I’m tired of having to type up a post for every fake job scam email that comes in and I’m sure you’re tired of reading them. I do want to continue to cover them to protect others, but from now on, I’ll just be showcasing the scam emails and outlining which scam they are operating. Nothing more, nothing less.

Both of these emails are just fake check scams. Do not work for either “company.”

If you have any similar emails, please forward them to Steve@IveTriedThat.com. I can post them to this blog and help protect potential victims who search for the names and email addresses used.

Email #1

From: Advance Services® Subject: Job Position for Payroll Administrator
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 11:17 AM

Job Summary:

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to assist with both creating, analyzing and dispatching residual payments for external sales organizations using VersaCheck Software, Quickbooks. This job has the potential to become a full-time position for the right candidate. Compensation is based upon experience but in the range of $18 – $27 per hour to start with average $400 weekly

Job Description:

Collects and disburses patient valuables & provides patient information.
Coordinates & collects required deposits, co-payments.
May perform other duties as required

Job Requirements:

Must have internet
Must be detail oriented, analytical and able to work
Comprehensive knowledge of Payroll systems
You must be familiar with QuickBooks, VersaCheck, able to reconcile accounts, pay bills and have an eye for detail.


This is a variable position schedule hours will vary between the Day shift. Shift may also include, but is not limted to, weekends and/or holidays depending on departmental/operational need.

Get back to us if you are interested in this job position.


George Kayser
Advance Services

Email #2

From: smartpayreg@aol.com
Subject: RE: [1] CareerBuilder: Accountant Position
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 4:29 AM

Hello Jamie,

Thank you for writing to us,

Please allow me to introduce myself; my name is Kristin Robinson and I am
the International Human Resource Manager of Smart Pay Limited I am pleased
to inform you that we have an open position for you within our company.
Below you will find a short history of our company; please give me a bit of
your time and allow me to present it to you.


Our Company was founded in 2004 in the United Kingdom; Smart Pay Limited is
one of the largest equipment selling companies in Europe and our customers
are various businesses, hospitals, groups and individuals. The Smart Pay
Limited is a renowned and trusted symbol of dependability. Naturally, you
have great expectations regarding your career and that means you will need
plenty of room – to grow, to explore your potential and to realize your
goals. Smart Pay Limited needs a responsible, honest, self motivated and
reliable individual to work for the company as our Representative in USA for
our newly opened market. This is in view of us not having an office
presently in the USA but accepting orders from our American customers. You
don’t need to have an office and this certainly will not disturb any form of
work you have going at the moment.


– No fees needed to get this job.
– No one at Smart Pay Limited will ask for your sensitive info.
– You are not involved in any sales.
– Everything is legal under EU/USA and International laws.

The today’s situation on the financial market requires us to open and fill
several of these job positions within our company; the job opening is that
of a Representative within the US. This opening will help our company to
reduce the time it takes to receive funds from orders that we receive each
month. And we offer you one of the highest incomes on the market today and
the minimal expenditures of time.

Presently with the amount of orders we have we cannot put them on hold for
fear of losing our customers, secondly we cannot cash these payments from
the US soon enough, as international checks take about 28 working days to
cash anywhere in Europe. We lose a lot of time and money each month because
we have money transfer delays. Our clients could pay us where we want by
sending checks to an US address. What we need you to do is to provide us an
address where you can receive our customer checks. We need someone who can
receive the money through this method of payment. Regarding the check
process all you have to do is to receive the checks our customers will send
to your address, take them to your bank, cash them and send the remainder
amount to us after deducting all fees incurred and your commission. All fees
for transferring the funds will be supported from our share. Bonuses will
apply for cashing checks within 24 hours upon receiving a check. You will
always take your commission upfront.

We make direct contact for sales of products. Once orders are received and
processed we deliver the product to our customer (usually through USPS). The
customer receives and checks the product and proceeds to send the payment.
We accept all forms of payment but most of our customers pay using Bank
Checks and so in order to solve this problem and not lose any of our
customers we have decided to open this new job position. This job is legal
according to the U.S. legislation as it is today. Local money transfers take
but a few hours, so it will give us a possibility to get customer’s payment
almost immediately.


For example you receive a check as payment in the amount of 3000.00 USD, you
deduct your commission (10%): 300.00 USD and then send to us the balance:
2700.00 USD. In the first month you will receive around 15-20 orders under
3,000.00 USD to process and after checking your performance records during
that first month the orders you will receive may increase from 3,000.00
upwards to 6,000.00 USD. For example 20 transactions each around 3000.00 USD
gives you a total income of 6,000.00 USD per month and after establishing a
close co-operation with us you’ll be able to operate with larger orders and
you’ll be able to earn more. You will also deduct fees that are related to
this job (gasoline, western union fees, bank commissions, etc) from our
balance, not from your commissions. At first the checks you will receive
will vary from: $500.00 to $3,000.00. We will also send you a 1099 Form for
tax deduction on your part. Our payments will be issued out in your name and
you can have them cashed in your existing bank account, we don’t accept
newly created bank accounts because it slows the cashing process. Deduct
your percentage and forward the balance to the company attorney manager via
a western union money transfer, the name will be given to you later after
cashing a payment. This job takes only 3-7 hours per week. You’ll have a lot
of free time for taking up another job; you’ll get good income and a regular
job. This job is very challenging and you should understand it. We are
looking only for the employee who satisfies our requirements and will be an
earnest assistant.

We have health insurance and the 401K retirement savings plan as well as all
the other standard benefits that a major company usually provides.
Unfortunately we can only start talking about this after the first month has
passed since you’re working for us. We consider the first month as a trial
period. In any case you do not have to pay for anything in advance, there
are no hidden costs for performing this job. Any fee you might encounter
will be deducted from our share of the funds before you send it to us.

You will receive next instructions step by step.


This depends of how many checks you will receive but it won’t take more than
2 hours to deposit the check and send an e-mail as soon as the check arrives
to you. Also as soon as checks arrive we will send you further instructions
and all details in order to complete the process with Western Union.

Unfortunately we cannot setup any interviews now as we do not have any
representatives in US. We will be able to come and meet within the next few
months when the new offices will be opened in your area!

Please let me know if you are still interested and I will e-mail you the
contract. Also include phone numbers and e-mail address where you can be
reached. Within 24 hours after we will receive this information we will
forward you a copy of the contract you have to fill in, sign and e-mail back
to us.

Kristin Robinson
Smart Pay Limited
London, WC2B
United Kingdom
FAX 011-44-587-880-8080
FAX 011-44-107-880-8081

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Join the Discussion

  • Steve

    Shred the check or keep it as a reminder of how you almost lost nearly three thousand dollars.




  • Alexander

    It’s really annoying to think that these are still going around and people are falling for them everyday. Sending you a check to cash for not doing any work is an automatic scam in my book.

  • Larry Lowe
    Larry Lowe

    Thank you! for your thoroughness, no nonsense evaluation of ‘offers’.
    The attractiveness of lies disappear in the light of the truth.

  • Hank

    They send you $3000 in check, money order, or travelers’ checks. You deposit them in your bank and send them their share. A week or so later the $3000 check to you bounces–and you have to pay ALL of it back!

  • Steve

    “We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to assist with both creating, analyzing and dispatching residual payments for external sales organizations using VersaCheck Software”


    “Coordinates & collects required deposits, co-payments.”

    Anything that requires you to receive money or handle payments or deposit checks is 100% a scam. They get creative with the wording these days.

  • Jaye

    Petty much, what happens is they send a check to you, sometimes I have heard of them depositing into your account. Then you are supposed to take out the percentage that they told you to and send it to them through western union. Since the check is fake, eventually your bank will realize it and take that same amount of money from your account. You may even be charged with fraud, since money laundering is against the law. While your getting in trouble, the scammers have gotten away with the money that you sent them. Pretty sad, I hope no one falls for this!!

  • robyn

    steve it might be that it is 3 am here in australia but i can’t see what the problem with the first email is. help me see it please???

  • Lacey

    Yeah, I’ll tell you how it works! You receive a cheque in the mail or fedexed to you. You then take the cheque to your bank, cash it and then send an email to the so-called-company. The company will tell you that they need the money immediately and that if you send them the cash through Western Union, you can keep sometimes up to 50%. So, you send them the money out of your pocket and wait for the cheque to clear. Unfortunately the cheque is a bogus one. You end up with nothing and a bank that won’t trust you and they end up with your hard earned money. Or….The cheque clears, you send the payment as agreed upon and the cheques that are sent to you get larger and larger. You have seen that the cheques are good and your making money. Easy right? Wrong! If you don’t get nailed for money laundering, you have the same thing happen to you. They finally send you a large cheque. Before the cheque gets a chance to clear, the company ask you to send them the money right away for some made up reason or other. By then, you trust them and send them your own money because, well.. they have always sent you good cheques. So why not? You send them the money and “bang!!!” They disappear, the last cheque bounces or is fraudulent and your left holding the bag. If you add up the money you sent them the very last time, it usually adds up to the whole amount you made from them. And that’s how it works!

  • yasbick

    I knew it was something wrong. It sounded like a money laundrying scam.

    can some tell me how the scam works.

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