If you have been scammed, please post here and share your experience; it may help others avoid the same situation!
#340385 by marchierose94 Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:16 pm
jd123 wrote:Thanks for this post. I was contacted by the email a few days ago and gave information to them before finding this website and seeing it is a scam. I sent an email saying not to send me anything or contact me but if i were to get anything in the mail, how should I proceed?


I would say the best thing to do is to shred the check if it eventually comes and just continue with your job search. If you don't cash the check, they really can't do anything to you. I almost did the same thing but I think just getting rid of it is probably your best bet! I hope more people find this thread before this creep could do anything. :?
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#343602 by Mouseketeer92 Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:12 am
Update: Looks like the scammer is using a different email. He sent the exact same email that he sent me 2 months ago.

Email: [email protected]

Dear Applicant,

Top of the day to you! I got your application about the vacant position in our company. In response to the AD posted for a Production Assistant Job. After reviewing your resume by the HR and board,we feel excited with your past experiences.We decided to contact you to confirm your availability for this week or next week. so that i can send you more details regarding the available position.

Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

Warm Regards
Steven W. Robinson.
#343815 by TheScamHater Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:54 am
Drop all contact with him immedietly and post any additional information you may have

Do not send money (especially Western Union Money Gram) to a stranger on the Internet! It's a scam!

Need help or advice? Contact me at tsh4scamwarners(at)gmail(dot)com

DO NOT tell a scammer his information is posted here or you know he is a fraud
#361249 by Matt Morgan Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:35 pm
I had the very same scammer try with me as well back in December 2017. I found this site via Google but wanted to share as this was very similar with the wording. A Michael Smith (yeah, he's pretty lazy and can't even come up with an original alias lol) contacted me about a job. Apparently he found me on Mandy.com and I was pretty convinced but still skeptical until I did a search of the first couple of paragraphs. Anyway, here's the email:

Micheal Smith <[email protected]>
12/13/17
to me

Hi,

How are you doing?, I received your email in response to my text and thanks for the confirmation of your availability. You have been reviewed and you sounds great with your past experiences .

About Me:
Micheal is a digital media strategist, Moving Picture Producer, Video Editor, Photographer, Videographer, Video Artist, Interactive Designer & Illustrator. Also i specialize in landscape and night-sky photography, motion-controlled time-lapse, and creative dSLR film-making. I also hold private and group workshops and classes, as I love to teach other people how to achieve their creative photographic vision.

I really feel I need some assistance at this time that's why I need someone who can work with me hand in hand throughout the production period.We are presently working on a short film which I'm directing the production aspect, although work hasn't commenced and we should start working on the film in next 3 weeks.

As the editor, You will assists the film director by establishing the visual look of the movie. As the editor, you'll help tell the story through the artistic and technical decisions you make regarding lighting, film stock, shot selection, camera operation and other elements.
You will work closely with me and other crew throughout the production process.

Duties basically would be;

-Read the shooting script and meet with the director to understand his vision for the film.
-Make visits to the locations during filming to gain a sense of how the shooting is progressing.
-Go through footage, once shooting is done, and select scenes based on their dramatic and entertainment value and contribution to story continuity. The editor is looking for the best combination of photography, performance, consistency and timing.
-Trim the segments of footage to the lengths needed for the film and assemble them into the best sequence to tell the story.
-Work with sound effects editors, sound editors and musical directors on sound, score and film sequences that will be added to the film.
-Insert music, dialogue and sound effects, using editing equipment.
-Review the edited film, make corrections and prepare it as a first cut, or rough cut, for the movie director and movie producers to view. The first cut may take up to three months to assemble.
-Make revisions, as requested by the director and producers, and prepare the final cut for release to the film house for production. The final cut may take an additional month to finish
-Taking care of Financial activities.

NOTE:
This offer will have no effect on your current job if you have one.

You would be placed on a probationary period with high expectation as I am interested in someone who can perform his or her duties with resourceful and proactive in dealing with problems and queries. All i need you to do is to complete all task in a timely manner. I am being thorough and explanatory here because i have hired people in the past who did not live up to what i expected and this time, i do not want to make the same mistake. I have decided to offer you a probationary offer. Here i want to see how you would demonstrate your skills and how exceptional you are and how efficient and on time you will be.

Here i want to see how you would demonstrate your skills and how exceptional you are and how efficient and on time you will be. I will need you to perform a couple of tasks for me during this coming week, which are part of basic duties you will be performing before the project fully start and if i am impressed and convinced that you are right for the job, I will be setting up a meeting with you once am done with this shooting am presently working on. Successful completion of the trial period qualifies you for an interview and permanent salary package + bonuses will be discussed in our meetings.


If the above work with you, I will take all necessary step and make my financial adviser have payment for these purchases and tasks, mailed to you. The probational period runs for a week or two. If you want to sign up for this, Kindly provide the details below ...

Available Position: Editor
Type: Part-Time
Hours: 9 Hours per week
Days: 3 days per week
Weekly Pay: $1,550

BENEFITS:
• AD & D Insurance
• 401(k)
• Medical. Dental. Vision

Willing to take this job position, I will take necessary step to have my financial officer have payment for the purchase and allowance to carryout the task, mailed to you. The trial period runs for a week or two. If you want to sign up for this, Kindly provide the details below ...

Your Full name:
Mailing Address(with Apt #):
City, State, Zip Code:
Mobile Phone Number:
Two Work or Personal References:


Best Regards.
#363339 by vonpaso xlura Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:36 pm
The writer of that email is a West African who has no idea what a normal weekly pay for a part-time job in North America or Australia is. It's a scam.

... ni los estafadores heredarán el reino de Dios. 1 Cor. 6:10
#382009 by ScamSpotting Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:18 pm
Thank you all for posting these!!! Just joined this site because I found this thread after receiving a very similar suspicious sounding scam email. The email address didn't match the link he provided (https://www.skymagicproductionstudios.com/) and there was no mention of a "Rick Kubitz" anywhere on the website so red flags were raised. Here is the message I received:

---------------

Thanks for your response to my text.

About Me:
Rick Kubitz is a video production company specializing in story-focused corporate, advertising, commercial, music video, and television productions. Our experienced team of production professionals will expertly handle any or all creative and technical aspects of the pre-production planning, production, and post-production for your project.I also hold private and group workshops and classes, as I love to teach other people how to achieve their creative production vision.


I really feel I need some assistance at this time that's why I need someone who can work with me hand in hand throughout the production period. We are presently working on a short film which I'm directing the production aspect, although work hasn't commenced and we should start working on the film in next 14 days.

As a Photographer, you will work closely with me throughout the production process, Your duties basically would be ;

Photographers tend to specialise in one particular area of photography such as press and photojournalism, fashion or scientific and medical photography. Their work typically entails:

-Setting up photographic equipment
-Taking pictures
-Editing and retouching images
-Choosing and setting up locations
-Reproducing and framing photographs
-Promoting business (especially if self-employed)
-Researching and making contacts
-General administration.

NOTE:
Before our HR department reviewed your resume and gave their report I decided to consider you among the three applicants that will be on probation before i finally pick the right person as the Assistant to carry out some activities on my behalf.you need to be very honest because sometimes my personal or corporate items such as financial instruments or non financial items can be with you. In conclusion I'm looking for someone that can be trusted and reliable to work very well and with good understanding and i believe you posses those qualities.I have decided to offer you a probationary offer (Trial Period). Here i want to see how you will demonstrate your skills and how exceptional you are and how efficient and on time you will be. I will need you to perform a couple of tasks for me during this week, which are part of basic duties you will be performing when fully employed by me. Successful completion of the trial period qualifies you for an Oral interview,you will paid during the trial and temporary weekly wage for the trial period will be Four Hundred and Ten Dollars($410).

You can go through our website for more details on https://www.skymagicproductionstudios.com/

Job Salary and Hours Schedule When fully Employed is as follow:

Available Position:Photographer
Type:Part-Time
Hours:9 Hours per week
Days:3 days per week [ Each day 3 hours ]
Weekly Pay: $820

BENEFITS:

• AD & D Insurances
• 401(k)
• Medical, Dental, Vision

Willing to take this job position, reconfirm your information. I will have my financial adviser have payment for these purchases and tasks, mailed to you. The trial period runs for a week or two. If you want to sign up for this, Kindly provide the details below ...


Full Name:
Mailing Address:
Direct Phone#:
Two Work or Personal References:
#396668 by JoeUbentook Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:33 am
He is running a Western union Scam now using this Address - I had his Western union and money Gram accounts Blocked and they are searching for accounts under the past email names you show.




Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2019 at 10:25 AM
From: "Western Union®" <[email protected]>
To: "Ms Anita Bhath" <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: I received this letter in my Gmail Box
Dear esteemed customer,

Firstly, we want to assure you that this is not one of the fraud/scam messages you receives promising you for millions of dollars. Be rest assured that this is your compensation because your email address is on the scam victim's list.

After receiving your message, we instantly sent the first payment of $2,500 to your given name.  As I was trying to email you the payment information for you to go and pick up the payment in your country, I got a call from the Western Union Headquarters in Colorado, United States  and they brought to my attention that the $2,500 we sent to you has been  CANCELLED and the remaining $197,500.00 has been placed on hold by them (THE WESTERN UNION HEADQUARTERS) through our network.

I asked them why and they said that the Inland Revenue Tax Authority here in  Benin   Republic  reported to them that we are transferring such amount of money without the Non-Resident Tax Clearance Certificate of the beneficiary.

So, after I cut off the conversation with the head office, I called the Inland Revenue Tax Authority here to know how the clearance could be obtained from them and the cost of obtaining it. They said that it will cost $88 only to obtain the certificate and it will take only 1 – 2 hours for the clearance certificate to be ready.

I later called the head office back and asked them if there is any other thing to do after the clearance is obtained and they assured me that once the clearance certificate is forwarded to them, they will instantly release the funds without any delay.

The information of the payment we made today is enclosed.

MTCN #--------------------------607-278-2322
Sender's name-----------------Timothy Rollings
City-------------------------------- Cotonou
Country--------------------------- Benin  republic
Text question--------------------When
Text answer---------------------Today
Amount---------------------------$2,500.00

For self-confirmation, you can track this payment online with Western Union official website, copy this link and paste on your browser  https://www.westernunion.com/global-service/track-transfer

 after filling the information, click Continue.  Note; if you track this payment, the status will show you that the payment has been Cancelled.  Note that you can NEVER be able to pick up this payment in your country until the fund is released by the head office. We tried to deduct the fee from your fund but couldn't because your fund is currently on hold.

However, you are advised to go ahead and send the non resident tax clearance fee of $88 via MONEY GRAM or WESTERN UNION so that we will assist you and obtain the certificate from the office. Here is the information you will use to send the $88.

Receiver name;.......LOUIS ASOCLE
City................ Cotonou
Country;............ Benin  republic
Test question; Trust
Answer; God
Amount; $88

Do send us the payment information as soon as you made the payment. If you can send the fee today, you will pick up the first payment and we will send you another $2,500 today as the clearance certificate is the only thing holding the transfer. Note: you have to try and send the clearance fee as a matter of urgency because the head office will confiscate your fund and divert it to the government treasury if you did not comply urgently.

Remember, we were instructed by the IMF to return any unclaimed payment file after 72 hours if the beneficiary did not comply to claim his/her funds.  So, if you will send the fee but you can not send it within 72 hours, let us know so that we will report to the IMF that you are complying so that they will not ask for the return of your own payment files.

Meanwhile, we will be waiting for the fee of $88 and under 30 minutes to 1 hour of confirming the payment, you will receive the first payment slip in your inbox.

The management of Western Union Money Transfer, Benin Republic Office.

For more details/inquiry, call / Whatsapp +229-9806-4444

Sincerely,
Mr. Timothy Rollings
Western Union® Money Transfer
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