Parcel mule scam

The parcel mule scam, also known as the reshipping scam, involves scammers and unsuspecting victims handling goods[1] to other countries. In some ways it is similar to the money mule scam. Scammers use fake advertising[2] to hire mules. Items are bought with stolen cards,[2] and since the goods are typically re-sold once shipped, this scam can be viewed as an indirect form of money laundering.


One famous scam was organized under the "Air Parcel Express" corporate name.[3] Criminals purchased items in the United States[1] and sent them via mules[1] to Russia and Belarus,[3] where they were then sold. Items included iPods, PlayStations, smartphones, and laptops.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Leyden, John (28 October 2008). "Parcel mules scam exposed: Cybercrook, keen phisherman seeks reliable partners on dating sites". The Register.
  2. ^ a b Greek, Dinah (27 October 2008). "Criminals dupe vulnerable into handling stolen goods: Fraudsters targeting women on dating websites in particular". Computeract!ve. Archived from the original on 31 October 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c RSA FraudAction Research Lab (12 November 2009). "Deep Inside a Reshipping Scam: Mules Victimized by "Air Parcel Express"". Archived from the original on 13 August 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2015.