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Montgomery County deputies recover $10K in stolen items while investigating fraud

(MCSO)

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said deputies recovered a slew of items totally $10,000 while investigating credit card fraud.

Detectives found the suspects were using a reshipping scam to move the stolen goods. The MCSO said the criminals would purchase the items with a stolen credit card and ship them to a third party, who would then reship them to a foreign address.

Many times, the third part is unaware they are involved in a scheme, according to the MSCO.

Items recovered in Montgomery County included include four sonic firearms cleaners, underground cable locator, dehumidifier, professional level sets, pizza cooker, industrial heaters, medical equipment, air pumps, electronics, and numerous other items. Officers recovered 44 packages total.

How to spot the scam

The MCSO said two common reshipping scams are work-at-home and sweetheart scams.

In a sweetheart scam, criminals lurk on dating websites or social media to chat with people. Once they do, the criminal will ask them to help their business or family by shipping packages to foreign country or claim to be with a charity or mission and need help in delivering “donated” items to another part of the world.

In a work-at-home scam criminals post job openings online offering work-at-home positions such as “merchandising manager” or “package processing assistant.” Responsibilities include receiving packages and mailing them to a foreign address on behalf of a client, using postage-paid mailing labels provided via email.

Officers said prosecuting these kinds of crimes if difficult.

“Prosecution in reshipping scams is problematic because the location of the criminal is difficult to find and in many cases they are outside the country,” said Sandra Brandon, MCSO public information officer.

The MCSO advised neighbors to check their bank and credit card statements consistently. Anyone who believes they have been a victim of a credit card or reshipping scam should contact local law enforcement immediately.


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