Reshipping scams are hitting the Boise area targeting job
seekers. Don't fall victim!
Boise, March 12, 2012 -
Boise Police are warning citizens of a scam that disguises itself
as a "work at home" deal, but could end in criminal charges! The
scam isn't new. But it's affect on Boise citizens and at least one
local business is.
Detectives with the Boise Police
Financial Crimes Unit say in the past three weeks, several citizens
and one local business appear to have fallen victim to what's known
as a Reshipping Scam; businesses send and citizens receive and
reship items based on financial accounts that are fake.
"These scams look like legitimate job
offers but they fall into the "too good to be true" category," said
Sgt. Randy Buzzini of the Boise Police Financial Crimes Unit.
"There's no reason a
legitimate foreign company needs a middleman to intercept
packages here. Asking citizens to help pay for the shipping or set
up accounts only adds to the giant red flags involved in these
Reshipping aka Package
How Business are Victimized:The scam
begins with a suspect who could be anywhere in the world,
setting up an account with a business, often an electronics
company, using a stolen or fraudulent credit card or line of
credit. The suspect then orders product from the business and has
it shipped to a real address. Businesses will often wait to see if
the charge goes through on the card before shipping the product,
however it's not uncommon for a charge to go through then later be
denied because it's found to be invalid.
How Citizens are
Dupped:Since foreign crime rings have difficulty getting
electronics companies to ship goods abroad, they "employ" Americans
who also become victims. These are often people responding to
e-mailed "work at home" offers or even jobs posted on well-known
job hunting websites. The "job offers" may be positions such as
"merchandising manager," "package processing assistant," or a
similar title. Job duties generally include receiving packages and
mailing them to a foreign address on behalf of a client.
The citizens then unknowingly become
fences, reshipping merchandise paid for with the fraudulent credit
account. When police track down the packages, reported by
businesses who've found the phoney accounts, the trail leads to the
Boise Police Financial Crimes detectives
have tracked down several citizens who unknowingly had received
items like iPhones and computer electronics, valued between several
hundred and more than $1,000, who were preparing to reship the
items to a foreign address. No charges have been filed as the
citizens reported they were unaware of being involved in the scam.
However, officers did warn them to avoid involvement in the future
or criminal charges could be possible.
Tips to protect yourself from
the US Postal Inspection Service:
Red Flags for Job
- The job offer comes from overseas.
- The job requires you to receive shipments of costly electronics
at your home, check the contents and then re-ship the packages
- You're given credit card numbers to use when you order
merchandise, but you aren't sent an actual company credit
- You're sent a check that you're supposed to use to cover both
the costs of ordering goods and your salary. This could be a fake
check scam as well.
- Never agree to a
job where you are required to reship merchandise
- Don't be fooled by official-looking reports and forms that
you're supposed to fill out. That's just a ploy the scammers use to
make this con seem legitimate.
- Don't set up a bank account. No legitimate company will ask you
to set up an account for it or ask you to process orders through
your own bank account.
- Never agree to wire money abroad. Legitimate companies do not
issue oversize checks and then ask employees to do the math and
send back the surplus.
- Learn to recognize a reshipping scam.