SCAMS! FRAUD, and More!
Over the past couple of weeks I have noticed under people comments post like the one below! This is a SCAM! It is Sad that there are people out there that try to take advantage of people who are looking for work or loss their job? I have copied and pasted a copy of what it is I am talking about below this post. This is how it works! You click on the link and they ask for your personal information to mail you a check. A few days later you receive a check for $1200.00 -$2500.00, they tell you to deposit it in your personal checking account and withdraw X amount of dollars. You mail it to them Via Gift Cards, Green Dot etc... 24 - 48 hours later you are receiving a call or letter from your bank telling you the check bounced and has INF funds. You are now out the original amount of the Check! Community Please Take Notice to this SCAM! Do Not Fall Victim To This SCAM! If You Have Fallen Victim to this Scam you can Contact Your Local Authorities and Report It?
Lately you might be seeing post like this under a topic! Donna Alise Molloy Earn $600 weekly Mystery Shopper position available, click on the link below to Apply: https://www.powr.io/plugins/form-builder/view/23434479?mode=XXXX This is an example of Fraud! Please be aware of this post?
Mystery Shopping Companies Never Send People a Check to Cash and keep your payment? Nor Do They Ask You to Send any money? If you see these post AVOID Them and Report it to The Jobcase Staff! The other day I was contacted by a person telling me he would send me a check to do the same? You have to be careful if you send them your address? They Now Know Where You Live! Protect Yourself by reporting it to the Local Authorities for this reason... #scam #MyThoughts #workfromhome #hiringevents #jobsearch #application
Sari Harvey United Health Care Group
I received an email message as part of my Job Case employment search from Sari Harvey representing herself as being from United Healthcare Group this is a scam!! The initial text interview seemed harmless until they asked for banking (to pay me through direct deposit) and credit card information. I did a quick search for scam alert Sari Harvey and I was not the only one contacted by this scammer. Be on the look out.
BEWARE: 3 popular job scams
#Coronavirus has left millions of workers without jobs, many desperate for remote jobs that can provide a source of income without having to leave their homes.
Unfortunately, this also means that scammers are on the prowl for vulnerable people looking for work. There have always been job scams out there, but it’s going to grow as the weeks go on.
Here are a few of the most popular scams that should raise some red flags.
FAKE CHECKS You may see a job post offering “quick cash” typically in the telemarketing, sales or customer service field.
Red flag: Employer offers to send you a check to buy supplies to do the job
Protect yourself: Never use money from a check to wire funds, send gift cards or money orders to strangers.
MYSTERY SHOPPERS Retailers DO sometimes use mystery shoppers to audit their stores for customer service, cleanliness, etc. But, chances are legitimate companies are not doing this right now.
Red flag: Employers ask you to evaluate a money transfer service (such as Western Union or MoneyGram) as your first assignment.
To check if a mystery shopping offer is legitimate, check here!
GOVERNMENT GRANTS/LOANS Federal and state governments are working on relief packages to help workers get through this tough time. There will be a lot of new programs being stood up over the next few weeks/months, so please be careful.
Red flag: Any call, text or email that offers a government grant or loan.
To confirm which programs are legitimate, check official government websites + news stories.
Please be sure to report any suspected scams on Jobcase by clicking the three dots in the upper right and selecting Report. That will help our team find them quicker!
Good luck with your job search!
Phishing Scams Amid Corona
The hackers have started leveraging corona-virus for their own gains. They are scamming millions of innocent people who aren't aware of these fake email and website scams and are losing their hard earned money to these ruthless hackers.
The most common types of phishing scams related to corona-virus are following.
Fake pandemic map websites that will try to inject you with malware and viruses which might corrupt your windows or hard-drives. These are then used to blackmail the users.
Phishing websites posing as authoritarian websites for covid 19 fooling people into providing important information. This results in selling information or compromising user privacy by hacking their accounts.
Email Scams claiming they have found the cure to the virus asking you to click links which install spyware in your systems.
The best defense against these scams is awareness. Without awareness, you won't even consider it a threat and thus, you'll give in. Other than that, using VPNs to browse the internet protects your online activities against the hackers as it hides your IP and makes you anonymous and untraceable. Here are some of the best and most secure VPNs you can use to protect your identity.
By using a VPN, you will be alerted every time you are about to enter a malicious site or receive an email with a spyware. Thus, it will do the detection for you and you will be protected from such attacks.
Remember how in childhood, you parents used to tell you to not accept candies from strangers? That applies online as well. No one loves you that much that they will out of the blue offer you a plane ticket or a $100K without any reason.
So you should stop trusting everything you see on the internet and be aware that they are after your money and your data as staying conscious is the only way to beat them and stay safe online.
Once again people Are Trying To Scam our Community! Please Do Not Apply to This Post! This person is trying to Scam our Community. How to Spot a Scam! This is what a Scam Post Looks Like! They want you to click on it and apply. Once you do it they will have your personal information and could use it illegally. #Scams #Scam
Look out for these RED FLAGS
Unfortunately, fake job listings are more common than we would hope. Here at Jobcase, we work hard to make sure that all scammer profiles are deactivated, but sometimes they do slip through the cracks.
Here are a few red flags that a job might actually be a scam.
The Company Is Hard to Find Online The first thing you should do if you feel there is something “off” about a company is Google them. Even the least tech-savvy businesses usually have some sort of basic webpage that describes their company. If there is no trace of them online, be wary.
It Sounds Too Good to be True If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. When you see a high salary, topnotch benefits and a lot of big promises (job growth, pay increase, lots of perks, etc.) - proceed with caution. Be on the look for keywords such as “earn money quick” and “a lot of salary potential.” Typically they will also require you to work for less than minimum wage for some time or place you on probation where you don’t get paid at all for a “trial period.”
Vague Job Description If the description is vague and/or contains multiple typos, chances are it was computer-generated or put together by an individual writing in a non-native language. Ask to speak with a hiring manager directly to get a better idea of the role and expectations.
No Interview If you were offered a job with no interview process, your alarm bells should be blaring. If a company is in a rush to hire you and immediately asks for “payroll” information such as bank account and social security numbers, it’s typically a scam.
Sending Money / Using a Personal Bank Account Legitimate companies won’t ask for money or ask you to pay for something upfront. Never send any money or give out personal banking information.
Please be sure to report any suspected scams by clicking the three dots in the upper right and selecting Report. That will help the JC Team find them quicker!
Good luck with your job search!
Scams are common in our industry and new twists on the classic check scam are developed every day. Scammers often operate by pretending to be MSPA Americas or our member companies and contact the general public by email, telephone, job boards or social media sites. They use fake names and titles to entice people to receive a check in the mail, conduct a false assignment, and then wire money or send items to a specified address. Regardless of the variations of this classic scam, the checks will bounce and the victim is left footing the full bill and the bank fees associated with it.
For those in the US, please report your experience with a scammer to the FTC here. If you're located in Canada, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud at 1-888-495-8501.
Though we cannot stop every scam or the people behind them, we can continue to educate the public about this issue. You may have seen a recent news story or legal filing on the matter too. We are always so appreciative of these! We will share scams with the membership as they are known to us. If you have one to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share them here.
Member Companies: using this guide is a great way to start fighting back! Scam Response Guide
As a reminder, MSPA Americas (or any of the regions throughout the globe) do not solicit mystery shoppers. The most frequent question we receive is if MSPA is hiring and if a variety of names are employed by us. The answer is always no. Opportunities only come from MSPA Service Provider Companies and after you register with them or they find you through the MSPA Evaluator Database.
If you receive a message stating "INTELLISHOP® is accepting applications for qualified and reliable agents for Walmart shopping survey. The assignment will pay $500 per duty. Click on the link for more information: https://bit.ly/363p4MW" please do not follow through. This is a scam and could result in you losing money.
Helion Research notified us of a scam involving their company's name. Text messages and emails are being received from David Goedel, Survey Coordinator, asking for people to work for them. This is a scam and can be found on CareerBuilder as well.
Mailers are going out with opportunities from Donald Price with MSPA information on it. We do not hire mystery shoppers and do not have a Donald Price on our team. Please consider this a scam.
IntelliShop let us know about another scam. A scammer is contacting people through LinkedIn to sign up to be a mystery shopper, with a link to fill out this registration form. The scammers are using real employee names but fake employee email addresses.
CSE Inc. let us know about check scam using Customer Service Experts as the MSPA. Rest assured that is a scam and if you have questions, please contact CSE directly.
Alta260 Research is the victim of a scam. " I just received a call from a young lady who had $7000 stole from her and this individual that is scamming them is using our website and has reconfigured it I am sending the URL below: https://retailsresearch.com/ "
WeCheck is also a victim of a scam. Two websites have been shut down already but no luck on shutting down the scammers. Please remember that no companies will send you a check prior to shopping and be sure to check the URLs of websites you visit. When it doubt, access the company through the MSPA Americas website.
If you receive a message with the subject line: NEEDED | Jobs
Assignment's Available from email@example.com, please delete immediately. The message includes answering personal questions and is most certainly a scam. "Hello, We are a company that conducts surveys and evaluate with 'SecretShopper'. * You will be taught how to run the task and earn your income. * You will get training information and instructions via e-mail. * You must complete the task well so that your income is high (Incentive is $290) / assignments. To get more information and instructions from us, reply to this e-mail with the following data to => " firstname.lastname@example.org " Your response would be greatly appreciated, thanks... Sincerely. Wanda C. Hill 2019 MS-Agency, LLC #MyThoughts #Scams #Workat #workfromhome #interview #healthcare #hiringevents
Was I scammed/will I ever start?
About a month ago I applied for an overnight job to get a second PT Job, I wasn't really expecting to her hired but I did. I accepted a job offer, they had me come out to the site and do a drug test and fill out some paperwork. About a week later I did an i-9 form and I remember the online portion saying my start date was 11/24/16. That was two weeks ago and all I've gotten were two emails basically telling me to be patient. Was I scammed/will I ever start?
Walmart money order scam
There should be a special place in h*** for the people that do these check scams. Especially right now when so many people are suffering and worrying about where their next meal is going to come from or how they're going to keep them roof over the heads of their families. This is the 2nd time I've been roped in by something like this and I'm starting to get very upset and feel stupid and gullible. Thid particular instance is a mystery shopper for Walmart where they send you a check mine was in the amount of $2620. The instructions in the letter that came with the check on the surface seem pretty straightforward. I was to evaluate the customer service desk of Walmart by using the money less my commission payment of $500 to evaluate the process by which buying money orders was done at Walmart. After the last time with being asked to cash a check and forward on the cash caused me a lot of headaches and heartache i definitely heard warning Bells in my head, but continued reading just in case this was a little different. And it is a little different rather than sending cash obviously they want me to get money orders which is completely legal mailing cash like this other company wanted is not. Also calmer the current situation says to deposit the check not cash the check like the previous. What really set my spidey sense a tingling was that they wanted the money orders left blank That seems fishy to me. Besides obviously trying to pass on a bad check and leave someone else on the hook for it, I am wondering what other motivations there might be to do stuff like this period my husband who has been watching Ozark lately quickly came up with its's drug money they're wanting you to launder it. Thoughts?? #scams #walmart #checkscam #secretshopper #gbdsdurvry #businessevaluationservices