Fraudsters using sophisticated websites to lure job seekers

Consumers report fake businesses posing as job placement companies


 

Reshipping Scam 300x222 Fraudsters using sophisticated websites to lure job seekers

A possible reshipping scam claims to be operating out of Austin, Texas.

Better Business Bureau is warning job seekers to be on the lookout for scammers contacting them through career websites. BBB is receiving calls from job seekers who say companies contacted them and offered to pay labor costs to assemble, categorize and ship products overseas, then failed to provide payment.

Consumers allege the soliciting company offers a ‘work-from-home’ quality control position. The company ships upwards of 50 products — including electronics and auto parts — to the consumers. The consumers are instructed to either assemble or categorize the shipments they receive, and then ship the products to their final destination, usually overseas. When it comes time for the consumer to receive payment, the company ends communication.

BBB believes this is a ‘reshipping scam’ in which the scammers use stolen credit cards and banking information to purchase products from retailers or manufactures. To cover their tracks from law enforcement, fraudsters solicit consumers from job websites to receive the products and reship them to their final destination.

BBB believes the company may be operating under several names, including Quality Management Group, LTD, B2B Control Solutions or Techno Line Management.

Some of the websites display a dynamic BBB Accreditation Seal. The seal links to a phony BBB Business Review, making consumers and job seekers believe the business is Accredited with BBB and upholding high standards up trust — when, in fact, it is not.

An automated voice message answers the phone numbers listed on the companies’ websites. The physical addresses associated with the companies are random residential and commercial locations in the Austin, Texas area, seemingly unassociated with the company. Web domain registrations point to international locations including Australia and China.

When offered a job through a career website, BBB offers the following advice:

  • Research the company first.  Bbb.org is the only web address housing BBB Business Reviews. Go directly to that address to check a company’s history of complaints, any government actions and detailed contact information. When clicking the Dynamic Seal on a business’s website, check that the address you are directed to starts with “www.bbb.org.” Any other URL is not legitimate.
  • Protect your identity.  Do not provide any of your personal information, including bank account numbers and/or social security number to anyone you do not know.
  • Beware of paying upfront fees. Beware of any company that wants you to pay fees upfront. This is a red flag.<
  • Watch out for phony checks. If a soliciting company offers to pay you with a check, and then asks you to cash it and send a portion back, this is a red flag. It takes days for checks to clear, and when the fake check posts to your account, you end up having to reimburse the bank for the amount you sent the fraudsters.

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About Amy Fowler

As an investigator for BBB, Amy reviews local businesses who have been accused of bad customer service, poor ethics or downright illegal behavior. When she finds examples of bad business practices that harm consumers, she reports them to the public. Sometimes those reports are simply added to a company’s BBB Business Review so consumers can make informed decisions. In more serious cases, she will write a press release for the BBB website, alert the local news media or write a post for watchyourbuck.com, the blog for BBB Serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin. She started her career in customer service while earning a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. She moved on to work as a reporter and editor for several local newspapers before coming to BBB. She is passionate both about writing and giving people the information they need to make smart choices for themselves and their families — two passions that blend perfectly in her work at BBB.