Although uShip is a legitimate company, the brand has been used to promote various scams by fraudsters on the internet. These scams come in a few forms, namely fraudulent classified and employment scams.
What is a classified scam?
If someone contacts you online regarding the sale of an item, and claims the item will be sent to you via uShip, it may be a scam. The fraudster will claim that the item is waiting at uShip’s headquarters, and then request money for various demands, for vaccinations (if a pet) or insurance, and continue to make up costs for shipping until you catch on. They’ll request payments be made through a wire transfer service like WesternUnion or a cryptocurrency like bitcoin.
**If an ad online seems suspect in any way, do not send funds.**
What is an employment scam?
Similar to pet scams, there is an employment scam listed on classified sites or job sites. The job posting offers you a Shipping/Receiving position from uShip.com and if you apply for this position, you become an intricate part in a scheme known as reshipping fraud.
This scam works in three parts. First, they steal your identity when you submit your personal information for the application. Second, you become a "mule" for stolen items by re-shipping stolen products to another address, usually to port or directly overseas. Third, you're performing work for which you're very unlikely to be paid.
How to Avoid Employment Scams
All of uShip's jobs are available on our site, listed on our careers page. Also, uShip does not have offices outside of Austin, TX in the United States. uShip is not involved in the physical transport of any items and therefore would not hire anyone to reship packages.
If you receive an email that appears to come from uShip.com, but you’re suspicious that it may be a scam, please expand your header on your email to see the full email address the message was sent from.
Here are examples of known scam emails and sites: