Personal Assistant Wanted

 

Personal Assistant Job Scam: How It Works

(with video below) With the job market being slim these days, many people are willing to consider taking a work from home job – any job – to make ends meet. Be aware that scammers know this too and will go to any lengths to use this to their advantage. They contact you via email or websites you put your resume on. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see in action the sneaky Personal Assistant scam exposed:

Personal Assistant Scam Exposed Video

In the Personal Assistant Wanted scam, the victim will receive an email from a successful businessperson or some sort of a a federal government employee who must travel frequently for their job. It could come as a recruiting on LinkedIn approach, too, so beware.

They claim to be seeking someone who can perform various tasks for them as they are usually out of the country. They state that they will pay well for the performance of these duties – which usually amount to only part-time hours, making the deal seem even sweeter. But here is more.

They will then proceed to ask you for your personal identifying information, in order to know where and how to pay you. Of course, there is no job. They are only looking to steal your identity and money.

Esentially, the scam works like this:

Scammers buy goods with stolen credit cards, after getting personal information and account numbers from various victims. Then they send the the goods to the real owners of the cards as the mailing address has to match the one on the credit card.

Then they call the owners and claim to be representatives of the shipping company and inform them that an order was shipped in error to their address. Then they will ask for permission to send a courier (an innocent third party, you) that would pick up the item.

As the victims can’t see the transaction on their credit card statement just yet and don’t even assume that the package was purchased with their own credit card, they approve.

That’s when the scammers hire you and send you to pick up the item as a correspondence manager and make you send the product forward.

Needless to say, when the Police tracks the trail of the packages and the credit card transactions, all the roads will lead to you.

Personal Assistant Job Scam: How To Avoid

Before giving any personal information to anyone, request a telephone interview as well as ask very pointed questions to help you verify the employer’s identity as well as how they found you. Never give personal identifying information to anyone who simply offers a “one-time excellent opportunity for employment”.

Good jobs don’t just fall out of the sky. Always do your research and work only for legitimate employers or platforms when you’re trying to make a dollar online. For example, Swagbucks.com, is the world’s largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos, or play games. You can also get free iTunes and Amazon cards. The company also has a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.

 

Personal Assistant Job Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here

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sylvia

hey i got a fishy email from a guy pretty much saying the same thing but would scammers have facebook cuz when i clicked his name he had facebook with a picture off him on it heres the email i got Thanks for your interests in the PA position, I will deeply appreciate all genuine efforts to help me monitor and keep up to date with all my activities. I most very often get my hands occupied because am working with many companies both states and outside,so it is imperative for me to have a worthy assistant who can monitor… Read more »

dan

I forwarded my resume to this person without knowing until now their true intentions. Do you think they could harm me with the information on my resume?

Harry

what do you do if you have replied, giving all the details that they have asked and sent a copy of your ID?

please respond quickly

Simi

Hey Harry, hmmm…you are in tough situation… identity fraud is huge today. Do they have your bank account number? I think in this specific case that’s what most important to them…

Pearline Lucas

I responded to a message just like this giving all of my information. What can I do now?

william

I received the same email just different name and the check came. Check for 1970.00

Cruz

This guy sent me 3 money orders asking me to cash it out or deposit it in my bank to donate to an orphanage but was never clear about any of the directions. I went ahead and deposited the money but was unable to cash it out at the time. So the money orders were returned. The guy named John McMillion then resent another 3 money orders in the amount of $985 each and has asked me to do it again. Can you please help me out?

James

The e-mail I received from Aaron Jackson–just bought into an art gallery in Australia–looks almost identical to the one on this page. Then my weekly pay arrived with $5.80 postage due. He got upset when I told him I changed my mind, "How much is $5 compared to receiving money orders worth $1000?" I told him to send me money via PayPal.

Hannah

Do not reply to anyone named John Mcmillion! He is fake. Sent me two money orders to send to an orphanage and I just called and verified that they are fake money orders. To call and verify if they are fake or real call 866 459 7822. I gave him my information which was a mistake but I’m thinking of going to the police just to be safe of identity theft, also was told my the verification hotline above to bring it to the post office and report it. Again DONT REPLY TO JOHN MCMILLION!!!!!!

Aaron Jackson

James – I’m so sorry you were contacted by an impostor pretending to be me. I can assure you i have not bought into an art gallery and have never even been to Australia. Please contact me at aaronjacksonart@gmail.com with this guy’s email address, original job post and any other information that might be helpful in getting to the bottom of this. Again, I apologize this happened to you. Thank you in advance for your help.
Aaron Jackson (the real one)

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