Employment Scams

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Unresolved

eBay Scammers

  • by: wranglerbrand
  • #1837
  • Feb 23, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $4000
On or about November 16, 2015 I received an email from an "HR Manager" from email address "[email protected]" recruiting for a rapidly growing company based in Portugal for people who speak English to assist in communicating and text editing customer service/US company representatives' email communications. If interested, she requested that I reply to [email protected] with my name and country/region location.

There were ongoing emails for a few weeks, and then I received an email on December 2, 2015 stating that there had been some company changes and that the document editing would be temporarily suspended. However, I would still be paid for the text editing services.

On December 3, 2015 an email was sent offering another position with them stating the outline of the position and to reply back with my name, number, address and PayPal email. After I replied, I received another email outlining their rules and regulations. At first their contact # was 6626404043, and then I received another email a few days later that they had changed their # to 5853266012 and advising that one of their specialist would be calling me during the day.

In the numerous communication, I was advised that they were the US branch/affiliate of WORTEN.pt. I looked up WORTEN.pt and contacted their customer service email on 12/12/15 asking if they indeed had representatives of their company in the US and if so, the names and the email addresses. I did not receive a response, and I resent the same email to the customer service email on 12/15/15, again with no response. I tried doing some googling of the number and email addresses to only locate one complaint about them not paying someone for their text edits.

Subsequently, I received an email stating that they had sold an expensive item on Ebay. That selling business is the type of business which they had disclosed to me, but because PayPal limits the amount of sales or transfers to overseas companies, they request people in the US to assist in payments. Since contacting the WORTEN.pt customer service with no reply, I assumed that they handled business in this manner. To further investigate this business, I also did a google search for PayPal limits for overseas companies and found it was, as they had indicated, very limited.

As part of their standard operation procedure, PayPal does not release funds right away so there was a waiting period, during which I contacted the WORTEN.pt customer service email for a third time on 12.19.15 inquiring if they sell items on Ebay and have outside sales specialist. Again, I received no reply.

It appeared that there were no issues and that Worten was simply trying to bypass PayPal limits for high priced items.

I received the instructions on where to send the money, deducting my pay for the text edits and small percentage for my assistance. I complied with their instructions and sent their portion of the sale proceeds.

On Jan 9, 2016, I was sent an email by PayPal about my account being limited and requesting some additional information to change the status. After that email, I logged in to my PayPal account and noted that my account was $4,029.00 negative and that Ebay had received a dispute from the buyer and funds had been credited or refunded. I have no information as to this dispute, as I never received anything from Ebay or PayPal in regards to a dispute.

This appears to be a scam where the Ebay buyer is in on this with the Seller. After the seller received the funds from me, the Buyer than filed a dispute and got a refund from Ebay/PayPal with no notice to me.

I have filed a report with Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and waiting on reply but in the meantime others need to be warned of these frauds since I was not able to locate information about them initially.
Names reported:
Frank, Bella Dias
Phones reported:
585-326-6012
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]; [email protected], www.worten.pt
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

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Unresolved

Craigs list scammer that calls people

  • by: johnny12
  • #1882
  • Feb 23, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
Started texting me and called me after he made a realistic job posting. Complete moron, get this guy caught.
Names reported:
Xavier Cunningham
Phones reported:
424-355-4991
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

I have been offered a bogus job by Pausa Finance Ltd that involves money

  • by: Lion
  • #1918
  • Feb 24, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
Last February 15, 2015, I received an email from Michelle Tonna introducing herself to be a HR Assistant of Pausa Finance Limited. She said that she got my resume in Indeed.ca where I applied as Entry Level Assistant. She said that they are considering me for an Operations Clerk position after reviewing my resume. She asked me to complete the documents attached in her email and review the company profile and position description to continue my application. She mentioned that their Development Manager, Oliver Pisani will contact me within two days. (See email dated Feb. 15 from [email protected]). In the same day, i responded to that email and said i will send them until tomorrow as I need to print and fill them and send to them.

In February 16, 2016, i sent Michelle Tonna the filled application form. In the same day, she responded that my candidacy is being considered by Oliver Pisani and said that he will contact me by phone in two days.

In February 17, 2016, I received a call from Michelle Tonna saying that Oliver Pisani send me an email and just confirming if i got them. I checked and yes,
Oliver Pisani emailed me and introduce himself as the Development Manager of Pausa Finance Ltd and responsible for recruitment in US and Canada offices. He said that he got acquainted with my CV and said he is offering a probationary period with their company to become Operations Clerk for 7 days and is outside office. He explained the phases of the employment and asked me to send the Signed Probationary Employment Agreement along with my ID.

I searched the internet for the legitimacy of the company and their profile again because I felt a bit of uncertainty wether to give my ID and even give them the name of my financial institution I had my account and also asked me if I have knowledge in using Electronic Money Transfer. After reading about it and also researched about bitcoin as he had mentioned in his email that it is part of the day task he will require me.

In February 18, 2016, I sent the signed Probationary Employment Agreement and my ID where I hid my ID number for my security. The same day, Oliver Pisani send me the first instructions and introduce Bitcoin basic information and it's processes. He said that he will contact me on Monday February 22, 2016 as the start of my job.

February 22, 2016, 10am, I received an email from Oliver Pisani confirming my readiness to start today and I replied yes. An exchange of email on that day regarding the Procedures and instructions on making my first transaction to the Bitcoin. In his email, he said that I will receive a payment and my task will be to buy bitcoins in an ATM. He also said that i will find the nearest Bitcoin ATM using the attached list of locations around Vancouver before he will direct the payment. He also asked what location I would go and what time will i reach the ATM considering travel time to withdraw the money from my bank which I will use in my purchase. I responded to all his inquiries and received the money in my email I provided in the Probationary Employment Agreement and deposited in my Scotiabank Account in order for me to withdraw it and make the transaction as instructed. At around 2pm I withdraw the $2425 from the $2500 because he said i should deduct the $75 for my compensation as written in the agreement (3% of the amount). I went to West Broadway Bitcoin ATM location and buy the bitcoins. Because it was my first transaction to do something like this, i had to figure out and do small amount and inserted $200 but the machine counted just one $100 of the two. I tried to call the number indicated in the emails of Oliver Pisani to inform him about my problem but was unable to reach him so I sent him an email instead. He did not respond in my concern but ask me to send the address of the ATM which i find it odd. i proceeded to complete the transaction which totaled to $2325 and sought the help of the ATM operator so I could get back the $100 bill in the machine which was not counted. He fixed the machine and returned the $100 that night through Electronic Money Transfer because I was not able to wait for him to fix the machine as it took long and ended night time. I emailed to Oliver Pisani about my plan to make another purchase of the remaining $100 once I have the money from the machine. He did not respond about it but send me an email confirming that he received the coins in his bitcoin wallet and said i did a good job twice. He also said that I coped well in this task and asked me if i could do another transaction which i responded no since it was already past 4pm and my bank closes at 4pm that I could no longer withdraw over the counter.

February 23, 2016, about 10:30 am I emailed Oliver Pisani to inform him that I already had the $100 and i will make the purchase today but if he will instruct me to do the same transaction today then I will do it one time and even said sorry about what happened yesterday because I thought he was disappointed about it. He did not reply. My bank contacted me and informed me that my account has been frozen because of a suspected fraud. Somebody called my bank and telling that I have their money and they want my bank to return to them. This made me realize that I am actually the victim of a job scam. I did not loss any money yet because my bank put my account on hold but I am worried because my identity might be use by these person because they have my information in my job application form and ID that was sent to them. I

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Also reported:
Pausa Finance Ltd.
Names reported:
Oliver Pisani, Lesley Ann Henri, Michelle Tonna
Phones reported:
718-577-2239
Web/emails reported:
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

I have been scammed and I owe money to the bank

  • by: Steventh3creator
  • #1920
  • Feb 24, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $1900
I'm a student and I was looking for a job and I got this email about an assistant job. She told me I was hired and send me a check of 1900 3 days later. She gave me an assignment to do I was to send 900 to a orphan home in the Philippines and 900 to another home.
Names reported:
Felica Coombs
Phones reported:
205-719-3904
Web/emails reported:
[email protected], www.awhealthgroup.org
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

Online interview for job in area

  • by: greenebean01
  • #2007
  • Feb 26, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I was contacted via email about a job opportunity. I was told to contact Spencer Cooper on google Hangouts for an online interview. I did as directed and was contacted by Mr Spencer. The interview started with him stating they were opening an office in my area. When I asked where? He stated he was unsure. During the interview there was an exchange of normal interview questions. When I asked for contact number and information the interviewer claimed he could not make calls during regular business hours. He told me he would upload to his department head our conversation and interview. He asked me to be online at 9am the following day. I was online as directed. He congratulated me that I was accepted. He then asked for banking information, my address, and my full name. I stated that information was on my resume. He claimed he didn't have it and needed the information for his file log. I did not give any information. I again asked for a contact number. He again gave an excuse that he can not make calls during business hours but that he would call me later that evening. I explained I felt uneasy giving any information and he told me to trust him. His grammar started to worsen the more questions I asked. He said I would receive an email requiring me to give all employment information including banking information. I asked him questions about the Plexus Worldwide website and he couldn't answer. He claimed I would receive a check and laptop and I needed to buy all the soft wear with the first check at a vender they recommend. I again asked for his contact number or a number of his department head. This time he ignored the request and continued with telling me to fill out the paperwork and email it back ASAP with an electronic signature. Nothing about this felt right. I assume the company would have a log in for me to fill out any legitimate paperwork. He couldn't provide any. I Told him that I was going to gracefully decline. He then sent, "you welcome".
Also reported:
Plexus Worldwide
Names reported:
Spencer Cooper, Henry Taylor
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.

Unresolved

DON'T FALL FOR IT!!!

  • by: ISMELLBULL
  • #2174
  • Mar 1, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
Dear Job Applicant,

Your Resume has been Reviewed & Approved. Awhealth Group is a company that acts as a liaison between philanthropists such as private individuals, corporations and Non Governmental Organizations and the beneficiaries of such funds such as hospitals orphanage homes and various other charity institutions. Our role is to receive these funds, forward them to the appropriate institutions and ensure that the intent for which the payment is meant for is carried out appropriately.

As my Personal Assistant, your activities amongst other things will include;

*Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring.
*Scheduling programs, flights and keeping me up to date with them.
*Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away.
*Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.
*Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities.
Basic wage is $650 Weekly

I'm sure you'll understand I tend to have a very busy schedule at this point, as I am presently in Australia, I will be back in Three Weeks. Hence, you will begin your office based position immediately I get back to the states.
However I have a lot of pending assignments that need to be handled and I believe these tasks are simple tasks which you can carry out pending the time i get back, which enables you familiarize yourself with how Awhealth Group works. You will be receiving weekly pay checks for $650 upon completion of your weekly assignments.

Upon my return to the United States I will set up a formal interview with you, where all necessary paperwork will be filled out, You will be given a tour of the Organization and introduced to specific individuals you will be working with. Your assignments will include accepting payments from philanthropist donors on my behalf and purchasing items required by the beneficiary charity instituti ons, orphanage homes or hospitals involved and having the items shipped to them. If it is a big order then i will give you instructions on how to disburse funds accordingly.

For application, Kindly send your information as requested below, to this
Email: [email protected]

Full Names:

Home Address including city state and zip code ( Not P.O.Box ):

Cell Phone number:

Home phone number:

Current Occupation:

email address:

Do not click reply to this email. Ensure to send your application email with your details as requested above to this email address: [email protected]

Once your information is submitted and verified, Your Job Position will be activated and i will give you instructions as to your weekly tasks.

Wendy Lopez
Awhealth Group
Names reported:
Wendy Lopez
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
Identity Theft Risk:

 HIGH RISK  Click here for the explanation.