When Shannon, a mother of two, lost her sales job, she went online to find work. She came across a work-at-home website and applied for a part-time job as a correspondence assistant.
When she was offered the position, she accepted, hoping the extra cash would help her catch up on a few bills.
"I thought the company was very professional," she says. They asked her to fill out employment forms and set up a PayPal account to receive compensation for her work, which she says was pretty easy.
All Shannon had to do was receive boxes in the mail, repackage the contents and ship them overseas to Russia. Most packages contained items like digital cameras and clothing, she says.
After a few weeks on the job and a supposed payment totaling $845, Shannon got a knock on the door—and the surprise of her life.