Beware of Kevin Hoffmann and STA Travel Technologies Inc.

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Sigh.

I need a way to figure out a way to warn the world about fake check scams. I had the following email come in earlier this morning…

Hi Steve,

I have one that I thought I’d pass on to you and see what you think. My husband received this email and I answered it that I was interested. We are both out of work and the money would be great, but it seems almost too good to be true. Maybe you could check it all out. I’m attaching all the emails I’ve gotten.

Thanks in advance. Keep up the good work.

Attached to the email were the following emails.

First Email

Job For You

Do you have 20 hours a week free? Be part of our team of professionals at STA Travel Technologies Inc. We currently have a vacancy for an Assistant Cashier. The Assistant Cashier helps the Senior Cashier fulfill minor orders. This is an excellent opportunity to earn extra money without leaving your home. Even if you have no experience in this field, you will quickly learn all the skills required for the job. Senior Cashiers are there to guide you through the work process and give you a helping hand.

To apply send resume to: Kevin.Hoffmann@sta-travel.net

Second email

Dear xxxx,

Let me introduce myself: My name is Kevin Hoffmann, and I am a
personnel manager of the STA Travel Technologies, Inc. Thank you for
expressing interest in the vacant position at our firm; I hope our
further cooperation will be pleasant and interesting for you. If you
have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me at any time.

First of all, let me briefly explain to you the nature of the
assistant cashier position. The assistant cashier works in
cooperation with a senior colleague who prepares small and
uncomplicated tasks for the assistant cashier to perform. There are
many kinds of tasks, but primary responsibilities include salary
payments to regional managers (via Money Gram or Western Union), and
the accepting, processing, and posting of correspondence (via USPS
or FedEx).

WORK SCHEDULE. You can choose the most convenient times for you
to work between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. You can choose how many and
which days you work per week without any limitations. Your
schedule can be changed at any time, but you must inform a senior
cashier about such changes three days beforehand. You will prepare
your schedule during the training course.

CALCULATION OF SALARY. The amount of money you earn corresponds to
the time you spend fulfilling the tasks given. 25$ will be accrued
to you per each hour of working time, which is determined
according to a table. The table indicates the average time for
fulfillment of each type of operations. For example, the operation
of mails processing takes four hours. So, for fulfillment of this
task you will get 4 * 25 = 100 USD. Notice: if you spend three
hours on fulfilling this task, you will receive the fee for four
hours of work. You will have a chance to examine the working time
table in greater detail throughout your training.

PAYMENT PROCEDURE. Salary payments are made once every two weeks,
in whatever manner is acceptable for you. During your training,
you will get 100% payment for all operations fulfilled.

I hope the main details of the position are now clear to you. I will
attach a more detailed description of activities hereto; you can
find it in the file: “job_description.rtf”.

Please examine the attached documents and review all the
information. If you have any questions feel free to ask me. If
everything is clear and you have no questions, please fill out the
employment agreement, and return it by e-mail.


Kevin Hoffmann,
Human Resources Manager

STA Travel Technologies
271 Newport Ave
90803, Long Beach
CA, United States
Phone: 718-473-0689

Accompanying the emails are three legitimate looking documents outlining the job duties, how much you would get paid, and an employee agreement. The documents look very convincing and official. It’s a big step up from the typo-ridden, near impossible to decipher emails that often come out of Nigeria.

To the unsuspecting user, this job opportunity is a dream come true. $25 from home would definitely be the answer to someone’s prayers. Unfortunately, this is a scam and just one little line gives the whole thing away. That line is, “there are many kinds of tasks, but primary responsibilities include salary payments to regional managers (via Money Gram or Western Union), and the accepting, processing, and posting of correspondence (via USPS or FedEx).”

Do Not Work for STA Travel Technologies

The “job” is just another payment processing scam. These criminals use you and your bank account to launder money. They ask you to “process paychecks” by depositing checks into your bank account and then have you send a portion of that money over seas. The check you receive will either be fake or stolen. However, you can still deposit it into your bank account and have access to the funds immediately. Before the check bounces, you are asked to send 90% of the money back to the scammer via Western Union or via money wire. At this point, you just sent thousands of dollars overseas and the fake check they sent you will bounce leaving YOU responsible for recovering the missing funds.

Payment processing or check cashing jobs are ALWAYS SCAMS. Even worse, they’re illegal. Not only will you lose thousands of dollars, but you could also land a criminal record for receiving fraudulent or stolen funds. Never ever agree to a job where your primary duty is to process payments. If you receive a fake check, tear it up immediately and cease communication with the scammer. Do not cash it!

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11 Comments

  1. I got an email today from Christopher Milam about a job I replied back requesting more information. He followed up with another email and 3 attachements. I’m so glad I googled the phone number on one of the attachements and saw that it’s ascam. Please see the copied email.
    Message body

    Thank you for expressing interest in the vacant position at our
    firm; I hope our further cooperation will be pleasant and
    interesting for you. If you have any questions, please do not
    hesitate to ask me at any time.

    First of all, let me briefly explain to you the nature of the PayPal
    manager position. The assistant manager works in cooperation with a
    senior colleague who prepares small and uncomplicated tasks for the
    assistant manager to perform. There are many kinds of tasks, but
    primary responsibilities include salary payments to regional
    managers (via Money Gram or Western Union), and the accepting,
    processing, and posting of correspondence (via USPS or FedEx).

    LOCATION. This job is home-based. You can work from any US state.

    WORK SCHEDULE. You can choose the most convenient times for you
    to work between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. You can choose how many and
    which days you work per week without any limitations. Your
    schedule can be changed at any time, but you must inform a senior
    manager about such changes three days beforehand. You will prepare
    your schedule during the training course.

    CALCULATION OF SALARY. The amount of money you earn corresponds to
    the time you spend fulfilling the tasks given. 25$ will be accrued
    to you per each hour of working time, which is determined
    according to a table. The table indicates the average time for
    fulfillment of each type of operations. For example, the operation
    of mails processing takes four hours. So, for fulfillment of this
    task you will get 4 * 25 = 100 USD. Notice: if you spend three
    hours on fulfilling this task, you will receive the fee for four
    hours of work. You will have a chance to examine the working time
    table in greater detail throughout your training.

    PAYMENT PROCEDURE. Salary payments are made once every two weeks,
    in whatever manner is acceptable for you. During your training,
    you will get 100% payment for all operations fulfilled.

    I hope the main details of the position are now clear to you. I will
    attach a more detailed description of activities hereto; you can
    find it in the file: “job_description.rtf”.

    Please examine the attached documents and review all the
    information. If you have any questions feel free to ask me. If
    everything is clear and you have no questions, please fill out the
    employment agreement, and return it by e-mail.


    Christopher Milam,
    Human Resources Manager
    BEA Travel Technologies
    271 Newport Ave
    90803, Long Beach
    CA, United States
    Phone: 562-912-3270

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  2. I got the same email, I’m sure its from posting on career boards. they don’t screen who they give access to their resume data base. long as they pay the fee the company is given access.
    one such company sent me a few postal money orders for me to cash and send the funds via Western Union. funny they insisted that i finish my assignment asap!!! I was holding up other clients by not cashing the check and sending the funds.. I told them i will deposit in my account til they are good to withdraw money. I got a email from a higher up agent and said he would not pay me for not doing the job as directed. I wrote back and said i quit tell me were i can send the funds after they clear..
    I have yet got the address to send funds nor did i ever put them in my account

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  3. I knew it was too good to be true. The CareerBuilder ad was misleading to say the least. Looking for “assistant Managers” in a Customer service position? Not hardly. I sent an email just for s**ts and giggles but even as I sent it I knew it smelled funny. Boy was I right. I wonder to whom I should go to shut down this parasite?

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  4. Sharonda Grant says:

    OMG I fell for it!! Nothing has happened to me yet but I have opened all of the documents and sent back until they asked for my bank account again and i got very suspicious. Please tell me what do i need to do from here???? I am sooooo scared.

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  5. I posted my resume on CareerBuilder and received an official looking email from William Jones from CDC Travel Technologies…..it had 3 attached docs but notice they were in an .rtf format which NO legitmate company would ever use!

    Thanks for the good info and setting the record staight!

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  6. I just received an email from a “William Jones” of CDC Travel Technologies. Like the others here, the email looked very official. The documents, including the “employment agreement” were well written and included a lot of legal speak. Before I filled out the so-called agreement I started to do a bit of research and found this. Thank you so much for saving me from a huge mistake!

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  7. I am glad i seen this too I am out of work and receiving the same email
    which was from:
    CDC Travel Technologies
    271 Newport Ave
    90803, Long Beach
    CA, United States
    Phone: 562-912-3270

    I looked up the name because 25.00 an hour seemed too good to be true (i was wishing it would be) but it isn’t
    when I looked up the name it said that the company is no longer in business and I seen this web site
    good thing

    thanks for the info
    Susan

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  8. thank you being out of work and seeing a chanse to make some cash looked amazing … I,m glad I researched it.

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  9. I too have received a letter of the same sort with a different name and title
    William Jones with the CDC Travel technologies. I even looked up the address and it is a residential. It’s a shame that there are nasty people out there who are taking advantage of others who want an honest job.

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  10. i got an email. sounded really good – too good to be true.

    Whew! I’m glad I did some research first before responding!

    What’s interesting is how someone learned my name and email address.

    I get many phishing scams too! Like emails about account account changes at institutions, where I don’t have accounts.

    If you get them, go to the institution’s web site and find the email address so you can forward the phishing scam / spam email to their IT department.

    Cyber Cops can track down those villains too!

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  11. After I just read an e-mail with a job offer from a “Kevin Hoffman”, I was intrigued to learn more about his company and what the position would entail. A completely different career, and a financial upgrade made me quite excited too!

    Once I realized that I had not posted my resume in years and that I live on the opposite side of the country from his company, I started to doubt its legitimacy. I scanned through some search results, and saw the words “warning” and “scam” used too many times.

    The information you posted confirmed my suspicions and I knew not to get my hopes up. Due to what I learned from the information you provided, I believe that I also have avoided being victimized by these criminals.

    Thank you, so very much for all of the information you provided.

    Kind Regards,
    Rebecca

    Reply

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