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    Acolex Eastbourne hotel - job scam

    Hi guys!
    Anyone else been taken in with a fake job offer from this "company". Their hr person is supposed to be one Dr Needom Maarten. Their street address (98 Compton Street, Eastbourne) does not exist, the street is there but the numbers only go up to 33! their postcode (BN21 4ZQ) is also fake.
    We are currently looking to relocate from South Africa back to the UK where I am from. We recieved a mail stating that my wife had been offered a very good position. Including relocation and and and. After faffing around with visa apps etc, we recieved an email stating that our savings would not be enough according to immigration! Also telling me to send the sum of 1000 pounds via western union, sent in my own name, to myself, where the funds would have to be left there for at least 24 hours! Right then! Pull the other one, its got bells on it! The first thing that I did was to reply saying that I needed the contact info for the immigration officer handling the case. "He wishes to remain anonymous" I was told. When have you ever heard rubbish like this!

    Both of us are very hurt and angry about all of this. We thought we had it sussed, finally after three years of sending cvs and trawling the net looking for a new life away from South Africa's 'problems".

    This is why i decided to join this group as I can then view similar problems and ask the advice of those of us who have also been scammed.
    There is nothing like a good scam to leave you feeling like a complete prat!
    Rob Vaughan.

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    Re: Acolex Eastbourne hotel - job scam

    100% scam, you are correct.

    Sorry to read that you lost money to a scammer running a visa job scam but happy that you found Scam.com to post your story. Thanks for posting up the information on that scammer.

    You are correct, there is no job and no legit company called that name.

    Any phone number that starts with +44-70 or anything similar is not based in the United Kingdom. It is from a UK based cell phone redirect service that can be answered by anyone anywhere in the world. It is a favorite service of scammers who want to pretend to be in the United Kingdom but are really half way around the world from there.

    There is only a scammer who stole your hard-earned money.

    The next email was from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "government visa official" or "travel agent" and demanded you pay, in cash, via Western Union or moneygram.

    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 very good 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 "fraud visa job scam", "fake UK hotel job Western Union scam" or something similar, you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.

    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.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
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