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Fraud Advisory for Consumers Released: Involvement in Criminal Activity Through Work from Home Scams

Original release date: October 25, 2010 | Last revised: October 23, 2012

As part of a joint effort, the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) have released Fraud Advisory for Consumers: Involvement in Criminal Activity through Work from Home Scams (PDF). The document explains that criminal syndicates are using newspaper ads, online employment services, and unsolicited emails to recruit consumers to launder stolen money. Individuals who are knowing or unknowing participants in this type of scheme could be prosecuted and may have their own identities or bank accounts stolen.

This advisory provides information that consumers can use to help understand and protect themselves against work from home scams. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review this document to help protect themselves against work from home scams.

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