February 5, 2019
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office issued a scam alert today on a new scam in the Bay County area.
There is an online ad for employment to a company named Roger’s Trade that is expanding out of Germany into the United States. The scammer promises new employees they will eventually receive a company credit card, but first new employees must use their personal credit card to purchase items for the company. In exchange Roger’s Trade claims they will first pay off existing credit card debt on the victim’s personal card. Then the victim is instructed to use their personal card for the additional purchases.
When the victim monitors their credit card balance and sees it appears as a zero balance, they initiate purchases for the company. The purchases are usually computers and electronic devices that the victim is instructed to ship to a U. S. address. A few weeks later, the payment on the credit card is reversed and the victim is left responsible to pay for the original credit card balance with the added cost of the purchased items.
Sheriff Tommy Ford warns the public to be wary of employment that requires the use of their personal credit cards to make purchases for the new employer.
Prepared by H. Goodson
Information by Inv. D. Rozier
Approved by Chief J. Heape