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Fraudsters will start relationships with these individuals through online dating sites, social networking sites and/or job advertisement sites.
The fraudster, acting as a predator, will attempt to cultivate a relationship with the victim based on lies.
Individuals who succumb to these types of fraudulent job offers are often financially distressed due to extended unemployment or other financial hardship.
The recent economic recession and high unemployment rate have provided a large population of long-term unemployed people who are vulnerable to this type of scam.
At some point, the victims of these schemes (particularly the employment scams) may become knowing, or at least half-suspecting, mules.
The secret-shopper mule usually falls prey to a secret-shopper scam, which is similar to the WFH scheme.
This employment-based scheme is designed to lure victims with offers to earn extra money for shopping at certain stores or having the opportunity to keep the goods that are purchased in exchange for “evaluating” the customer service, among other things, while visiting the store.
Along with the check, the envelope contained detailed instructions to deposit the check into her personal ATM account, keep 0 for herself and send the rest via two separate Money Grams to different individuals in West Africa.
This potential victim realized this was fraud and reported it.
They realize that they may be part of an illicit scheme but will continue to try to make money because of personal circumstances.