Consumers need to be vigilant when seeking employment on-line. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) continues to receive numerous complaints from individuals who have fallen victim to work-at-home scams. IC3 is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
Locally, BBB Serving Delaware has had numerous reports and complaints from consumers who have been victims of a Reshipping Work At Home type of business that claims to be located in Delaware. High Grade Fulfillment aka Extra Grade Fulfillment offers jobs online for consumers who want to “inspect” packages and then reship them. BBB cautions consumers that the addresses provided by the business have had mail returned to us. In addition, this business appears to have opened up the same mirrored website under different names. BBB has not been able to verify the physical location of this company as the addresses given are virtual offices. Further, according to APICS District Field Office, the APICS database does not show a Craig Summers affiliated with APICS (current or in the past). The website references Southern Delaware Valley Chapter of APICS. That associations name was changed in 2010 to Brandywine Valley Chapter.
Victims are often hired to "process payments", "transfer funds" or "reship products." These job scams involve the victims receiving and cashing fraudulent checks, transferring illegally obtained funds for the criminals, or receiving stolen merchandise and shipping it to the criminals.
Work-at-home schemes attract otherwise innocent individuals, causing them to become part of criminal schemes without realizing they are engaging in illegal behavior. Job scams often provide criminals the opportunity to commit identity theft when victims provide their personal information, sometimes even bank account information to their potential "employer." The criminal/employer can then use the victim's information to open credit cards, post on-line auctions, register Web sites, etc., in the victim's name to commit additional crimes.
ReShipping Tips from IC3’s website
· Be cautious if you are asked to ship packages to an "overseas home office."
· Be cautious when dealing with individuals outside of your own country.
· Be leery if the individual states that his country will not allow direct business shipments from the United States.
· Be wary if the "ship to" address is yours but the name on the package is not.
· Never provide your personal information to strangers in a Chatroom or via Social Media.
· Don't accept packages that you didn't order.
· If you receive packages that you didn't order, either refuse them upon delivery or contact the company where the package is from.
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