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'Atlantics Post' Reshipping Scam Email

Email from an organization calling itself "Atlantics Post" offers the recipient a job receiving and reshipping parcels.

fraud, scam, theft

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Brief Analysis
The email is a scam and is not offering a legitimate job.  Those who take the "job" will be tricked into receiving and resending items bought with stolen payment cards.

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From: Atlantics Post

Subject: Job Offer
We are now hiring for a Logistic specialist. If you are responsible, active, easy-going person, looking for a great job opportunity with a stable income, this job will suit you.

About company:
We are a business unit delivering services to European customers. We are a global brand and the world's third largest logistic company. We present virtual addresses for customers from Europe and Asia.

-Constant access to the Internet;
-Possibility in making the photos of the packages;
-Flexible shipping options;
-Readiness working in one team;

-Stay at workplace (home address) from 9 am till 5 pm;
-Receive packages during the working hours;
-Inform your coordinating manager with the photos of received packages;
-Print the shipping label;
-Place the shipping label on the package;
-Deliver parcels to the FedEx facility;
-Report your coordinative manager with the receipt

Your salary will be 1500$ per month (Base Salary), plus 20$ for each parcel you have received (Parcel's Payment). You will get paid Base Salary monthly starting of the day you sign a contract. Parcel's Payment will be paid biweekly.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume by e-mail [removed]

Detailed Analysis

At first glance, this email may appear to provide a great employment opportunity. According to the email, which purports to be from an organization called "Atlantics Post", those who take the job can work from their own homes receiving and readdressing parcels and then taking the parcels to FedEx for redelivery.

Applicants are promised a base monthly salary as well as an extra payment for each parcel they process.

The company claims that it provides delivering services to European addresses and presents virtual addresses to European and Asian customers. It also claims to be the third largest logistics company in the world.

In reality however, the email is a scam. Those who respond to the email and subsequently take the job will actually be receiving the proceeds of criminal activity.

The worker will be receiving items bought with stolen payment cards and reshipping them back to the criminals running the scheme.

Criminals using stolen credit card details to purchase items don't want to have the items shipped directly to them.  This could allow police to easily track them down and arrest them.

So, instead, they need an intermediary willing to accept the parcels and resend them to other addresses.  Thus, the criminals can reap the benefits of their fraudulent activities while minimizing the chances that they will be caught.

Meanwhile, police following the transaction trail may arrive at the door of the hapless worker. Victims may face serious legal repercussions as a result.

And, victims may be "paid" via hijacked bank accounts or via stolen or fake cheques. As well as reshipping illegally procured goods, they may also be tricked into laundering money for their criminal bosses.

In some cases, victims may find it difficult to extricate themselves from such scams. Once they realize that they are involved in a scam, they may be too frightened of legal repercussions to report the matter to police. The scammers may also use intimidation, threats and blackmail to keep control of their victims.

Be wary of any message that offers you a job receiving and resending parcels from home. This is very unlikely to be a legitimate offer of employment and accepting such an offer may land you in very serious trouble.

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Last updated: November 27, 2013
First published: November 27, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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