Company Representative scams, Payment Processing scams and other Employment scams.
#87120 by scareasy Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:25 pm
A friend of mine actually forwarded this to me after finding a Craigslist posting under the name "Account Receivable Needed." I contacted this person through my catcher account and he gave me an alternate address: [email protected]. Beware of [email protected] and [email protected]!

This is most definitely a scam, for the following reasons:

1. No legitimate business would have part-time workers printing out their checks at home.
2. Note use of Western Union and Moneygram. Interestingly, the "employee" would allegedly be paid in cash through these services. My guess is the employee is never paid.
3. The Lethenty Mill Furniture place is a real place located in Scotland, but the number he gives is a number in Vancouver, Canada. Haven't tried calling it--don't want extra on the phone bill.

What type of scam is this? My guess is it's a money-laundering and/or check-passing scheme in which the victim will be asked to set up a bank account through which they'll be printing up/sending fake checks on their crappy home printers. The victim will be convinced that they'll be compensated both for the amounts on the checks that they send out, and the start-up costs for equipment and supplies. Naturally, such compensation never comes. The fraudulent checks that these victims send out will then be used to (inadvertently) victimize others when they deposit them in their own banks. They may become victims of "large-order scams" in which they deposit bad checks and send "overage" cash to the scammers posing as couriers, movers, etc.

What do you guys who have been around the block a few times think about this? The email is below.
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Hello,
How are you doing? Thanks for your swift response, No bank names, No bank account number, routing number, credit card, passwords, SSN# etc, This is a straight forward part time employment opportunity and does not require any special skills. You will simply be dispatching issued checks to a list of our clients daily. Dispatch of checks with our UPS Account No charges is required from you for the dispatch of the checks You will need to have to work on this Job

*A colored printer
*Versa Check platinum 2010 and Business size checks,
*Magnetic ink

This is all you need as your working kit You can get the Versa Check platinum 2010 or Versa Check Gold 2010 at Max store in your location or any Office Depot, Staples, Wal-Mart store around you Please note that everything purchased while working on your Job during the course of the month will be reimburse to you along with your monthly pay, You only work a maximum of an two hours or three daily. Your monthly pay will be sent to you via Western Union or Money Gram to avoid the hustle of dealing with a check all you have to is go over to any Western Union or Money Gram store around you with the information i will provide you with monthly and your salary will be paid to you in cash you can also come online so that we can chat more better and get to know each other here is my yahoo messenger.....id [email protected] . If you need any assistance let me know i will hope you read and understand.

Moreover, Instructions will be given to you on the printing job and all you need to have to start it.

Also, you will be paid weekly or monthly depending on how you want it

Responsibilities:
Find below your duties as regards this job placement, this is a part time job and it will not take much of your time.

* Print and mail out checks to our clients across United State

if you have any question you can call me on my number 360 450 5699.

Thanks,
Dr. Charles Allen @ lethenty mill furniture Inc.
(Ph.d Accounting).
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#87144 by Jillian Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:53 pm
Welcome scareasy. I see you made your way over from 419Eater. I'm active there as well, with a different username.

You're right in your assumption of the scam. This is a check scammer recruiting someone to print and mail out his fraudulent checks. However, the scammer will likely provide all of the info, and not ask the victim to open their own bank account, etc. The "job" is exactly what the email states, a check mailer. The problem is that the checks are fraudulent and drawn on fake or stolen account numbers. The UPS account is either stolen or set up with stolen credit cards. The check mailing victim will be mailing out checks to the check scam victims from the scammer's other scams - so, working as a unwitting mule.

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#87149 by scareasy Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:51 pm
Mule! That's the word I was looking for. Say as a hypothetical (STRICTLY hypothetical, you understand), I agreed to be the check printer/sender guy. I assume that I would be liable for criminal charges for sending these fraudulent checks. Does the scammer have any intention of actually paying his unwitting mule via WU or MG? Just want to know more details to help educate others how the scam works. :)

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