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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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