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Just in case anyone gets this in their email....WARNING SCAM SCAM SCAM go to http://www.708media.com/scams/secret-shopper-ss-network-scam/
THIS IS WHAT THE EMAIL LOOKS LIKE:
Network717@zeelandnet.nl 2:09 PM (8 hours ago)
to Network717 Dear,
Full-Names: __ Address-Line: __ C.i.t.y: __ S.t.a.t.e: __ C.o.d.e Zip: __ Phone's: __ Age/Gender: __
Regards, Davis L Wilson HR-Recruitments
I think I've read other posts on Jobcase about how to spot a job scam but since I just recently received one I thought it would be a good idea to post about it again so other job seekers can be aware who have not heard of it.
No matter where you post your #resume, LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed, Glassdoor, Ziprecruiter these scam companies can still find you and your resume so it’s a matter of being aware and not one specific job site board that is more susceptible than others. There are also smaller job site boards that are sometimes connected to the larger ones and clicking on one job posting can lead to those sites such as Career builder, Lensa, Nexxt, Career alerts, Job Serious, Find Your Career, Featured Jobs, Evening Classifieds, Dicewire, Trending Jobs, Jobungo, Hirewire, Startwire, or Jobvertise, etc. These are all legit job sites and the scam seekers can get your resume/contact info from a smaller known site just as much as a larger one, so again, it's just best to be aware of the actual Google Hangout Scam. It usually goes something like this:
Someone will text you or email you introducing themselves as Mr. Joe Smith from XYZ company. Notice they always use the honorifics of Mr., Mrs., or Ms. The scammers will they say they are from a company that’s usually a legit company because they know you'll Google it to check it out. But they WILL NOT provide their company website address or their own email address at the company such as Jsmith@xyzcompnay.com. That’s a big tipoff, all legit recruiters from real recruiting companies or companies will include ALWAYS include their email address at the company such as: Jane.Smith@RothertHalf.com (legit recruiting agency) or JoeS@Microsoft.com (legit company not using a recruiting agency).
The scammers will next say I saw your resume on (Jobvertise or Hirewire, etc.) You might not even remember putting your resume on that board, that’s fine, once you post on the larger boards your resume info can sometimes be sold to the smaller ones or sometimes by clicking on ‘receive job alerts’ will put your info on the smaller boards and you might not even be aware your resume info is there until you start receiving emails from the smaller job boards. If you’re like me you probably clicked on a lot of ‘receive job alerts’ and thus, your resume is on places you didn’t even realize). Back to the scam: Mr. Joe Smith said he found my resume on some small site and he has a position of Administrative assistant/ data entry/ customer services available. (Tip-off: Administrative assistants usually do not do Data Entry and Customer Service (not services) is a separate job position again not usually what an Admin assistant does.) And Mr. Smith is very impressed with your resume and qualifications and wants to set up an interview. Once you reply you’re interested then they will ask you if you have a Gmail account because they want to set up the interview via Google Hangout. (another tip-off: companies will use Skype to Zoom to interview with you in real time.) Google Hangouts allows Mr. Smith to use a generic Gmail account instead of a company email address which he doesn’t have because he is a scammer.
Mr. Smith will then tell you to get on Google Hangouts right now or at some odd non-business hour time (the weekend or at 6am) and once online a Mrs. Charlotte A. Wilbur is waiting for you to interview you (how convenient!). This is where the real scam happens. They will name some dream opportunity available for a dream hourly rate ($35.00 an hour for customer service position? Yeah right) and then let you practically pick your hours or even say you can work from home (Yay! Who doesn’t want that?) They will go through some BS about pretending to interview you and then put you on hold while they pretend to check with their supervisor about your skills, then come back and say congratulations! The supervisor agreed and our company wants to hire you right away! Next, they will pretend to do the employment specifies of needing your full name, address, social security number (BEWARE) or if they don’t ask for your SSA they will go another rout to scam: asking do you want to be paid as bi-monthly, bi-weekly and do you want direct deposit? This is another way they get you, they will say they need to know which bank you want your direct deposit to go because they have to check to see if your bank is in their direct payment system (or some such made up process.) Giving your full name, SSA number, or your bank info and they have all the means to get you with identity theft.
So that’s the Google Hangout Scam. Basically, if someone contacts you claiming to be from a company but doesn’t provide their email address connected to that company or showing that they are employed by that company or a legitimate recruiting/staffing agency and want to do a Google Hangout interview with you—RUN! Or you can do like me and have a little fun playing along with them (not giving any pertinent info) and then at the end tell them you know they are a scam and you recorded the whole #interview to put on YouTube later to expose them.
This happened to me yesterday. First I received an email from a email@example.com instructing me to sign up Hangouts and contact a Kristina Starks ( firstname.lastname@example.org) for an interview. Kristina messaged me on Sunday afternoon for the interview, I declined. She then messaged me yesterday morning at 6:00 am central standard time (this tells me she did not even do any due dilligent as to where I'm located). I responded to her to chat at 7:00am. We were on hangout and she gave me this website ( www.ihcgroup.com )to review for 10 minutes, then informed me of the job description and benefits. She then sent me 5 questions to answer and once I'm done to respond DONE. She sent another 5 questions. Told me I'll have to work from home until the new office is completed, soon. Then I am to order equipment and supplies from one of their contracted vendor, and a check will be mailed to me. The hiring manager will contact me with full details this morning at 8:00 am but that never happened. I noticed that Kristina was active on hangout for about 40 minutes before I decided to shut off my computer. Earlier this morning, I went to the IHC Group website and tried to see if the job was posted. Nope. I then sent an email via their "contact us" inquiring if there was this position that I was interviewed for. I received an email back from IHC Group that the interview was a job scam and apologized for it and also advised me to contact the authority. I was lucky that I did not go out and purchase any items. Both email addresses and time of the message caused me to question what company used employees personal email address and setting an interview for Sunday? Please be cautious with these calls.
Transcom Worldwide.....There is a "Rosana Garcia" contacted me for position @home. This is NOT the real person. She has the real persons name and photo. She reaches you by text instead of app, phone call or video chat. She claims unable to video chat, too busy for calls etc. Sends $2900 check to cover Apple computer, software. Check from missouri, fedex from nevada. 3emails all gmail. Nothing with Logo or Brand. She Wants you send ITunes cards to her. Then requests remaining money. After i done this i received a real job posting on ziprecruiter for Transcom and contacted the Executives and Security Team. Transcom doesn't do interviews on text or hangouts. Only video chat, phone call or in person. You use your own computer or if in their office...a Mac computer. Not Apple. They took me for $150 before I figured it out. Please be aware. Google all company websites and send emails questioning the postings.
Why do most corporations believe that just because you have a criminal record your guilty? What ever happened to your innocent until proven guilty? There was never an investigation done on me and besides I am innocent! I was a victim of an online scam and now I have to pay for it the rest of my life. There truly is no justice!
So i received a letter from the irs saying that I didn’t file my unemployment earnings and that I’m being charged fees and blah blah and that I have a 12k amount due , I never applied for unemployment, neither worked at a cleaning company the which they are saying that with my earnings, the one from that cleaning company , and unemployment adds up to $117k in 2020 ???? What can I do in this case cuz I never filed for unemployment, neither worked at a cleaning company I have been working in the restaurant industry for the past 10 years
While I was checking my email this evening I noticed this in my box. It is a scam I am warning to all especially those who might be desperate to comply this is an attempt to get your information no company that I have ever worked for in the last ten years tells you that they will send your forms for tax information and checking account information and social security numbers. I thought I would let you know what the email looks like the name might be changed but the wording when I looked it up was the same except the name and some other wording.
Thanks for your response. Your email application was received and after reviewing you are qualified for the (Admin Personal Assistant) position which i have available for now. My name is Michelle Kruger from Michigan and am 54 years Old, Executive Assistant President of International Operations at Evergreen Foundation and also a Professional projects funding specialist.
I have been a freelancer projects funding specialist for over 12 years, with much of those years spent in Europe especially in Swiss facilitating funding for humanitarian projects and hospitals for Haiti, Philippine and some third world countries. My passion for humanity supports and humanitarian projects got hike when i was an EMT in George County state of Maryland. I'm happy with my profession because my efforts put smile on faces and with my experiences i have ability to bring out the best in almost everybody i work with directly or indirectly.
The only position left in the job openings is the position of Admin Personal Assistant. I need a personal manager, whoever will be in this position needs to be very sincere, honest, trustworthy and with great sense of humor and of course the this position with great benefits which includes good wages and fast promotion including international trips opportunities paid for by our clients or myself.
Congratulations, after our HR department did reviewed your resume and gave their report I decided to consider you among the final two applicants that will be on probation before i finally pick the right person as my personal assistant to carry out some activities on my behalf. Just like i mentioned above, you need to be very honest because sometimes my personal or corporate items such as financial instruments or non financial items can be with you. In conclusion I'm looking for someone that can be trusted and reliable to work very well and with good understanding and i believe you posses those qualities.
The Center For Victims Of Torture, we give our staffs & agents best treat because working for a foundation, you are entitle to less job and great payment as part of humanity supports and best treat towards humanity.
we focus and specializes in giving humanitarian support. Feed The Children, purification of drinkable water, Immediate Developmental supports for natural disasters affected Nations and their citizens,Development and Production of Quality Plastic Injection Moldings for the Manufacturing Industry. We provide the complete molded plastic solution - from Concept, to Design, to Material Selection, to Models or working Prototypes (where necessary) and finally Production of Quality Molded Components not limited to that we also provide funding for business start up capital for fresh entrepreneurs , start up projects and start up companies.
We maintains operations in 3 countries and employ over 500 people worldwide which includes direct and indirect staffs and representative agents. We are setting up new office all across United State and Canada.
Available Position: Personal Assistant Type: Part-Time Hours: 15 Hours per week Days: 3 days per week Weekly Pay: $520
BENEFITS: • AD & D Insurance • 401(k) • Medical, Dental, Vision
As my personal assistant, your activities among others will include:
*Create and modify documents using Microsoft Office *Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring. *Scheduling programmes, flights and keeping me up to date with them. *Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away.
DO CONFIRM ACCEPTANCE OF THIS POSITION BY PROVIDING THE BELOW DETAILS. DECLINE THE OFFER BY NOT REPLYING, OR SAYING NO.
PLEASE COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM REQUIREMENT BELOW :
FIRST NAME: MIDDLE NAME: LAST NAME: HOME ADDRESS: APT # : CITY: STATE: ZIP CODE: HOME PHONE #: MOBILE PHONE#: AGE: PRESENT JOB: YOUR AVAILABILITY:
To enable me to enlist them into my Register for proper documentation. It is also required by the Accounting Department for the mailing of the check .
Your paperwork (job offer letter, USCIS Form I-9 and W-4 forms) will be sent to you via Mail and you should be receiving it within 7 working business day by one of my supervisors or i will present it to you in person as soon as i get back to the town this Month, June 26th Monday 2017. I will be here to inform you before it is sent so you can be on the lookout for it. What is your preferred email address?
How would you like to be paid - via Direct Deposit or Check? What means of payment would you prefer - Weekly or Bi-Weekly?
What banking institution do you operate with to see if it tallies with the my official salary payment accounts ?
You will be receiving your duties online everyday and i will always be online to assist you with any difficulties. Okay?