There is a work at home scam that's been floating around for years that I still see on occasion, and it's one of the worst — the package shipping scam. This is very similar to the check cashing scam, only much worse with more legal repercussions.
What is the package shipping scam?
You see an advertisement for a work at home job that sounds pretty easy with good pay.
All you're expected to do is receive packages at your home (which might be anything … electronics, DVDs, who knows) and then reship those packages to someplace else (possibly overseas). You're told that you'll be paid a flat rate per package sent.
The work will sound pretty easy and the pay fair, which is why so many people fall for it.
But what many people don't ever ask themselves is, why would this company need me to do this for them? If they're going to go to the trouble to ship the packages to me, why can't they just ship it themselves?
And it's at that point that the big red warning flags should always go up!
What You're Actually Doing
If you fall for this scam, you could actually be shipping stolen goods or goods purchased with stolen credit card numbers.
The people “hiring” you to do this don't want anything traced back to them, so instead they mislead innocent people who just want home-based jobs.
The scammers make it so the packages comes to your house initially, not theirs. This way the person who will get in trouble with the law is you, not them!
And they will still get to keep their stolen merchandise because they tricked you into forwarding the package on to them.
But when the police come knocking, they'll come to your door first.
And they may never even find the real criminals because chances are good that the address you were told to forward the package(s) to is either a PO box or someplace overseas — making the crooks basically untraceable.
Scammers are Smart
Innocent people have actually gone to jail for this, so don't let it happen to you! The criminals will go to great lengths to make themselves look like a legitimate company.
But no matter how legit they appear on the outside, you have to wonder why they would want you to ship packages for them.
There's just no way around the fact that if they could have something shipped to you, they could just go ahead and ship it to the place they're asking you to forward it on to. Something like that should always seem fishy.
Scams like this are still out there and people still fall for them all the time. Actually, it's a big part of what gives work at home it's negative reputation.
Nowadays there are actually lots of legitimate home-based jobs, but several years ago there weren't — but scams like this were absolutely everywhere.
Have you been scammed?
If you are currently in the middle of a shipping scam, there are some things you can do. For starters, don't ship those packages!
Contact your local authorities and explain what's going on. Forward any correspondence you have from the “company” to the police — anything that would help track them down.
Also, definitely don't cash any checks you've been sent as payment for shipping packages because you could get into legal trouble again for cashing fraudulent checks. If you've already been shipping packages, don't ship any more and again, contact the police.
You should also contact the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) with the details.
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37 thoughts on “Watch Out For the Package Shipping Scam”
I’ve been getting these offers for years. They keep ripping me off over and over again but I keep hoping each job will be real because I’m 64 and tired of a life time of pole dancing!
Am I naive to put my hope of a better life in these shipping from home jobs?
Optimal US Logistics, LLC is also a scam I received several cell phones that where actually in my name with the service provider.
Anyone heard of Big Box Logistics? They contacted me to ship packages for them as well.
Has anyone ever heard of this company called Certince? It’s also a work at home job shipping packages to people.
I haven’t, but as someone else recently mentioned above, these are not work at home jobs. There are no real opportunities for shipping packages to people. Why would anyone pay you to do that when they could do it themselves? Do not trust these types of “opportunities”.
I got hit with same type of offer an I thought it was real ..i haven’t recieved any packages yet but want to get in fro t of it..what should I do..
Anyone saying they’re “unsure, uneasy, here to find out if it’s legit or not.’ Needs to wake up, right in the article it says pretty bluntly. “The first question you should be asking yourself is ‘why would a legitimate company spend the extra money to ship you the package and pay you to forward it, when they can cut out the middle man and send it direct themselves”. Anything reshipping from home is a scam people, and all your doing by participating by some off chance it’s a real job, which it isn’t. Is running the risk of facing federal and state criminals charges for something you thought was merely a job.
Has anyone dealt with LogisticsASAP, LLC? Sounds like similar scenario that everyone else has encountered. Legite looking website but really good pay 2500 end of 1st month and then 1250 biweekly after that with bonuses. I was sceptical but that I would try it but now thinking maybe not. Maybe should contact authorities.
i was Scam by this company GVS LOGISTICS and her name is ALICE STANTON and her Email is ALICE.STANTON303 @ gmail.com month ago and she told me she is paying $40 a package and she start sending package and i to ship them to one address to Brooklyn NY and after a while i think why only
one address and i Email her and ask for money and I never heard from her and then I google her and find out about her, (alice stanton gvs logistics)
so watch out for this and i report to FBI ONLINE INVESTIGATE , thank god I did not get any payment from this person, and she got my Resume and jobs webside
I’ve been working for a company named STshipping LTD , I’ve been sending packages to people in the USA but when I applied I never gave personal info just name and address and they pay me through paypal . I haven’t recieved my salary pay which is $2500.00 monthly but I have receive $10.00 for each package I sent out and so far I sent 10 packages . After reading all the complaints I’m really nervous I’m going to contact the local atthority and find out what I should do , and they found my resume on career builder also. And I’m receiving letters that I have to mail out that’s when I started thinking it’s a scam . Thank You everyone
stshippingfirst that’s the web site . The guy that contacted me is David Bell the company is in New York , after posting my complaint I started receiving credit card statements for the name on the packages I did file a complaint on the FBI website haven’t heard back but I’m so nervous because my name and address are on the packages does anyone have any suggestions for me will be greatly appreciated. I’m getting so much mail it’s crazy I send them back and writing does not live here I don’t know what else to do.
I am going through the same thing at this time. After reading these comments, I am a bit uneasy. A company by the name of IRT ( Intelligens Rem Temptationis) contacted me regarding a shipping position from home. Same kind of situation, they emailed me about the position, I signed a contract, only provided them with my name and address (no financial information), and the packages started coming.
I did research on the company, have spoken to Scott Tolbert, Program Manager, website looks legitimate, everything seems to check out. I have even spoken to Scott twice during the last week.
They told me I would be paid in a month (trial period) and then every two weeks after that. I have received 3 packages so far, all are being shipped in the US. Packages are coming to my address but different name on the box which makes me nervous. I did email the company today to inquire about this. Waiting on their replay. They have even asked that I pick up a few packages at a local Best Buy store.
Has anyone else worked with this company?
I’m not sure what to do. Any suggestions/thoughts would be great. Obviously I don’t want to get into legal trouble.
I am doing the same thing. Have you herd anymore info?
A company called “Zoom Post” almost had my friend hook, line and sinker. She emailed her contact info today, but that’s as far as it went. I found this page and sent her the link.
You’re a good friend who saved her from a lot of headache! Thank you!
I fell for this scam last year from a company called “Delta Olive” when I was desperate for work. The recruiter was a “Flora McCay” (a pseudonym, I’m sure). The twist on the scam was that they never actually sent me any packages. They just got me to fax them a signed “job contract” with my contact info. They didn’t ask for my SSN, so the red flags didn’t go up until after I faxed them the info and signature and then never heard from them again. Looking up the physical address they gave, there is a genuine business there, but its line of commerce appears to be unrelated to the phony job offer. I have an above-average I.Q., and I fell for this. So if you’ve fallen for this, don’t feel stupid. Just report the “company” that contacted you. If you haven’t fallen for this kind of scam, consider this your heads-up.
“Grandparcel LLC” just sent me an offer – $1700 a month to forward 15-20 packages a week – $30 per completed forwarded package – sounded like a total scam but they have a fully functioning website, sent me offer letters with notary seals, etc. These scammers are getting very thorough in their deception (or I’m being paranoid and the offer was legit… – how do i know for sure?)
I have recently received a job offer as a Purchasing Manager from a company called First Delivery Services, Ltd. They mentioned the same flat rate of receiving $25 for each parcel sent and that I would help to ease the taxing costs of shipments. This work from home job seemed too good to be true and I am so very thankful on coming across this website because I will no longer stay in contact with them. I did not send any information about myself other than my name and address. Is my identity still at risk?
Dont fall for this scam they are using stolen credit cards and purchasing packages under your name with them. Do not send out anymore packages contact your police department and contact the companies the products were actually shipped from to return them. If you have applyd to this job they have stolen your identity and you need to get help asap……i fell for the scam and just found out yesterday wats really going on now im in all kinds of fedral touble and could be facing jail time for the products that were purchased in my name with the cards although i never purchase the product”continental transit inc” did in my name with stolen numbers. The even target credit card holders in your area so it looks more legitmament. Do not continue contact with these poeple and take precautionary steps immedatly most likly you xould possibly be in alot of trouble and owe thousands to these credit card companys or your identity is stolen and the may have even open credit in your name because they took a loan out in my name… do not continue contact call police department and let them know youve bwen a victim of a reshipping scam. I wish you the best of luck. Avoid this conpany at all cost.
whats the website to continental transit?
continental-transit.com (they got my resume on CareerBuilder.com too, but I have not signed up with them.. seems too fishy..)
I signed up through the same company as well..I just wanna know if it’s a legit company
that company Is a scam they told me that I was gonna get paid salary $1875 a month plus $25 extra for every package ship on time. I received 2 package from them a drill nozzle and also exhaust mufflers. I ship them already. i send them my picture I.D and my mailing address. But i been calling them and emailing them but no response. I haven’t got paid.:( .I also reported them to the u.s fraud mail…..
There’s this company called continental transit. They did a phone interview with me and also emailed me the contract form. I signed it. They call me to verify the tracking numbers and to deliver the package to the post office. I check the product myself.
I just got a job offer for the same company. Have you been paid yet, and if not, when do they say they will pay you? I’m just worried that it’s a scam.
I’m going through the same thing now. Got the first package yesterday. They found my resume on career builder that’s why I thought it was legit. But now reading these comments I’m feeling uneasy.
I got the same job as well.. I am worried that it might be a scam..I haven’t received my shipping yet but if I do..I will open it and report it and see if it’s a scam.. We should keep in touch and see what we should do about it..
Just found out that I was being scammed, turned in all packages that I had to local law enforcement, What do I do now?
So sorry you were being scammed, but you did the right thing by turning the packages in. At this point, I wouldn’t have any more communication with the scammers and I’d just do whatever law enforcement advised you to do. Did they give you any instructions?
This package scam has been around for at least the last 15 years. When my son was about 13 years old he met some guy on Yahoo messenger and this guy convinced him to do this package scam thing. He told him he was going to set him up in this little side business but also that my son could keep anything that he liked that came to the house. This guy even sent UPS to my house to set up a shipping station!
I didnt notice at first that we had a few packages come to the house because I worked full time and he got home before me so he would hide them. It only took a few times though before I caught on.
What really got me though was when I called the companies that these packages came from and reported that they were coming to MY house but to a STRANGER’S name, and that we didnt know this person and wanted these things returned to the company….they said they knew this was going on. This guy was doing this all over, using stolen credit cards, ordering out of magazines and off of websites and just sending things to people.
I even went to the Post Master about all this. It took over 4 years for mail coming to this idiot to stop coming to my mailbox because by then he was getting magazines, bills, he was even invited to a political fundraiser!
My mom fell for this scam even after I interrogated her about the legitimacy of the shipping process. Apparently, the company that she worked for established a website that looked legitimate. However, when you conducted an Internet search about the company, its so-called President’s name, and its address, no information was available. The company claimed to pay monthly so my mom shipped packages for about four to six weeks and was not paid. Additionally, she later found that the company used the personal information that she provided to open an account in her name.
I would avoid anything that sounds to good to be true or sounds senseless. The most important question I ask myself when I see nonsense work-from-home jobs is “how is the company generating income”. If the job does not make financial sense, it is probably a scam.
Man oh man, I’m so glad I wised up when it comes to working from home. Nearly two years ago, I almost fell for a mystery shopping scam when a phony company sent me a “check” to cash at the bank and then tell me to go to Western Union so I can report on their customer service. Luckily, I got the fradulent check days after it “expired” so I wasn’t able to cash it. I definitely know what to look for as far as scams are concerned. I admit that I’ve gotten burned a couple times, but now I know that you don’t have to pay to work unless you’re starting a business with Avon or something.
Well for the most part that is true. But some jobs do require you to pay for training or a background check or something of that sort.
I can understand paying for a background check if it’s a legitimate job like customer service. But if it’s something like data entry, you shouldn’t have to pay them to work.
Arise is one of those companies that is legit, but you have to put a bunch of money up front. It is that up front cost that stops me from trying to work with them.
With arise you dont have spend a lot of money up front unless you actually start your own business through them but its your business so you need start up cost. And you do pay for classes but they have specials on them just depends on what you are interested in doing… The only thing is you must have the desire to succeed because the training is intense with some of the classes and can be lengthy… like you said its legit and its real work with rules and all.
So glad you wrote about this. I see posts all the time on work at home message boards by people who have fallen for this and gotten themselves into big trouble. This is one of those “if it sounds too good to be true” opportunities.
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