Package Forwarding & Reshipping Job or Scam?

Package Forwarding & ReShipping Job or Scam pic

Seems like for every person that seeks legitimate work at home opportunities there are thousands or more that want to scam them out of their hard earned money.

Unfortunately this is the reality of the situation that we must face and deal with. We take this very seriously on our blog. With the economy being in the state it is, None of us can afford to be investing money in scams when there are actually legitimate work at home jobs. We list pre-screened jobs every day on our work from home jobs page here.

Recently we've had an onslaught of positive comments and thanks from many of you who were able to avoid scams such as wire transfer and check cashing because of articles you read here.

So with that in mind I just want to introduce yet another scam to avoid.  By the way, this is a real scam. This isn't one of the cases where you tried a work at home opportunity and couldn't make money so now you're calling it a scam. This isn't one of those misrepresenting rebate processing, typing, data entry or survey lists. The following scam is the type that will not only lose you money but you may also end up losing your freedom. So listen up!

So what is Package Forwarding or Re-shipping Work At Home Opportunity?

Unfortunately, it's not working at home for UPS, FED EX, DHL or the USPS shipping packages. This so called opportunity is more like a variation of wire transfers or check cashing scams. It's no surprise that the scam artist wouldn't deviate much from other successful scams. After all, "if it ain't broke, why fix it?".  But from time to time they make some slight variations to see if they can sucker even more people like us.

So here's how it works in a nutshell. Re-shipping also known as "package forwarding" usually starts with an emailed job offer. Just like the common Nigerian scam, these so called "employers" offer up phony contracts and other documentation to make them appear legitimate.  They may even reference legitimate company names and physical address in their emails (like Microsoft or some other major company you already trust.) Once they have lured you into a sense of security, the packages are shipped to your home at no cost to you. You are provided with instructions to reship the packages to another address (Usually a P.O. box) Once you have reshipped the package you report back to the company so you can get your check.

Sounds good, right? You just need to sit there and wait for your check now. But guess what? It's not a check that arrives at you door. Instead it's your local boys in blue (POLICE) or if you're really lucky, the feds (F.B.I.). And what they're bringing you is a one way ticket to "club fed" aka prison, jail, the slammer, etc. You're now considered an accessory to a crime and may be even found "guilty" of receiving and shipping stolen property.

 

Identity Theft With A Twist Of Lime…

Most of us have heard about identity theft. Usually the victim is one person whose identity has been stolen. However no one really talks about another element of it which comes into play with today's scam. Reshipping or package forwarding schemes actually double the adverse effects of identity theft. It creates two victims, the person whose identity has been stolen and a person who becomes a package forwarder or re-shipper. The reason is that when you re-ship these packages on behalf of these so called legit companies, you're actually shipping stolen merchandise to the real criminals who stole someone's identity. Now when criminals commit identity theft or credit card schemes, they know not to ship the stolen goods to their homes. It's a really dumb way to get caught. So this re-shipping "job" was hatched to easily move stolen goods using us as a unknowing  mules. This is also the reason they tell you to ship to a p.o. box. This way they can't be traced when you finally realize you've been punked. Except no one is laughing when everything has been figured out.

 

So What Should You Do?

First and foremost, don't feel embarassed if you are a victim. Desperation and lack of information leads a lot of us to become victim of work at home scams. Unfortunately it's sort of a rite of passage many of us face before finding success. So don't beat yourself up about it. Become proactive and learn from this mistake.  Here are some action steps to take:

 

1. Don’t accept packages for people you don’t know. So if you're coming here asking if company x is legitimate because you're considering shipping packages for them, just stop in your tracks. If it sounds like the scam listed above, that's what it is. Don't let your desperation cloud your judgement. Just remember scam artist will often use legitimate company names and websites to throw you off. But that doesn't matter! If it has anything to do with re-shipping items, you know it's a scam! 

 

2. Stop all communication with con artists who try to solicit your help in reshipping items. Again don't let anything throw you off. 

 

3. If you already have the stolen merchandise from such a scam artists, don’t mail it! You should return it to the merchant as soon as possible and explain the situation to them.

 

4. Keep all correspondence (e-mails, faxes, receipts, invoices etc.) related to these scams. You want to build your case that you're vicitim here too and weren't the originator of the scam.

 

5. Contact Postal Inspectors at 1-877-876-2455 of click here to file a complaint online. They’ll help you return stolen items back to the proper owners. 

 

6. File a complaint with ic3.gov as well for good measure. 

 

7. If you have already fallen victim to this, you may want to be proactive and report all the details below so others can avoid it. Include any emails, names, addresses, etc. The more information you can provide, the better it will be. This way when people do a search online, this article will come up and help others avoid this scam! Remember that's probably how you came to this article. So do your part to help others as well!

 

How To Find Legitimate Work At Home Opportunities.

Even if you have fallen vicitim to this scam, the good news is that you've landed on this site which is well known for helping people find legitimate ways of earning money from home. With that in mind you have a lot of options here. Visit our Work At Home jobs page which is updated with pre-screened, no out of pocket jobs!

We also have a recommendations page where I list various types of work at home opportunities outside a traditional job that can earn you money right away. So click here to visit my personal recommendations page.

Research is the key to success in this industry. If you get in the habit of researching any company before you work with them, you'll avoid most scams. We make this easy with our scam video listed here. There are also other scams listed there that you should read. This way you'll be able to indentify other scams that should be avoided. Knowledge is power, and the more you know about the industry the better your chances are of success. So be sure to read our Work At Home Guide here as well. 

 

Conclusion

The only forwarding you should be doing is sharing a good joke or an informative article like this one. So the moral of this story is to do your research! You don't need me to figure out what companies are scams, just follow the steps in our scam video by clicking here. You'll know just as much as I do. I'm not some magical scam guru, I just do my research using the techniques in the video and you can too!

Hopefully we saved many more of you from becoming another victim of this twist on identity theft. I'll say it again for good measure, don't get involved in something like this. I don't care if they said Jesus thought it was a good idea. It's not! You've been warned!

If you're looking fo traditional jobs, try visiting our jobs page. If you're looking for our personal recommendations of ways to make money quicker than waiting for a traditional job and want more advice, visit our recommendations page. If you've like what you've read and want to get more of it, be sure to become a subscriber by clicking here. You'll learn about more scams, new legitimate companies and get weekly pre-screened job leads. So be sure you take advantage of this free information.

At the end of the day,  you do have a lot of options, if you're open minded! I know how desperation sets in when you've been spending months or even years searching for a work at home job. But don't allow your desperation to cloud your judgment. There are plenty of little and big ways to make money at home that don't involve traditional work at home jobs. You just need to be open minded and willing to give them a shot. Fortunately you landed on this page and you now have access to this information. So don't cry over spilled milk.You live and learn. Even out of bad situations, good things can arise. The fact you're on this page is a testament to that. Stay positive and move on.

I hope this helps either way! 

Comments

  1. Christian Robinson says

    I had a job offer from a company called otp logistic stating that all I would have to do is receive packages and then check them an remain them to other places and I would be on a trial and get paid 2300 a month plus 30 for packages under 25 lbs and 60 for packages over 25 lbs that us my communion and durning the trial I would get paid 30 days after my first package I received and mailed out I got a visit from the police stating a phone was being sent to my house that was charged to someone else’s credit card I did not know so I was advised to quit the company was fake and if I con united to accept and send packages I would go to jail for fraud I advise anyone don’t fall for anything like this utter ain’t worth it don’t accept the jib ignore it oh and the job offer came in the form of an email I was fooled I quit and I feel better I got out when I did

    • says

      Hey Christian,

      Sorry you didn’t run into our site before you fell for this scam. Fortunately you weren’t arrested. But as long as people follow the advice in this article, they can avoid all of this. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • says

      Hey Cesar,

      No I havent. But if the jobs involves shipping packages or cashing checks, then you just ignore it. Just read the article above and the comments and you have all you need to know. I hope this helps.

  2. Michael says

    I received an email nearly identical to all the comments above from an “Exec Direct Aviation Services LTD,” contacted by a “Robert Hudson.” Unfortunately I was idiotic enough to sign the contract sent and have emailed them back. I was just so ecstatic to have a job and supposed income coming. Once again the homage “too good to be true” turns out to be true. Fortunately I’ve looked them up now and despite having a website and several google items I luckily found this website…dang, now I am so stressed about next week and what I assume will be incoming packages. Is this crap going to go on the rest of my life? Do you think there’s any danger about people coming to harm my family? (this concern only voiced by my mom, but it seems a legit concern). I’ve also received emails/contract and even a phone call from a second company for an identical position/gig, this time by “Edwards Logistics” sent from an “Amanda Barns.” Fortunately I have not signed this and will not be.

    Thank you for this website. I only hope it’s not too late. Hopefully this can help others who operate with a bit more logic/discretion/caution before they give away their signature. But desperation in a desperate economy goes a long way in luring helpless victims in.

    • says

      Hey Mike,

      Sorry to hear you fell for this. It happens to the best of us. It’s not really worth it for the scammers to send goons to your home. There will be enough victims they can easily get online if they’re not fortunate enough to find this site or if desperation gets the better of them.

      So don’t worry about any physical harm. This is a lesson learned and thanks for being brave enough to share with us. The silver lining is that you found this page and you’ll now be on the road to legitimate ways to make money online.

  3. says

    An innovative startup is looking for Postal Associates. This position requires no complex experience other than basic computer skills and capacity to handle correspondence and shipments.

    Totally fit for stay-at-home moms, retired people and also business owners who remain in the home office during the day.

    Functions:

    – Collect packages and letters from UPS, Fedex and USPS at your location
    – Repack letters and parcels
    – Check the packages
    – Distribute letters and parcels to local US Postal Service branches
    – Stay in contact with the support department through online messages, and telephone
    – Timely upload reports via online account

    Requirements:

    – US residence with postal address
    – Be able to demonstrate accountability and take initiative
    – Be able to handle up to 23 pounds

    This is a stable job with a compensation of up to $2,000 net payable monthly.

    Should you become interested in this opening, go ahead and respond to this email, and we will get back to you ASAP.

  4. Jammer says

    I received this the other day:
    Good day XXXXXXXX,
    We have found your Curriculum Vitae via Careerbuilder job-site. At the moment we expand our business to the USA territory and can offer you a position of Transportation Manager.
    The position is mostly about accepting, repacking and sending parcels with the help of the Postal Service all over the world. It’s a work at home job and does not require any start-up costs.
    You do not need to relocate and can do this job from a comfort of your home.

    The Transportation Manager duties consist of:
    Step 1: You receive parcels at your address.
    Step 2: You should report to the supervisor about parcels delivered;
    Step 3: You should do repackaging according to supervisor instructions;
    Step 4: You will receive a prepaid shipping labels to mail the package out
    Step 5: You should affix the shipping label provided by your supervisor to the parcel and drop it off at the nearest post-office.

    You do not need to invest any money to start this job. All the shipping costs and extra expenses will be covered by our company.
    You will be responsible for dispatching packages in time.
    Your compensation will consist of $2400 base salary (monthly) + $30 commission per box received .
    Your wage will be deposited into your bank account or into your Paypal account at the end of each work month.
    During the first weeks you will work with a small product quantity. There will be about 10-20 boxes a week.
    It’s not obligatory to have any special education, you will have a possibility to gain necessary knowledge during the trial period.
    Make sure to have working home and mobile phone numbers, so we could reach you through the day if we have any questions about the reports.

    The candidate should have:
    1. Printer (you will need to print postage labels to ship the boxes out).
    2. Internet Access (to check your email for the information updates) and the ability to your email 2-3 times a day.
    3. Ability to receive the parcels right to your physical address (not P.O. box) from courier services such as Fedex, UPS and USPS

    If you need some more information regarding the offered vacancy – you could email me with any questions.

    The offered vacancy is 100 percent legitimate job, all shipped products are legal under the law of the United States of America.

    Please, reply back to get more information.
    Sincerely yours,
    Jessica Kosman
    Ingstad & Co AB
    Hyregatan 9, Malmo,
    Sweden, SE-201

    • says

      Hi, just read the article above. It doesn’t matter what the name of the company is. If the job is asking you to do what we described above, then you already know it’s a scam.

  5. says

    Ok.. here is the actual job description..

    Title: Auction Manager Dpt.: International Auctions Location: From Home Type: Part Time Salary: 2,800$/month

    About Company: WorlShip1 is an international freight and shopping company. We offer a scale of solutions for people looking to purchase or sell merchandise on overseas markets.

    Auction Manager is a work at home job, executed and supervised entirely via internet. Core activities include accurate handling of customers auctions on marketplaces and client support. Job requirements include proficiency in English, 8AM-12AM availability, high- school diploma.

    The Auction Manager is responsible for the accurate and timely review, preparation and execution of auctions delegated by customers.

    This position requires full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the mission of the WorlShip1. The employee is expected to support all organizational services including, but not limited to; Customer Service, Confidentiality of Information, and WS1 initiatives.

    Required Experience:
    General Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook experience. Paypal experienced user with at least 6 months old account.

    Required Education: High school diploma or equivalent required.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Customer interaction during the completion of sales contracts.
    Verification of certified funds received
    Data entry
    Provision of proper advice to the customers by using the phone or email.
    Release of checks, customer bank deposits or other types of transaction.
    The duty also includes journalizing the financial flow entries.

    I found this through indeed.com and there was an initial screening process thru fitzii. The hr person is
    SHANNON FRANKE
    HEAD OF HR DEPT.
    WORLDSHIPONE.
    T: (330) 400 2142
    F: (330) 319-8176.

    She even provides a landline phone but only her voicemail picks up.

    What do you think? Thanks!

  6. says

    Hi Eddy, was wondering if this is a scam? No mention of actual receiving and sending packages. But you do have to have a 6 month paypal account. What do you think?

    Opening name: Auction Manager
    Employer: WorldShipOne.
    Work Place: from home
    Operating mode: twenty hours per week

    Requirements:

    Eligible for work in the United States with clear background record.
    Advanced interpersonal, negotiating, analytical skills;
    Ability to work from place of residence;
    Paypal experienced user with minimum 6 month account registration age
    Service and detail oriented.
    Computer skills, cell telephone

    Benefits:

    Work from home;
    Your career prospects in the worldwide corporation
    Employees will be able to reconcile this job with another one
    Opportunity to visit the team training in the United States and European countries
    Bonuses on performing results

    Compensation:

    $2800 a month paid every two weeks
    3% commission

    We look forward to start working with you and to the contributions you will bring to the business, as well as the opportunity to provide you with professional growth.

    In order to continue with the application procedure please reply to this email.

    • says

      Hey,

      I wouldn’t know unless they actually explained what they’re expecting you to do. But the fact they provide any real details on what the job entails leads me to believe it’s either a home business or possible scam. But this is a guess.

  7. D. says

    I’m freaking out officially because I filled out the paperwork and just recieved a package today. I didnt open it, but I am concerned is my identity gonna get stolen? what do I do now?

    • says

      D,

      Follow the advice listed in the article above. In terms of the identity theft stuff you should probably invest in some identity theft or credit monitoring services.

  8. Chris says

    I received an email from them this morning:

    Angie Bowel,
    HR Assitant,
    Recruitment Department,
    Parcels Abroad GP, LP
    505 S. Flagler Dr. Ste 1550
    South Palm Beach, FL 33401
    (800) 260-1257

  9. says

    I posted yesterday about balguerie.com it looks the post has been deleted. Is this legit or a scam.

    Hi
    We are glad to inform you that your candidature for the Shipping Clerk position perfectly matches all our requirements. You have passed our selection process successfully. We are delighted to make you the following job offer.
    Therefore, please read carefully the attached documents. In attachments, you can find our Contract, your Job offer and a document on non-disclosure of trade secrets.
    You will be required to send us a copy of all sign documents.
    If we do not receive your reply within two days, the proposal will be canceled automatically.
    We understand that sometimes it’s very difficult for a new people to adapt to the whole working process. It is always a mix of excitement and anxiety. Especially, performing on your first assignment! Always, we would be happy to assist you on any stage of your work. We would also like to remind you that this is a very demanding job, associated with direct payments of the clients and their orders. We understand that you will be materially responsible. By that reason we are always ready to negotiate with you your salary, holidays, etc. We value each member of our team and we are always providing the most comfortable working conditions.
    We are confident you will be able to make a significant contribution to the success of our company and we are looking forward to work with you.
    If you have any questions or comments, please contact us immediately.
    HR Support Team,

    Online email manager.
    Balguerie US department.
    http://www.balguerie.com

  10. says

    Eddy, I’m freaking out. I’ve been in contact with a Lexie Redman from OTP Logistics. I was very cautious in the beginning, but I went ahead and signed an agreement and gave her our address after looking at their website. I DO NOT want to get in trouble with this! Is there any way to keep packages from getting shipped to our place?

    • says

      No need to freak out Linsey. Just follow the advice in the article above and you should be fine.
      You can ask the mail carrier to return the packages back to the company or just don’t accept them.

  11. Lili says

    Was so happy to find this site. Thank you. To you and the others that have done the work for me. Have received the email from I’m not sure maybe 5 different names on it.
    Amy Berger, Angie Bowel, Hibbard Trinity etc.. Thanks again. Your site is the best

  12. Bev says

    I received the same email as Julia Lane today. I went to their website and even though it looks legit, some of the language was a bit “off”, so I kept digging and ended up here. Thanks so much for your help in sorting through the scams out there!

  13. Cheryl says

    Have you heard of a company based in Poland by the name of RPE Logistics? It is basically the same set up as the companies described in the previous blogs.

    • says

      No I haven’t but it really doesn’t matter if it follows the same patterns that have you read in the comments and article above. The company could be called God’s Logistics for all I care. If it involves the activities listed here, you know what to do.

  14. Julia Lane says

    Another scam! I’ve reported them.

    Angie Bowel recruitment@parcelsabroadgp.com via zohocrm.com
    AttachmentsAug 28 (1 day ago)

    to me
    Dear _______________,

    My name is Amy Berger and I am an HR assistant with Parcels Abroad GP. I have received your e-mail request for more information about the position of Mail Clerk in our company. Please read further details of this job offer. If you have any questions after reading the email, don’t hesitate to contact us by phone 561-325-6481.

    Parcels Abroad GP, LP is an online mail management company with brick-and-mortar presence in Florida. Besides regular mail forwarding, we offer online mail management services to our international customers. Many American retailers do not offer the option of overseas delivery. We help our customers to get an American postal address for making purchases and then get their orders delivered anywhere in the world. We work with international businesses that buy and sell goods in the US and people who travel on a regular basis.

    We are always seeking to develop our services further through a number of strategies based on innovation. We create value for our customers by going far beyond the ordinary logistics or brokerage services. We do this by utilizing the most up-to-date technological solutions and through efficient warehousing and human resources management approaches. Our remote employment approach allows us to maximize the number of addresses in different states that can be offered to our clients. This also enables us to reduce our storage expenses, to be more competitive and keep our business green.

    Job details.

    Mail Clerk position is an excellent chance for people who spend a lot of time at home – such as retirees and full-time parents – to earn a good income or supplement an existing income by processing client mail at their home address. We also accept business owners who work from private office addresses. This job doesn’t require an expensive training or paying any startup costs. You can work from any location in the US except Alaska and Hawaii.

    Duties:

    • Stay available to receive parcels and correspondence at your address from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
    • Inspect for damage, process and repack parcels
    • Ensure mail contents match the order, upload images of the mail contents
    • Forward mail to customers (shipping labels are prepaid)
    • Submit reports and keep your online account up to date

    Requirements:

    • Have access to reliable transportation to reach your nearest post office
    • Be trustworthy and reliable, be able to work with minimal supervision
    • Deliver excellent rates of service to customers
    • Experience in delivery/logistics is a plus, but not mandatory.
    • Have access to a PC/laptop, digital camera, printer and reliable internet connection
    • Be able to handle packages that weigh up to 30 lbs
    • No other employment is allowed besides self-employment with daily presence at your address

    Compensation:

    • Base salary is $2,000/month
    • Bonuses of up to $500 are available for handling over 50 orders per month

    All expenses for shipping, as well as internet use, packing and gas, are reimbursed by our company. You will be on our payroll and all applicable taxes will be withheld from your paycheck. You will receive a W-2 form at the end of the year, showing your wages and tax.

    Safe and Secure.

    You will be safe and secure while working for us. The parcels contain everyday items such as, electronics, clothing, auto parts or sporting goods. We handle only fully paid shipments and we never deal with any customers that cannot be verified as a legitimate business. This is all clarified during our phone interviews with the customers, after which they must send us two types of ID as well as a 1583 form signed by a notary.

    How to apply:
    Please complete the enclosed application, and return it to this email address along with your resume. We advise that you read through the employment contract carefully before you submit your application. If you would like to know more about us, how we operate, our practices and policies, please visit our website by clicking on the link in the application.

    Sincerely,
    Amy Berger,
    HR assistant,
    Recruitment department,
    Parcels Abroad GP, LP.

    • says

      just got done dealing with these people…Thank Goodness I ended up here… the good news is I have not received any packages… the bad news no new income coming in…Thanks for the heads up

    • says

      Thanks for sharing Andre.
      Creating a professional website can literally take minutes. But as you know it doesn’t matter how polished the website looks or what company name they use or refer to. If the job involves what we described it’s something to be avoided. I don’t see anything on this website about a re-shipping packaging job though?

    • Julia Lane says

      @Eddy they sent me an email with “Job offer” in the subject line. There were two Word/PDF attachments (an application and “contract” with the info. I’ve already reported them. The “HR” woman Amy B. called me yesterday asking if I was still interested, what joke. I also traced the IP to Atlanta. When you call the number it sounds “legit”, but it’s not. I went as far as to call the landlords of the building to see if and who they are at the address they gave me. Stay tuned.

    • Julia Lane says

      @Eddy Yeah but it sure is fun to answer the phone “FBI, how may I help you?” if they call me again.

  15. John says

    Hey, thank you for this page. The information has helped me a lot… I was just about to sign some forms from this guy calling himself OTP-Longistics… t.d & otp.pdf agreement files. But i was hesitant about giving out my ID Card Number…. then i decided first to search the net. Then the same guy (manager) Alexie (Alexandria) Redman appears and it’s true that a research on this company might not find any bad reviews since it registered as NEW and strangely an IP address from Germany and russia. With all this I’ve declined to sign the agreement….. and the way i thought i had secured a job!!!

    • says

      You’re welcome John. I’m happy you’ve been able to avoid these scams. Fortunately you found this page and now you’ll have legitimate options to chose from. You dodged a bullet buddy!

    • J Helms says

      I was just scammed by OTP-Logistics as well. When I searched the Internet I did not find any information about them except for they had a newer Web site. A person by the name of “Lexie Redman” was contacting me. Everything sounded great, until I read this.

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