Parcelal.com Scam Alert
I’ve just been informed about a suspected re-shipping scam operating at www.parcelal.com. The website registered on 1/26/15 is showing hosted on Cloudfare in San Francisco at IP address 18.104.22.168 and the registrants information shown on the whois information is giving the name of the registrant as Albert Covington using the address 908 East 5th Street Austin TX 78702 phone number 512-794-8619. However the business address listed on the website is 3200 Breckinridge Blvd, Duluth, GA 30096, phone # (912) 292-0458 and claims to have been in business since 2006. Upon researching this address, it appears that the location is an office building currently empty and available for lease! How interesting!!
Their unsecured “employees” web portal is located at http://www.parcel-panel.com/
TAX ID THEFT & FRAUD
Supposedly www.parcelal.com provides a service that allows international customers a way to shop in the US and receive their purchases quickly saving time and costs. The purchases are sent to one of the company’s “re-shippers” that was hired via an email solicitation offering $2500 a month to receive the merchandise, inspect the pkg and contents, apply a shipping label they provide in the web portal, and then re-ship the pkg to the “customer”.
However, on the website under the “Forbidden Items” it states that:
“Usually the list of items prohibited for forwarding includes”:
- Money (coins, cash, currency, bills, credit cards, etc.),
- Passports, ID, service records, etc.,
- Jewelry, precious stones, precious metals,
- Firearms, their parts, ammunition,
- Poisonous substances that are classified as dangerous for transporting by air (Bengal lights, gases in any package including pepper and tear gases, inflammable liquids, perfumes, colognes, nail polish, any type of oil, and empty containers where it was kept, paints and varnishes, solvents, radioactive materials, anticorrosive agents, tube cleaners, substances containing oxygen, containers with aerosol),
- Live animals and ingredients of animal origin,
- Plant products (for example, oil),
- Soft drinks,
- Tobacco and tobacco products,
- Quickly perishable products.
Apparently this company starts out having “employees” forward (re-ship) packages (which are most always merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards) and report the progress and get the pre-printed shipping labels in the webportal. But then instead of pkgs… several “letters” were then sent to one employee for forwarding, which contained pre-paid AMEX cards that were Tax Refunds!! HUGE RED FLAG! Scammers use stolen identities to obtain Tax Refunds in the persons name or hack peoples online tax preparer accounts like Turbo Tax etc. See http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/03/05/Tax-Refund-Scam-s-Surging-2015 and http://blogs.wsj.com/totalreturn/2015/03/19/the-irs-tackles-tax-id-fraud/ . Many Americans will not discover that they have been victimized until they attempt to file returns in the coming weeks.
I have also come across several suspect tax preparing websites as well as “mystery shopper” and parcel delivery sites all hosted in an IP range that’s full of fake web development sites that were known fronts for work at home employment scams for an illegal money laundering operation.
I will update this post as I receive more information!
REPORT MAIL FRAUD!
If you believe you’re a victim of a re-shipping 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.
Criminals may offer to pay you for a work-at-home job with a postal money order or check, tell you to keep your earned portion, and request you wire the remaining amount elsewhere.
Postal Inspectors warn: Make sure the money order or check is genuine before you deposit it. If your bank identifies a money order or check as counterfeit, you may be liable for the full face amount of the counterfeit you deposited in the bank. Remember any unsolicited email with a “job”offer that sounds too good to be true…it most always is! Don’t allow yourself to fall victim to these criminals! A legitimate business will never ask for your personal information such as your social security number, bank account info or credit card numbers via an email, nor will they “hire” employees without a background check or a face to face interview.
To verify if a postal money order is authentic, call the Money Order Verification System at 1-866-459-7822.
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