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Andy's Got Your Back on a bogus job offer

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(WMC TV) - Promises of big money -- for stuffing envelopes.

Folks, think about what you're hearing here.

"What they heard is they would be stuffing envelopes and being paid up to $5,000 a week," said U.S. Postal Inspector Daryl Greenberg.

An outrageous offer, yet postal inspectors said in one single case, more than 230 people fell for this scam.

Victims were told to send between $50 and $500 for the envelope-stuffing starter packet.

They received nothing in return.

"You had very young victims out of high school, and you had very elderly victims," said Greenberg. "You had victims who were destitute."

Never give your personal information to a person or company you don't know. Check out the company with the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau, your state's attorney general's office or your state's consumer protection agency before you make any commitment.

"I have never found a legitimate envelope-stuffing project that actually panned out the way people believe," Greenberg said, stating the obvious.

Another scam similar to this one:  a company asks you to receive, repackage and then mail merchandise to a foreign address. The merchandise is purchased with stolen credit cards. The scammers are attempting to "launder" stolen merchandise through you. If you follow through with the offer, you will be considered an accomplice, and you could face criminal charges.

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