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Alert: Avoid getting involved in the 'reshipping scam'

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The reshipping scam is where the scammers get someone to take in packages that were likely bought with stolen credit cards and ship them somewhere else. (Source: 3TV) The reshipping scam is where the scammers get someone to take in packages that were likely bought with stolen credit cards and ship them somewhere else. (Source: 3TV)
All this time, Campbell had been accepting and reshipping stolen goods to help scammers get away with their crime and to mislead investigators. (Source: 3TV) All this time, Campbell had been accepting and reshipping stolen goods to help scammers get away with their crime and to mislead investigators. (Source: 3TV)
Investigators tell 3 On Your Side they realize Campbell is a victim and was innocently involved. (Source: 3TV) Investigators tell 3 On Your Side they realize Campbell is a victim and was innocently involved. (Source: 3TV)
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Lisa Campbell was expecting to make a lot of money working from home as a "shipping specialist." It was a job that she found advertised on Craigslist.

"I emailed them my resume because that's why they said I had to do just like any other job,” Campbell told 3 On Your Side. “I emailed my resume and told them a little bit about myself and then I got a phone call in probably about 30 minutes."

During that conversation, Campbell says she was hired and couldn't wait to start her new position. All she had to do was accept packages that were shipped to her and bring them into her home. She would then take a picture of the box and forward that photo to the so-called company proving it was in her possession. After getting the shipment and repacking the stuff, Campbell would take the goods to the FedEx center nearby where she would forward the material using shipping labels that the company had emailed her.

Campbell says she performed the task at least three dozen times and was expecting to be paid close to $4,000 for her time, energy and, of course, gas.

However, when she wasn't paid, she contacted 3 On Your Side and we knew exactly what was going on here.

Campbell was the victim of something the U.S. Postal Service Inspection calls "reshipping fraud." Liz Davis is with the agency and is well-aware of the scam.

"They buy items online with stolen credit cards and then it comes to your house so the fraud trail of this crime leads right to your house," Davis said.  “And, you're literally in possession of stolen goods."

All this time, Campbell had been accepting and reshipping stolen goods to help scammers get away with their crime and to mislead investigators.

When 3 On Your Side told Campbell what she was involved in, she couldn't believe it.

"Wow. I don't even know what to think,” Campbell said in disbelief as she shook her head. “I don't even know what to think. It's really disappointing."

Investigators tell 3 On Your Side they realize Campbell is a victim and was innocently involved. And, with 3 On Your Side's report, they hope more people won't fall for it.

"You believe you are a shipping specialist who is going to receive packages and then you have to re-ship them somewhere else. Usually, it's to a foreign country," Davis said.

Work-at-home scams are extremely prevalent. So, ask yourself a few questions like, “Did you get hired off the Internet without a face to face interview?” Also, “Did it seem like you were hired rather quickly?” If you answer yes to these questions, you’re most like involved in a scam.

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With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

He has negotiated resolutions with companies of all sizes, including some of the biggest corporations in the nation.

Gary has successfully recouped more than $1 million for viewers around the state, making 3 On Your Side one of the most popular segments on KTVK and the station's Web site.

He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Gary has been married since 1994 and is the proud father of two sons. When he's not helping viewers, Gary is busy catching up on his favorite college and professional football teams as well as cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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