A Florida guy is sounding the alarm about work-from-home scams during the coronavirus pandemic after recently falling for a deceitful re-shipping plan.
Alan Walker, who resides in Miami Gardens, lost his job as a longshoreman at the Port of Miami at the beginning of the pandemic. The dad of two stated he invested months looking online for new opportunities and sent multiple applications up until he received a call back for a work-from-home role in December.
” I was extremely fired up and relieved since I was already a couple of months behind on my mortgage,” Walker informed NBC News. He quickly accepted a “quality control inspector” position at a shipping and logistics company called Shea Post LLC.
Walker said the function required him to receive bundles from the company’s distributors, replace the outdoors label on the box, then deliver the product to a consumer. He received and re-shipped about 19 plans, products ranging from a gold bar to power tools to vacuum.
” I felt like the job was a great fit for me, and at the same time– with the pandemic– I would not be near anybody, which was a plus for my household’s health,” Walker stated.
However, after working for the company for 30 days, Walker said he became suspicious when he didn’t get his paycheck on time. During the virtual onboarding process, Walker supplied his bank info for direct deposits together with photos of his chauffeur’s license and social security card for a background check.
He instantly reached out to the personnels manager at Shea Post LLC, who stated a delay in payment was normal for new employees, according to Walker. When Walker followed up again on his late paycheck, the human resources manager and his direct manager were unresponsive over e-mail and phone.
Not Long After, on Jan. 19, Walker got a letter from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Newark, New Jersey, that stated he “might be or may have been associated with a work at house fraud and the items that you are receiving and/or mailing may consist of taken product.” NBC News obtained a copy of the letter dealt with to Walker.
The U.S. Postal Assessment Service did not instantly react to an ask for remark.
” There weren’t any warnings with the company until the end, since everything went precisely as they said it would go,” said Walker. “But it was deceitful, and they benefited from me.”
According to the Bbb, Shea Post LLC is not a recognized business and got an “F” rating. The Better Business Bureau also has an alert on the business stating that the address supplied is not its area. The photos and names on the “About United States” page on the businesses’ site are also void.
Shea Post LLC did not respond to phone and email requests for remark.
Grievances about organizations and job-related chances rip-offs surged in 2020 as Covid-19 put countless Americans out of work, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
” This was expected to be a big step for me, and it turned out to be eight actions backwards, and I am still in the exact same position,” said Walker, who called his bank and credit bureaus to avoid identity theft.
Walker remains jobless and is warning those who are likewise out of work to do their research prior to taking up any new opportunities.
” They took my time, effort, and energy, and it was a big slap in the face,” he said.