FBI Washington Field Office Warns the Public About Reshipping Scams

The FBI's Washington Field Office is warning the public about “reshipping” scam, which involves fraudsters who use stolen credit cards to buy items—usually expensive items—online. Instead of having the items shipped to the billing address, the fraudster sends them to what’s called a “re-shipper". At the “re-shipper” location, the items are repackaged and usually sent overseas. There, they can often be sold at a high price on the black market.If you have been victimized by this scam or any other online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at www.ic3.gov.


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Special Agent Brian: A "re-shipping" scam involves fraudsters who use stolen credit cards to buy items  -usually expensive items - online. Instead of having the item shipped to the billing address,  the fraudster sends them to what's called a reshipper. At the reshipper location, the items are repackaged and usually sent overseas. There they can often be sold at a high price on the black market. These fraudsters may use unwitting people to become money mules and accept deliveries and become the reshipper. That person has now become part of their criminal enterprise without knowing it. Don't be a money mule, it's illegal. Report fraud and attempted fraud to the FBI at ic3.gov. This information will help investigate these criminals.

 

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