A Quincy, Ill., delivery business has become one of the latest victims of a national re-shipping scheme after thieves apparently stole the company’s name and address in an effort to lure unsuspecting job seekers.Better Business Bureau (BBB) is advising consumers to exercise extreme caution if approached by anyone offering work-from-home positions through Heartland Delivery Systems. The real owner of Heartland Delivery Systems, Gene Winkler, said he has no connection with the re-shipping scheme and no connection to the website, heartland-ds.com. Winkler said his firm is a one-man operation that has been providing delivery services in the Quincy-Hannibal area for more than 20 years.It appears the thieves have been using Heartland Delivery System’s name to try to hire job seekers from across the nation, offering to pay them $2,700 a month to receive, re-package and re-ship electronics, clothing and other items purchased over the internet. In actuality, the thieves likely are using stolen credit card numbers to purchase the merchandise and then using the unwary employees to help mail the parcels overseas.Despite promises of a salary, similar schemes never pay for the re-shipping work.Inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) long have urged consumers to avoid becoming involved in re-shipping jobs, noting that such schemes are illegal.Mara Clingingsmith, BBB Quincy Regional Director, said thieves involved in the schemes often hijack the names of legitimate businesses in order to make their fraudulent operations look more credible to job seekers. “People need to know that if they re-package and re-ship merchandise for strangers, they likely are breaking the law,” she said. “Dealing in stolen merchandise is serious business.”Earlier this year, BBB alerted residents of the St. Louis area to be on the lookout for several similar business enterprises using fabricated addresses and phony websites to attract job seekers. A Texas man said he fell for the scheme and re-shipped several packages for a company calling itself BetaBrown before learning the business was operating illegally. He said the company never paid him.In the most recent scheme, three job seekers who contacted BBB said they were offered re-shipping positions.Of the three, only a woman from Aberdeen, S. D., accepted a job. She told BBB she felt uncomfortable after receiving her first package – an iPhone—and began researching the business. “Something just didn’t sit right with me,” she said. She said she intends to notify postal authorities.A job seeker from Moreno Valley, Calif., said she believes the operators got her contact information from one of several internet job sites where she had applied for work and posted her resume. She said she contacted BBB after becoming suspicious.A job seeker from Boston said he had become suspicious after learning the website had been registered in February. Attempts to reach the business have been unsuccessful.The bogus business says on its website that it has been involved in “freight forwarding services throughout the last eight years. We are engaged in the delivery of large (not bulky) cargo and mail from online stores and popular auctions, such as eBay.”BBB offers the following advice for area residents looking for work-at-home positions: Research the company by searching the internet and contacting BBB. Go to www.bbb.org to search for BBB Business Profiles or find contact info for your local BBB.Ask to speak with other employees who have done similar work and contact them.Be extremely cautious of any job that involves re-shipping merchandise as that usually involves the handling of items purchased with stolen credit cards.Ask for a detailed description of exactly what the job entails. If the business model doesn’t make sense, it is probably best to avoid it.Ask for the location of the corporate headquarters and check it out to make sure it is legitimate.If you feel you are a victim of a scam, you may contact your local BBB, your attorney general’s office, the postal inspections office toll-free at 877-876-2455 or the Federal Trade Commission toll-free at 877-382-4357. 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