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…
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.
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
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
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.
Human Resources Manager
STA Travel Technologies
271 Newport Ave
90803, Long Beach
CA, United States
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.
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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!