Company Representative scams, Payment Processing scams and other Employment scams.
#114208 by Error1243 Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:35 pm
So I found this job via I applied and here is the email I got (with names censored):

Hello Applicant,

Thanks for responding to my Ad . I'm currently seeking a hard working, motivated individual with exceptional organization skills to fill part time position of a receptionist/personal assistant. You would work for at most 30 hours per week from 9am to 4:30pm. (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).

I would required the services of a well behaved, capable and honest person to work as my "Personal Assistant". Someone who can honorably handle my affairs in my absence in Amherst.

Your activities amongst other things will include;

**** Running personal errands,Scheduling programs, flights and keeping me up to date with them.Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away. Receive and sort mail and deliveries, Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities****

I have some few questions for you:

(1.) Have you ever work as a Receiptionist/Personal Assistant ?
(2.) If you have been a Personal Assistant before, was it for a company or an individual?
(3.) Do you have phobia for effective communication ?
(4.) Do you have a job as at now?
(5.) Do you have a printer at home?
(6.) Are you comfortable with $320/week pay?

I will prepay you in advance to carry out a delegated task being assigned to you. You will receive $320 for working at most 30 hours weekly. I need your service because I'm currently not in Amherst to visit my Aged Mother. I will return to Amherst 25th July, 2012, so this process will be on going till then. I will meet up with you when I return and then we can discuss about the possibility of making this long term. I will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need done as well the funds to cover them.

If you are interested to further on with the receptionist/personal assistant Job position, please provide answers to the required information below;

(A.) Full Name
(B.) Permanent Mailing addresses
(C.) Current Mailing Address
(D.) Tel/Mobile Number(s)
(E.) Sex/Age

Please ensure that all information provided is true and correct, In-correct information is subject for Refusal or Termination of Employment.

Thanks so much and have a nice day.

Special Regards,

Terrance ------

This email looks very fishy to me. I checked the phonebook and I could not find his name in there either. So is this a scam?

#114210 by Error1243 Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:40 pm
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#114218 by Dotti Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:14 pm
Total scam.
It's a standard approach by check scammers. The English is also consistent with scammer, as is their usual creative math (7 1/2 hours times 3 days a week does not equal 30 hours.)

This confirms check scammer:
Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities

Check scammers typically recruit people for 2 key roles: printing and sending out checks to mules; or cashing checks and forwarding money (these are the mules). (Occasionally there will be a 3rd role, placing bogus ads for the scammer.)

Based on this question,
(5.) Do you have a printer at home?

The scammer is most likely looking for a check printer.

Regardless of which role the scammer is trying to fill, participating in this scam is very much illegal, and could land you in a heap of trouble. Just drop contact with him and ignore him from here on.

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#114221 by Error1243 Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:21 pm
Thank you very much, upon emailing him back and asking for specifics of the job, he said I had to dispatch check payments to his clients as well as buy and download software etc. Obviously a scam!

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