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Work-at-home scam victims could face charges, police say

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Two central Pennsylvania women are victims of a work-at-home scam that sent dozens of packages but no paychecks to their doorsteps and could result in criminal charges against them, according to police.

Lower Paxton Township police said a 69-year-old resident posted a resume online and secured a job as a part-time logistics manager for W-Global Logistics.

She immediately began receiving packages at her home, most addressed to persons she did not know, and was supposed to repackage the items and to ship them to Russia and Poland with pre-paid U.S. Postal Service labels provided by the company, police said.

The labels had return addresses with the woman's name, but random addresses throughout Pennsylvania.

Police said they went to the woman's home because the items sent to her had been illegally purchased with the credit card number of a California resident.

They soon discovered that she, too, was the victim of identity theft, probably from filling out paperwork for the job, and that she was storing items received by a friend in Lower Allen Township who had taken the same job.

The Lower Allen woman had a garage full of items including iPads, Legos, handgun ammunition and a rifle scope, police said.

Police said the scam may make the woman criminally liable for receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.

Because each item delivered represents a credit card fraud somewhere in the United States, police said they have contacted federal law enforcement for assistance in the case.

 

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