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(CBS News) Brad Helding wanted some extra work so he posted his resume on some job sites and soon got an email from a company calling itself Delta Express Couriers. The job? An offer to work from home as a “purchase clerk,” buying electronics in large quantities, then shipping them to the company’s clients, mostly overseas.

The company told him since Montana has no sales tax, they’d save money running the purchases through him. The job paid over $72,000 per year, plus bonuses.

“I would be shopping locally or online for phones, computer parts, laptops,” he said. “It certainly sounded very appealing to me at the time.”

And Helding said he did his research, checking the company’s website and Sacramento location. So he filled out tax and employment forms, and when an “offer letter” arrived, he signed it.

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