BBB warns about work at home scam involving troop care packages
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The Better Business Bureau is warning about an elaborate work at home scam.
A website called Help4Troops says it will pay "Volunteer Shippers" $20 to assemble and mail care packages for soldiers overseas. The BBB says if you sign up, the company will ask for your address and bank information, claiming it's so they can pay you. In at least one case, according to the BBB, a woman who signed up to be a "Volunteer Shipper" actually did receive care packages to mail out. However, she never received the $20 per package. Instead, her address was used in other scams involving gift cards. The BBB also says it's possible the company could drain your bank account using the numbers you provided them.
Norma Miller, with the BBB, says this is just another example of scammers taking advantage of those who make money or help others. She explains, "Everybody wants to help the troops, so they're pulling at heart strings. People want to help and they think this is a way they're helping."
Miller says Help4Troops has an "F" rating with the BBB and is not registered with the IRS, nor recognized by the Department of Defense. She says to always check out a company before doing business or giving out bank account information.