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  1. #33
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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    You will be giving them your Date of Birth and Social in the hiring process then be informed you will be paid by direct deposit from their home back and be asked for your account and routing number. They have all they need to drain and overdraw your account... after they open credit in your name and run it up.

  2. #34

    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    I fell for this same BS . I responded to a post on *****slist, was contacted back with a very similar proposition. Luckily mine was not asking for a lot of personal information.

    However I am afraid that once *I DO * receive my *wages* then they will try to get me to forward the money somehow .... Luckily I found this site and will be very weary.

    I got the feeling that this was too good to be true the minute it happened.

    I will keep you all posted on what happens.

    But I dont want to give out any information regarding the job, etc YET.

    *peace*
    amber

  3. #35
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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    However I am afraid that once *I DO * receive my *wages* then they will try to get me to forward the money somehow .... Luckily I found this site and will be very weary.
    Your 'wages' will be in the form of a fake check sent by UPS or FedEx on a stolen account number. The scammer will demand you cash it that same day and Western Union him your cash.

    But I dont want to give out any information regarding the job, etc YET.
    There is not any job information to keep secret. The only job here is you sending your cash to the scammer and then paying back the bank for the bounced check fees and all the money you withdrew.

    Delete and ignore that scammer, he has your real life name and street address and you have no idea what friends or relatives he has in what locations. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort as he has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

    Now that you responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list. He will try again to get you to send him your cash via Western Union or moneygram. He will create a another fake name and email address and send you dozens of emails, all with the same end result, you sending him your cash. He will also sell your name, street address and email address to all his scamming buddies who will also attempt to separate you from your cash.

    Whenever suspicious or simple curious always ask/post here and every scam-warner-fraud-watching type site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer. You can also google a name used in an email, the email address itself, phone numbers given and even sentences in an email, you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
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  4. #36

    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    alright , i received my first check from my "employer" forwarded from a "client". (a phone number on the FedEx slip was (123) 456-7890 haha!)
    I googled the name of the company, and the street address on the check matches their physical address. I got their phone number online, also. I called the company to speak to someone regarding the realness of this VERY FAKE LOOKING check, but the offices had already closed for the day. (imagine that!) That was yesterday, Friday.

    The instructions in an e-mail from my "employer" letter said to deposit this absurd amount into my bank account, then forward it via Western Union. I do not have a bank account (luckily) so I sent an email to my "employer", stating that I do not have a bank account, and how should I proceed?

    He responded faster than lightning (which up till now it's always taken them a day or 2 to respond) saying that I should use a check-cashing service.

    I am waiting till Monday to take further action . It is drawn upon a certain bank, which I plan to call and ask them what to do.

    In the meantime, I have been speaking with a friend who tracked the email address of the "employer" back to a honeycomb, which is a fancy hacker thing used to steal IP addresses and break into your computer .

    Wow.
    :judges::judges::judges::judges:

  5. #37
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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    It is drawn upon a certain bank, which I plan to call and ask them what to do.
    The bank will confirm that the check is fake and drawn on a now-closed account. They will probably ask you to mail them the check and the envelope it came in so their security department can add your information to what they already know.

    If you want to learn more about people who collect fake checks and also waste scammer's time legally and safely, google the word 'scambaiting'. Do be careful with that fake check, in some areas simply having one in you possession is illegal even if it is marked fake/void and even if you know it is fake.
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  6. #38
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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    Okay, so I sadly fell for this exact scam but not too deep thankfully. I noticed a bunch of red flags, did my research, and ended up here. I didn't give out any huge personal information like my social, bank number, etc. I know better than that. Although they do have my real name, address, work history, and school info from my resume. Can they do anything with this information? Where should I report? I hope I didn't dig myself a big hole in the future! :1crysad: Thanks for your help!

    Also I googled this at the beginning of replying to emails and found no information on this scam. This just shows how there's a lack of information for some scams and how you can be susceptible to them.
    Last edited by avdub; 08-17-2010 at 02:42 AM.

  7. #39
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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    Although they do have my real name, address, work history, and school info from my resume. Can they do anything with this information?
    Scammers usually want all that information from you as they believe if you send such personal data, you are completely 'hooked' and will do whatever they want. Did you send them a scanned copy of a driver's license, passport or other photo ID card?

    Where should I report?
    You could try www.ic3.gov.

    Also I googled this at the beginning of replying to emails and found no information on this scam. This just shows how there's a lack of information for some scams and how you can be susceptible to them.
    Which is why posting scams on the internet is so important.

    As you know, always google the names used, company names mentioned, phone numbers given, email address (with and without the '@free email server part') and even google sentences and parts of sentences in the email.

    Even if you don't find anything on the internet, post/ask here and on every scam-warner-fraud-watching site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
    Found a romance scam? Post it at romancescam.com

  8. #40
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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    I'm so glad that I'm reading all of this now. I almost fell for this, but then realized that it seemed fishy. What employer would hire you without meeting or even speaking to you? He said that all I would have to do is receive and deposit checks and packages.
    Has anyone encountered Adam and Yvette Blick? They say that they are photographers.
    I'm just wondering how this scam works. What are they looking to get out of people? sensitive information?

  9. #41
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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    Has anyone encountered Adam and Yvette Blick? They say that they are photographers.
    They could be real people who have had their identity stolen and used by scammers or the names could just be made up by the scammer. Did they send you an email? If so, could you post up the email address and the email itself?

    I'm just wondering how this scam works. What are they looking to get out of people? sensitive information?
    There is the 'cash the fake check' part where the victim deposits the fake check, withdrawals the cash and send it via Western Union or moneygram to the scammer. When the check bounces, the victim gets the real life job of paying back the bank for the bounced check fee and all the cash that was sent overseas.

    The second part is collecting names, addresses and occupations of victims. Scammers love to pretend to be someone else. Why make up a name, address and occupation when you can steal an innocent victim's information? Using the real life data of a real person can help make a scam seem more real so even more victims fall for the scheme.

    Which is why it is so important to post scams online to make them googlable.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, 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 any scam-warner-fraud-watching site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
    Found a romance scam? Post it at romancescam.com

  10. #42
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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    I just recently almost fell for this scam until I found this and a different site warning me about it. Thanks! The guy is using the name "John Parker" with the email [email protected]

    I'm really scared because he now has my personal information like my address and phone number. Should I report this to the police?

    I hope these scammers get what they deserve! :judges::bah:

  11. #43
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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    I'm really scared because he now has my personal information like my address and phone number. Should I report this to the police?
    You could, just don't expect a miracle, all you have is a fake name, fake address, free email address and maybe a paid-for-in-cash cell phone number. The scammer just wanted your personal information as confirmation that your are 'hooked', he believes that if a potential victim sends him such data, they are firmly under his spell and will send him their hard-earned cash. Just ignore, block and delete any emails from that scammer, he will stop emailing when you stop responding.

    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 lost money, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell you 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.

    5 "Rules to follow" to avoid most fake jobs:
    1) Job asks 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, paperwork expenses in cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    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.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, 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-fraud-watching site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
    Found a romance scam? Post it at romancescam.com

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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    Wow, good news to you. You have a great kind of information. Thank you for sharing with the world, your information will increase my knowledge of the valuable IT knowledge.

  13. #45
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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    Unfortunately in my desperation to find a job i fell for one of these scams, what should i do next? My account is now negative and i do not know what steps to take. If anyone has any suggestions PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!

  14. #46
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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    Walk into your bank, explain to them that you did not know you were cashing a fake check and that you are also a victim here. Ask for a repayment plan and then stick to it. Ignoring the bank and their requests for you to repay them will only cause your account to be closed and your name/address flagged forever in the banking system. Once you are on that 'list' you will always have difficulty opening another account at any bank for the rest of your life.

    Now that you have responded to a scammer you are in his 'sucker' list, he will send you dozens of emails from all his fake names, all with the same goal, you sending him your cash via Western Union or moneygram. He will sell you email address to all his buddies who will also send dozens of emails for fake jobs, inheritance scams, fake bankers, lottery scams and their favorite scam to run on prior victims: the refund/reimbursement scam.

    To help slow down that scammer, post up the name he used, his email address, they company name he is using, even the emails themselves. That way a suspicious potential victim can find your post and not become a victim.

    Any email that says they were a prior victim, government official, charity worker or anyone claiming that for "just a small fee paid via Western Union or moneygram" they can get your money back or get you hundreds/thousands from some victim's fund is just from the scammer trying again to rip you off.

    When next you receive an email form someone you don't know personally, google the names used, email addresses, phone numbers, company names mentioned, even sentences from emails, you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online at a scam-warner-fraud-watching type website.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
    Found a romance scam? Post it at romancescam.com

  15. #47
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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    Here is what i fell for. I gave this effer my personal info. A little worried that he has my phone number and address.

    Attention.

    I received your application for the job position I advertised on *****slist, kindly read this e-mail carefully to know what this position entail. It is imperative that I find the perfect person for the job and I'm hoping will be the best you can be.

    Before I go any further, you should know a few things about me. I'm Mr Anthony, I'm 45 and I'm married and blessed with 1 bundles of joy. I run my family owned farm mainly, I also have a handful of investments and businesses of my own particularly in the real estate market and as a private lender. I'm also a Certified Payroll Specialist working for a number of companies within and outside the US as a private eye/analyst in their payroll activities. I travel very frequently trying to market our produce as well as expand my business and sometimes there is a work overload for me, this is the more reason I'm looking to find someone who is efficient, self-motivated, organized, a good communicator with an ability to multi-task under pressure and who can help me keep up to date with all of my activities amidst my ever busy schedule.

    It is important for you to note that you are being hired by me personally, not by my family or any other businesses that I represent, and although most of your duties will be centered around my home and the activities relating to these businesses, you will be working for me as my personal and administrative assistant. I will be personally responsible for your wage; all correspondences, findings and queries would be made and promptly reported to me personally no matter the circumstances. The position is part-time and home-based, you will need to set up a space for a home-office with basic office equipments if you don't already have; we will discuss the costs of setting this up as we move along. Most importantly, you need to have a regular internet and telephone access, with this, I can easily convey instructions no matter where I am on what I need to be done at a particular time.

    Your activities will include but not limited to;

    * Reconciling bank statements, coding and entering accounts payable;
    * Preparing payments (checks) for signature;
    * Invoicing, managing accounts receivable and/or customer account collections;
    * Inventory control, file management;
    * Purchasing needs, procurement of equipment, supplies and services as needed;
    * Drafting email and mail correspondence as well as handling and managing all communications;
    * Handling and monitoring financial activities;
    * Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence;
    * Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring;
    * Overseeing home and vehicle repairs and maintenance;
    * Monitoring household and family expenses;
    * Assisting with event planning and organizing dinners;
    * Arranging and coordinating travel itineraries;
    * Organizing and maintaining diaries, memos and making appointments;
    * Dealing with incoming email, faxes and post;
    * A personal reminder for Schedules, programs, flights and keeping me up to date with them as they come up;
    * Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring;
    * General administrative functions

    Basic wage is $400 a week after tax. Any extra personal expenses (transport, gas, etc) incurred by you while on an errand or otherwise will also be reimbursed by me at the end of each working week.

    This position is very flexible and it is difficult judging the exact number of hours you will be doing a week, however bear it in mind that there will be busier weeks than others but the pay will always be steady. Working with me is basically about instructions and following them, my only fear is that I may come at you impromptu sometimes, so I need someone who can be able to meet up with my irregular timings. There is also a very sensitive issue on trust, dedication and accountability which I believe will resolve itself as time goes on.

    I'm currently in Dublin, Ireland now attending a seminar, in the mean time we will begin unofficially pending my arrival because I have a number of important things you could begin work on immediately. Your wage remains intact during this period so I'm hoping you can be available immediately, it certainly can act as a stable foundation to our impending working relationship. As soon as I get back though, we will arrange a meeting and set up a proper interview.

    More so, Feel free to add me on your Messenger : [email protected] so i can keep you updated about this position and work schedules .

    Due to the volume of employment applications received, I will require the following details about yourself to filter applicants and for a personal record update;

    Full Names
    Full Contact Address
    City
    State
    Zip Code
    Phone Number (H)
    Phone Number (M)
    Occupation (if any)
    Sex
    Martial status
    Age

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Regards,
    Mr Anthony.


    Second Email

    Hope you are having a pleasant day.

    I received your e-mail and it was a great hearing back from you. I hope this marks the beginning of a good working relationship all together.

    From the details you have sent to me, I would want to give you the opportunity to be my new assistant; I do hope my decision would be worthwhile. I'll be using the next couple of weeks to test your efficiency and diligence towards the position, also to work out your time schedule and fit it to mine. I really need to find the perfect person for this job, I'm confident you can take up the challenge and on the long run we should have a relatively sound working relationship between us.

    The next couple of weeks will be relatively busy, I have had to put a hold on a lot in my absence and I'm hoping together we would be able to cover the grounds. Most importantly, you will be supervising some of my financial activities especially those that are hard to keep up with from here. These activities are related to loans, reconciliations and donations. I will give you more details in subsequent e-mails. We will also be making some purchases, especially those needed to set your home office up to my required standard. My daughter also has a birthday coming up in 2 weeks, I have a surprise party planned for her and you will be working hand in hand with the planner in organizing gifts and anything needed for the party. I will send you a cheque which will cover your wage for the week and costs for these or any other related activities, please be on the look-out for this in the very near future.

    I want you to also meet me up on Hotmail! chat as soon as possible so we may discuss extensively, more so it's easier for me to convey more information when I'm online. My ID is [email protected] , do send me a friend's request as soon as you are able to. Due to the time difference, It may be a little difficult working out the exact time to meet you online but with time however, we should get used to it. I'm online most of the time when I'm not out or in a meeting so we should be able to have a chat sooner than later, try to keep a date.

    It is important for you to acknowledge the receipt of this e-mail to further signify your interests in working for me, if I do not receive any reply to this e-mail from you within 24 hours after I sent it, I will take it that you are no longer interested in this position. I'm keen on finding someone that can keep up with my pace at all times, I have a confidence in you and I am looking forward to the best working relationship possible between us. I hope you will be up to, perhaps better than my presumptions about you.

    Keep in touch and have a blessed day.
    Mr Anthony.

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    Re: Personal Assistant Scam?

    Thanks for posting up that email address and the emails themselves for that scammer.
    gave this effer my personal info. A little worried that he has my phone number and address.
    This type of scammer only wants that kind of personal information as such scammers think that if a potential victim sends such data, that potential victims is firmly 'hooked' and will now send their hard-earned cash to the scammer via Western Union or moneygram.

    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 lost money, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell you 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.

    5 "Rules to follow" to avoid most fake jobs:
    1) Job asks 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, immigration, travel fees, expenses in cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    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.

    As you know, whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, 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.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
    Found a romance scam? Post it at romancescam.com

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