Green’s Moving & Delivery, a local delivery service, recently reported being the victim of business identity theft. In January 2017, Green’s Moving & Delivery ceased all operations and is out of business. But that didn’t stop identity thieves from using their name and address in an employment scam. The phony business has an equally phony website – greens-delivery.com - bearing the BBB logo in an attempt to add legitimacy to a fraudulent website.
Randy Green, owner of Green’s Moving & Delivery, became aware of fraudulent job offers using his former company’s name last week when he began getting calls from victims of the scam. Victims told Green that they had responded to an email offering them a job with his company.
“I am no longer in business,” Green told BBB. “When I was operating, I provided moving and delivery services in the Memphis area only.”
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 Green’s Moving & Delivery’s name are not. The bogus jobs involve receiving and reshipping merchandise, which may be stolen or purchased with stolen credit cards. Victims are promised a $2500 paycheck at the end of their probationary period of thirty days.
“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 up demanding explanations and payment for work completed. That was the case for Green. He still gets calls every day from additional victims.
BBB has also answered dozens of calls about the company in the past week. An additional 450 people have looked at BBB’s online Business Profile for Green’s Moving & Delivery since the beginning of May. None of the victims who have spoken to BBB have received any money for work they completed. Any checks forwarded by the phony company would most likely be fraudulent. Many callers who spoke to BBB staff were concerned that they would somehow be implicated in the scam when in actuality they are victims.
“I feel like I’m in some type of smuggling ring,” one Houston, TX, victim told BBB. “I’ve shipped iPhones, Mac Books, laser telescopes, auto parts – you name it, I’ve shipped it,” she said. She estimated that the merchandise she has helped the fraudulent company move amounts to more than $30,000 so far.
Others are worried that their identities will be stolen since they provided personal information to the fake company. “They asked me to take a selfie holding my driver’s license next to my face,” one Memphis victim told BBB.
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.
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