The Ridgefield Police Department has warned the public about on-going investigation into a criminal re-shipping scam.
According to a statement prepared by Detective Brian Durling, suspects involved in the scam have been targeting people who use social networking, dating or job search web sites.
The scammers offer financial compensation to people “to receive packages at their home and then re-ship the items overseas.”
The items that are re-shipped are purchased from online retailers using stolen credit card information, the report said. The scam has caused the person receiving and sending the items to lose money in “all the cases.”
Captain Thomas Comstock said six people in town have lost money in the scam, but all have been reimbursed.
He added that the investigation is nationwide, involving other states such as North Dakota and Idaho.
The Ridgefield Police have been investigating since the end of last year. Det. Comstock said the number of cases has been increasing recently.