Reshipping scam targets job seekers looking for part-time work from home jobs.
On September 8, 2015 a reshipping scam victim contacted the Chicago Tribune‘s Help Squad with a plea for security checks on a work-at-home reshipping job offer he accepted.
The victim—”Nathan” of Holly, Michigan—received a “distribution center at-home” job offer via email from a company called Logistics International Forwarding. Nathan’s job description included “…receiving packages, taking digital photos of their contents, printing address labels and sending the packages to addresses provided by the company.”
After Nathan and his wife could no longer ignore their suspicions about this job offer and the materials he’d be required to receive by mail, the couple repeatedly phoned the employer’s 1-800 number but were rerouted to a variety of extensions and were inevitably disconnected. When Nathan finally reached an answering service for Logistics International Forwarding, he left messages about his concerns regarding his reshipping job; his calls were never returned.
Thankfully, Nathan contacted the Chicago Tribune‘s Help Squad, which investigates and reports on fraudulent business practices, before he reshipped any packages. Most often, items mailed by criminals as part of a reshipment scam include merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards or counterfeit money orders. The fraudsters want at-home reshippers to forward these “hot” packages to foreign addresses, thereby making criminal accomplices of otherwise innocent work-at-home independent reshippers.
How You Can Avoid Reshipping Scams
Reshipping fraud is diligently monitored and investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service—the federal law enforcement and security extension of the U.S. Postal Service. As such, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service offers these tips to protect telecommute job seekers from falling victim to reshipping scams and other mail fraud:
- Beware work-at-home job advertisements containing the following words and phrases:
- Merchandising Manager
- Package Processing Assistant
- No experience required
- Money order
- Never wire money to a stranger
- Ensure money orders and checks are genuine before you deposit them into your bank account
- Don’t accept packages that you didn’t mail originally that have now been sent back with a “Return to Sender by Postal Inspectors” label on them
- Report mail fraud by filing a complaint with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service or calling their hotline at 1-877-876-2455 (option 4, “Mail Fraud”)
Where You Can Find Legitimate At-Home Job Opportunities
Like so many other work-at-home job seekers, the reshipping victim in this story had been searching for part-time employment to supplement his income. But your story doesn’t have to follow the same plot line. You can find 10,000 human-screened, verified telecommute job postings in more than 70 career categories within Virtual Vocations’ Telecommute Jobs Database.
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