There’s a new scam populating CareerBuilder and Monster and it’s using the name Simply Do It Assistants run by a guy named Michael A. Jacobs. He claims that his business is “is a licensed, bonded and insured lifestyle management agency specializing in the management of personal & business affairs and concierge services for VIPs, celebrities, athletes, entertainers and corporate executives.” He’s looking for personal assistants to work for $500 a week.
What he’s actually looking for is a way to scam you. Either out of money or your identity or (and probably) both.
Do not work for Simply Do It Assistants, Simply-Assistants.com, or Michael A. Jacobs
Here’s the email that he is sending out…
Subject: RE: more information and your agreement ****_**** Simply Dolt Assistants.
We acknowledge receipt of email. This position is still available (Personal Assistant, 2-3 hours a day, $500 / week, work from home mostly so no exact location).
For any additional information about this position, how it works, payment, etc please refer our corporate website and FAQ section (frequently asked questions. Website addres is at the bottom).
If you are willing to work with us and have already studied our website, please sign up the labor contract attached and send it back BY EMAIL. You will find the contract attached. Fill it out and send by email as attachment, do not fax it. If you have any questions and do not see answers on the website – please reply to this email.
Best regards, Michael A. Jacobs
Simply DoIt Assistants, LLC
1111 Brickell Ave, #701
Miami, FL 33131-3112
Included in the email is an attached application that you need to fill out and return. Within the application is this list of duties…
Duties and Position
The Company hires the Employee in the capacity of a Personal Assistant. The
1. Planning, organizing and research
2. Providing enthusiastic, professional, quality service to our customers. Processing various inquiries to enhance their quality of life.
3. Assisting with corporate & personal shopping / acquisition (includes providing thoughtful ideas, locating, purchasing, wrapping and delivering as needed)
4. You must possess fluent knowledge of the city and geography of surrounding areas; as well as knowledge of the restaurants, amenities, clubs and tourism industries to provide to hotel guests.
5. Making arrangements for VIP or out-of-town guests (which includes: ideas, researching, scheduling, booking, communication, and follow-up as needed)
I bolded line three because this is a common description used to describe package reshipping and fake check scams. Odds are, Michael Jacobs is either going to send you a check to make purchases with or have packages shipped to your house.
If he sends you a check, he’ll tell you to deposit the check into your account, go out, buy whatever he wants (usually high priced electronics), and ship them overseas. The only problem is the check will eventually bounce due to it being either stole or fake and you’ll be stuck having to pay for the thousands of dollars worth of equipment you sent to some random guy in a foreign country.
If he send you packages, he’ll tell you he needs them reshipped to clients, again, overseas. This is even more troublesome as the packages will have been purchased with stolen credit card information. The authorities will soon following the shipping address and arrive at your house. Unfortunately for you, the packages will be long gone and the authorities will want to know what you were doing receiving packages that were bought with money that isn’t yours.
Either scenario does not end well for you.
If that’s not enough, you can run a WHOIS on the Simply-Assistants.com domain and get the following information…
Domain name: SIMPLY-ASSISTANTS.COM
Name Server: ns1.bernet.ru
Name Server: ns2.bernet.ru
Creation Date: 2011.03.14
Expiration Date: 2012.03.14
Registrant ID: U53DVT3-RU
Registrant Name: Michael A Block
Registrant Organization: Michael A Block
Registrant Street1: main str. 140-341
Registrant City: BeberlyHills
Registrant State: BeberlyHills
Registrant Postal Code: 90211
Registrant Country: US
I’ll point out the obvious disrepencies. First them email states his name is Michael A. Jacobs and he runs a company out of Miami Florida. However, the domain is registered to a Michael A. Block in the city of BeberlyHills in the “state” of BeberlyHills. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t recall learning about the 51st state of BeberlyHills. He also elected to go with Main Street. This dude is not original at all.
Aside from that, the website was created 3 days ago and it’s being hosted somewhere in Russia. Not BeberlyHills, not Miami, but Russia. Clearly something is amiss here.
Finally, we have Michael’s signature in the application.
The first part of his name is very clear and legible. The second half, not so much. It appears that Michael may have had a seizure mid signature. This leads me to believe he’s using multiple aliases and email address to keep this scam fresh.
Bottom line: don’t work for Michael Jacobs or Simply Do It Assistants. He’s up to no good and it could cost you thousands of dollars, your identity, and may even land you in trouble with the local authorities. Stay far away from communicating with this guy and if you have any other similar emails from him, please post them below.