Who wouldn’t love to work from home? Skipping the commute and working on your own schedule is a dream for most people. Many workers take to the internet to search for work-from-home positions on LinkedIn and Indeed. However, scammers love to take advantage of people in need of employment.
When you’re looking for employment opportunities, stay vigilant for a new form of scam. Reshipping schemes involve scammers posing as employers and tasking “employees” with shipping items to a new address. Today, we’re explaining how criminals can even fool savvy job seekers.
Here’s how it works: you’re scanning job listings for a work-from-home position when you get an email from a recruiter. The potential employer tells you they have an opportunity to make money by shipping goods from your address to other locations. Your job is to open the packages to confirm their contents, then repack and ship them from a private logistics company like FedEx or UPS.
When you get a job offer like this, it’s a scam. The person offering you this “career” is part of an organized crime ring, and they’re asking you to launder stolen goods. Typically, these repackaging scams claim that they offer a service for people who can’t access goods from their location. The details are unimportant to the criminals: they want someone else to ship the stolen items.
Crime rings rely on reshipping from private residences to confuse authorities. It’s harder for detectives to track stolen goods when criminal organizations insert an extra stop for the packages. While the scammers will tell their victims that the position is a job opportunity, most reshippers don’t get paid for their time.
To add insult to injury, victims typically pay for the shipping cost of the stolen items themselves. By falling for this scheme, you’re not only losing money by working for free, but you’re also implicating yourself in a criminal enterprise.
A legitimate company will never send you items to repackage and send elsewhere. Why would they? Adding another stop for a package in transit only increases costs for a business. Don’t accept any jobs from someone who claims you’ll work as a “logistics coordinator” from home.
There are real opportunities to work in the shipping industry. Companies like FedEx and UPS won’t contract anyone to work from home, though! Stay vigilant for these scams and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.