A company offered me a work-at-home job to receive packages at my address. I am supposed to:
- open the boxes I receive
- take out the merchandise
- make sure items are in good working order
- re-package and ship the items overseas.
I supposedly will be paid 60 U.S. dollars per package.
The company claims that they would supply me with shipping labels (I would not pay postage).
Although I am sure that this is a scam, I do not actually see how the scam artists makes any money. I am hoping that you can explain.
The scam artist pays for shipping labels, not me.
I am not required to provide the scam artist with any of my own personal banking details (routing & account number, etc...). I do not have to use direct deposit. The scam artist told me that I can accept payment via paper checks sent to me in the mail. The scam artist requires that I email them a scan, or photograph, of my photo ID, but told me that I am allowed to obscure my driver's licence number by covering it with a sticky note, or drawing a black box over the scanned image in something like Microsoft paint, etc...
I am not required to provide the scammer with:
- my bank account routing number or account number
- a credit card number
- my birthday
- my social security number
Presumably, if I agree to receive checks by mail, I will either never receive the check, or the check will bounce when I try to deposit it. However, I still do not understand. It seems like the only thing the scammer might get out of me are free shipping services. That is, I would unbox the product, inspect it, and re-ship it for free. I suppose it is free labor, but I still do not really understand...