Came across a not-so-new type of job scam. Hurts my heart to see when someone does fall for something similar. The other day I had time to burn as I was awaiting a real call back from a job I had interviewed for a week ago so why not see where this all goes. But a person texts my phone from a weird out-of-state number saying that they saw my resume on the workintexas.com website from someone claiming the name Linda Esquibel. Figured I would see what it was about considering I am currently looking for a job to work from home.
They started off claiming that they worked for Omada Healthcare. Referring me to another hiring manager that claimed his name was Marco Franco user tag for discord: Marco Franco#1182 for anyone who gets a text or email from these people). Where the first red flag was "Hey do you have Discord?" Knowing that I do have an account, I promptly told them No to see what they were trying to do. Well needless to say they wanted to hold the interview via Discord chat (1st red flag). Used my alternate discord account to see how it would pan out. Needless to say, they were quick to respond and ask me several questions and give me their version of what the position would be that they felt I would be a great asset to them. At the end of the conversation when I grew tired of the bull that they were trying to feed, the guy got super aggressive with wanting me to give all my information (2nd red flag) as we are almost 30 minutes into me feeding into the bull. My counter to him asking was, well most hiring managers will refer back to the resume for the additional information that they are looking for. As far as my banking information, that is never asked during an interview let alone a privacy act violation so no I do not feel comfortable relating any of this information considering that would be an HR type of thing (3rd red flag).
In the end, told him I knew it was a scam and had seen this on a similar basis from another friend, blocked him, reported him to the Work Source, sent into the actual company addressing that a scammer was using the companies name. The Omada company did get back to me and told me that there have been a lot of recent scams in their name. People have told them that the scammers are asking for money for equipment or sending a bogus check for the unfortunate soul to put in their account and then wipe them of all their funds.
Be aware that interviews are not done through any messenger apps and if they do interview you it will be through a secure online portal that they will send you through or the regular phone interview. But just in case someone else comes across something like this you have been updated on the new tactics they are trying to use to get money out of people. #scam #unemployed #jobscam
Anyone else getting contacted from call centers that may be located in other countries? The first one was strange because it sounded like they were reading key words from my resume. When I advised them they are trying to match me to ill fitting position, she then asked me “Don’t you want to commute Mon-Fri from California (where I reside) to Michigan and come home weekends?” What? Anyway since then I get calls from the same type of callers. All the recruiters have accents from the country India. They text and email while your being contacted. One company that called was from crowdstaffing.com which is a sub company of Zenith Talent Company. When you go to either one of these sites it’s for job recruiters only. There’s no place for applicants to submit or perform job search. I Google above companies and I see mixed reviews and such.
BE VERY AWARE OF JOB OPPORTUNITY SCAMS! HERE IS AN EMAIL AND PHONE NUMBER TIED TO THIS SCAM THAT I RECEIVED THIS MORNING:
Greetings After applying for our job posting posted on Dice job site for the Data Entry Clerk We feel you may be a good candidate for a position within our company, and hereby You have been selected for an online screening with the Hr manager Mrs Wendy Hoad
Organization Name: ASC GROUP (PTY) Limited
Job Title:Data Entry Clerk
You are required to set up a Google Hangout account, after this process, you are to add the Hiring Manager on your Google Hangout, her Gmail address is (email@example.com) add her to your Google Hangout buddy list ASAP for the job briefing and comprehensive details. If you don't have one , You're advised to setup the Google G-mail Account via (www.gmail.com) and download the Google hangout on your phone or PC via (www.google.com/hangouts) , she will be online waiting to respond to your add request as well as your messages. If you have any problem in setting up the Google Hangout account, Log into your Gmail account, at the bottom left-hand corner,click the Hangouts icon. If the time is not convenient for you, feel free to email her at this Email address: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Your verification code is (HZIP-5330), this would serve as your identification number throughout the online hiring process.
She will be waiting to talk to you right away.Your timely response matter a lot. I wish you best of luck.
Best regards, Human Resources. ASC GROUP (PTY) Limited
The phone number tied to this bunko-artist: 218-331-1637 - person's name is MAURICE BROWN
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!! LETS SHUT THESE SCAM ARTISTS DOWN!! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain
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.
This is a story about my work from home scam situation. They claim to be a "work from home" company, a representative named Libby Sartain (yes the professional author) they are using her name and info as the "hiring manager" you go through an #interview process it seems so legit, well it came down to them asking to send me a check to purchase the product in order to do the job. I said ok, she then emails me a check for $1900 in my name right then and there I knew it was fraud, she was so adamant about me using mobile deposit or even just cashing the check. so once I called her out she started calling me a criminal and demanding I return the money, when I told her I didn't even cash the said check because its fake as hell she went all crazy on me. lol just keep an eye out and be careful anyone wanting to send you money upfront is usually trying to steal your account info.
Look what was in my inbox this morning, right after our discussion here yesterday!!! WOW!
Edit..Just realized it is NOT clear so I will screenshot it..An offer from "Brian Crane at RR Company( I know Right) offering me a Logistics Manager Job for $3500 . All I NEED to do is Log into my control panel EVERYDAY and label & resendpackages!!!
Thanks for the response, your email has been reviewed and approved. Unfortunately, the position you applied for has been occupied, so I am offering you another position to work as my Personal Assistant.
My name is Joan Young, Currently working as HR manager of Owl Junction Notch Bakery Inc. We own and operates five regional bakeries, as well as a chain of some 50 bakery thrift stores located in Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Connecticut and More States. The role of a Personal Assistant who will help leverage my work load in order to ensure timely delivery of services and attendance to matters of concern and as such eschew excess backlogs and unattended briefs.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Verifies keying of data and corrects errors. • Performs other related duties as assigned. • Running personal errands when am not available. • Work independently without much supervision.
The sensitivity of this position warrants the office holder to be upright, responsive, accountable, trustworthy, emphatic, persevering, honest and willingly ready to go an extra mile.
Qualifications: To perform this job trial successfully, must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. • Weekly Pay: $650.00 after Tax Deduction • Hours: 15-20 Hours and 3 Days Weekly
Just a tip. When a person contacts you that they have a job for you but send you an application or other form BEWARE! I just received an application and a I9 to fill out. Both request a social security number. This is not required and is only a scam. Never give a social security number before being hired.