Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order
Offered employment. Was sent a cheque to deposit into my account then withdraw the said amount. According to research online, the money would have been sent to them and I would be left in a deficit. Caught on before any losses.
Type of a scam Employment
I got an email from a certain *** *** as a response to my LinkedIn resume and that they are interested to set up an interview. I was excited as the opportunity was a dream($4800 per mo plus benefits) so I replied saying I am interested and they sent me a survey with only 3 easy questions. I was more excited when I was told that they picked me for the job and that I am to start on Sept 26 but I will be working from home prior to that and they will send a laptop and a cheque to cover accommodations and supplies to use for the opening. I started to get wary about the job when I couldn’t find any other info about Retec, only on what says on their website. I even asked my previous employer if he got a phonecall for references from this company and was told no. The Employment Confirmation looks legit and believable so I went ahead and told them I accept the job. I got a phonecall from ‘***’ (***) saying I have to send my name, address and cellphone# so they can send the laptop and cheque. And they are also sending an agent to meet with me so we can go over the job and he will bring me to the new office. Sept 9 was when I got the Job Offer letter with more details. The most obvious question I noticed was the salary says US$1250 per week and the Director’s name written was *** *** but the one signed for it is a certain ‘*** ** ***’. I called *** *** to ask him about it but was told to send an email for all questions so I did. After I found the ScamPulse.com story dated Sep 8 about the scam, I called our local police thinking they can use the info that I have as a lead on maybe catching these scammers but I was told they can’t do anything as there’s no money involved. I got another email from them today asking for me to sign and send the job offer letter and that I have to confirm whether I can meet the agent on Sept 22 or Sept 23. I still haven’t reply. Any chance that somebody can meet up with this agent and get them jailed with the scammers?
Type of a scam Employment
I’d like to report a job scam. I’ve been applying for jobs actively and I recently received an email from a Mr. *** *** (likely a fake name) from a fake company named Retec Consulting. The email said that they obtained my CV on LinkedIn and would be calling me about an interview. I later received a phone call (voicemail) saying that I had been fast-tracked and would be sent an email survey to fill out, then would be contacted for an interview if I was qualified. I received the email survey and filled it out and forwarded it on. A couple days later I received an email saying I had been hired; no interview necessary as they suddenly “believe interviews do not guarantee success on the job”. Naturally, I was excited at first, but then after some consideration, it just was not adding up. I did some sleuthing and confirmed that this was most likely a job scam, so I sent the following email to see what kind of response I would get. It explains some of the discrepancies I found. I hadn’t mentioned the fact that $4800 a month seemed a little steep for an admin position- this was one of the things that sent a red flag flying.
I would first off like to extend my gratitude for this opportunity you have presented me. I do, however, have a few questions and concerns. I am currently employed and will not be able to accept this job offer without some clarification; I have heard of a lot of job scams going around lately, so I just wanted to clarify a few things, which I hope you can understand. First, would we be able to set up an in person interview? I know the job offer stated “We do believe that interviews do not guarantee success on the job”, however it would alleviate some concerns that I have, which as a reputable employer, I’m sure you could understand. Typically, some form of interview is done, as well references are usually asked for. I feel an interview is important to get a better understanding of the company that I would be working for, the job that I would be doing, and of the people that I would be working with. Also, I never directly applied to this position and went to search on LinkedIn for the Retec profile and Mr. *** *** and could not find either anywhere, so I am just a little confused at how you accessed my CV/profile, as you had stated in emails, LinkedIn is where you obtained it from. Also, the documents you’ve sent me say to email [email protected], however I am receiving all of these emails from [email protected] which is one ‘c’ short. I tried googling your location (1368 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, ON N8X 1J9) and this company is not coming up under this address, as well there is no address indicated for the new Ottawa office. Finally, these red flags made me search under the ScamPulse.com and I was unable to find your business anywhere…
Please understand that I am just taking the necessary precautionary steps for addressing my concerns about legitimacy, as a few of these things are what job searchers are told to look out for as a “phishing scam” when in the midst of applying for jobs. I hope you can understand my predicament. I look forward to hearing back from you.
I later called the number on their website and it described nothing of the company and just said “hold while we transfer you to a representative”, then I was dropped to the voicemail. I noticed the building they claimed to be in had other suites/businesses in it, so I called the “*** *** *** *** *** ***” and asked if they knew if this supposed business was located in the building. The woman said that she received 4 calls already about this and that one woman actually came into the building looking for it and that, no, it did not exist. This is what 100% confirmed to me that this was a phishing scam. Luckily for me, they received no information other than my name, email, and phone number. No credit card numbers/SIN number was handed out, so I’m assuming they will be unable to access anything they were looking for. Please advise me if I am at risk for something that I may be missing?
I will forward all the emails that were sent to/from upon your request. The website/email/phone numbers are below. I also have reason to believe the website is part of the scam, as I stated previously, it does not look like this business even exists.
[email protected] (is the email “Bishop Brown” was sending emails from)
[email protected] (is the email on the website and the one that was indicated in the documents they forwarded me)
1-226-246-4613 is the phone number that called my cell and a woman left a voicemail on (all other phone #’s in this area of Windsor seem to start with the area code 519- as per my call to the *** *** *** *** *** ***”). Also the phone number on the website is different.
Please feel free to email questions for any clarification/ more details that may be needed. Also, the emails may have some more details in them that you may need, so again, I will forward them upon request. And again, please email me if you believe I should be any further concerned about anything that may have transcribed.
Thanks and have a great day!
Type of a scam Employment
I received an email stating Retec was opening an office in "my city" and they were looking for an admin, I answered back not thinking about it and received a callback message the next day stating i was pushed ahead for the position. Then I received an email offering me the position wanting my info to send me a laptop and money for supplies to set up an office here. Up to this point I have not spoken to a real person nor have they specified what city I am in, I have attached the final offer email. My husband is a software developer and got concerned when looking at the website as it is really under developed for an IT consulting company. I was almost to excited at the prospect of a job to look into it, but the more we did the creeper it got including the voicemail when you call the company not using a company name at all . If this is a legit offer that sucks for me, but i wouldn’t want someone to get hurt by this in the terrible economy we are experiencing.
Type of a scam Employment
Below is the letter I received via email on Saturday at 12:12 a.m. They had called me from the area code 226 listed above while I was at work; as I had missed the call a voice message was left for me. I called back and it indicated it was a voice mailbox number, not a company.
I did a search of this apparent company, and nothing showed on the BBB, Companies Office for new business name listings in Manitoba, nothing showed in a google search for them, and when looking up the address that I was provided, it is a building that is for sale. I called them out on this in an email that I had sent back to them requesting some questions be answered regarding if this is legitimate.
I am not sure exactly what they are after, or what they are trying to do.
RESPONSE TO APPLICANT(S)
Thank you for your interest to work with Retec Consulting.
You are receiving this email as a response to the resume; you have posted on LinkedIn / Career Builder. We have obtained a generous amount of interested candidates, and I have reviewed your resume among them. I am pleased to express the great impression made. The knowledge and skills you present along with your background and experience qualify you for this opportunity and we would like set up an interview for you.
Our consulting firm is a full service IT Company providing various IT consulting, Projects and solutions. We offer special and unique capabilities to enhance our spectrum of services to meet our client’s need and have been in business for years in Ontario, Canada.
Currently we are expanding our firm to your city, setting up a branch office in few weeks. We are looking to employ an ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT to carry out the duties listed below
• Answer phone calls and direct calls to appropriate parties or take messages;
• Attend meetings to record minutes;
• Conduct research, compile data, and prepare papers for consideration and presentation by executives and committees.
• File and retrieve corporate documents, records, and reports;
• Greet visitors and determine whether they should be given access to the Chief Operating Officer
• Make travel arrangements for executives;
• Open, sort, and distribute incoming correspondence, including faxes and email;
• Posting ads on internet and news paper
• Handling and monitoring some of the COO’s financial activities.
• Filing and Faxing, Creating and sending out letters
• Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
• Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
• Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
• Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
• Concern for others — Job requires being sensitive to others’ needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
This is a full-time position (9am – 5pm).
Vacation time is paid in 2-week increments,
Benefits are included, and bonuses are paid annually.
Compensation is salary based which $1250 weekly calculating to $4,800 monthly.
If you are still interested, please reply to this email with your contact phone number and best time to contact you.
* Reply to [email protected]
Sincerely, *** ***.