Here's another reason to be very careful about signing on for a work-at-home job. Some of them are outright scams.
"I thought it was going to be worth it because I get to work from home," said victim Daniel Di-Maio. "This is fantastic."
Di-Maio, of Los Angeles, thought he had found the perfect job online as a Logistics Specialist for a commerce website. "My responsibility was to re-package everything and upload a shipping label off their website."
It sounded good, but Di-Maio was actually caught in the middle of a sophisticated re-shipping scam.
"People from overseas who in most cases have stolen credit cards numbers, use those numbers to order merchandise from American companies," said U.S. Postal Inspector Steve Bolz. "These companies often won't send things overseas so they have to recruit an American a middle person to receive this merchandise."
The conartists offered Di-Maio $50 for every package he sent and said he may get up to 15 in one month.
"I was at $27-hundred dollars so I was on top of the world," said Di-Maio. "Thinking I was getting a fantastic pay day, until it didn't come."
"There will be a promise of $50 a parcel, but it is all bogus," said Bolz. "At the end of the day they will never see a dime."
Di-Maio learned this lesson quickly and called investigators. It's not a new type of crime, but it's one that can be easily avoided.
"Make sure that you're taking the time to go online, type in whatever business name they're using and see if it's a legitimate business," said LPD Officer Shane Winterbauer. "Check out the Better Business Bureau and other websites that will let you know if the business is reputable or not."
"I tell people if it deals with another country and some kind of commerce or business dealings with a foreign country--look out, it may be a scam," added Bolz.
"I learn from it and move on," said Di-Maio.