Last week, we brought you the story of an elderly Pike County woman who was scammed out of $16,000 by a caller who told her she had won a sweepstakes. Thanks to quick work by local bank employees and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, her money was returned. But officials say there is another side to the scam that is equally as dangerous. Detective Lieutenant Eddie Crum says it is common practice to use innocent people as part of the scam – without their knowledge. They are often recruited through a simple ad in the newspaper.
While many work-from-home jobs are legitimate, there are some in which an unknowing employee is simply used as a vehicle to funnel money from one person to another, and eventually out of the country. Crum said if you are ever placed in a position in which you are unsure if you are working for or being solicited by a legitimate business, the Better Business Bureau is a good resource.