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Old 07-24-2012, 06:40 PM
Tiphany658 Tiphany658 is offline
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Edward Jones Scam

I was emailed by someone saying that they were from Edward Jones and that I was selected for a job interview and needed to log into Yahoo Messenger. They made everything sound Legitimate except if you really looked at the website they provided me with "to get familiar with the company" had one letter different than what was in the original Edward Jones URL. So i let this lady carry on because 35.70/hour sounded really great. Well, it started getting a little crazy when they told me that they were sending me a check in the mail and to put it in the bank and cash it and send it back to them for payment to their software vendor. Red flags went up making me wonder why I needed to send THEIR money to THEIR vendor that they USE ALL THE TIME when they could do it. So after letting this person carry on about everything and I didn't give her anymore information than what she could find in a phone book or in public records I stopped to ask her a question. She got very angry with me and said "what" I asked her how do I know that this is legitimate and then she disappeared and I never heard from her again.

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Old 07-24-2012, 09:29 PM
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Re: Edward Jones Scam

100% scam, you are correct.

There is no job.

There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.

The next email was from one of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "secretary/assistant/accountant" and has demanded you cash a large fake check sent on a stolen UPS/FedEx billing account number and send most of the "money" via Western Union or moneygram back to the scammer posing as the "supply company" while you "keep" a small portion. When your bank realizes the check is fake and it bounces, you get the real life job of paying back the bank for the bounced check fees and all the bank's money you sent to an overseas criminal.

Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

When you refuse to send him your cash he will send increasingly nasty and rude emails trying to convince you to go through with his scam. The scammer could also create another fake name and email address like "FBI@", "police_person" or "investigator" and send emails telling you the job is legit and you must cash the fake check and send your money to the scammer or you will face legal action. Just ignore, delete and block those email addresses. Although, reading a scammer's attempt at impersonating a law enforcement official can be extremely funny.

Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

6 "Rules to follow" to avoid most fake jobs:
1) Job asks you to use your personal bank account and/or open a new one.
2) Job asks you to print/mail/cash a check or money order.
3) Job asks you to use Western Union or moneygram in any capacity.
4) Job asks you to accept packages and re-ship them on to anyone.
5) Job asks you to pay visas, travel fees via Western Union or moneygram.
6) Job asks you to sign up for a credit reporting or identity verification site.

Avoiding all jobs that mention any of the above listed 'red flags' and you will miss nearly all fake jobs. Only scammers ask you to do any of the above. No. Exceptions. Ever. For any reason.

If you google "fake check cashing job", "fraud Western Union scam", "check mule moneygram scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:59 AM
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Re: Edward Jones Scam

Sounds a lot like one of those Nigerian email scams. I can't believe people still send those out.

make me think, people still fall for them since I get an email like your Edward Jones one or similar, daily.

Always check the redirect or the true reply email. This is a good sign if it's legit or not.

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Old 03-21-2014, 12:02 AM
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Re: Edward Jones Scam

I have heard this before. You will be given an online interview then at the end they will ask for your bank details. One word for yo, runnnn!

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