Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Say’s Beware Of Work From Home Scam

The Bibb County Sheriff’s office wants to alert citizens to beware of a work-from-home scam. It was reported that a business by the name of Send-It-Off, which is also doing business under the name Pick and Send, emails job offers for people to work from home. They state that you are earning money by shipping and reshipping products to various areas.

Some people have taken the job and shipped iPhones and iPads overseas but said they were never paid or reimbursed for the shipping costs. Through mass email solicitations, the company recruits people based all over the United States to serve as “agents” who do the actual shipping and reshipping, and pay for the costs themselves.

Persons are required to send a copy of their driver’s licenses, a move that puts them at risk for identity theft. It’s unknown how the scammers obtain the email addresses.

Some warning signs of shipping and reshipping scams are:

■ The Company initiates contact with you from a generic or free online web email address.

■ The job offer and subsequent emails contain spelling and grammatical errors.

■ The employer requires personal information but does not provide a detailed job description. The description just promises high income for very little time and effort and states no experience is necessary.

■ The company requires you to receive and ship packages, normally overseas, for a promised commission.

■ The Company claims it’ll reimburse you for shipping costs or provides a carrier account number.

■ You get hired and begin working without a face-to-face interview.

Residents who receive an email like this should immediately identify it as a scam. If you feel that you have become a victim of such a scam, call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.