Normally, I like to keep all known scams to just one post each week, but this guy “Jayson Sparks” has been quite busy lately in sending out tens of thousands of scam emails. I received a number of copies from a few different readers just this past week. When I receive a certain volume of emails regarding a current scam, I have to write a full post about it.
So, here goes.
Who is Jayson Sparks?
Jayson Sparks is sending out job offers to random applicants around the web. He promises very good pay at $75k per year to help manage a foreign exchange program. Unfortunately, the whole thing is bogus.
Here’s a copy of the current scam email making the rounds…
Subj: CV #05
My name is Jayson Sparks;
I am a hiring manager with National Student Exchange Center (NSEC),
a non-profit international student exchange organization, specializing in managing exchange programs for university and college students from all over the world.
I would like to offer you a job of an Area Representative with our organization.
An Area Representative’s responsibilities include
* Distributing of educational materials and grants from our sponsors
* Preparing materials that will be used for country & state guides for foreign students
* Working with host families, helping to resolve their issues, responding to their concerns
* 1-2 years of previous sales experience are required.
* Previous sales experience in admissions or personnel placement is preferred.
* Telephone appointment setting and interviewing experience.
* Strong communication skills, both on the phone and in person, are required.
Please note that you will need a PC with Internet connection,
as well as a working cell phone or a landline to successfully perform as a Student Organization Representative.
This job would allow you to work from home or office,
since all your functions will be done through a web-based interface, which can be accessed remotely.
The starting salary is $ 36.28 per hour, which can be increased depending on your performance level.
We offer paid holidays, vacation, and education reimbursement for full-time and part-time employees.
Our work environment is very dynamic.
Our people are valued.
Apply today for a rewarding experience in the international education & student exchange industry!
Please forward your resume along with your contact information to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a few things here that immediately stand out as a scam to me.
- Well, for starters, The National Student Exchange Center doesn’t even exist. The National Student Exchange (NSE) does, but they have issued warnings that they have nothing to do with this guy.
- There is no website listed.
- What kind of professional email address is email@example.com?
- The domain name usa-newresume.com is sketchy sounding and doesn’t even exist.
- The pay is just off. $36.28 is an odd starting salary and it’s just too specific.
- The email is written in English, but it does not appear to be written by a native English speaker.
Now, there isn’t enough evidence in the email to point out what scam this guy is running, so this next part is purely my speculation. I imagine “Jayson Sparks” will have you accepting fraudulent checks to either purchase office supplies or to process payments from foreign exchange students. If it isn’t a fake check scam, then I think he’s trying to steal identities. I tried emailing the guy as a “prospective employee” but I haven’t heard back from him yet.
If you have dealt with Jayson and can fill in the remaining details for me, please send an email to Steve@IveTriedThat.com or post a comment below. Thanks!
That’s all I have for now. Stay far away from Jayson Sparks.