The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department recently sent out a press release warning jobs seekers not to become victims of work-from-home scams. Since these crimes start over the internet, they are not localized to any one place.

Det. Tim Lohman gave me a couple of examples of how these scams work.

“The victim will accept packages from shipping companies like UPS, FedEx, etc.,” he said. “The products are all bought with stolen credit cards. The victim is told to apply a new shipping label from the scammers, and the products are sent across the US or out of the country to other criminals.”

Or instead of reshipping goods and packages, maybe your too-good-to-be-true remote job includes “processing payments.”

“The other jobs entail receiving money via check,” Lohman said. “The checks contain stolen account numbers. Upon receipt of the check the victim is instructed to wire money to a different location.”