Able Express Courier Service, a local delivery service, recently became the victim of business identity theft. Earlier this month, the business began fielding calls from individuals who had received job offers via email, only Able Express did not send those emails. Crooks are using the company’s name and address in an employment scam. The crooks have even created a pretty professional-looking website – ablecs.biz. The site is virtually identical to another phony website discovered earlier this year that used the name of another local delivery service, Green’s Moving & Delivery. Christopher Duty, owner of Able Express Courier Service, became aware of fraudulent job offers using his company’s name a couple of weeks ago when he began getting calls from victims of the scam. Victims told Duty that they had responded to an email offering them a job with his company. Duty posted an alert on the company’s Facebook page in an effort to help spread the word about the imposters. “If someone was contacted by email about a job with Able Express Courier Service, it is a scam,” Duty told BBB. “We do not hire out of state nor over the internet. We do not do package forwarding, and there is neither a Mike nor a Monica at Able,” Duty added. The fake job offers are being emailed to job seekers who have posted their resumes on legitimate job search sites. While the job search sites themselves are legitimate, the job offers using Able Express Courier Service’s name are not. The bogus jobs involve receiving and reshipping merchandise, which may be stolen or purchased with stolen credit cards. The fake website also bears the BBB logo, which is a trademark infringement. Using BBB’s logo is an attempt to add legitimacy to the scam. “Crooks often hijack a legitimate company’s name, using its reputation as a trustworthy front to operate their scam,” said Randy Hutchinson, BBB of the Mid-South president. “In this case, they hijacked the BBB logo as well,” Hutchinson added. Most of the time, a business doesn’t find out their name is being used until after the fact, when angry people who’ve been duped by the fraudsters call demanding explanations and payment for work completed. That’s the case for Duty, who is still getting calls from additional victims. Other victims are checking BBB’s Business Profile for the real Able Express Courier Service, where information has been posted warning of the scam. More than 300 people have checked with BBB for information on the company since the beginning of November. One victim told BBB that he got a message from a stranger on Facebook saying that his personal information had shown up on their Amazon account in an attempt to purchase a $1200 laptop. “I am extremely worried that my identity has already been stolen,” he said. Victims who have given out their personal information to the fraudsters should visit IdentityTheft.gov, the federal government's one-stop resource for identity theft victims. People who have been contacted by this fake company should file a scam report at bbb.org/scamtracker to help warn others. Victim information is not made public on BBB scam tracker reports. Victims who have received and reshipped packages for this company should file a mail fraud complaint with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/contactUs/filecomplaint.aspx. BBB Tips for Job Seekers: · A job search site may be legitimate, some job offers listed on it may not be. Scammers advertise jobs where legitimate employers do, including online and in newspapers. Report phony job offers to the job search site.· Posting your resume online may result in your email inbox being flooded with phony job offers. Scammers are counting on the unemployed to anxiously respond to emails that purport to offer them a position that’s been specially selected for them.· Never pay for the promise of a job. If a potential employer asks you to pay a fee for certification, training materials, or other expenses, that may be a red flag that the job isn’t legitimate.· Be wary of giving out personal or financial information when applying for a job. Legitimate employers only need your social security number when they are extending you an offer of employment. Putting it on every application you fill out could lead to identity theft.· Beware of job descriptions that are vague or offer high pay for little work.· Check out the company at bbb.org.· Search for the company online. Visit their official website to see if the job is posted there. Check their BBB report for any information indicating that the company has been the victim of a scam. BBB Tips for Businesses Targeted by Business Identity Theft: · Contact your local law enforcement authorities if you believe your company’s identity has been compromised.· Contact your financial institution if you suspect that your account has been compromised. This will limit any further unauthorized transactions on your account. You may need to close the compromised account and open a new one.· If you suspect your company’s name is attached to phony emails floating around the web, contact the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.· Get the word out. Let the public know fraudsters are posing as your business. It could be as simple as posting a brief warning on your company’s website or Facebook page or alerting the media.· And, as always, contact the Better Business Bureau at 901-759-1300 or 800-222-8754 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help spread the word to consumers and businesses.