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  1. #1

    Work At Home Scam?

    I got an email today from this company:

    Administrative Assistant
    IM with Joe Dawn
    [email protected]


    When I went to the website, I saw this warning:

    MobME is in no way affiliated with or hiring from the United States
    31 May 2013

    It’s been brought to our attention that certain parties in the United States (a Mr Steve Benito mailing from [email protected] amongst others) is hiring in the company’s name in the United States.
    MobME Wireless Solutions India Ltd. wishes to inform everybody concerned that we are in no way affiliated with any organisation in the United States and we do not have any hiring operations in the United States. We are exploring legal action, and we advise everybody affected to contact relevant local authority.

    Lastly, I was told the following:

    Here are the name's of the softwares you will need to start working with Myob business essentials software 2012, US Patent Single Users Pack simply accounting 2012,3.5 HD Upgrade,9.0,Microsoft Office XP 2013 Standard Upgrade,Peach tree Premium Accounting 2013.

    The company will be providing you with the funds you will be using in purchasing the software's you will be working with .You will be getting a check mailed to your home via fedex and once you get the check with You are to get the cashier check deposited to your account .

    Wouldn't it be eaiser for the company to purchase the software and send it to me?
    joedawn834: Yes. but the company have protocol all new have to purchase there working materials them self .
    joedawn834 is typing...
    joedawn834: After you have deposit it into your account the funds will be mailed available the following day for you to withdraw and make purchase to the vendor who is the shipping agent who we have been buying software from for many years now....and means of payment accepted by the vendor is via western union which i will be providing you with the vendors information which you will be using in purchasing the softwares

    Note: You will be depositing the check through your bank ATM which is an accounting task. this is just to test your ability in the accounting field as part of your training.

    W4 form will be coming along with the working materials you need to start working with.

    and to start work tomorrow at 8:am.

    Anyone else heard of this?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    New Jersey

    Re: Work At Home Scam?

    The check they will be sending you is most likely fraudulent. Don't cash it!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009

    Re: Work At Home Scam?

    100% scam.

    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 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 "computer software 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 "[email protected] 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 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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  4. #4

    Re: Work At Home Scam?

    Thanks for your help and information. Money is tight right now, so I wanted it to be true, but it didn't feel right. yb:

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2014

    Re: Work At Home Scam?

    What I know is that I never believe that a company has a vacancy and they just start sending it to everyone and telling them how much money they can make. Any legit company will follow the normal way of advertising the vacancy first people apply and they conduct an interview not simply chasing after employees to join their company.

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