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#285622 by Yestotruth Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:18 pm
I received scam from the following email addresses: [email protected] and [email protected]
They claim to be reps of an online price comparison company out of Portugal called Kuantokusta. The company Kuantokusta is legitimate and a real business with an online website, facebook page, etc...the reps claim to be part of a team helping expand the company from European to United States markets. They will say they need proofreaders to edit their text for communications to other reps and customers. Their claim is that due to the language barrier from Europe to the U.S. they will pay reps to proofread texts to improve communication and business accuracy.
I got sucked into this because I had actually looked into online proofreading jobs prior, and given my email address at I site. I assumed I was receiving a valid response and did text proof reading for them on 3 occasions before I realized it was a scam. They will promise $5 into your paypal account for each 1 KB of text proofreading work. The texts are sent in broken english, you correct them, email them back and they will send you a receipt for your work, claiming they pay every 30 days after your "probationary" period, then each 2 weeks after that. After about 3 editing jobs, they started asking me about promoting me to representative and what my career goals were...promising fees for helping process customer transactions through paypal, bonuses for sales, etc. The texts they send you to edit are kind of brain washing because the center around notifying reps of their bonuses and promotions, or money transactions through paypal.
I am so glad I saw this site because I recognized the EXACT SAME job offer letter and text jobs to edit that someone else posted, except under a different email address and another company name. I contacted Kuantokusta and they confirmed it's a scam...they do NOT hire U.S. reps to edit texts for them or offer jobs like that. I am just thanking God I got out before I considered being a rep with them or they transferred anything to my paypal account. Once they do that, the research I have seen shows they go forward with schemes to access your money and you will never get it back. I hope my post helps someone else to avoid these scammers.

Here are some emails they sent me so you can refer to the wording and proofreading texts jobs they use:

Admin Note: http://www.kuantokusta.pt is a legitimate company that is not part of this scam.
The scammers are using the website to add credibility to the scam. Mike W


Re: Vacancies available
Sent By: Roxanne Evon (Feb xx 2016)
Hello !
Thank You for your reply.
We have received your application for the work position.
My name is Roxanne Evon.
I am a specialist of the Kuantokusta company and I will be your personal consultant.

First of all I would like you to study the details below and to make a decision about our partnership.
I am ready to answer all your questions if you have any.

Please learn each part of the position carefully:


1. ABOUT OUR COMPANY:
_____________________

We represent the American agency of a major European company Kuantokusta.
For more information please visit our website: http://www.kuantokusta.pt

For many years we have become the largest online-auction in Europe.
The number of our users has exceeded 15 million. Every day there are more than
1 million transactions made.

Currently we develop the North American market . The US economy is the most powerful
economy worldwide and their banking and payment systems work comfortably and stably .
All these factors provide a basis for profitable cooperation of American and European customers.

There is only one problem that must be resolved - the language barrier.

Every day we are in correspondence with our employees and customers from the United States.
English is not our native language. Furthermore, American English and British English
have a number of differences that can bring some inaccuracy in our communication.

Our correspondence has a business character and it is often associated with finances.
Any inaccuracies may distort the text and eventually bring to the complete misunderstanding
of the meaning worded.

We hope that you are a responsible person who can proofread our business correspondence.


2. JOB DETAILS:
__________________

Every work day ( Monday - Friday ) you will receive from us texts for editing to your e-mail.
You will have only 24 hours to complete them. But the job will take only 30 minutes no more.

You can do this work at any time and in any text format convenient for you and use any program.
After you have finished editing the texts - send your corrections back to us.

Every day we calculate the amount of the text content and inform you of your balance.

Attention!
It's very important that you will mark our e-mail address, because it's difficult to communicate
with you if you will not find our letters on time.
Please check emails from us every day and check all folders, because we send you emails every day.


3. SALARY:
__________________

1. You will be paid by $5 for 1Kb of text (1Kb = 1024 symbols).
You will receive about 8-10 Kb daily.
You can earn $40 to $50 daily. Every day we will inform you of your balance.

2. Payment is made once a month, the first payment is made in 30 days after you have started working.
(1st month is a test period to check your responsibility and communication skills, after this we may
sign a agreement with you. We will list everything in it such as Taxes, expenses, fees, interests and
everything else necessary to have a health partnership with You.
After the signed Agreement you will get paid twice a month. Career growth is possible.


3. We use PAYPAL system for payments. It’s very safe.
You do not need to provide us any of your personal information.
You should have a PayPal account (Verified ).
We will send you all payments on your paypal account.


P.S.
__________________
We hope you find the work is interesting.
We are waiting for your reply and you will be able to start immediately.

Sincerely Yours,
Roxanne Evon.
http://www.kuantokusta.pt
___________________________________________________________
On Feb xx 2016 HR Manager <[email protected]]> wrote:

Our actively growing company opens a position of a texts reviewer for the people who is profound in English to help in dealing with our exterior employees.

> Your professional duties will be proofreading our business text files and correcting spelling and grammar inaccuracies that we could make.
>
> The work consumes near 1-2 hours a day. You may do it on your spare time.
>
> Payment tariffs for the work done:
> Each 1 Kb. (1024 symbols) of text content is compensated by $5. This letter to you is ca. 1 Kb of size.

> In sum, it will increase your income up to near $2500 per month.

> To apply for this job you must meet our requirements:
> *Country of residence: priority - USA
> *Having a Computer

> For more details about the job, please reply with the following details about you:

> Full name: Country of residence, Region:

> Look forward to hearing from you.
_____________________________________________________________
The following is fake company correspondence content they sent me to edit text for them:
From: "Roxanne Evon" <[email protected]>
Sent: Feb XX 2016
Subject: Task 1

Hi,
The first task for editing.

Please, carefully consider the content of all texts as it is important that there are no mistakes regarding both grammar and sense.

Please, correct the text within 24 hours. Later on we’ll send you the confirmation about receipt of text and also send you another texts for correcting.


You can send us the texts back in any format convenient to you and also you may ask any questions.
Text size – 8 Kb.
You will earn $40


Thank you,
Kuantokusta.



Text is below.
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Letter for the purchaser Serena! #428430

Dear Serena!

We are pleased to inform you that the simulator that you purchased is sent to you.
Looking forward to your confirmation of the receipt and the money for our product.

Thank you,
Kuantokusta.


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Letter for our users.

Dear user,

On xx.xx 2016 from 9:27 to 9:28 European time there was a technical break on our website due to the planned works .
There were some problems with displaying of the goods in some categories and in the searching system.
Due to technical break the lot auctions have been extended for 24 hours.
We apologize for any possible inconvenience.

Sincerely yours,

Service Support
Kuantokusta

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Letter for the purchaser Robert. #428414

Hi Robert!

We are glad that you liked the lamp. It really costs more than you paid for it! Enjoy it! We don’t have any lamps anymore. If you collect lamps, then we will let you know if we have other lamps to sell.
We are surprised that you want to work as our representative!
You need to write a letter to us about it, with a request to consider your person and hire as a representative. And it is better to specify this in the subject header.

Thank you,
Kuantokusta.
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Letter for the purchaser Michael. #428110

Dear Michael!

We are glad that you like the violin!
We have received the money from you, thank you. Right on time!
We would like to inform you that we still have seven violins, one of which is rather expensive and costs about $ 20,000. If you want, we can send you the photos to your e-mail and if you like it, we will sell it to you at the auction for $ 18,000. We will put “Buy It Now” on this good and give you the number of the lot at once, so that you can buy it.

Let us know if interested.

Thank you,
Kuantokusta.
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Letter for the purchaser Claudia #428400

Dear Claudia!

We are glad to see you as our customer. Hopefully we’ll make you happy in the future! You told us that you advised your friends to contact us. It is very nice! We are glad to serve you and your friends.
At your request, we are searching for the publication you are interested in. Currently, there are some interesting pieces. We think you'll like them. Later we will give you lot numbers.

Thank you,
Kuantokusta.

Letter for the purchaser Bill #428181
Hello, Mr. Bill!

We are glad that you contacted us and purchased our water pump. As the tracking shows the goods are delivered. We wanted to make sure that this is the case and you are happy.
Unfortunately, the money for the product is not available on our Paypal account yet. If you do not intend to return the goods, please confirm the receipt and then we can get the money from Paypal.

Thank you,
Kuantokusta.


Letter for the purchaser Bill #428181

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Letter for our users.


Dear Friends!

Kuantokusta.pt announces the continuation of the contest for the most unusual item!
From xx.xx to xx.xx 2016 participate in the contest called wonder-lot 2! To take part in the contest you should
find unusual or funny lot on Kuantokusta.pt (please consider a lot itself, and its description);
Publish the Print Screen or a link to an item on the wall in the group Kuantokusta.pt on sites Vkontakte or Facebook;
Collect the most LIKE votes under your link.
Player with the most LIKE votes is the winner and he gets the prize - Tablet PC Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0
Winner of the campaign will be announced no later than xx.xx 2016, and we will congratulate him on our website.


Thank you,
Kuantokusta.

Letter for the representative John. # 10100

Dear John,

We would like to inform you that we have sent you a salary to your wife’s card. The sent sum - $ 2100. We have raised your salary due to the fact that you are working with a good result. This salary will be paid to you each month, plus % from transactions and given to you for a period of 6 months. In half a year, we will analyze your work and decide on how much we have to pay to you in the future.

We cannot take hire your son, because he is still under 21. But we do not ignore him and try to find something suitable for him temporarily.


Thank you,
Kuantokusta.

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Letter for the purchaser Tasmia. # 428090

Dear Tasmia,

We sent you the numbers of lots in the last letter. Please confirm that you have received the list and read it. We want you to be quick with your choice and purchase, because these bags have a huge demand and can be quickly bought by other purchasers. As you already bought two things in our company, now you always have a 5% discount for all the other goods, except antiques.

Looking forward to your early reply.

Thank you,
Kuantokusta.



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3) Terms for holding the campaign:

2.1. Competition for the most unusual item. The participants find unusual and funny items on our website and send (publish) screen shots (Print Screen), and links to those lots in the group of Kuantokusta.pt VKontakte, on the page in Facebook. A lot itself, and its description will be taken into consideration, that means, we consider the product or design (or both) that can surprise users of the trading area and the participants of Kuantokusta.pt on Vkontakte and Facebook. The goods must not violate the right of lots nomination, description may not contain profanity.
2.2. The winner of the campaign will be determined no later XX.XX. 2016. Winner's name will be published on our website no later than XX.XX.2016.
2.3. The winner is determined by the number of shared votes (Likes), left for the link to the lot on our site 2.3.1 The winner will receive a prize given in section 3.1
2.3.2 The organizer reserves the right to withhold prizes if they hit in the list of participants in a fraudulent way and / or after violation of the campaign terms and / or by artificial marking up the votes (Likes).
2.4. The organizer will contact the participant that won a prize, not later than 18:00 hours European time on XX.XX.2016 by sending messages with instructions to the email address provided during registration on our site.
2.5. Results of the campaign will be final and are not a subject to revision.
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#285628 by Mike Wilson Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:35 pm
Hello Yestotruth,
Thank you for posting the information on this scam. If you have any additional questions about this scam please ask.

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#285776 by crisro Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:48 am
Just wondering if you have received any other warnings about Kuantokusta. I received e-mails identical to those listed above, except mine come from [email protected] and I've wasted about two hours editing their various "texts," with a promise of payment via PayPal in about 30 days and intimations of more work to come. After this, I will be stopping, but any additional information either scamwarners or yestotruth have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your service...
#285779 by Bryon Williams Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:56 am
Its a scam. Stop all contact with scammers. Do not tell them why. Just disappear.

Please post the emails from [email protected] and the email headers. Remove your personal information from them prior to submitting.

You can find information on email headers in my signature below.


Domain Name: MARLANEM.COM
Registrar: REGIONAL NETWORK INFORMATION CENTER, JSC DBA RU-CENTER
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 463
Whois Server: whois.nic.ru
Referral URL: http://nic.ru
Name Server: NS1.MARLANEM.COM
Name Server: NS2.MARLANEM.COM
Status: clientTransferProhibited https://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 09-feb-2016
Creation Date: 09-feb-2016
Expiration Date: 09-feb-2017

Please contact Mike Wilson if you have a question or information about this post.

mike-wilson @ scawarners.com

Please do not tell the scammer he is posted here.


Please remember the fallen. https://www.odmp.org/
#285782 by Terminator5 Fri Feb 26, 2016 11:35 am
Its a Personal Information and Financial Information Phishing Scam . A description of how the scam works is posted on Rip Off Report .




http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/OSTA//OST ... nd-1237643

Blackmail / Extortion / Sextortion . Anonymous Victim Assistance .
http://www.connectsafely.org/faq-on-sexting-and-sextortion/

Reporting Blackmail / Sextortion Scams and Fake Drug Purchase Blackmail Scams
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#287174 by C0mpass Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:39 pm
I wish this site had been listed further up on my Google search results. It would have saved me some wasted time editing their scam letters, but I'm glad time is all I lost. I suspected a scam from the beginning but it sounded like something I would enjoy making a little extra money doing, so I googled Kuantokusta and everything looked legit. However, I still remained apprehensive and was looking for hints of a scam in the letters I was editing. It all seemed pretty legit until they suddenly decided to promote me to "representative" and making excuses for not paying me for the work I had already done. That's when I googled them again but this time I clicked back a few pages on the search results. I found the exact same letters I had received and had been editing. The e-mail connected to my letters was that of Nakesha Willa, [email protected]. Like I said, I'm just glad all I lost was time.
#287175 by Bryon Williams Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:45 pm
Welcome to Scamwarners,

I am sorry you lost time on this scam.

The more detailed information, emails received, phone numbers and etc posted will help the search bots.

Please contact Mike Wilson if you have a question or information about this post.

mike-wilson @ scawarners.com

Please do not tell the scammer he is posted here.


Please remember the fallen. https://www.odmp.org/
#287176 by Terminator5 Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:47 pm
Well that's good its the only thing you lost . Thanks for posting to Scamwarners , your post will help warn other victims .

Blackmail / Extortion / Sextortion . Anonymous Victim Assistance .
http://www.connectsafely.org/faq-on-sexting-and-sextortion/

Reporting Blackmail / Sextortion Scams and Fake Drug Purchase Blackmail Scams
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#287178 by C0mpass Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:13 pm
Yea, your welcome Bryon, Terminator. And as far as telling them that they are listed here, I watch enough movies to know what happens when you tell the bad guy you're going to turn him in. Thanks for the info.
#287996 by TerranceBoyce Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:41 pm
It's highly unlikely C0mpass you'd face any physical risk from these people because, if they had the desire and capability to use violence, that's how they make money in the first place.

The main reason is that if you don't tell them they've been rumbled, they'll probably go on using the same email addies and details which, because they're listed here, other potential victims can Google and find what's going on. Once they are told that people know what details they're using its simple for them to start up again using different details.

Also it has been known for scammers to spam victims who go back and insult or taunt them. They know your details and they can just be a nuisance if you upset them. I have purposely annoyed scammers and they have unloaded thousands of emails on my addie in a day, but I was using a throwaway email box so it didn't matter. It's simply not worth the hassle.

Nothing upsets a scammer more than losing a potential victim without ever knowing why. They think they're smart and if they don't know what's wrong with what they're doing, it makes them waste their time trying to work out what's wrong with what they're doing.

CAR ADVERTS - If a car seller mentions escrow - he's scamming you Never ever for any reason pay anything until you have seen and inspected the vehicle
#323201 by Rachel0221 Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:16 am
Thank you for the post!! I received the same scam! They are using other names, e-mail, company:

Maria Kovak, Support Service, www.zentrada.pl [email protected]

Hello!
Thank you for your interest to our offer.

My name is Maria Kovak a specialist of the "ZENTRADA" company and I will be your personal consultant. I am ready answer to all your questions.

Please read each part of the position carefully:

ABOUT OUR COMPANY:
_____________________

We represent the American agency of a major European company "ZENTRADA"
For more information please visit our website: www.zentrada.pl
For many years we have become the large online-auction in Europe.
The number of our users has exceeded 8 million.
Currently we develop the North American market . The US economy is the most powerful economy worldwide and their banking and payment systems work comfortably and stably . All these factors provide a basis for profitable cooperation of American and European customers.
There is only one problem that must be resolved - the language barrier.
Every day we are in correspondence with our employees and customers from the United States. English is not our native language. Furthermore, American English and European English have a lot of differences that can bring some inaccuracy in our communication.
Our correspondence has a business character and it is often associated with finances. Any inaccuracies may distort the text and eventually bring to the complete misunderstanding of the meaning worded.
We hope that you are a responsible person who can proofread our business correspondence.
etc.
#323222 by Terminator5 Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:51 am
Its an email scam . They are stealing the Indentity of Zentrada , which appears to be a legitimate retail website .

Blackmail / Extortion / Sextortion . Anonymous Victim Assistance .
http://www.connectsafely.org/faq-on-sexting-and-sextortion/

Reporting Blackmail / Sextortion Scams and Fake Drug Purchase Blackmail Scams
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#324405 by ShawnWiosna Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:04 am
I have been emailed since middle of march '17. Ill just post it. Ive lost time on another scam so now i know to check thoroughly.

Maria Kovak, Support Service, Zentrada.pl [email protected]

Hello!
Thank you for your interest to our offer.

My name is Maria Kovak a specialist of the "ZENTRADA" company and I will be your personal consultant. I am ready answer to all your questions.

Please read each part of the position carefully:

ABOUT OUR COMPANY:
_____________________

We represent the American agency of a major European company "ZENTRADA"
For more information please visit our website: www.zentrada.pl
For many years we have become the large online-auction in Europe.
The number of our users has exceeded 8 million.
Currently we develop the North American market . The US economy is the most powerful economy worldwide and their banking and payment systems work comfortably and stably . All these factors provide a basis for profitable cooperation of American and European customers.
There is only one problem that must be resolved - the language barrier.
Every day we are in correspondence with our employees and customers from the United States. English is not our native language. Furthermore, American English and European English have a lot of differences that can bring some inaccuracy in our communication.
Our correspondence has a business character and it is often associated with finances. Any inaccuracies may distort the text and eventually bring to the complete misunderstanding of the meaning worded.
We hope that you are a responsible person who can proofread our business correspondence.

SALARY:
_________________
1. You will be paid by $5 for 1Kb of text (1Kb = 1024 symbols).
You will receive about 8-10 Kb daily. You can earn $40 to $50 daily. Every day we will inform you of your balance.

2. We pay salary one time per month, in 30 days after you have started working (1st month is a test period to check your responsibility and communication skills, after this we'll sign a agreement with you). We will list everything in it such as Taxes, expenses, fees, interests andeverything else necessary to have a health partnership with You. After the signed Agreement you will get paid twice a month. Career growth is possible.

3. We use PAYPAL system for payments. It’s very safe. You do not need to provide us any of your personal information. You should have a PayPal account (Verified). We will pay you all payments on your paypal account.

JOB DETAILS:
__________________
Every work day (Monday - Friday) you will receive texts for editing to your e-mail. You will have only 24 hours to complete them. But the job will take only 30 minutes minutes no more.
You can do this work at any time and in any text format convenient for you and use any program. After you have finished editing the texts - send your corrections back.
Every day we calculate the amount of the text content and inform you of your balance.

Attention!
It's very important that you will mark and save our e-mail address, because it's difficult to communicate with you if you will not find our emails on time. Please check email every day and check all folders, because we send you emails every day.

YOUR ATTENTION!
Now you have read and understand job details.
Please let us know if you are interested. If you not interested, please email about it.

WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE.

Maria Kovak,
Support Service,
Zentrada.pl
#324410 by Terminator5 Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:29 am
Thanks for posting glad you recognized it as a scam .

Blackmail / Extortion / Sextortion . Anonymous Victim Assistance .
http://www.connectsafely.org/faq-on-sexting-and-sextortion/

Reporting Blackmail / Sextortion Scams and Fake Drug Purchase Blackmail Scams
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#340402 by lauraneato Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:03 pm
Thank you so much for this post. This saved me a whole headache of trouble. I actually was really excited about the potential opportunity because I am looking for some part time work, and I do business edits as a side hobby-income. Thanks to this post, I never even responded to the email. I marked it SPAM and said good riddance.

For the record, I took a screenshot of what my letter looked like. I had a different sender, Tamara Loucks:

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