By Ashley Conroy
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Attorney General's Office reported on Tuesday that a home business scam left one Jackson resident and five different businesses nationwide swindled out of their money.
The scam started where the local received an email about a job opportunity to reship merchandise to foreign countries.
"This is an operation from which people are shipping products off shores and ripping off American companies and Mississippians," said Attorney General Jim Hood.
Their office reports that one out of state business owner could have been swindled out of $2,400 if the operation hadn't been busted up.
Hood said that the Jackson resident pursuing this endeavor could now be held liable.
"The person has been conned several ways and they may be criminally liable," said Hood.
Hood recommends to avoid anything that seems too good to be true.
"It's natural for people thinking that they're going to go to work for somebody to be able to give out personal information. And when you give it to them, they've stolen your identity and you're going to be a victim for quite some time," said Hood.
Their office also suggests that you never give your personal information out to anyone you don't know, to be wary of home business opportunities that promise easy high income potential, and to be skeptical of anything that doesn't pay a regular salary or engages a foreign country.
Also, they recommend checking a company's background through the Federal Trade Commission or the Better Business Bureau.
Hood's office said if you have received any emails or seen any online or print advertisements of this nature to contact their office at 1 (800) 281-4418 or go to their web site at www.agjimhood.com -- or if you like additional information about this particular scam.
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