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Here are the top 10 internet job search scam warning signs.
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Key Account Manager Scam
- "We have an excellent opportunity for an apprentice applicant to join a rapidly expanding company. An at home Key Account Manager Position (Ref: 56375-503/7HR) is a great opportunity for stay at home parents or anyone who wants to work in the comfort of their own home. This is a genuine offer and not to be confused with scams! The successful candidate must have the ability to handle calls efficiently whilst maintaining the highest levels of customer service and being courteous. Applicants must have an excellent telephone manner, have a friendly approach, excellent communication skills and be computer literate. You must have the ability to type and talk at the same time to customers, as you will be taking customer details over the phone and inputting data onto company database. Requirements: computer with Internet access, valid email address, good typing skills. If you fit the above description and meet the requirements, please apply to this ad stating your location...."
- —Guest Katie V
World Head Hunter Agency Co Ltd
- Job Id 3118 opened: "How do you do! My name is Hua Feng. I am an officer of World Head Hunter Agency Co Ltd recruiting agency. Our head office is located in Hong Kong. One local company carrying on its business in the area of B2B has addressed to us. I have taken a close look at your resume on www.careerbuilder.com and I think that you meet the requirements and criteria set by the company. So, a few words about this company. For several years they have been trading electronic goods at Asian markets. In recent years Internet sales start to develop rapidly. To increase sales the company tries to expand market outlets. Now the company has set a goal of taking its place at the market of Internet Sales in the USA. While working at Asian markets did not represent a complex task for the company then to the end that they can work efficiently in the USA they need a deserving candidate knowing local specifics of business operations. This person must have experience of work in American companies..."
- —Guest brandon
- "If you have excellent administrative skills, working knowledge of Microsoft Office, a keen eye for detail, well-versed in the use of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, are organized, present yourself well and are a team player with the ability to work independently, are reliable and punctual and can understand and execute instructions are determined to work hard and succeed - we need you. Please email us for details: Bud@us-googleapps.com..."
- —Guest Katie V
JSM Consulting Scam
- "Hello *****I am emailing you in regards to your resume you posted online awhile back, I believe it was job center of Tennessee but it might have been Monster. I'm currently doing some recruiting for a couple of small businesses in Nashville and Memphis TN and based off of your resume I think you would be a great fit! The position currently available is for a Union benefits specialist, with an average starting wage around $50,000 a year. The position would be full time although I do work with a lot of small businesses so if that isn't fitting I may have another client for you that is hiring. I am in the office Wednesday-Friday so I was wondering if either Thursday Dec. 12th between 6-7pm or if Friday Dec. 13th between 5-6pm for a five minute phone interview would be the best time to contact you at **********." Hope to talk to you soon! JSM Consulting Michael Mell 8383 Greenway Blvd Suite 600 Middleton, WI 53562
- —Guest Katie V
Home Income is a Scam!!
- I ordered the system from Home Income, and I received nothing and the information keeps changing on the web page. I now have to put a block on my credit card!!
- —Guest Cristin
Princess Luxury Motor Yacht Job Scam
- They sent me maybe 2 dozen of these emails offering an unbelievable job not selling Princess Luxury Motor Yachts from my landlocked home in the middle of East Texas. They will guarantee $6k per month. What makes this particularly evil is that it comes dressed to look like a legit contact ad from careerbuilder.com. -Tempting pay plus commissions $85,000 - $95,000 per year "we guarantee $6,000 per month" -No traveling is necessary -No contact with our clients -No Sales. So what will I be doing for this fantastic pay? They never replied with an answer. One email said I wouldn't have to store any inventory or spare parts.
- —Guest rexdart
Smartwash Job Scam
- This is among my favorite job scams: "Work in Smartwash Equipment, Inc. REGIONAL MANAGER offer! For Job Seekers, attention! Hello, my name is Martin Peterson. I am administrator of Smartwash Equipment, Inc. Let me introduce our company. Smartwash Equipment, Inc. is a company that manufactures and sells automatic wash systems for cars, other transport vehicles and a variety of special equipment. For the safety in conducting our financial transactions, we use the command of Regional Managers in various states of America. Smartwash Equipment, Inc. again completes the team of Regional Manager. For this vacancy we need Employees, who conform to requirements of open positions. Requirements to the applicant for position of Regional Manager: - english speaking only - knowledge of Word, Excel and PC; - opportunity to plan time for work; - some free time during the day for communication and for working; - personal computer..."
- —Guest rexdart
- Email arrives with "we found your information on careerbuilder, product review/secret shopper. I immediately questioned it when they called. He invited me to check the website and their credentials. No bad ratings with bbb, scam sites etc. good looking website, operationally sound etc. First package arrives, email arrives with instructions on how to perform review and prepaid label to ship back to office in NY, second package is local US, same with the next few. Then one going to Russia threw me off. I went to the post office, counter person says " oh yeah we see these all the time, its normal" figured ok no big deal. Next package is to Russia and they emailed and called to make sure I got it. Immediately uncomfortable and tell them I'm done no more packages, sending this one back to sender. Next day 9 packages arrive. All have been returned to sender and reported to bbb. Again it looks legit online but obviously isn't.
- —Guest bummed and freaked out
- Asked me to go and evaluate a Walmart in my area , as well as a Money Gram. I was to keep $250, spend $50 at Wal mart, as a mystery shopper evaluating certain aspects of their customer service. $250 at money gram sending the remaining balance to a Jason Berrington in Portland Oregon. Won't say what the dead give away was, because they research these kinda sites. If you're here at this site researching, chances are, things are not adding up. As a veteran of both conflicts, Iraq and Afghanistan, go with your gut. You're not born stupid. You condition yourself to be. So I'm gonna have fun with this one. Been needing another adventure. So I'm gonna track this one back to the source. I'm thinking youtube video of his face when I hand him the letter and check, and forcibly ask, nicely of course, to come with me.
- —Guest Michael
Position available - id _ (W045MSUC91665
- Artemis Kinnaman 5:20 AM to me: "Greetings! I have found your curriculum vitae in CareerBuilder database and in my opinion you match the office which we have opened. This position is not difficult; we provide a monthly paid wage and social insurance. We are looking for those employees who are capable of supporting business relationship between clients who are situated in a different state. You don't need to possess any specific knowledge; our personnel will provide you with the position description and support you by phone. To get started, first, you'll need to open an account with a local bank in order to effect the transactions from our customers and, second, enter into an agreement. The first income will be paid to you in around 5 business days. If you are interested in this job opportunity, please reply to : email@example.com..."
- —Guest KooMcGoo
Galleri Goran Engstrom Art Dealers
- Just got an email from them. This is a total scam: "Good day, Let me introduce myself, I'm Albert Jameson, human resource manager of Galleri Goran Engstrom art dealers. We have announced an open vacancies of a Financial Forwarding Coordinator in Germany and would like to offer you to join our team. Our Team is like a family, we are a reputable art promoting enterprise established and located in the Sweden. We want to achieve a simplified, secure, shortcut and effective way to unite art lovers and fans in the country border and all over the Italy to implement their dreams through purchases of art pieces. This is a part-time position with a flexible schedule. You would spend on average 2-3 hours a day, Monday-Friday, working from the comfort of your home. NOTE: 24/5 Internet access is needed. The company covers all expenses-there is no need to invest your own money. We DO NOT require you to pay any start-up fees...."
- —Guest MtW
Scam Job Offer for FSA Post
- I received this email scam on the 22nd of November, 2013 from firstname.lastname@example.org. The email is as follows: "Your resume was received from a employment agency A job offer is being extended to you for a FSA post. Today, almost everybody has his or her own internet at home. Working parents need it for work-related matters. Kids usually use the internet as an aid for their school requirements and even for leisure purposes. But did you know that you can earn money on-line? Yes, you can work from home just by having your own computer and internet connection…" The email continues to offer a pay salary that will be paid via PayPal or Western Union. I am assuming that this is one of those scams where they offer to pay through these methods, claim that they overpaid you and ask that you send it back asap (usually before it clears), and then when the amount never clears into your account, you are left having paid a lump sum to them that you will never get back.
- —Guest ErinCG
Ghana Education Scam
- I received a friend request from a young man in Ghana - Mohammed Hudu (later became Yakubu Hudu). Claimed to need money to go to school. Lots of things didn't add up. Finally called Ghana consulate in Houston to ask if a student must pay $200 to take exams. He flat out told me "NO" and that this was "100%" a scam. This kid really had me. Sent me pictures of the family. had me really feeling sorry for his situation. His "teacher" started contacting me. When I told him that I was running out of money (already sent $3000) he continued to pressure me saying "don't you want him to be educated"?, blah blah blah. Finally blocked him on FB - then unblocked so I could report his page ... but in the meantime he's written me again. A small part of me says "what if." But a bigger part of me does not want to go broke.
Scam Email from email@example.com
- "We are delighted to formally offer you an employment to work with us in our Company. Your CV was received from a recruitment agency A job offer is being extended to you for a Financial Support Agent position. The position is subjected to the following terms and conditions: -Salary: Will be paid in monthly instalments of 1500.00 pounds, subject to deductions for taxes and withholdings as required by law and the company policies. - 8 % Commission. - Benefits: - Formal training via our personal supervisor training program - Management growth opportunities - Solid technology support - Paid holiday..."
- —Guest Me
Fake AT&T Scam
- "Employee Deposit As of June 1, 2012, AT&T now requires that all new employees complete an online application as well as an employee deposit. In the past, we have agreed to hire individuals that did not show up for work, leaving us understaffed. Now that we require a $15.00 deposit during the online application, we have noticed the problem of people not showing up has came to an halt. Please be aware that this $15.00 deposit that will be returned to you when you show up for orientation. If you have already paid your $15.00 deposit and decide that you no longer want to be employed through us, please let us know and we will refund the deposit right back to the card that payment was made with. Please Note: Your card WILL NOT be charged until a representative has spoken to you over the phone. This charge will appear on your card as *AT&T SRVCS*..."
- —Guest Shaun