Today there was a job posted on my site that immediately aroused suspicion.  The job was for a “package manager”.  Since I have seen many scams that involve shipping packages, I knew I should really look at this one.

Here’s what they posted:

Honest workers needed for a package processing company located in NY, but any location in US are welcome!  We have customers worlwide and started that position to suit they needs. We offer you 40$ for each proccessed package.  The payment shall be made twice a month. The Company shall also bear all shipping expenses. Your salary is totaly depends on your ability to work fast and handy.
If you’re interested in that position be welcome to send a questions or resume to resume@nottherealwebsite.com.
You can also call us at 1-347-555-1212

I’ve highlighted the numerous spelling and grammatical errors for your amusement.  Of course that’s always a quick way to spot a potential scam but this one goes beyond that and it’s not remotely funny.  The credit card that was used to post the listing was stolen.  The card belongs to a man in Wisconsin, but the phone number given was in New York (as is the one given in the listing).  I called the number and it’s a fax machine.

The next thing I did was to go to the website of this “company”.  At first glance it looks like a shipping company, but that’s not really what I’m looking for.  What I want to see is some contact information that matches the credit card.  On their contact page there are several addresses in various countries but none in Wisconsin.  Now, I want to look up the contact information for whoever registered the domain name.  This is often where you’ll get the most accurate information.  As I suspected, it was registered by someone in the Ukraine….which is where most of these “package shipping” scams come from.

Luckily, the guy who’s credit card was used could be Googled as he owns a successful racing company.  I called him to let him know that someone had obtained and was using his credit card information.

The other side of this is the job listing itself.  They always claim to pay a high income (in this case $900 per week) to accept packages and then ship them to foreign countries.  This is called being a package mule.  You’ve probably heard of drug mules, well this is the same thing.  If you participate in this kind of activity you are breaking the law and can be held responsible financially and may even end up in jail.

So, be very careful as you’re looking at work at home job listings.  There are a lot of unethical people out there who think nothing of luring you into illegal activity that could ruin your life.

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34 Responses to “Work At Home Scam Alert: Package Manager”

  1. mary k says:

    Thanks for the informations.

  2. Barbara says:

    Hi, this shipping company was a job as re-sending packages for $20.00 per process of the packages.
    To get the job you just sign a employee agreement. You are a independent contractor for this company.(ANS SHIPPING)

    I would like to know if this company is a scam or not. Need this information ASAP.

    Barbara P

  3. sharon says:

    Barbara, this is definitely a scam. There’s some good information on this at the FBI’s Operation Cyber Sweep site. Scroll down to the “Reshipper” section.

  4. Barbara says:

    Hi,

    This site is still on the web why?
    Thank you for the information on this site. But I am still looking for jobs on the web.

    I am looking in form fillings job I hope I found one that is not a scam. I really need money for med and bills at this time.

    Barbara P

  5. sharon says:

    Barbara, all the “form filling jobs” I see are ad posting “jobs”. You’re posting ads for other people and they pay you to do it. You’re not going to earn an income with this type of thing.

  6. dudley says:

    If this ans-shipping company is a scam, one wonders why it still is in the web and for the longest time now. This is specially curious considering the company is already in FBI’s cyber scam list. Kindly enlighten me on this particular point.

  7. Florida3328 says:

    YES ! YES! YES!IT IS A SCAM. I did everything they asked like fax back the Agreement which they stated that I could make $20 per package mail. All I had to do was tear off all the label when I received the package, go to my email box and print out new prepaid label and place on the box. Then take to the post office which I did. I mailed 14 packages a total of $280. During this process I inquired about my payment which was suppose to be paid to my paypal account. After mailing 14 packages, I got an email that I would receive my payment between Friday 06/24/11 or Monday 06/27/11. This never happed, but I did notice that the packages had stopped arriving since I getting at least 2/3 packages aday from June 5 up to June 23rd. Aftee which no more packaged came. I’ve email my contact on several occasions, but no response and no more packages. They just suddendly stopped arriving at my door. SCAM…. SCAM…. SCAM. I really needed the money, but at least I didn’t pay for anything, just my time and waiting at the post office. I don’t want anyone else to go through what I went through, so I’m posting this information. Please steer clear. I took the bait, but you don’t have too. Does anyone know of a real work at home job that really pays with no investment, please respond.

  8. Missy H. says:

    I do a lot of different jobs from home and have since 1999. I do believe this is a scam. Thank you for alerting the rest of us to it!

  9. Seth says:

    Yes. It’s a scam. I’m the poor guy whose debit card number was fraudulently used to buy expensive plumbing fixtures which were shipped to a U.S. address where the mule then shipped them to Russia.

  10. Jason says:

    I recenlty received an email for a position like this one. I never received any forms to sign. I believe the person I received the information from is part of a scam and is using a reputable company and defaming its name. Please help me out.

  11. Mark says:

    I also received an e-mail and when I asked them to call, they did. I also have a friend who is a Secret Service agent and he said RUN!!! LOL But I have an idea… Lets all just start and keep the packages and since they are scams we all will have some STUFF to sell. Just a thought. If everyone kept the packages they would stop doing it. NOT

  12. Jess says:

    I was contacted by this company WTL Logistics. was told I only had to work part time I would receive 40$ per package and that I would get paid every month. so far ive been doing it for 3 weeks now and one of my packages that I took in to the post office got sent back to me saying it was a invalid postage and there was a letter informing me about fraud and explaining that this package was possibly fraudulent. I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this certain company or knows anyone that has..

  13. Francesca says:

    Jess did you find out if it was a scam?

  14. shelby says:

    missy h! what jobs do you consider, I am trying to find a work at home job that id not a scam, help!!!!

  15. Janice says:

    Hi Jess
    Are you still working for WTL Logistics? Have they paid you yet? I was contacted by them as well and shipped packages for three weeks; similar situation whereby I got a letter from a returned package as well. Can you give me more information? Thank you.

  16. Dan says:

    Hey, I am currently involved in one of these scams. I am waiting on payment but its only been a week. It does seem a bit fishy I will admit. I have been receiving packages but I kinda screwed up I mixed up the package labels and they are being sent to the wrong addresses. After reading this I think my mistake is actually funny. The company is a Russian company that purchases products from the us and uses us “the mules” to remove the purchase invoice scan it in upload it and then throw away the original. The shipping labels are all USPS and most go back to Russia. I had one that shipped to Mexico and one to Bolivia.

  17. Rebeca says:

    If someone went through this like Florida3328, and unknowingly did it thinking it was completely legit, can you get in any trouble, or be forgiven of trouble since being made believe it was legal? I know a friend who went through the same thing and she is freaking out.

  18. sharon says:

    It doesn’t matter if you didn’t realize it was illegal, you can still be held responsible.

  19. sharon says:

    Hi Dan, I agree that is funny! You’re not going to accept any more packages though right?

  20. Deborah says:

    I was also sent an email from WTL Logistics stating I would be paid $3,100 per month and $38,000 a year just working part-time.
    I really wanted this to be a legit business. I received another email stating they would start sending the packages immediately but will wait for a confirmation. This was just yesterday. I now realize this business is a scam.

  21. Irvin says:

    Has anyone tried to keep the packages? I am involved in one of these scams and I want to hold my packages hostage until I receive payment.

  22. Catherine says:

    I applied for a job posted on SimplyHired.com. A guy named Robert Ginn from Zinox Inc. replied saying it was a simple job shipping packages. I hadn’t heard of any sort of shipping scam since they didn’t ask for personal info or banking account #s, I didn’t think much of it till yesterday when the first package arrived via UPS. It was a couple of fancy camera lenses. Ginn had a prepaid FedEx label emailed as soon as he knew the package was delivered to my home & I was told to drop it off at FedEx. I looked up possible scams & discovered this involves stolen credit cards. My name is listed as the sender & according to what I read, the stolen CCs will track back to me. I immediately reported it to the San Diego Police Dept but they can’t help so they gave me the # for their Financial Crimes Division & the recorded msg suggested I filed a complaint on ic3.gov, which I immediately did. I really didn’t think that guy would contact me again after I asked so many questions in the beginning. I didn’t send the box; I’ve saved it for evidence. I would return it to UPS but I ripped the label when I opened it. He called me this morning using a voice relay operator (so you know he can’t speak English clearly) & has continued to harass me via email. He had the voice operator leave a msg saying they’ve contacted the FBI & he sent an email saying the same thing (I let him know I’d reported him to authorities). I want to respond to his email saying I have no intention of keeping his ill gotten gains & welcome the FBI contacting me (the ic3.gov site is part of their cyber crimes division so I beat him to it when it comes to contacting the FBI, lol) but am not sure if I should contact him any further. I can’t believe I fell for something so foolish. His emails were very professional (he used spell check, lol) and I seriously didn’t think he’d ever follow up with me. Boy, was I wrong! Has anyone on here who’s been duped by this scam ever been contacted by the authorities? I’m very curious about what sort of trouble I may be in. This is what happens when you’re unemployed & aren’t getting any interviews :(

  23. sharon says:

    Hi Catherine,

    You’ve done all the right things. At this point I would have no further contact with him. Let the FBI take it from here. You are certainly not the only one who has fallen for this scam. I don’t know how these people sleep at night.

  24. sharon says:

    Irvin,

    Do not accept any payments from these people. The whole thing is a scam. Please see Catherine’s comment. Report them to http://www.ic3.gov.

  25. Catherine says:

    Thanks for replying to my comment, Sharon! I’m glad I didn’t get duped into getting really involved in his scam but still can’t believe I got involved in the first place. FedEx came to my door this afternoon with a package from The Gap that I didn’t order so I refused it. It was a 2nd day delivery so I bet it was ordered last Thursday so I’d get it today since Friday’s package was next day UPS & had been ordered on Thursday. I should’ve gotten the tracking # from FedEx but didn’t think of that till after the guy had left.

    No more emails, texts or weird calls from that weirdo (I didn’t reply to him Saturday even though I totally wanted to!) but it looks like he definitely had plans for me to be one of his package mules.

  26. esther says:

    HI JESS I WAS OFFERED THE SAME POSITION EXCEPT THEY CHANGED THE TITLE TO CORRESPONDANCE MANAGER. BUT DOING THE SAME THING YOUR DOING. SO DID THEY PAY YOU WAS IT A SCAM. THEY SENT ME A AGREEMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT BUT I NEVERSENT IT BACK.THEY ALSO CLAIM TO BE PARTNERS WITH UPS BUT THATS NOT TRUE I KNOW SOMEONE WHO WORKS THERE AND SAYS THAT IS COMPLETLY FALSE.

  27. Chris says:

    I am currently working for a shipping company has anyone heard of ordershipping.us

  28. joy says:

    does anyone have any information on a company called ricknross. They are offering employment for a packaging manager.

  29. Mark says:

    Hi,

    Ive been doing this kind of work for 3 weeks now, and all packages i sent was actually delivered except for one, which was sent back to me again. With it, came with a letter from USPIS that i may be working for a criminal. Everything i do is the same thing, receive goods, remove labels, then attach a shipping label via USPS. After contacting my manager about this, he said everything’s legit. And i think their scamming company is kinda big, cause i login to this website (db-editor.com) and check my packages/shipping labels there. Their website is technogoods.com. i already filed a complaint on uspis because i actually sent them a filled I-9 and W-4. What im scared about is they have my Social Security Number. And im on a student visa with employment authorization. I do not want to get deported. They even have emails @technogoods.com. Im actually kind of scared. What do i do?

  30. Steve says:

    I’m also kind of worried about this. I actually just accepted a job last month with the exact details on what to do. Accept the package, remove all the labels on the package, print out the USPS Shipping label, then drop it off at the post office. It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve been doing this. Then just days ago, a package I sent was sent back to me, apparently with “Postage Due”. In it, was a letter from USPIS that I may be a victim of this kind of scam. I got scared then.

    I got the job offer via email from JobAlert. I then replied that I’m interested in it. Accutech Electronics was the company. They even have emails ending in @technogoods.com. Like, payroll@technogoods.com, hr@technogoods.com, supplies@technogoods.com. What they let me do is login to a website (db-editor.com) and login with my account details, track/check packages, print out shipping labels etc. “HR” even made an appointment on when they will call. So I waited, they called, and they did the interview there. 5 days later, I got the job. They then sent an agreement form with everything in it. They let me fill out the I-9 and W-4 with the agreement and sent it to them via email. What I’m worried about is that my Social Security Number is there.

    Has anyone experienced this? I’m on a student visa with an employment authorization card, and I do not want to be deported. Thanks to the comments here, I filed a complaint to both USPIS and IC3. I am still waiting for an update.

  31. Alessandro says:

    what do you know about this company they are offering $30 per package and after 4 week a $2000 dollar salary + commission.

  32. sharon says:

    Just like the one in my post, this is a scam. I would advise you not to pursue it.

  33. sharon says:

    This is definitely a scam. There’s some good information on this at the FBI site including this, “Victims are often hired to “process payments,” “transfer funds,” or “reship products.” These job scams involve the victims receiving and cashing fraudulent checks, transferring illegally obtained funds for the criminals, or receiving stolen merchandise and shipping it to the criminals”.

    Also, report them to http://www.ic3.gov.

  34. sharon says:

    This is definitely a scam. There’s some good information on this at the FBI site including this, “Victims are often hired to “process payments,” “transfer funds,” or “reship products.” These job scams involve the victims receiving and cashing fraudulent checks, transferring illegally obtained funds for the criminals, or receiving stolen merchandise and shipping it to the criminals”.

    You should stop doing any work for them immediately and report them.

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