Scammer seeks assistant

Online scammers are recruiting. They’re looking for people to help them transfer money and stolen goods. Of course, they don’t come right out and say that’s what they want. Instead, they claim to offer work at home jobs or pretend to be your romantic partner and ask you for a ‘favor.’ The scammers’ goal: to use your bank account, personal information and address to help them steal money.

The scammers may send you an email offering a job as a ‘clerk,’ ‘correspondence manager’ or ‘import/export specialist.’ The application asks for some personal information and your bank account number. If you agree, your first assignment may be to accept a wire transfer to your account and then transfer most of it — minus your commission — to their contact. Next task: accept packages sent to your home, re-label them with information they provide, and ship them out. The “sweetheart” version of the scam opens with an email from someone you met on a dating site. Your new flame claims he’s stranded outside the U.S. on business, and desperately needs to use your bank account to ‘relay money from the home office.’ In truth, the checks the scammers send are bogus. If you deposit them and withdraw money, you’ll be on the hook to repay the bank everything you withdrew.

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In another twist, he’s in a bind and asks you to forward a package of ‘machine parts’ he’ll have delivered to your home. The packages he wants you to forward might have anything from fake checks to stolen goods to electronics bought with stolen credit cards. If you get involved, it’ll be your name and address that the police find on the shipments.

Here’s the bottom line: If someone you don’t know — and that includes someone you met online — asks for personal or financial information, don’t respond. If they ask you to deposit checks, accept funds or wire money, don’t get involved. If you’re looking for work, read more about job scams.

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Comments

I've gotten a lot of emails asking about jobs. I just unsubscribe and I'm through with it.

This amazes me. Who would except such things. I've been desperate for work and money and would never take that leap. It takes all kinds I guess. Thanks for the warning.

I appreciate this information. I am forwarding to my friend who uses the dating sites. Thank you

Wow, I just recieved a bogus check, I took it to my bank and they called their bank. Of course, there was no funds on that check. My bank said they had about 20 of those bogus checks so they could see the people whom were sending them. I did Not deposit anything in my account. I e-mailed these people back told them I had reported them to FTC. I haven't heard from them. Should I give u their information, so that you can look into this futher. It is really odd that I would get this email from u today. What can u do about this to keep them from scamming innocent people like this. I just happen to know about this because someone different tried it with me before and I cut them down. How and what can be done?

Yes, please report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. When you report, the details go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations nationwide.

Watch out for a "Reverend Daniel Smith" who claims you are a good fit for a virtual assistant position in which you are to assist his church by emailing a newsletter to a whole list of emails. When it came to me being paid, he told me that he was sending my check via FedEx and that I was to immediately deposit it by ATM or my bank's online app and then let him know a.s.a.p. He supposedly was sending a check that included $50 more than the agreed upon contract pay, for me to send something to their New Jersey church. He has poor grammar for being an educated man. I don't deposit checks or money through an ATM. The instructions he gave about the ATM caused me to distrust him. I never did accept the check and he hasn't responded to my last email.

Steer clear of him. I believe there is some way that he is trying to commit identity theft.

I have the same thing going on with a Rev. Daniel Smith right now. He contacted me through a legitimate VA site (although I think this is third time I've been contacted by a scammer through this site??). I have the cashier check right now along with all the tracking information and the envelope it was mailed in with that address. Do I take this check to my bank and say its a possible fraud or what do I do?

You could take the check to your bank or if it came through the US mail, you could take it to your local post office.

Thank u for letting us know

I wish I would of seen this article before I deposited it,I to was hard up for work& I took out my pay and when my bank tried to clear it there oh# were off& now my bank thinks I was in on it, what a scam

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