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Courier scams and rip offs

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Scamming lowlife seem to target couriers and wannabee couriers as a source of income rather than actually working for a living like those they target.

There have been quite a few operating but recently it seems maybe the powers that be have finally reacted to the reports of these lowlife and done something about it. There has been a significant drop in these scams bur a large rise in the amount of online guide sellers. The codforum opinion is that you do not need to pay for these guides as all the info you need is here on these forums. All you need to do is read and ask any questions about things you are not sure of. All for free.

A good rule to go by is NEVER ever pay for work upfront. This isn't to say every company that asks for a payment is dodgy but you'd be hard pressed to find one that isn't

Also paying for information should be avoided, why pay for a CD with most likely outdated lists of 'contacts' that could just as well be found in a yellow pages and detail on how to be a courier when the internet and especially here at codforum is full of all the info you need all totally free.

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Latest scamstop

The most recently reported scam sites, correct at 15th May 2014. If you know or suspect a site to be scamming couriers please let us know.

  • Parcel Ways scam
  • offers non existent work See more on www.parcelway.net scam

    Currently only partially still working.

  • microsoft on the phone?
  • tells you that your pc has a fault

  • www.courierdriving.com/ scam
  • offers a guide, looks like a work offer See more on courierdriving scam

  • Driving-job.com scam
  • Appears to offer extensive work but at best sells you a guide with unrealistic promises. See more on www.driving-job.com scam

    They are churning out sites to steal your money on a monthly basis, parcelway.net / parcel way looks to have taken over from www.newwaycs.net / NW Couriers as the latest scam running as well as www.lg-express.net which all preceded www.the-courier.net which used to be www.simplysameday.co.uk and www.courierhub.co.uk and are not to be trusted. They rip people off for a few months and give their site a quick overhaul and new domain and continue to be robbing lowlife. They charge up to £75 per month with promises of 100's of guaranteed job inquiries. THERE IS NO WORK. DO NOT SEND YOUR MONEY.

    parcelway.net / www.newwaycs.net / LG Express online work site, again, has no work, never has (in their as yet 2 - 10 week history)charge £45 plus for 6 months membership and when you register it shows you a list of fictitious jobs in a 20 mile radius of your location. Do not be fooled, these are scum that are incapable of working for a living so prey on people like you who are looking to get into real work.

    It seems courier-hub and simply same day has been too much publicised as a scam so the lowlife running it have now moved on to 'the-courier.net'. A different site, domain and surprise surprise a different imaginary person sending the emails out. George Brady from "The Courier" offers work they do not have for a fee you have to pay, currently £9.95 per week. Based in a 'virtual office' which they usually use just for having payments sent to and e domain registered to a private address in Northampton, Makes a change from Ireland..

    codforum recommend you do not pay a company that should be paying you for work done. If they say they can give you a decent amount of work every week then why can they not take their fee out of the money you earn? Because they don't have the work most usually or are just out and out scamming thieves.Not all of these companies are scammers but you are hard pressed to find one that is totally legitimate. work exchanges are a different matter but research fully before paying anything, if you are unsure then please feel free to ask on the forums.

    Simplysameday did used to say the payment was so that they would charge couriers £2 per job they give you, now it's a quarterly fee, a few months ago it was £60 per month fee. Whatever simplysameday.co.uk claim the payment is for do not pay them, do not fall for the lies, do not be another one of their out of pocket victims.

    Do not send payment to any of the scams listed on this page, also, if you see something that looks too good to be true, it will be exactly that. Do not get duped by the scum that are out to steal your cash.



    Couriers seem to be regarded as easy targets for the scam merchants.

    They generally pretend to be agencies or 'clearing houses' — they offer to get work from customers and farm it out to owner drivers.

    Some of the recent scams have these features:

    • you have to pay a weekly or monthly amount by standing order to be on their books
    • you have to fill in an application form and provide references which you get charged for
    • they offer an hourly rate instead of loaded mile rates
    • the promised pay is unrealistically high
    • they offer 'shifts' with set hours
    • they say they have lots of big customers who are crying out for couriers
    • they use a 'virtual office' address
    • they have an 0871 or 0870 contact number
    • they use a premium-rate short text number
    • they use 'specialist courier' in their blurb

    scams no longer activetop

    The below sites are currently inactive but may well resurface, if you know or suspect a site to be scamming couriers please let us know.

  • www.lg-express.net scam
  • offered non existent work See more on lg-express.net scam

  • NW couriers scam
  • offerred non existent work See more on www.newwaycs.net scam

  • www.moving-target-advertising.net scam
  • took money for magnetic ads that didn't happen See more on moving target advertising scam

  • www.driving-job.com scam
  • offered non existent work See more on driving job scam
  • www.the-courier.net scam
  • See more on the-courier.net scam
  • www.simplysameday.co.uk scam
  • See more on simplysameday scam
  • www.courier-hub.co.uk scam
  • See more on courier-hub
  • ukparcellink.co.uk/becomeadriver scam
  • See more on ukparcellink
  • www.courier-network.net scam
  • See more on courier-network

    Vehicle signage scamtop

    http://www.moving-target-advertising.net moving-target-advertising SCAM

    How they get you

    This is quite a recent one. You get offered £2000 per month to put up to 8 signs on your vehicle. We'd heard about this one not long ago but were not 100% sure until they confirmed they were the same scum as courier-hub and simplysameday

    The catch is, you have to pay £40 for their 'MTA Agent pack', so you lose the £40, likely never receive a welcome pack or guide on how to do it and certainly no £2000 a month for any ads. You may also be asked for £70 to pay for the signs, which again, don't exist and you will never see.

    Lies from their site "In order to begin as a Moving Target agent you now have to purchase the pack which is a one off payment of £40.00. Our Guarantee. We offer a 30 day no quibble guarantee. If you are not happy with our product you have up to 30 days to claim a full refund. Simply return the pack to us and we will refund in full. You can pay securely online with debit or credit card or alternatively by using PayPal. Please select one of the options below to complete activation. Once this step is complete we will be back in touch with you immediately."

    Reference scamtop

    Having a good read about these scams can arm you with the knowledge you need to avoid getting ripped off

    How they get you

    They set up 2 sites. The first offers work at very high, unlikely rates of pay to tempt people looking for courier work. You register, for free but then before they can give you and of this mountain of work they have you need to be verified first. How handy, they know just the people to do it for you and for only £49.99 (or so) they'll do a background check and before you know it you'll have work coming out of your ears.

    What happens is in reality is they bugger off with your cash and there never was any work to start with.

    Ways to tell

    • They are usually offering very tempting rates of pay.
    • you have to fill in an application form and provide references which you get charged for
    • they offer an hourly rate instead of loaded mile rates
    • the promised pay is unrealistically high
    • There is usually an offer for early application, register before midnight Friday to get discount and then as soon as midnight passes the same message appears saying Saturday.
    • they say they have lots of big customers who are crying out for couriers
    • The domain is usually newly registered despite the site saying 20 years in the industry
    • They advertise on free listing sites like gumtree
    • A google search brings up no results about the company
    • The site has no meta tags or description tags and a low google rating



    If a potential employer needs a background check then a CRB will tell them all they need to know. This is operated by the government and Police



    To check the date of registration for a domain. Use a whois search engine

    Guidestop

    http://www.driving-job.com/ - driving-job.com is a scam

    driving-job.com

    driving-job.com looks at first glance to be offering work and a free quide, whoopie, robbed of £39.95 and a free worthless guide into the bargain. They have no work to give, do not give them your money. You will lose it and their lies about a 12 month guarantee are just that.

    There are many sites out there selling a guide to be a courier which appear to be offering work, many will offer unrealistic earnings for unrealistic hours delivering parcels they don't have to deliver

    Most of these guide sites are there to extract your money. If you have no idea how to be a courier then you either need to choose a different career path or get a job as an employed courier, not line the pockets of scum for a £39.95 pdf file. codforum is a good source of information for free rather than paying someone for a guide you don't need to spend your money on.

    drivingpayuk.org scamtop

    Drivingpayuk.org www.drivingpay.org IS a scam

    Who?

    Drivingpayuk.org scam was ukdrivingpay.org scam but since the lowlife must have been getting well known as thieving pond life they have got themselves a new domain to rob the unsuspecting with.

    Their is NO work, they have no drivers, no 'specialist' work that normal couriers don't know about and you won't learn tips to only pay a fraction of your insurance and road tax.

    • Out to get your cash with nothing but 100% lies
    • They just say they have work and to get your hands on a slice of it you have to pay an amount, currently £49
    • Illegal use of webguard logos on their site which tells you they have been trading since 2002 yet a site that was put together only a few months ago?
    • They quote globaldrivers.org as approving them but it is simply an advertising page set up by the scum to fool the unwary into believing this is a genuine opportunity. Link below but DO NOT click any of their links as this will put money in their pocket.globaldrivers.org/

    General scamstop

    General scams to take your cash from you

    Techniques

    • Very similar to the above but not quite so sly
    • They just say they have work and to get your hands on a slice of it you have to pay an amount, usually varying between £29 and £100
    • There is no work, you may be lucky enough to get yourself an expensive guide to courier work with all you never needed to know and certainly never needed to pay for
    • Often there will be something that says 24hr contact number in your registration email etc but even if there is it would go unanswered
    • Look out for very huge, repetitive ad type sites promising the earth. 'deliver 2 laptops a week and earn £350 a day type rubbish

    We looked into a few of these and one of the people selling a guide/promising work at £375 per day was actually running a man and van service with a £20 per hour fee. Even ignoring the fact that fuel isn't free and the other costs for the van are to be paid for a 12 hour day would still be well short of the claims they make.

    Another tactic on these ads is to make it appeal other than the promised income. There is often a list of requirements. are you male or female aged over 18? Can you drive a car, van or motorcycle? are you reliable and honest? can you work full or part time? Would you like to know how to become your own boss by being a specialist courier? Well, think about it. This covers most of the UK population. Suits you sir.

    wall planner scamstop

    These will usually phone you claiming to be producing a wall planner type publication that'll be sent to 10,000 businesses in your area etc etc and you can have a 4x4 box on it for £100 or whatever size/price they decide on. You pay up, they send you one or two wall planners as proof. These are usually the only wall planners with your details on that were and ever will be printed. You'll not get any work as the one in your office is unlikely to be seen by potential customers.

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