I’ve received many emails claiming to be offering me a job as a Freight Manager or some such thing. They’re always the same reshipping scam: You’re supposed to accept shipments and then forward them on to someone else (often overseas). The pay scale is usually in the thousands per month for what seems like such an easy job. Sound fishy? Yep, it does to me too. Let’s see what I can find out.
We have found your resume on one of the Job search sites. We believe your background fits our requirements of a FREIGHT RESOURCE MANAGER About us: DirectDelivery Inc., is one of the USA’s most successful cargo transporting and freight forwarding companies, we were established in 1999. During these years, our company proved its reliability and stability. We are listed in the Top 10 fastest and most reliable freight services in the USA. We have mutual partnership with such companies such as FedEx,USPS, DHL and many others. Currently we are searching for 230 new employees in all 50 states for our new stockrooms. About our Vacancy: We are seeking individuals who are interested in building a profitable and rewarding business with our help and support, while achieving a balanced lifestyle that offers both personal and professional growth. The Job itself is very profitable and easy, we need employees to get in touch with our clients and help DirectDelivery Inc. in forwarding parcels and bundles to our stockrooms or to their appropriate destination place. Compensation of employee: Employee will receive 40 USD per parcel received, proceeded and forwarded to its proper destination place. Even our least productive employees have a salary of 2,000-2,500 USD per month, all this and more - without leaving their houses. If you are interested in this offer, please visit our web-site: DirectDelivery.us and use the contact data presented on this site, or reply to email@example.com. Sincerely Yours, Alen Glans DirectDelivery Inc. Human Resource Department
When I emailed my letter of interest to the email address given, my message bounced.
I guess I was too late!
Next, I decided to find out who was behind the website. My favorite tool for doing this is to do a Whois lookup. Here’s what I found.
What’s this? The domain has been suspended because they used false information when they registered it! Would a legitimate company do that? I don’t think so. Strike two.
I figured that maybe by some chance they had changed their website address (yeah, right), so I did a quick Google search for “DirectDelivery Inc.”. Nearly every result is from a fraud reporting site. like this one. One scam alert site did a reverse IP lookup and discovered that this company has registered more than 50 other websites under this IP, including– you guessed it– Directdelivery.us.
Some of their other websites are Cialis-calis.com, Viagra-generika.com and, ahem…
Man-boobs.com. Somehow their claim of being “one of the USA’s most successful cargo transporting and freight forwarding companies” sounds questionable. Strike three.
Although the job may sound legitimate, the merchandise likely has been ordered with stolen credit-card numbers, say Susan Grant, director of the National Fraud Information Center, a nonprofit operated by the National Consumers League in Washington, D.C. “You are basically trafficking in stolen goods,” she says.
If you fall for the scam and forward the packages, they will be traceable to you. You could be held financially responsible for whatever was in the packages and could be charged with a felony for receiving, transferring or dealing in stolen property, according to Michael Bialys, an attorney with Chase Law Group P.C., a criminal-defense law firm in Los Angeles. If the “commission” checks are bogus — and many are — you will have to repay the amount to the bank where they were deposited or cashed. In addition, the value of the stolen goods you accepted as payment must be paid to the crime victims. If you are arrested for your involvement, even if the charges are dropped, your arrest may show up in a background check when applying for a new job.
I think we all knew that this looked too good to be true. Once again, your first instinct is usually the correct one. Use your common sense and you will avoid wasting your time (or worse yet– jail time) pursuing something that just doesn’t sound right.