— A small, local company just trying to survive the hit from the coronavirus pandemic was hit just as hard by a shipping label fraud that could cost them and others thousands of dollars.

“When I got the first bill at $3,900, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s crazy,'” said Dena Mangum, who owns MRC Integrated Technologies in Cary. “Then, the lady, when I called in, she was like, ‘Oh honey, you have another one coming for $6,152.’ I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, $10,000.'”

Mangum was billed $10,077.59 in shipping costs a buyer should have paid.

Mangum’s company rents staging, lights and speakers for events. Shut down by the pandemic, MCR decided to sell some equipment that they no longer need on eBay.

Glenn Packard, of California, ordered 11 cable ladders at a cost of $530 and provided Mangum with shipping labels to…

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