Online Employment Scam Steals Time and Identity

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Better Business Bureau has issued a nationwide warning after multiple online work-from-home shipping companies have left employees without a paycheck. 

Websites such as Unique eShop and Laj eShopping are just two of the so-called companies responsible for the scam. The sites promise to pay employees a monthly stipend of $3,000 for shipping items such as auto parts and electronics to customers. 

“People think they have got a great job. They think they can be a stay-at-home-mom with the kids, and all they’ve got to do is a little bit of work and they can just ship things for people,” said Regional Director of the Springfield Better Business Bureau Stephanie Garland.

The claims are too good to be true. These companies prompt people to apply online, hire them after a brief phone interview, then request they open a new bank account to receive direct deposit. Like any new job, the companies ask employees to provide personal information such as their social security number, which the scammers then use to register new online businesses or even launder money. 

A woman from Alabama had her identity stolen as a result of the scam. “She started thinking she was going to work for this company, and then got 20 to 30 letters sent to her home address with all different names on it,” says Garland. “[The company] tried to use it to open up more companies and apply for different kinds of credit.”

The Better Business Bureau provides a list of additional bogus businesses with similar websites such as

  • LM eStorage
  • Best Ever eMarketing LLC
  • Global Retailer Community
  • Genius Logistics LLC
  • Beta Sales Group
  • Altera S LLC
  • St Marketing LLC
 

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