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  1. #1
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    byword Electronics - Supply Chain Manager

    Said company contacted me from careerbuilder for an interview. After an hourlong interview, they said they would contact me again within a couple days to further discuss the opening. However, barely a day went by and I received an email saying the position was mine. They faxed me a form for me to sign, and send them my driver license.

    From the get-go, the whole situation seemed too good to be true. They offered me a decent salary with the potential to travel to Denmark and Switzerland, where their supposed headquarters are.

    The following is their website.

    http://bywordelectronics.com/

    A quick whois searched the domain was registered in Virginia about a month ago by Numer Roberts. At this point, I am 100% sure it is a scam. Furthermore, no one answered to the listed contact numbers in either the US, Denmark, or Switzerland. In fact, the Swiss number robot answered the call as "Zodiac Electronics".

    A quick google search revealed this previous thread on scam.com.

    http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=139961
    Last edited by mumbles; 09-07-2011 at 09:17 AM.

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    Re: **word Electronics - Supply Chain Manager

    100% scam, you are correct.

    There is no job.

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

    The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "assistant" and will demand you accept packages purchased with stolen credit cards, hi-jacked paypal accounts and spoofed bank transfers, at YOUR home address. Then you are suppose to use a stolen UPS/FedEx billing account number to send the electronics, clothing and jewelry overseas. When the websites, credit card/paypal/bank account owners and UPS/FedEx discover the fraud, you get the real life job of paying back ALL of them. Then the local law enforcement comes knocking asking why are you fencing stolen merchandise for someone you never met, don't know their real life name and have no idea in what country they really live.

    Another email will be from the scammer and will demand 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 portion of the cash. 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.

    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 being the perfect buyer, 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.

    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 re-shipping job", "fraud money mule scam", or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near victims of this type of scam.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
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    Re: byword Electronics - Supply Chain Manager

    I've recived the same offer, I answered them with the contract signed and copy of my ID, I'm very worry to be robbed what a I should do!!! Please Help

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    Re: byword Electronics - Supply Chain Manager

    don't do anything. of course, in the future you will make more effort to determine who you are corresponding with before you do what they say to do.

    the internet is not a safe place. be careful.

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    Re: byword Electronics - Supply Chain Manager

    mumbles do I need to report this to some agency, or it something that I can do to prevent any theft against me?

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    Re: byword Electronics - Supply Chain Manager

    no. there really isn't any internet police. scammers are usually in romania, nigeria, russia, or some other place where police can't get them.

    there is a free service i used for long time -

    http://www.creditkarma.com/

    and also credit.com

    that will allow you to monitor your credit. you don't need to pay, just check it now and then.

    if you applied for credit the inquiry number will go up by one, if that number goes up, and you didn't do it, then you know somebody is trying to use your info to get credit.

    i don't think you gave enough info for the scammers to pretend to be you but you can get some peace of mind at those sites, for free.

    if you want to make a report, it's http://www.ic3.gov/

    they don't really do anything about it in most cases.

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    Re: byword Electronics - Supply Chain Manager

    Quote Originally Posted by mga123 View Post
    mumbles do I need to report this to some agency, or it something that I can do to prevent any theft against me?
    Sorry there is not any international multi-country law enforcement agencies working on tracking down anonymous scammers working from cyber cafes.

    Cease emailing that scammer, just delete his emails unread and don't bother to respond. It is better to disappear quietly, by not doing anything to draw attention to yourself and your name there is a better chance the scammer will forget about you and maybe not use your name and ID to scam others.

    Check your credit report regularly, google your name. There is a chance the scammer might decide he likes the looks of your ID and send it to other potential victims pretending to be you and then scam them.

    Making a scammer's scam googlable on every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find is a great way to slow that scammer down when a suspicious potential victim goes looking for information, finds your post containing the name the scammer is using, his email address, phone number and the emails themselves and then that potential victim does not become a scam victim because you took the time "get the word out".

    Wasting a scammer's time legally and safely is called "scambaiting". If you google that word, you will find sites where you can read scambaits, post up the emails and email addresses of scammers, post up a fake website, read up on how to alert a hosting company that they are hosting a fake website, ask questions and learn all about the hobby of scambaiting.
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    Re: byword Electronics - Supply Chain Manager

    I fell for the scam too. They're also known as Zodiac Electronics. Sent them all of my info and will probably have my identity stolen now. I checked on all of their certifications that they have listed on their homepage and they are all bogus. BSI, the agency that commissions these certifications, said their regulatory department is going to go after them for this. I reported them to the FBI and IC3. Hopefully they'll get what they deserve with a nice long prison sentence, if they're not already behind bars while running this scam already. I get more of these scam company job offerings from CareerBuilder than is imaginable. This is definitely the best one by far yet. It simply amazes me that nobody makes them shutdown the website though. It seems as though nobody cares about enforcing the laws by going after these thieves. The government seems to do nothing in response to take action, and it's really sad.

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    Re: byword Electronics - Supply Chain Manager

    when their website is shut down, they make a new one in a few minutes - just copy it and change the name. they might use your name and address to register the new site. website registration is automated and not verified. anonymous payments are allowed.

    in this case: TODAYNIC.COM, INC.

    the scamming will only stop when everybody is aware of the common scams and don't fall for it. the FBI cannot possibly arrest all the people willing to scam some money thru email tricks.




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    ns2.zonomi.com

    Create: 2011-07-11
    Last edited by mumbles; 09-13-2011 at 08:42 AM.

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    Re: byword Electronics - Supply Chain Manager

    I Have been reading reviews on this company because they have contacted me as well through careerbuilder. I figured it to be a scam from the start but wanted to have some fun. I opened a piggy back account through my bank after explaining to the bank that I thought it was a scam (so my personal info is protected) At that point I emailed the lady at Byword Electronics (Sofie Schonemann) and directed her to make a deposit in the account. Well see what happens.

    Question for anyone to answer...
    Has anyone stayed with the company for a pay period to see what happened??? Has anyone had credit problems from them???

    Please advise, Thank You.

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