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Rip-Off Alert: Re-shipping scam getting popular

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Updated: 8/28/2013 5:49 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- This Rip-Off Alert focuses on seemingly attractive work-at-home jobs. Some of them are outright scams, and you might not find that out until it’s too late.

Fraud victim Daniel DiMaio said he thought he had found the perfect job online as a logistics specialist for a commerce website.

“I thought it was going to be worth it because I get to work from home,” DiMaio said. “My responsibility was to re-package everything and upload a shipping label off their website.”

That sounded good – but DiMaio was actually caught in the middle of a sophisticated re-shipping scheme.

“People from overseas, who in most cases have stolen credit cards numbers, use those numbers to order merchandise from American companies,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Steve Bolz. “These companies often won’t send things overseas, so they have to recruit an American middle person to receive this merchandise.”

The con artists offered DiMaio $50 for every package he sent and added that he may get up to 15 in one month.

“I was at $2,700, so I was on top of the world, thinking I was getting a fantastic pay day until it didn’t come,” DiMaio said.

“There will be a promise of $50 a parcel, but it is all bogus,” Bolz said. “At the end of the day, they will never see a dime.”

DiMaio learned this lesson quickly and called postal inspectors.

“When I really realized it was a scam I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. I’m an idiot,’ ” DiMaio said.

Inspectors say re-shippers often lose money. Many are asked to buy packing supplies and scales and are told they will be reimbursed.

“I tell people if it deals with another country and some kind of commerce or business dealings with a foreign country, look out; it may be a scam,” Bolz said.

Postal inspectors say it is important to always check out the business trying to recruit you. Check their website and the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the company.


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