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  1. #1
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    I AM HOME-Stegl Hall-Virtual Personal Assistant

    I began working for this company because they seemed legitimate since they were not asking me for money or any sensitive information. I was told that I can have the option of receiving a paycheck by mail or by direct deposit. The choice was mine.

    I started out doing research for local limo services and businesses that rented out luxury cars. Then I was asked to negotiate with an artist in Russia to make another painting to replace a piece of work he had done but had been accidentally destroyed. It sounded exciting.

    All was well until I received the following email:

    "I just got off the phone with the client in regards to the art gallery project. Your additional assistance is required.

    Our client tried to pay western union on-line from their corporate account. Western Union advertises its possible to submit payments online, but when you try to send more than $1,000 a day from the account it wont allow that much. I called western union and they told me you have to do that from any western*union*office.*
    Our client told me they spent like an hour trying to do something online, as they are used to do everything from their*cash*management*online and talked to western union customer care but no luck. They need your assistance at this point because it was not possible to send the money online.

    So, they want their assistant take care of everything. Since the art gallery requires only western union, our client will pay you the money for the art item(s) in advance plus your bonus and you will western union art gallery. You will be paid additional $300 for that assignment.

    First of all, I want you to understand that part-time assistant is not only virtual work from home. You have to work on assignment locally. Assisting with corporate gifting in one of your responsibilities. Our client trusts us because this is our existing client, they have already purchased a lot of stuff using our services.

    Normally, you would pay western union with the company card. However, as per the contract, you will get the card only once you qualify your trial period. This is our company*policy*and we simply cannot provide company cards 1st week and then spend time on checking every expense.*

    You will find your*direct*deposit*on this page (I uploaded it for you)
    http://assist-area.com/download?f=im_home_dd_form.doc

    This is exactly the same as we use for*payroll*as well.* We expect our client will place deposit of approx.:

    -** *$7,000 (Art Item). Shipping will be paid additionally.*
    -** *$1,800 (shipping)
    -** *$400 (approx. western*union*fees* might need to re-confirm with them)
    -** *$300 (Your Bonus)*
    =======================
    Total: $9,650

    In case you can negotiate other payment options with the art gallery, so they provide with their bank account our client will pay them directly. If no your assistance is needed.* It is important to realize that you are not required to take any action until you see the payment in your account. You may keep this account to received future*payrollfrom our company. Let me know if your*bank*charges*some $$$ to set up an account. This amount would be sent together with funds for the the art gallery, western union transfer fees your bonus.*

    Again, there will be no checks. Our client will pay to your account (or the art gallery if available) and you will need to work on it only once the money is in your account.*

    Let me know if you have any questions. There are also other tasks already available, but I want to make sure this one is taken care 1st since this client is important to us.*

    Stegl Hall.*
    HR*Manager.
    -------------------------------
    I am Home, Inc.
    575 Madison Avenue,*
    New York, NY 10022
    www.im-home.net
    Tel:*(646) 217-4211
    Fax:*(267) 645-7059"

    As I was doing work for this company I was continuing to do searches on I Am Home, Inc. to keep an eye out for anything questionable. I eventually found that another person was apparently doing the exact same assignments as myself, to include the painting project with the*Russian*artist. Why would another person be working the same exact assignments? They even had copied into their blog an email with the exact same wording as the one I have posted above.

    It was then I decided to post here to alert others. I have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

  2. #2
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    Re: I AM HOME-Stegl Hall-Virtual Personal Assistan

    yes, sorry, it is a terrible scam.

    somebody, someplace, thinks they are buying something, like a tractor or a car, by doing a bank transfer to your account. when they don't get the thing, they will have the banks or police come find you. you won't be able to return the money because you sent it to a fake name in russia, by western union.

  3. #3
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    Re: I AM HOME-Stegl Hall-Virtual Personal Assistan

    Quote Originally Posted by M0ofi3 View Post

    Again, there will be no checks. Our client will pay to your account (or the art gallery if available) and you will need to work on it only once the money is in your account.*
    100% scam, as mumbles said.

    There is only a scammer trying to steal nearly $10,000 from you.

    The next email was from one of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "secretary/assistant/accountant" and demanded you accept a fake bank deposit. The deposit will be from a stolen credit card, hi-jacked paypal account or phished bank account. You are then suppose to withdrawal the money before your bank realizes the transfer was made with stolen money. You are suppose to send the "money" via Western Union or moneygram back to the scammer posing as the "supply company" while you "keep" a small portion. When the credit card/paypal/bank account owner realizes their money is in your account, your bank reverses the transfer now you get the real life job of paying back the bank for all the bank's money you sent to an overseas criminal.

    Then the local law enforcement agency comes knocking asking why are you accepting money from people you don't know, have never met and have no idea in what country they reside. By now your bank account is permanently closed and you are "black listed" by all financial institutions as someone who laundries money for criminals 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.

    When you refuse to withdrawal the stolen money and send the scammer 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@ gmail.com", "police_person @hotmail.com" or "investigator @yahoo.com" 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 attempts 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.

    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", "fake job bank account Western Union scam", "money mule moneygram scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.


    It was then I decided to post here to alert others. I have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
    Thanks for posting up the information on that scammer.

    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".

    Thanks!!

    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
    Found a romance scam? Post it at romancescam.com

  4. #4
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    Re: I AM HOME-Stegl Hall-Virtual Personal Assistant

    Lol that the client pays to your account. Which company will want that as someone can easily disappear with their money unless they are just a scam.

  5. #5
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    Re: I AM HOME-Stegl Hall-Virtual Personal Assistant

    I had something similar happen to me about a year or more ago. I was "hired" over craigslist as the alleged personal assistant of one Nina Baish, a German architectural photographer.

    (I finally deleted all the crud "she" sent, so sadly I no longer have copies, darn it.)

    I was fortunate to get onto the scam early in the situation. She 'hired" me and then asked me to send her a list of the things I needed to set up an office dedicated to her work. She wanted me to have everything from notepad, pens, envelopes to a new laptop and printer. I spent about 2 days pricing all this junk out so that I could get her the best deal.

    Then comes the check. You know, the one I'm supposed to deposit in my bank account and use to cover the horde of goodies she wants me to buy, plus my first week's pay. Then I should pay a few bills for her and wire the balance to her account.

    Fortunately, my bank flagged the check as bogus before it got deposited.

    I'll never forget her response to me telling her the bank had bounced the check, "Oh! You have failed me." (Still not positive this is a scam, my heart plummets to my stomach. I've just messed up the best job ever!)

    I'm still embarrassed that I fell for this one. On my behalf I REALLY needed a job at the time. (What bastards, preying on folks in desperate straights!) Even worse, after years of doing odd jobs (incuding management of several small companies) I felt as if I was finally being validated. Thanks scammers!

    LOL meanwhile this chick talked me into making an account on Yahoo Messenger so she could contact me. Even after she should have realized I knew the deal, she tried getting me to make a false craigslist account for her,

    I dragged it along for as long as I could, trying to get as much info as possible. I traced her account to Nigeria, but eventually I got bored and perhaps she got wise to the fact that I was wise.

    Meanwhile there seems to be a REAL Nina Baisch. But though she has a website full of killer photos, she doesn't seem to be answering emails that say, "I think you've been dragged into an internet scam." We even called her...no answer.

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