BlueStarsLTD.com Reshipping-Pkg Forwarding Job Scam
Beware job seekers, there’s yet another reshipping/package forwarding scam to watch out for at bluestarsltd.com.
The website was registered for one year on 5/20/2015 in Russia to someone named Kevin Preston using the address, 15 Old Bailey in London, UK. and also lists this address as the place of business on the website as Old Bailey Chambers. Below is the homepage screenshot of the website:
It’s funny how the website seems to be all about computers and IT Outsourcing but then there is two tabs at the top that says Dropshipping and Vacancies. The vacancies page shows 2 buttons “Careers” And “Vacancies”. “Careers” appear to be looking for IT specialists and computer related candidates but click the “Vacancies” button and this is what they are REALLY looking for:
Once you have tried to use our services for shopping, you can even think of a career with our company! Not kidding. Being a reshipper is an outstanding variant of part-time employment not requiring too much intellectual work or physical strain.
We would like you to try your hand in the simple yet useful art of mail forwarding and occupy our office freshipper right now!
Your major TASKS would be the following:
• Acquisition of parcels at you local postal office (if you live near our hot spot);
• Visual examination and, probably, some consolidation of shipments if required (several clumsy shipments are combined together to reduce shipping weight and cost);
• Inspection for the integrity of any kind of printed information attached. There can be bills, invoices, letters, various catalogs of merchandise, advertisement magazines, etc.;
• Sending correspondence to the point of destination.
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If you research their address 15 Old Bailey in London you will find it is really Old Bailey Chambers which is a Courthouse and houses the Greater London Barristers Chambers for Legal advice and representation!
The Recruiting Email
Below is a copy of the the original recruiting email the scammers send to potential job seeking victims:
Subject: Hello “your name”, Job Alert 555052MZ/72/8303
Our Company is looking at this time to occupy a Global Supply Manager and Purchasing Manager job posts! We need to start immediatelly.
Employment Type: Full-Time, Partial, Work from Home
Base Salary: $59,800.00 – $86,300.00
Job Department: Customer Service; Consulting
Bonus and Benefits packages: Yes
Relocation: No requisite
These employments will be liable for sourcing, planning, and procurement material in a timely manner, while maintaining relevant quality standards and specifications. You will have the opportunity to work both on your own and in cope with a competent, motivated team, so bring your well-organized, work spirit and thrive in our strong world.
Under general direction, you will be responsible for executing procurement such as: proposal support, supplier identification and solicitation, source assortment, ordering placement, and post award control of low to temper dollar value transactions for various programs.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
– Negotiates parts cost, specifications, distribution, and other related matters with Vendors
– International Procurement. Places purchase orders for a variety of commodities, staff and materials and supplies working from requisite details, drawing resources, specifications and memos
– Contact with vendors and visit supply centers to learn more information about goods, services, and price lists
– Other relate obligations as assigned and necessary
Special skills necessary:
– Be initiative and individual worker. Able-minded. Organized and industrious
– Knowledge in vendor negotiations and developing/executing sourcing long-range planning
– Experience in collaborating with internal and external sources to evolve strategies
– Highly organized and motivated, ability to work independently, and make accurate and detailed notes
– Wish to travel locally up to 10% of the time for business purposes
– Knowledge of Microsoft Office goods (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
Our Company is proud to show a robust benefits package where you can see medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, paid vacation, and 401K with employee match.
By applying to a job you are required to add your Resume.
Please reply to Us back with your Resume ONLY.
Have a great day!
And then eventually follows up with this email:
From: James Cassell <email@example.com>
(Same Subject line as Above)
First of all we would like to thank you for your attention to our company.
We are interested in your person, so could you please complete an Application Form to move forward with your employment.
For more information about position please read through Job Description and Job offer attached or visit our website.
The website of Blue Stars IT & Outsource Ltd is http://bluestarsltd.com
I will be waiting for your early reply.
Here’s the Job Description Attachment:
Blue Stars IT & Outsource Ltd
Position: Logistics Agent
Type: Home Based | Part Time | Online Office
DOT Code: 222.387-050
Basic Salary: $ 40/completed order. Minimum: $ 1200/month.
Hours: 5-10/week. Flexible Schedule.
Interview: Not required for part-time positions, but we can interview you by phone if we decided so.
Job Type: Home Office, Part-Time. Or you can easily combine it with any other job you have.
To become a Logistics Agent you must have good organizational skills and be able to work under deadline pressure.
Logistics Agents must understand general shipping policies and regulations regarding freight and be familiar with rates and routes so that they can determine shipping methods.
Logistics Agent also inspects incoming and outgoing materials, verify orders and prepare shipping packages and labels.
SCHEME OF WORK
Receive packages using your own address;
Unpack and examine incoming shipments;
Forward packages using USPS Labels;
Maintain accurate records of items shipped and received.
Verify and keep records on incoming and outgoing shipments and prepare items for shipment.
Determine the method of shipment, using knowledge of shipping procedures, routes, and rates.
Compare the quantity and identification numbers of merchandise against orders.
Insert items into container/box.
Prepare records of merchandise shipped.
Post weight and ship charges.
Keep files of shipping records.
Trace missing or misplaced shipments.
Verify receipt of shipments against bills of lading, invoices or other records.
You’ll notice that all the grammar errors and mis-spellings is obviously written by someone with broken english and normally speaks a foreign language, probably Russian, which is just one of the red flags you should always be leery of. Of course this is just an indicator, not all emails you receive with errors like this means it’s a scam, just be suspicious and never share any personal information with someone you don’t know without investigating and checking them out thoroughly.
A victim had posted this “review” at scamadviser.com about bluestarsltd.com back in in August 2015:
Was advertised through Careerbuilder was hiring. I applied (filled out an application they sent to me with ID information, references). They said they would pay amount for packages being sent out on a monthly basis. When it came to the day to get paid, did not pay and they stopped all contact.
Of course they did! That’s just the way these scams operate. You’re reshipping merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards from your home address that can easily be traced by law enforcement. You won’t get paid and if they do send you a check, it’s usually fake.
REPORT MAIL FRAUD!
If you believe you’re a victim of a re-shipping/forwarding scam, file a complaint with Postal Inspectors online or call Postal Inspectors at 1-877-876-2455 (option 4, Mail Fraud).
Also report the scam at http://ic3.gov which is the official site working in conjunction with the FBI to help stop internet crime.
If you provided any personal details such as birthdate or Social Security number to the scammers, you need to contact the 3 credit bureaus- TransUnion, Equifax and Experian, and place a fraud alert on your report. They can steal your identity and may try and obtain credit in your name. This will alert you for at least 90 days about any suspicious activity.
In the hands of a thief your personal information can be used over and over months- even years down the road to:
Open new lines of credit
Seek medical attention
Drain savings and retirement accounts
Provide an alias when arrested
Get a job or file false tax returns
Get Payday Loans in your name
Obtain service agreements for cellular service or utilities
Obtain Government Documents such as a drivers license or passport
That’s why I highly recommend you get some sort of ongoing identity theft protection such as the services offered through companies like LifeLock-Visit Their Website Here!
Have you received a suspicious email offering you a “job” you never applied for? Feel free to copy and paste the email in the comments so we can help alert and prevent others from becoming victims.