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 July 1st, 2009  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara warns against the latest Internet-based scam: work-at-home solicitation on craigslist.com from ABS Solutions
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is warning people not to fall for the work-at-home scam on the craigslist.com web site that goes by the name of ABS Consulting.

“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service warns that this scam is the latest variation on the ‘Nigerian scam’ asking for people to send money to unknown parties in order to make money,” Sheriff Mascara said. “If you do this, you are putting access to your bank account into the hands of criminals.”

Here’s how it works:

An unsuspecting victim answers the craigslist.com listing for working at home for ABS Solutions as a “mail assistant.” The fake business tells the prospective victim he or she will receive mail at home and must scan the front of each envelope received and e-mail the scanned images to the “company,” then ship mail biweekly using prepaid labels provided by e-mail.

After a couple of weeks, an “assistant” gets an e-mail promising an $800 paycheck, plus an extra $200 bonus. But to test the victim’s “integrity,” the victim is told he or she will get a check for $2,800 and must mail a check back to the bogus company to return the extra money.

The $2,800 check is phony, even though it looks authentic. Instead of getting paid, the victim must pay the bank the full amount.

Even worse, the scammer now has access to the victim’s checking account.

Anyone who can help the U.S. Postal Inspection Service fight this scam is asked to call 1-877-876-2455 and select option 3.

People can learn more about mail and Internet-based scams by visiting the U.S. Postal Inspection Service web site at: https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/

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