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 <cookbafil@europe.com>
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
              e-mail: transcargointernational@gmail.com
              fax: +1 800-815-8457

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





NOTE:
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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16 comments:

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 http://parcelfor.net/index.htm (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 @gmx.com
I'm staying away!

Peonsafari said...

It seems most of these scammers are getting people's information from CareerBuilder.com. 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...

Careerbuilder.com 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 either...it'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!

John Alvarez said...

i got this email and i think it fits the patern of a scam..alex_hr@da1lyoffice.in via eigbox.net
Jul 8 (8 days ago)

to me
Dear John Alvarez!

Shipping/Receiving Clerk Opportunity
We are seeking for responsible shipping and receiving clerks for our growing company.

Job Details:
Operate a shipping and receiving point for all holdings associated with a contract or the company. This includes preparing items for delivery including obtaining signatures, maintaining records, updating the database and overseeing the movement and use of property.

Skills/Education:
- High School;
- Strong PC user MS Office, E-Mail;
- Must be hardworking;
- Ability to meet firm deadlines.

Compensation:
-Two months test period. You will receive training during this time. The compensation equal to 45$ for each parcel you obtain;
-After the probation period you will be provided with a fixed compensation equal to $1500 on a monthly basis as well as $45 for each processed parcel.


APPLY: Please respond with enclosed Resume/CV


alex_hr@da1lyoffice.in
Please provide more information about the job.

Thank you

JOHN ALVAREZ RESUME.docx (38K)
Send


Saved


Protex Logistics, LLC (Human Resources Department)
Jul 9 (7 days ago)

to me
Dear Job Seeker,

First of all, I'd like to thank you for showing your interest in the job vacancy opened by our company. You may find more about salary, hours and duties at Job Description.pdf

Application process:

1. Read job description document and respond me back with your questions and/or agree word.
2. I will send you the Application Form and the Employment Agreement, you need to fill it out and send back signed.
3. You will send us the scanned copies of your documents (Driver’s License or other ID). For verification of the identity.

The stages are simple and allow to start in 2-3 days.

Note:
You may find more information at our web-site or feel free to ask any questions about your job duties and salary.

So, now you are at the first stage.
Read job description document and respond me with your questions and/or agree word.

My job is to assist you and I'll be happy to do the utmost to help you whenever possible.


Best regards,
David Howard
Protex Logistics LLC
Human Resources Department
http://www.protexlogistics.com



Protex Logistics LLC

John Alvarez said...

Vacancy specification:

While working with Protex Logistics, your main task will be receiving packages from clients and/or online shops.

The weight of each package may reach 66 lbs max. After receiving and having everything checked for compliance,

the package has to be forwarded. You will not have to travel anywhere to pick up the packages. The courier will

bring them right to your door. Our company is responsible for any shipping fee you have to pay. Protex Logistics

will undertake all shipping expenses incurred by providing you with the prepaid shipping labels. You only need to

send packages from the nearest United States Postal Service office. We'll provide you with all information about

every package including its tracking number that allows you to determine the status of the package beforehand.

As a contractor of our company, you will be technically supported by our coordinating managers. The support

includes the access to the specific control module. All the operations are working online. With this module you will

be receiving up-to-date information about packages transfer, and you will be able to see your every closest

payment date and the amount as well.

For services provided Protex Logistics LLC will pay a salary of $45 for each processed package on a monthly basis

during the first two months (probation period). At the same time, you are bound to the limit of ten packages max

you are able to process per week. After a month of working for our company, the limit will be canceled. After the

probation period you will receive a fixed payment of $1,500 per month plus $45 for each processed package. We

will transfer you money through PayPal money transfer system, then you will be able to transfer it to your bank

deposit or your credit card. Remember that you are formally independent from the staff of our company. That's

why you are responsible to pay your taxes yourself. Don't forget to declare your incomes with IRS.

Example: 1) You get a package to your home mail address from the supplier.

2) After the package is received, we give you a prepaid shipping label (the shipment cost will always be paid

already), then all you need to do is print it out and bring it to the USPS office together with the package.

Goods descriptions:

- Consumer electronics of different kind (DVD players, home theatres, audio players, video equipment, audio

equipment etc.);

- Sport equipment;

- Luxuries;

- Musical instruments;

- Home computers and computer components for desktop systems, notebooks, PDAs;

- Office equipment;

- Mobile equipment (cellular phones, pagers, GPSs etc.);

- Car parts (small car parts);

- Clothes;

- Client and gift cards;

We doŶ’t operate with goods coŶtaiŶiŶg aŶLJ ŵaterials or techŶologies restricted for edžport/iŵport.

Best regards,

John Alvarez said...

http://www.protexlogistics.com/about.html

Anonymous said...

ADD THIS ONE?
CCP-LOGISTICS LLC
http://www.ccp-logistics.com/default.htm

Spotter said...

Good call, Anonymous. If you do a search on the email address under which that domain is registered (qigardengrove@hotmail.com), you'll find a lot of complaints from people who did work for something called "Transchainsolutions" and never got paid. They've changed names again, but the scam remains the same, no doubt.

MJB said...

Hello, Marie


We would like to thank you for a speedy reply – it’s of great importance for us!

We would like to inform you that we’ve received your Application Form and glad to notify you that you are within several steps from starting your own business

1. Please, download the file attached to the letter, study carefully the obligations and ask your questions

2. Print out it in 2 copies and sing it

3. Send a scan-copy of the signed contract + 1 document proving your identity, which may be ID or DL, to the E-mail:

All personal information is used only for the verification purposes and is stored in a peculiar protected place


Additional information:

A file FAQ with additional information about the work attached to the letter


If you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to contact me and I will answer as soon as I can


Thank you,

David Walker

DC Simple Express Co Inc.

TEL: (202) 559-0728

MJB said...

Good day Marie,

This  message is to confirm that we've got your Employment Application
Form  and  your  information is currently under review by our HR team.
Our  representative  will  contact you in the nearest 3 business for a
short  job phone interview. What's the best time and number to contact
you?

I  would  also  like to introduce you the general points for Logistics
Coordinator's responsibilities and compensation.

*  5-15 postages weekly for processing, each task consist of receiving
mail/parcel from

post/courier  during  business  hours,  combining them when necessary,
shipping  out  by  courier  shown in pre-paid shipping label. Shipping
doesn't require any payments from your pocket.

* Storage place for 6 boxes (max 40 lbs) is required.

*  Phone  and  email  conversation  during  business  hours  with your
supervisor   to   receive  instructions  and  give  confirmations  for
completed tasks.

*  CAD 2,650 monthly compensation for performance, bonuses information
is  available after employment contract is signed. Probation period: 2
weeks,  up  to 5 packages to process, paid by 10-15 percent of monthly
payment.

*  Career  growth and additional opportunities are available when good
performance is shown by candidate.

Please   don't  hesitate  to  contact  me  if  you  need  any  further
information regarding Logistics Coordinator vacancy.

Sincerely,

Ralph Flores
Rush Shipping Service Inc
Tel:
Canada +1 (581) 221-0636
USA +1 (352) 353-0302
Fax:
Canada +1 (581) 700-2862
USA +1 (561) 584-5225

Spotter said...

The "Rush Shipping Service Inc" seems to be associated with the domain name RUSHSHIPPINGSERVICE.COM. Their website is badly written, and claims that they've been "providing forwarding services for more than 3 years now." Their WHOIS record, on the other hand, says that the domain was created on 2014-11-25 -- a couple of weeks ago.

Scam.