How the scam works:
(with video below) Looking for an extra job online, you find an ad promising that you can make hundreds of dollars in a day. This ad could be posted on Craigslist, Gumtree, or any other similar site.
You call the number and the first thing the ’employer’ asks you to do is to call a wireless phone provider (ex: Verizon, AT&T, Vodafone, Rogers, Telus) to see if you qualify for a new particular smart phone or tablet. If you do, you’d be picked up and taken to different stores to purchase phones for them.
You are promised to be given $40 cash per phone, they would keep it, and then they would cancel the contract. You agree, so off you go and purchase an iPhone 5s for the ’employer’, and get your cash. Little do you know that the scammers will never cancel the contract. So you are stuck with a $250 monthly bill for two years – or for whatever period of time you signed the contract! That’s $3,000 per year.
What scammers do is they collect all these phones and contracts and sell them to different countries where the prices are higher or the phones haven’t been launched yet.
How to avoid:
Do not to get involved in such practices in the first place, even if you need the money. The scammers look for people to act as “credit mules”. They use victims’ identity, personal information, and credit to get something valuable. If you live in US, you can report this scam on Federal Trade Commission’s website, HERE.
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