Everything You Need To Know About Holiday Reshipping Scams

By Hanne Keiling

October 11, 2021

Senior Content Manager at Indeed passionate about making career advice enjoyable and accessible, so people feel confident about getting and succeeding in the right jobs.

The novel coronavirus has caused many people to work from home and many others to search for remote job opportunities. As such, it’s important to understand common remote work scams so you’re able to secure a legitimate, safe job you can do from home. In this article, we’ll discuss a common remote work scam called a “reshipping scam.”

What is a reshipping scam?

A reshipping scam is a fraudulent job that typically requires you to receive packages at your home and reship them to another address in exchange for payment. During the holiday season, scammers might also seek gift wrappers. In this variation of the reshipping scam, you'd receive a package at your home, gift wrap it and then reship it. In any case, please keep in mind that there are no legitimate work opportunities that involve receiving packages and shipping them to someone else from your home.

Victims of this scam don’t get paid for their work, and the USPS warns that these complex scams can potentially trick job seekers into committing felonies. Remember, these are not real employers— they are criminals, and by reshipping packages, you may be assisting in a crime. Most of the time, reshipping scams are conducted by criminals who make fraudulent purchases with stolen credit cards and use job seekers to receive and reship stolen goods.

How can I identify a reshipping scam?

These scams often start with a scammer posing as an employer and posting a job opening. The title might be something like “package handler” or “warehouse associate,” but it could also be something completely unrelated. In any case, the scammer will tell you that the job requires no experience and can be done from home in your spare time. They typically offer high salaries for what seem to be easy jobs, and may even provide prepaid shipping labels so you don’t have to pay for anything upfront.

These scam attempts are often elaborate. Scammers may create professional-looking websites, videos and possibly social media pages to appear legitimate. These fraudulent employers may also ask you to participate in a phone interview. Remember: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Here are four tips from the USPS to protect yourself from reshipping scams:

  • Don’t accept packages at your address for people you don’t know.

  • Don’t accept calls from people who want you to reship their mail.

  • If you’ve already received items from such an offer, don’t mail them

  • Report suspected scams by calling Postal Inspectors at 1-877-876-2455 (press 5).

Indeed has a dedicated Trust & Safety team that takes a multi-layered approach to ensure that the businesses posting on our site are legitimate. However, with millions of jobs appearing on Indeed every day, it is possible that a job may be posted which is improper in some way.

Indeed reserves the right to remove any postings that do not meet our standards and we encourage you to report any suspect job advertisements to us, or, if you feel it necessary, to make a report to the police. Additionally, we encourage all job seekers using Indeed to refer to the Safe Search Guidelines for optimal use of the site.

Note: The information provided in this article is for general informational purposes only and may not be comprehensive.

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