Alden Simon
almost 3 years ago
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Job scam - Magnum Medical Latvia

I've been unemployed for a while now, so when I got a text on my phone telling me that my resume had been reviewed, and that they wanted to interview me on Google Hangouts, I didn't see anything wrong. The details were, work at home customer service, 5 days of training at 8 hours a day for $12 an hour, then bumping me to $30 an hour for 8 hour days. In addition, they would be sending me a check (Red flag 1) to cover the setup of my home office, to include an HP Envy laptop, 3 in 1 printer, cell phone (which they would pay the monthly bill for) and software. When I said that I had all that equipment, I was told for warranty purposes, I needed to use their "approved" vendor in case something happened and work needed to be done. (Red flag 2). The company name they used was "Magnum Medical" out of Latvia. Attempting due diligence, I Googled "Magnum Medical" and found their location in Latvia, in addition to a couple of locations in America, per websites. I then checked them on Glassdoor.com, and again, there was a page for them, but no real information. (Red flag 3) So, they're supposed to FedEx me a check overnight. I was given the tracking number, and as it turned out, the package was being held at FedEx initially due to "incorrect address", which was changed to "irregularities on the account" by FedEx. As I'm explaining this to the "supervisor", he tells me that while I'm waiting on the check, I need to go to the store and buy 2 $100 I-Tunes cards, so I can provide them with the serial numbers on the cards in order to "unlock" their proprietary software. (Red flag 4). This was what ultimately confirmed the scam for me. I reported the issue to Apple, who confirmed it was a scam, and then I reported it to IC3, the FTC and the FBI. Well, the check arrived today, and conveniently enough was drawn on an out of state bank - i.e. one with no branch offices in my state (Georgia). So I called their customer service line and was informed in no uncertain terms that the cashier's check was a fake. Then they tried to contact me on Google Hangouts again, asking me if I'd received the check and to confirm the amount ($3650) and when I was going to deposit it. I informed them that Comerica had verified that the check was fraudulent, at which point they attempted to deny that, and I shut them down with "look, we both know you're trying to run a scam. This entire conversation from the beginning has been recorded and sent to the FTC, IC3 and the FBI." So, long story short, if someone gives you a job offer online, then offers to send you a check for "required office equipment" that you are to buy only from their "approved vendor", don't bother. This is a variation on the "overpay" check scam, and if you deposit the "cashier's check" you will be asked to wire a large portion of it to their "vendor", only to find that you'll have an empty bank account and possible criminal charges instead of the equipment you thought you'd ordered for a job that doesn't exist.
So please please be careful.

#scam #jobscam #checkfraud #magnum #magnummedical #latvia

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Anthony Harrington
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Hi Alden,

I am sorry that you were taken advantage of while trying so hard to find a legitimate job. I am SUPER THRILLED that you did your due-diligence and trusted your instincts and ultimately avoided losing a lot of money to a scammer.

There are MANY scams of this nature and the more people speak openly about them,the easier it is to spot the scam and avoid it.

I hope more and more people start closely analyzing job offers, especially if it is for a job to which you didn't apply.

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ALFRED MEDRANO
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Just got the same thing, I told them no thank you

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Annicka Golding
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Same thing just happened to me, I'm glad I found your website.

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Carmen Corridon
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Omg I went through the same exact scam except it was Cardinal Health and the oay was 30 for training and 25 for job. Was the recruiter Mary Wind? Just so you know red flag 1 is how legit employers gave you get materials. I worked from home for a guy my then husband knrw and that was how it was set up. He researched computers and printers sent me a check and I paid for it. The only time I had to front the money was supplies because that was variable. Slow months I didn't need that many paper packs and ink lasted longer but I would keep the receipts and once a month mail them and he reimbursed me. Legit home employers don't have specific vendors you have to go through. Though. He sent me to best buy cause that was where he found the computer with the price he wanted to pay.

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