As far as scams and the internet go, the internet reshipping scams or the package forwarding scams, are by far the internet scams to avoid like no other and let me tell you why. Many, many different types of scams inhabit the internet. You have the “pay me $97 for my system” scam. then there are all the different types of email scams. (Remind me to tell you how I almost fell prey to a PayPal email scam just today as a matter of fact.)
However, while these scams are of course trying to trick you out of your money in one way or another, usually you only end up losing money. I know. I say that like it means nothing considering the fact that some people, notably the very vulnerable elderly are bilked out of their life savings and every last cent they have.
The difference is that these particular scams have the potential to land you in jail and/or prison. Then… not only do you lose your money and experience serious financial instability, you lose your freedom as well.
Internet shipping scams have been around for quite a while. Several contrasting scenarios are engaged in the execution of this scam, but it all plays out to the same conclusion. Packages are shipped to an unsuspecting accomplice, who then reships said packages to another address (usually untraceable) in an effort to launder products purchased online with stolen credit card numbers.
Generally, the scam artist sends out thousands of unsolicited emails in order to lure individuals into their web of lies, promising large sums of money with very little effort. Although I have actually heard of people falling into this trap from a large variety of very different situations. (check out some of these experiences) Targets are normally persons looking to supplement their income with a part-time job. The email suggests to them the very easy job of becoming a personal assistant.
These emails follow a particular pattern;
First, the email arrives looking something like this:
Clicking on this link leads to a letter from a fictitious employment agency advertising a job for a personal assistant. This is an actual email I received. I attempted a little research on the named employment agency and discovered the agency did indeed exist. However, this ploy is typical in practically every online scam in existence. Claims are made pretending to represent the agency/company in question.
They allegedly represent an individual who is most times some sort of professional, currently traveling abroad with regards to his/her profession. Stating also that Mr./Mrs. X is very busy tending to business in another country and cannot see to the needs in other areas of business and personal activities, requiring additional help until such time as they return to the USA or whatever the country of origin of the potential victim.
A small application form is enclosed with simple information requirements.
- Full name
- Do you have a bank account?
- Do you prefer a cashiers check or a wire transfer directly to your account?
The last two questions being extremely odd for a “job application” don’t you think?
The Next Step
After filling out the “application”, another email is sent confirming your application and informing you the job is yours!!! Looks a little like this. This email was an actual email sent to me after I applied for a P.A. job. Never deposit one of these checks into your account. They are fake , but they are very good fakes and you will end up on the wrong end of fraud charges.
The Way It Works
This scam is simplistic in its execution. The personal assistant is told they are to receive packages and forward them to another address. These products are purchased with stolen credit card numbers harvested in phishing schemes.
Now if it were me, I would suspect some sort of illegal products within the package. Always one step ahead, this frame of mind is anticipated by the scammer. For this reason. the “assistant” is invited to open the packages to inspect the products before reshipping or forwarding to the given address.
This accomplishes two things:
- Relieves the state of mind of possibly shipping illegal products.
- Effectively “launders” the stolen products and washes the hands of the actual perpetrator.
The scam has several forms of execution. Three of which are listed here:
The packages are sent to the local post office and you can pick them up for inspection at your leisure.
The packages are delivered to your home and inspected before the forwarding occurs.
I think this style is probably the most reprehensible. Listen to this: The packages are shipped to a third party and you are sent to the home of that third party in order to collect the packages for inspection and forwarding. Informing them that the packages were shipped to their home by mistake.
The reprehensible part and perhaps amusing to the scammer is this fact: When the scam is performed in this manner. the credit card used is the credit card owned by the individual to whom the packages are shipped. Matching the address of the credit card. Not having received the bill yet they are none the wiser.
Never take this email at face value. It goes without saying ( going to say it anyway ) that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. These scams usually come with a fake check to deposit into your account, ramping up fraud charges if you are caught. I can guarantee you if a fake check is deposited into your account and the money goes out…
YOU will be caught! Unfortunately, you’ll take the fall for the entire operation.. and possibly end up on the bad side of a pair of handcuffs.
Nothing Wrong With It
There is nothing wrong with trying to make a little extra money on the side and there is nothing wrong with using the internet as the medium for this. However do not put your hopes on a scam that comes unsolicited to your email. Take control of the situation and forge your own destiny on the internet.
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