BBB warns reshipping scams still at work- Job seekers beware!
November 01, 2011
November 1, 2011, Wichita Falls, TX - The Better Business Bureau, (BBB) has a new report about a job seeker that has been lured into what is known as a ‘reshipping scam’ or ‘forwarding scam’. This is a scam in which foreign criminals purchase merchandise with a stolen or fake credit card and then hire U.S. citizens to have it shipped to their country. The latest company information being used is Forwarding Group, LLC.; Telephone: +44 020 3286 4474; FAX: +44 (0)207 785 6825 and website www.forwarding-group.co.uk.
The recent report involves a woman who posted her resume on www.monster.com and was contacted by the company offering employment as an agent for them. Her stated obligations in this reshipping scam were: receive the correspondence and packages to her address; photograph/scan the received packages and documents; repack the goods; and print the customs documents and prepaid shipping labels.
The Company guaranteed a fixed salary of $500/month, in addition $30 for every processed letter and $50 for every processed box. The Wichita Falls resident contacted the BBB after she started working for them due to suspicions. The package she received was reshipped to an address in Russia. She was instructed to not open the box just simply forward it via their instructions. She was told that she would begin to receive up to seven packages per day. These packages usually turn out to be merchandise paid for with a stolen credit card and the shipment leads law enforcement to your door. The con artists use unsuspecting U.S. citizens to reship the merchandise back to them outside of the United States. A second shipment arrived that was a set of tires. Upon instruction from the Wichita Falls Police Department she refused the delivery, and let the UPS delivery person know that it was fraud. These tires will then be sent back to the business that was originally ripped-off.
“This is not only a warning to job seekers but local businesses that are lured into accepting stolen credit cards and shipping the merchandise”, said Monica Horton, President of the BBB of North Central Texas. “This is the way con artists gain your trust by shipping to an address within the United States.”
The BBB offers the following tips regarding this and other employment scams:
•Avoid job listings that use descriptions like: “package forwarding,” “reshipping,” “money transfers,” “wiring funds” and “foreign agent agreements.”
•Do not be fooled by official-sounding corporate names. Some scam artists operate under names that sound like those of long-standing, reputable firms. In some cases the scam artists will use a company’s information that has recently gone out of business.
•Never forward or transfer money from any of your personal accounts on behalf of your employer. Also, be suspicious if you are asked to “wire” money to an employer. If a legitimate job requires you to make money transfers, the money should be withdrawn from the employer’s business account, not yours.
•Do not give out your personal financial information. A potential legitimate employer will not request your bank account, credit card or Paypal account number. Only provide your banking information if you are hired by a legitimate company and you choose to have your paycheck direct deposited.
•Do not fax copies of your ID or Social Security number to someone you have never met. Credit checks and fake IDs can be obtained with this information. Only give these documents to your employer when you are physically at the place of employment.
If you have been offered or have gotten involved in a foreign employment scam, immediately contact the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center: www.ic3.gov or call 800 251-3221.