent people in huge debt with no redress and possible legal action against them if they have been shipping stolen goods.
If you have any experiences with scammers, spammers or time-waster do let me know, by email.