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Scam Alert: “Job Offer” Email

Scam Alert: "Job Offer" Email

I received the following email today offering me a cushy sounding job. Too bad it’s a fake check scam. I’ve posted the entire email below with my comments in red so you can learn to what to watch for if you get a letter similar to this. Please heed the advice in today’s post. A failure to do so could cost you thousands of dollars and may land you jail.

 

Greetings, (I’m being offered a job, but the company doesn’t know my name!)

It is my pleasure to write you in respect of Polesworth Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. (A Google search doesn’t find a Polesworth Art Gallery in Dublin, Ireland). We produce and export high quality textile materials, fine art prints, posters, framed arts and gift items.

We are seeking a reliable and trustworthy representative who can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in USA & CANADA. You shall be receiving all forms of payment on our behalf from our customers being our representative. It does not affect your present job, it’s strictly online job and absolutely legal. You shall have ten percent commission on every payment made through you as your remuneration. You could make over 2500 U.S dollars weekly depending on your response to the job.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

1. Receive payment from customers
2. Process Payments
3. Deduct 10% which will be your commission/pay on Payment processed.
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to  (This is the big red flag. First, what company, any where in the world can’t get a merchant account or PayPal to process payments from around the world? Second, it’s asking you to use your personal bank account to help it do business. NEVER, EVER AGREE TO THAT!)

If you are interested, please furnish us with the following details below:

1. FULL NAMES. ” as it is to be stated in every payment issued to you
On our behalf”……………………..
2. RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS”Where payments will be delivered to”……………….
…….
3. CITY………..
4. STATE:..
5. ZIP CODE:…
6. COUNTY:….
7. PHONE NUMBERS:..
8. GENDER…..(There is no need for this.)
9. AGE…..(There is no need for this.)
10. OCCUPATION:….
11. ARE YOU EMPLOYED?…
12. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CONVICTED OF VIOLATING ANY LAW OTHER THAN A MINOR
TRAFFIC VIOLATION?
13. IF YES, EXPLAIN CIRCUMSTANCES:
14. HAVE YOU EVER WORKED AS A REPRESENTATIVE BEFORE?
15. IF YES, EXPLAIN CIRCUMSTANCES:……
16. ALTERNATIVE EMAIL ADDRESS:…..

Please visit our website: (No website was given.)

We are grateful for your attention. Your email was forwarded by monster.com at our request, because you or somebody else has subscribed for the delivery of the job offers on the Internet. (I don’t use this email with Monster.com and Monter.com isn’t going to  forward emails to businesses. However, if you have a Monster.com, you’ll want to be careful getting contacted through your profile.)

If you are interested, please get back to me as soon as possible.We wish you good luck and happiness.

Friendly Regards,

If you no longer wish to receive information regarding this Job offer, please reply to this message with the word “Unsubscribe” in the subject line (Don’t email asking to be removed, as it will only prove the letter arrived at a real email account. Delete it). 

 

Leslie Comments:

Phishing scams involve a “company” sending you a large sum of money of which you get to keep 10% for your compensation. You are asked the send the extra back to another “company” usually in another country, though not always. This scam doesn’t just show up for work-at-home jobs. I’ve heard stories about people selling items on eBay or renting an apartment in which someone sends too much money and asks the extra (usually several thousand dollars) to be sent to someone else. If you fall for this scam, the original check or deposit (if electronic) you received will turn out to be bogus and you’ll be held accountable for all the money you forwarded on. If you can’t cover the amount, you may lose your banking privileges. In some case, you can get arrested for participating in a fake check scam.

Remember, no legitimate business needs to use people’s personal bank account to do business.

About Leslie Truex
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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Is It a Legitimate Work-At-Home Job or a Scam?

Is it a Legitimate Work-At-Home Job or Scam?

Despite Yahoo! and HP’s decision to bring telecommuters back to the office, the availability of work-at-home jobs continues to increase. Nevertheless, many people are still finding it difficult to find legitimate work-at-home jobs. Scam artists have created an illusion that all one needs to do is sign up and pay a fee to have a high-paying home-based job. While millions of people work at home, millions more still lose money to work-at-home scams.

Here are 4 tips to evaluating work-at-home offers to determine if it’s a job or scam:

1. Legitimate work-at-home jobs never cost money. You never have to pay to get hired. Many scammers will tell you the money is to cover their expenses, but when have you ever been charged for paperclips or to be put on payroll in a traditional job? Never! The only expenses that are okay in getting a work-at-home job are access to a quality telecommuting database and paying for a background check. That’s it. Anything else should be suspect.

2. Avoid jobs by companies whose website is on a free webhost. Any company that can’t afford web hosting probably can’t afford to hire anyone. Websites on WordPress.com (i.e. company.wordpress.com), Blogger (i.e. company.blogspot.com), Weebly (i.e. company.weebly.com) or any other site in which the company name isn’t the main domain name should be suspect.

3. Free and commercial email accounts should raise a red flag. Commercial accounts are those such as AOL or MSN. The free accounts are Yahoo or Hotmail. The only exception is Gmail, which is used by many professional solo-preneurs who hire help for their businesses. I have also worked for a few people who had AOL accounts, although this is less and less. In those cases, I knew the businesses personally, so I knew it was legit. The use of a free or commercial account is often used by scammers and biz op promoters because they’re easy to dump. So while a commercial or free account doesn’t automatically mean it’s a scam, it should be a red flag to proceed with caution.

4.  Never use your personal bank account to help a company do business. I frequently see jobs of various titles that ask you to accept “payment” or “process payments” using your bank account. In this scam, you deposit a check into your account (usually thousands of dollars), get a cashier’s check for most of the amount (you keep 10%), and send it to the “company”. Within days or weeks, the check you deposited is discovered to be bogus, and now you need to cover the thousands of dollars you sent to the “company”. Because it’s a cashier’s check, you can’t stop payment nor trace it. Further, because you deposited a fake check, you could be criminally liable.

Most people I talk to about finding a work-at-home fail to understand that work-at-home jobs are like any other job. Companies don’t pay you to sit home and stuff envelopes, assemble doo-dads, or send email. They are looking for qualified employees to fill a specific position. When searching for work, stick to job search sites, focus on your skills and experience, and remember the five rules of sniffing out the real jobs from the schemes.

Be sure to read Work-At-Home Success’ Scam Page for more information on protecting yourself. You can also check recent alerts to see new scams to avoid.

For detailed instructions and over 400 resources to find work-at-home jobs, check out Work-At-Home Success University’s Get a Work-At-Home Job.

About Leslie Truex
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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