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Reshipping scam hits the Valley

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Investigators say a new scam circulating throughout the Valley and nation is targeting the unemployed with promises of quick cash and the option to make easy money from home.

It's called "reshipping" and it's one of those jobs that seem too good to be true. The Better Business Bureau says that's the first sign that you should stay away.

Like many recent college grads Buddy Senatore is looking for a job, and spent the summer sending out resumes. For months, he's been hoping for something and getting nothing. But then he got a response after uploading his resume onto a popular job search engine.

"They guarantee you a minimum of $2,000.00 a month or $30.00 per completed package," Senatore told Action News.

Senatore, a recent Cal Poly graduate said, "They're a packaging service, basically the whole point of this company is to save customers money on shipping expenses."

The company sent him a detailed job description even an employment agreement complete with vacation time and benefit information, and all he had to do was mail out a couple of packages.

Senatore admitted, "For how easy the work would be this is too much money."

It wasn't until he got a box in the mail with his address and someone else's name on it that he started to get suspicious. That's when he took the package straight to the Better Business Bureau. Turns out, Buddy isn't the only one who's asked about this sort of thing.

Gabriela Mendoza, Assistant Director of Business Services for the Better Business Bureau said, "This particular one, we don't have information on the company-but the simple fact that he received a package and was asked to send it is the same pattern of the reshipping scams."

The scam uses your address and according to postal inspectors the merchandise they're asking you to mail out could be stolen.

While the Better Business Bureau continues to spread the word about reshipping, Buddy Senatore is doing the same thing and decided it was best to return that package to its sender.

In the meantime he's still looking for a job. He said, "My hope is that even though there's tough times out there don't just jump for what you think is a good offer really do your homework, really investigate."

The Better Business Bureau recommends that you do your research before you sign up for anything, even a quick internet search could get you the information you need.

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