Company Representative scams, Payment Processing scams and other Employment scams.
#360598 by ScamInformation Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:27 pm ... pping-scam

Lisa Campbell was expecting to make a lot of money working from home as a "shipping specialist." It was a job that she found advertised on Craigslist.

"I emailed them my resume because that's why they said I had to do just like any other job,” Campbell told 3 On Your Side. “I emailed my resume and told them a little bit about myself and then I got a phone call in probably about 30 minutes."

During that conversation, Campbell says she was hired and couldn't wait to start her new position. All she had to do was accept packages that were shipped to her and bring them into her home. She would then take a picture of the box and forward that photo to the so-called company proving it was in her possession. After getting the shipment and repacking the stuff, Campbell would take the goods to the FedEx center nearby where she would forward the material using shipping labels that the company had emailed her.

Campbell says she performed the task at least three dozen times and was expecting to be paid close to $4,000 for her time, energy and, of course, gas.

However, when she wasn't paid, she contacted 3 On Your Side and we knew exactly what was going on here.

Campbell was the victim of something the U.S. Postal Service Inspection calls "reshipping fraud." Liz Davis is with the agency and is well-aware of the scam.

"They buy items online with stolen credit cards and then it comes to your house so the fraud trail of this crime leads right to your house," Davis said. “And, you're literally in possession of stolen goods."

All this time, Campbell had been accepting and reshipping stolen goods to help scammers get away with their crime and to mislead investigators.

When 3 On Your Side told Campbell what she was involved in, she couldn't believe it.

"Wow. I don't even know what to think,” Campbell said in disbelief as she shook her head. “I don't even know what to think. It's really disappointing."

Investigators tell 3 On Your Side they realize Campbell is a victim and was innocently involved. And, with 3 On Your Side's report, they hope more people won't fall for it.

"You believe you are a shipping specialist who is going to receive packages and then you have to re-ship them somewhere else. Usually, it's to a foreign country," Davis said.

Work-at-home scams are extremely prevalent. So, ask yourself a few questions like, “Did you get hired off the Internet without a face to face interview?” Also, “Did it seem like you were hired rather quickly?” If you answer yes to these questions, you’re most like involved in a scam ... ping-scam/
Adams County resident falls victim to reshipping scam

YORK SPRINGS, Pa. (WHTM) – Police are warning the public about a reshipping scam.

Police said scammers order items using stolen billing information then ship the items to a random address. The scammer then contacts the person at the address and says it was a mistake. They ask the recipient to ship the items somewhere else, often overseas, using a prepaid shipping label.

Scammers recently targeted someone in Adams County.

Latimore Township police Chief Michael Weigand said an unsuspecting resident reshipped the items. Some of the items were intercepted by customs and will be returned to vendors.

So what should you do if something suspicious shows up at your door?

“Call the local authorities. Call your local police department, call the Pennsylvania State Police, whoever covers your area, and report the incident. Let us do some investigating to see if it is legitimate or if it is a scam,” Weigand said.

Police said in this case, the person who received the stolen property won’t be charged, but that could happen in other cases.
The "reshipping" scheme requires individuals in the United States, who sometimes are coconspirators and other times are unwitting accomplices, to receive packages at their residence and subsequently repackage the merchandise for shipment, usually abroad.

"Reshippers" are being recruited in various ways but the most prevalent are through employment offers and conversing, and later befriending, unsuspecting victims through Internet Relay Chat Rooms.

Unknown subjects post help-wanted advertisements at popular Internet job search sites and respondents quickly reply to the online advertisement. As part of the application process, the prospective employee is required to complete an employment application, wherein he/she divulges sensitive personal information, such as their date of birth and social security number which, unbeknownst to the victim employee, will be used to obtain credit in his/her name.

The applicant is informed he/she has been hired and will be responsible for forwarding, or "reshipping", merchandise purchased in the United States to the company's overseas home office. The packages quickly begin to arrive and, as instructed, the employee dutifully forwards the packages to their overseas destination. Unbeknownst to the "reshipper," the recently received merchandise was purchased with fraudulent credit cards.

The second means of recruitment involves the victim conversing with the unknown individual in various Internet Relay Chat Rooms. After establishing this new online "friendship" or "love" relationship, the unknown subject explains for various legal reasons his/her country will not allow direct business shipments into his/her country from the United States. He/she then asks for permission to send recently purchased items to the victim's United States address for subsequent shipment abroad for which the unknown subject explains he/she will cover all shipping expenses.

After the United States citizen agrees, the packages start to arrive at great speed. This fraudulent scheme lasts several weeks until the "reshipper" is contacted. The victimized merchants explain to the "reshipper" the recent shipments were purchased with fraudulent credit cards. Shortly thereafter, the strings of attachment are untangled and the boyfriend/girlfriend realizes their Cyber relationship was nothing more than an Internet scam to help facilitate the transfer of goods purchased online by fraudulent means.

If you believe you may have fallen victim to this type of scam and wish to report it, please file a complaint with us. ... gScam.html
Work-at-Home Scams
Criminals post job announcements on Internet career sites offering work-at-home positions—sometimes advertised as “merchandising manager” or “package processing assistant.” Duties include receiving packages and mailing them to a foreign address on behalf of a client, using postage-paid mailing labels provided via email.

The real story? It’s a scam!

If you accept the job, you’ll receive packages containing one of two things:

Merchandise bought with stolen credit cards—the scammer needs your help to smuggle the goods out of the country.
Counterfeit postal money orders—the scammer wants your help to distribute them to other scammers.
And when you receive payment—watch out

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