TAKING ACTION: Officials investigating a ‘re-shipping scam’ with connection in Jackson County

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a scam spanning at least two states.

"We were contacted by law enforcement in Polk County, Florida, about a stolen credit card case they were working," said Captain Eric Woodall with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. "The credit card purchased some items and the items were delivered to residents in Jackson County."

When deputies got to the address in Stevenson, they found brand new, brand name shoes, cologne, a tablet, watches, and other expensive merchandise.

"At least $1,500 worth of merchandise," Woodall said.

Deputies say someone contacted the resident online and said -"To reship it outside the country to Guam," Captain Woodall says.

Stamps were even sent to ship off the items, supposedly going to an orphanage.

As of right now, no one in Jackson County faces any charges.  Officials say no one in the county is out any money, but somewhere, someone is.

The Sheriff's Office wants people to be aware of any situation that doesn't look right.

"A tip to know, that there's probably something wrong if they're having you ship something out of the country because they can't," Woodall explained.

He says if the resident knowingly aided in the scammer's efforts, that person could have been facing charges. Officials say it's lucky the resident isn't out any money, as is usually the case with scams.

Officials warn:

  • Never send money or items to anyone you don't know
  • Don't trust someone you meet online, but not in person
  • If it doesn't look right, it probably isn't

The Sheriff's Office says this isn't the first time investigators have seen something like this.  At one time, it was up to $17,000 worth of merchandise.

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