A few weeks ago one of our rural drivers started picking up a resi customer who was sending out NDA's. At first it was about 20 a day. She was, obviously really excited about getting the revenue. The shipper claimed that he would be sending about 200 a week. Because we have been implementing PAS this last 2 weeks and have had sups on truck helping us get PAS problems worked out, they caught a very big fraud scheme very early. Tues, a sup went out on rte with the driver and when she went to pick up the air the sup started questioning what was going on. There were 76 NDA that day. It was pure coincidence that this was caught so early. Here's the scenario as it was explained to us yesterday. A person responds to a work at home add in their newspaper. All materials needed are sent to them. The person then spends his/her time addressing ASD labels. They are given specific instruction as to how to do this. They are using fictious acct #'s,. On the first few ASD's the shipper will hand write in a return addy but after that there is no return addy. They put those peel and stick address labels on the top copy. All copies of shipping documents are pre-bundled to make it 'easier' for the driver. IE: The driver is less likely to notice that there is no return addr. Scan and run. The letters may even be pre-bundled. Again to make it easier for the driver. This scam is originating out of England. They are targeting rural areas because we tend to not have the checks and balances that larger ctrs have. It is easier to go unnoticed. These people that are responding to the work at home adds have no idea this is a scam. We were not told how the actual scam works other than these people are shipping out fake checks. There was a big hooha here when they discovered this. I know we as drivers mostly trust our customers. I do. But beware..........if you notice this type of activity report it. As far as what is going to happen to this customer I don't know. It was just sheer coincidence that our ctr didn't get hit harder than what we did. Just because of timing.