Job scam quick guide: it's a scam if...

  • they want you to collect and forward money in any way (a "money mule" job). You'll wind up engaged in money laundering, personally defrauded via expertly forged cheques, money orders, etc, or defrauding someone else who pays for goods that never arrive.
  • they want you to receive packages and reship them somewhere else. The goods will have been obtained fraudulently, and they're just using you to make the shipping address appear local. You will be aiding fraud.
  • they want up-front payment (either to them or someone else) of any sort for anything before you can get the job. This is advance fee fraud: there is no job -- it's just a big con to extract money from you.
  • they want you to buy any kind of "membership" or "kit" in order to start. Forget it -- it's not a real job at all: they're trying to sell you something, and they're probably making a bunch of other false claims about it if they're pitching it as a "job".
  • it's a job offer, and it's spam. There are LOTS of these scams about, as you can see.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Transcargo International Logistics

This is a "reshipper" scam. The "employers" make fraudulent purchases using stolen credit card information, and have the goods shipped to the "employee". The "employee" then forwards these goods overseas. When the fraud is discovered, the law enforcement trail leads to the "employee", so if you take this job, expect a visit from men in uniform sooner or later.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Elsie HELMAN <>
Date: 2009/3/9 UTC
Subject: Home based pWork
To: [redacted (privacy)]

                              Careers and job offers

Dear visitor. We have an opening position for your attention. This job offer is limited and can be offered at any country around the world.

Transcargo International Logistics is hiring individuals to work as home based Package Handlers.
This is a home based, part-time, fast-paced position. Part-time employees usually work 3
hours each business day (from Monday through Friday) and typically do not work on
weekends or regular holidays. During working process you will have a deal with parcels,
packages and middle size banderols. You main role is to receive, repack (if requested) and send to final client(s).

Package Handlers receive a per package rate, $20.00 per package and/or at monthly rate,
depends on offer. Our part-time employees also receive an attractive benefits package.
Please note that these opportunities are part-time only working approximately 17 hours per week.

Actually we do not require any work experience or base requirements. This job if perfect for students, moms and those who is looking for a good part-time/online job. This is a great chance to start your career with us, we are fast growing international company, don't waste your time, start your career right now.

Send your resume/cv or even personal profile to this
              fax: +1 800-815-8457

You will get a response in 2-3 days. Thanks for your time and interest.

This position offered online only and can be used by any recruiting agency. You can find
our position online or via online e-mail marketing lists.


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Anonymous said...

I received several e-mails this week (Thanksgiving 2010) that are in response to my resume in Careerbuilder. The company listed is Keinako Logistics LLC (which is not listed in Hoovers as a legit business) Phone: 1 347-983-2908
When copying one of the sentences from their form letter I came upon this site... listing a different company name and info for a "Money Mule". When searching the company name listed in the form letter which is: Keinako Logistics LLC - the link provided is (a parcel forwarding company) In other words ~ a Money Mule!
The other e-mails I received did not have the Keinako Logistics LLC branding but the wording was similar and all e-mail addresses ended with
I'm staying away!

Peonsafari said...

It seems most of these scammers are getting people's information from I was not getting so many fraud solicitations until I posted my resume on that site, and now I get 2 or 3 per week. Transcargo International Logistics is now calling themselves simply Int. Logistics, and is frightenly asking for suckers to forward their resume again.

Peonsafari said... seems to be the source of information for these scammers. Since getting an account with them, I have begun to get several of these sorts of scam emails per week, and in a few cases, actual phone calls from the scammy companies when I do not reply to their email. No legit direct job offers from the site's a good site to browse available jobs, but don't kid yourself. The only recruiters looking at it are the scammers.

Anonymous said...

This blog is awesome. Thank you for making this public. I received the same exact offer just today. Is there not a way we can report these people?

Anonymous said...

I agree. Thanks for the heads up! I saw an ad for a similar job posted on a career site. Are all companies that do this or offer jobs like this scams? Does anyone know the name of any other companies that are also a scam? Thank you

Spotter said...

You should assume that any job offer which looks like this is a scam unless you can prove otherwise.

Anonymous said...

After researching of the company cargo international logistics worked with Tracy Estes is a scam, my husband who was dealing with this sent Tracy an email that he's no longer interested in this job that he knows it's a scam. My husband is in the process of filing a complaint to the FBI and forwarding all the tracking packages that was sent out. This is way too scary and don't want to be involve. We have a family and needing extra income and now we're victimized!

Anonymous said...

Hi there. The post on Jan 19sounds similar to the "offer" that's currently being pushed on me! I can't believe it.

I've been out of work for over a year, and it's getting so hard to keep going. NO ONE really has extra time to worry about protecting themselves from criminals. We need all the energy that we can stir-up to stay focus on getting a REAL JOB!! Please, reply to this post if your husband had any luck and a good experience contacting the law enforcement authorities.

And, best of luck
To Everyone on the job search!