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Reshipping Fraud – Parcel Mule Scams



Outline
Jobs offered online or via email claim that participants can earn money by receiving items and resending them to specified addresses.
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Brief Analysis
The supposed jobs are reshipping scams designed to trick victims into receiving and resending items bought with stolen payment cards.

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Example

Subject: Job opening : id / M1DUR3D5253842...

Hello !

Please, have glance at the following proposal.

Picknship incorporated has opened the position of a delivery employee. In the event you have read this letter, that means the online recruiting department administrators have seen your resume online, because our recruitment department is looking for job applicants on the web.

Picknship incorporated inc is a European company which is located in Poland (Warsaw). This firm provides retail trade and forwarding of numerous products (mostly modern electronics equipment) and selling it to European clients. We have been quite prosperous in this sphere since 2005.
 
Your obligations will consist of receiving items and sending them off via United States Postal Service and numerous other services.
You do not have to spend anything from your pocket. The salary rate is $ 1,500 monthly minimal amount and it is based upon every task rate with unlimited peak.

The demanded qualification will be the following:
- aged 18 years old minimum
- be situated at indicated address on a regular basis
- a computer equipped with web availability
- possess daytime contact dial number.

You do not need to have any optional room for storing the goods.

This letter will be regarded as an official job invitation and it does not deal with any strange activities.

In the event you are interested, do not hesitate to write us via email.


Detailed Analysis
The job might look like a great opportunity. Especially if you are unemployed. According to the job descriptions, which typically arrive via email or in response to a job profile posted online, all job applicants need do to earn a generous wage is receive items, repackage them, and send them off to specified addresses.

However, the supposed job is in fact a reshipping scam designed to trick users into receiving the proceeds of crime. What the hapless worker will actually be doing is accepting goods bought via fraudulent transactions and sending them back to the criminals responsible for the scam.

Why? Because, if a criminal steals your credit card details and uses them to buy various items, he has to have the items delivered somewhere. He can't just have them delivered to him directly, because that could pinpoint his location to investigators and result in his arrest.

So, instead, the criminal needs to find a parcel mule to accept the fraudulently procured items on his behalf. When police follow the trail, they will arrive at the door of the mule, not the real offender. Meanwhile, the criminal has had his goods shipped to him and is able to keep them for himself or, more likely, sell them for cash.

Victims can find themselves trapped inside the scam and at a loss as to how to get out.  After a time, they may realize that they are involved in a scam. But, by then, they may be reticent to contact authorities out of fear of being charged with criminal activities.   And their criminal "bosses" may threaten violence and retaliation to victims who try to extricate themselves.

A report in the Las Vegas Sun describes the plight of one such victim:

By the time Scott Wilson realized how badly he'd been suckered, there was already a warrant out for his arrest and boxes of stolen Bibles piling up in his guest bedroom.

Wilson had fallen victim to a reshipping scam, an Internet confidence crime authorities say costs retailers more than a half-billion dollars annually. Hired to Hoax-Slayer - New Articles 3

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