Posted at: 12/13/2012 6:32 PM
By: Katie Eldred
(ABC 6 News) -- The holiday season has brought a flurry of scammers looking for any way to get their hands on your money.
The Olmsted County Sheriff's Department, is reporting an uptick in online scammers. Most of them are targeting credit card numbers.
But one area man was shocked to learn he was caught in a different kind of scam. This resident accidently found himself as a middle man to a scam.
Scammers overseas were using the area resident to simply cover their tracks. Telling him that he could work from home to make some extra bucks. It sounded innocent enough, but after the Sheriff's department told him otherwise. This resident was just happy they were was able to catch on before it went too far.
"I wasn't surprised when they called, and told me it was a scam," said the resident.
It sounded too good to be true, but this area man who did not want to be identified decided, he would give it a try any ways.
"I was looking for something to make a couple extra bucks, to pay some extra bills around this time of year, it gets kind of tough," said the resident.
"It involved a spam email being send out, asking if you'd like to make some extra money around the holiday season," said Sgt. Tom Claymon.
The Olmsted County Sheriff's department was alerted to the scam after another area resident reported a suspicious purchase using their credit card. When they investigated they found the items were to be shipped to the area man’s address. But he was not behind the scam just simply caught in the middle.
"They were going to send me packages from Amazon or eBay and I was supposed to take those packages and resend them to overseas addresses," said the resident.
The emails he was sent gave excuses for many of the suspicions he had. He was told to use prepaid shipping and addresses and in return he would get paid around eighteen hundred dollars.
He isn't the only one that has fallen for the scam.
"They send out thousands of these and all it takes is one or two people," said Sgt. Claymon.
The Sheriff's department says This scam is hard to catch because once the packages are sent overseas there is little else they can do.
“The only way is to catch it on the front side,” said Sgt. Claymon.
The area man who fell victim says he will do whatever he can to make sure others do not make the same mistake.
"I want to help the police so I will do anything for them to nail these guys, I want to do it," said the resident.
The Sheriff's department is warning people to cautious online, especially when asked to give out your credit card number. They also said to pay attention to the language used in email. Manny of the email scams use poor grammar.