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  1. #1

    Victim of Money Laundering Scam Val Int

    I received an email 2 weeks ago offering me a job as a Administrative Assistant at Val Int Company. Basically, the money is sent to my PayPal I transfer the money to my bank account, keep 5% commission, and Western Union the rest of the money.I read over it and it sounded legit. The email said that if I wanted more information then respond to the email. Basically, they wanted me to give them my PayPal address so the customer can give me the money, I then transfer it to my bank account and Western Union the money overseas. I only receive money from U.S. residents. Anyway this was sent to me.


    After reviewing your resume, we would like to sow you our current vacancy - Administrative assistant. We provide part time work with flexible working hours.

    VAL Int is European leader providing online sales of authentic products at best prices. We cooperate with many of the top brands and promotes friendly market for buyers and sellers.

    we invite new employees and offer them the most profitable working conditions. We do not need a special education to begin working, but we expect our applicantes be extremely motivated, be able to meet deadlines and have effective communication skills.
    We can offer you a good income and an opportunity for growth.

    This opening does not require you to do initial payment, door-to-door sales or cold-calls. For more information about the offer please write to us to email: patricia.curtis@val-careers.com

    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Kind regards,
    VAL Team

    I responded to the email and this is what she sent me.

    Hello Julia,
    thank you for the response. As you can see from the agreement our head office is located abroad. Since we haven't set up an office in the USA yet you'll be processing transactions from local USA customers (PayPal transactions, bank transfers, checks, money orders, etc). You are welcome to open a separate bank account specially for these purposes (business or corporate account will be an advantage). Our respective sellers conduct numerous sales at different auctions (items from different categories, including jewelry and watches, antiques, collectibles, and much more). It's more convenient for them to receive funds from one person rather then dealing with numerous transactions from different buyers. Also in some developing countries people can't use PayPal or afford to handle a bank account. That's why we hire worker's like you to simplify the sale process. Also most of our customers are from the developing countries and handling a bank account is pretty expensive there. So, using such instant cash sending services as Western Union, Money Gram and others is much more cheaper for them. Any funds should be forwarded within 24 hours but ONLY after being FULLY cleared and available. Our website is www.vadill.no The English version will be available in late February. You can contact us at +4785228555 in case of emergency.
    Best regards,
    Patricia Curtis
    Regional Manager
    VAL Team

    I responded and she sent me an agreement form. I filled out the information gave her my name, and my address, however i didn't give her my social security number. She wanted me to put the date that I could start. I filled out the paperwork sent it to her.

    She then sent me payment information form I gave her my PayPal email address that was it. The next week I got a email from PayPal saying that i had 5,689.76. I transferred the money to my bank account. I was then suppose to withdraw that money and Western Union it to 2 people in Russia. My brother talked to me about it and said it didn't sound right. I was like it's legit I'm 23 it sounded good to me. But then he took me down to the Better Business Bureau and talk to them. They said 99% is a scam because the guy who sent the money to my PayPal his address was not real. I'm thinking why would he have a fake address and send this money to me. Better Business Bureau said go talk to my bank.

    I went to my Bank talked to the Branch Manager told her the 5,689.76 maybe fraud. She told me to send her all the emails I received from Patricia Curtis when I got home. I sent a letter to Patricia Curtis saying I didn't want to work for her anymore. She said give her a 5 day notice but complete the first assignment which means Western Union the money first then you can quit. I went to the store and tried to use my bank card and my card was declined I guess the bank froze my account. I looked at my account through online banking the next day in the bank had taken the money out. I sent an e-mail to my bank and the branch manager said she sent the money to her Security Department.

    So What do I do now? I received 2 threatening phone calls from an unknown number that same day saying that I need to Western Union the money or they would call the police.I said can I have a number to call you back at and he said it was not necessary. My thing is if you are a legitimate company then why do I not need the number if I work for you? I said I already contacted the police and they already know about this scam then the guy hung up.The second unknown number had a number attached to it so I forwarded to my bank to see if they can trace the call.

    The bank has the money doing a search on it so what do i do? The branch manager said that I stopped it before I Western Union it overseas. Any advice you can offer on what to do next? Am I safe now?
    Last edited by Readingjewel; 02-24-2012 at 11:06 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    Re: Victim of Money Laundering Scam Val Int

    thank your brother! if you had transferred that money you might be locked in jail now.

    ignore the nagging from the overseas criminal - he will get tired and move on. you can't get him because you don't know his name or what country he is in.

    never western union! no business works that way - only scams.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009

    Re: Victim of Money Laundering Scam Val Int

    100% scam, you now know and mumbles said.

    There is no job.

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

    The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "secretary/assistant/accountant" and will demand you accept a fake paypal transfer. 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 withdrawal the money and send your cash 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.

    You could post up the email address 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", "fake job bank account Western Union scam", "fake paypal deposit job scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.

    Ignore the calls and emails from that criminal, he is not going to call the police and say "this victim didn't send me his money". Don't "tell him off" or threaten him, remember he has your real life information. All you have is one of his fake names, one of his free email addresses, one of his fake stories and one of his paid-for-in-cash cell phone numbers. None of that is going to help your local law enforcement agency find a scammer sitting at a cyber cafe computer half way around the world from you, sorry.

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