The scammer behind this ‘offer’ was smart enough to actually make a website for you to visit – should you choose to be skeptical – but even a quick perusal of the site should tell you it’s bogus. The site has no mention of their ‘job offer’, and to imagine there is so vast a market for the ‘clay sculptures’ that they need help receiving payments is a real stretch.
Test Your Skills
You should be able to find at least twelve red flags that tell you this e-mail is fraudulent. Click on the picture below to see the answers, but try to find them yourself, first. If you find twelve, you’re a pro with little to worry about. If you find fewer than ten, consider practicing on some more of our spam scam examples.
Here are the red flags that show this is a scam:
- The email comes from firstname.lastname@example.org – there is no company called jobsusa. The reply is to staff@Karmenta.com. Karmenta is a nursing & rehab center in Madison Wisconsin.
- The grammar is amusing; whoever wrote this does not speak English – in spite of the fact that the vivoices site claims to be based in England.
- The sentences are weirdly broken onto different lines.
- The text has capital letters in the middle of sentences.
- Vivoices.com is not listed in search engine results; you have to type the URL directly into the address bar. Scanning the site, there is no mention of job listings, nor will you find their vision, values, mission, or operating principles.
Now, we get to the meat of the scam:
- The job description says your job will be to “collect payment” – not invoice, not bill, but collect the money yourself – what company would have you personally collecting their money?
- The job description says you will receive payment in the form of cashier checks, personal checks or money orders. These are the three primary forms of payment fraud. – The goal is to have you ‘cash’ these and forward the money to the ‘company’. The scammers walk away with your money (the money transfer you send them is legitimate). You get stuck repaying the bank(s) when the cashiers checks, personal checks or money orders are discovered to be fake and bounce – and to top it off, you’ll need to pay the fines for bounced/bad checks. For the really gullible, scammers can get away with this more than once, because when you complain to the ‘company’ they will sympathize with you, then say that to correct the situation you should deduct your loss from the next set of payments – which of course are equally fake.
- The payments are going to be made out in your name. No legitimate company would do this – why would a company ever trust you with their money??? The only reason for this is that the scammers need you to cash the fake payments and be stuck repaying when the banks come after you.
- You are required to check daily for ‘payments’ because they need you to cash the fake checks/money orders quickly before the fraud is detected.
- You are promised 10% of the sales price though you did nothing to generate a sale. All they want you to do is cash checks that ‘buyers’ were told to make out in your name (what legitimate buyer would write a check to an individual rather than the company?). If you’re really greedy and dishonest, you may even think you can steal from the ‘company’ by keeping all of the money. In this case the spammers lose nothing – you however will still be stuck repaying the money, plus fines, to your bank.
- You are asked to satisfy requirements they haven’t outlined.
- The second part of the scam – you give away your information so the scammers can resell it to other scammers.
Times may be tough economically, but falling for scams like this will only make things worse.