Don't Be a Mule!

Posted on April 30, 2021

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Money mules are people who receive and transfer money obtained from victims of fraud and are recruited through several methods:

  • Work-from-Home Scams: A job posting offers easy money for shipping packages, buying gift cards or Postal Money Orders, or transferring money, which can be done from home.
  • Confidence Scams: A person or business you don't know offers you a cut/commission if you transfer money for them.
  • Lottery Scams: A person informs you that you need to transfer or accept money in order to collect a prize/winnings.
  • Romance Scams: A person you've met online or on an app who says they're romantically interested in you asks you to transfer money and/or packages.

Transferring money/valuables on behalf of others only benefits criminals and may lead to serious consequences for you.

Protect Yourself:

  • Don't engage in financial transactions with strangers.
  • Don't take a job that promises easy money and involves sending or receiving money or packages.
  • Check any work-from-home opportunity or money transferring offer with a trusted family member or friend. You can also contact your Better Business Bureau chapter or access your state's corporation directory to help verify if the business is legitimate.
  • Report money mule activity/scams as soon as possible.

For more information or to report a money mule scam, visit www.uspis.gov/money-mule or call 1-877-876-2455.