The Better Business Bureau Serving Metropolitan New York is alerting the public to reports by consumers of work-at-home re-shipping scams claiming to be based in New York City.
BBB has received complaints from consumers who were supposedly hired by Globe Line Logistics LLC
and First Freight USA
for jobs with titles such as Transportation Specialist, Shipping Coordinator, or Distribution Manager. Consumers claimed that they were solicited for these “jobs” through emails or by responding to a Craigslist ad. They were reportedly required to receive packages at home and then re-ship them to a foreign address, usually in Russia or Eastern Europe, using pre-paid postage obtained via e-mail or online. Consumers further reported that the job required a 30-day probationary period of receiving and re-shipping packages, after which the employee would receive $1,800 plus commissions on future shipments. However, by the time payday rolled around, complainants allege that the companies were no longer returning calls or emails, and eventually the phones, emails and websites were shut down.
“Consumers should beware of any job or business opportunity that seems to offer high pay for simple tasks you can do at home. These programs are almost always a scam,” said Claire Rosenzweig, President and CEO of the BBB Serving Metro New York. “Many people lose large sums of money through work at home scams. Some versions of these scams - like package forwarding – not only cheat you out of pay for work you’ve done, but can involve you in criminal activity.”
A representative from the Metro New York BBB visited the locations where these businesses claimed to be operating. Globe Line Logistics gave their address as 304 Park Avenue South, 11th Floor, New York. First Freight USA claimed to be operating out of 220 Fifth Ave, New York, NY. Building management agents contacted at those locations claimed to have no knowledge of either business.
According to Donna Harris, Public Information Representative for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, “Offers that ask you to receive packages at your home or business and mail them to someone else are a scam. The real story? A criminal has purchased merchandise with stolen credit cards and typically needs your help to smuggle goods out of the country. The company is likely fake - even the mailing labels are phony. And you are committing a felony when you help these criminals.”
Complaints filed with the Metro NY BBB against Globe Line Logistics and First Freight USA allege a range of problems. One consumer who provided their passport to their “employer” may now be at risk for identity theft. Other consumers expressed anger and disappointment that their much needed “job” was a hoax. The most serious potential consequence to any consumer in this situation, however, is the possibility of committing a crime by taking part in the transportation of stolen goods, or goods obtained by stolen credit cards.
Consumers who receive any solicitation offering employment as a work-at-home re-shipper are advised to be cautious. The USPIS and BBB have advice on work-at-home re-shipping offers at: https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/radDocs/consumer/ReshippingScam.html
If you believe you have been a victim of a work-at-home re-shipping scam you can file a complaint with the BBB at newyork.bbb.org
. You may also file a complaint with Postal Inspectors online or call Postal Inspectors at 1-877-876-2455 (option 4, Mail Fraud).
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