A consumer in Cincinnati has brought it to our attention that the Reshipping Scam seems to once again be flooding the online job classified ads. According to her, scammers are ‘cruising’ reputable job sites like, Monster, Career Builder, etc., to choose their next potential victim. She offered this one example, Evo Software Labs, Limited.
The Cincinnati consumer says she received an email from Evo Software Labs, Limited offering the job to become a “Financial Assistant”. The company describes themselves as being a design, development, and support of operational and financial software applications for the gas and oil business – coincidentally a type of business that would require international wire transactions.
The job sounds rather tempting – no experience required, won’t take much time, with a base salary of $4000 a month, and the opportunity to make an additional bonus of $50 for every successful transaction! BBB warns that these “too good to be true” job offers are imply that. What these culprits behind the scam are actually trying to do is recruit money mules.
Scammers use money mules to help them secretly transfer stolen money out of the country into overseas bank accounts. It would be too suspicious for scammers to have large chunks of money wired to them overseas. So they use the employee’s bank accounts as a “go-between”, depositing portions of the stolen money in their account, and asking the ‘employee’ to wire the money to them using Western Union. Wiring money through a wire transfer service makes it untraceable. The scammers collect the money and then take off, leaving the “employee” to take the blame for any fraud.
BBB warns consumers to steer clear of these kinds of secret shopper offers:
- Ignore claims that you will make big profits easily. Mystery shopping will not make you rich; at best it provides part-time income.
- Avoid falling for claims that “guarantee” a position, without training.
- Be cautions of unsolicited e-mails offering “work-from-home.”
- Never pay money up-front. A legitimate mystery shopping service will not charge money for materials, training or recruiting.
- Obtain the name of the company and check the business out with the BBB, local consumer protection agency, and state attorney general.
If you are still interested in becoming a secret shopper, you should look for reputable firms that:
- Qualify and train mystery shoppers to perform specific evaluations
- Enjoy a good reputation with their clients, shoppers and BBB
Do not charge a fee to complete an application.