Regional Sales Representative
Regional Sales Representative Scam: How It Works
Sometimes companies post-employment opportunities looking for "regional online sales representatives". The products could be of any kind, from electronics to sports apparel. Yes, there might be some legitimate ones, but what follows is an example of how this scam happens.
The potential rep (you) is promised a 10% commission on every transaction. There is no registration fee and no charges, so you think it is a great job, already doing math on how much you can earn per month. You are in! A week or two after you sign up, you receive an order from a "client" – $20,000 worth of products or services. Wow, you could make $2,000 if this goes through! The deal does go through, and you get your "client's satisfaction".
The scammer will sends you the $20,000 check and, following instructions, you deposit it in your account, keep your $2,000 and send the rest to the company that hired you. The fake check that you received and deposited will bounce in a few business days, making you responsible to the bank for $18,000.
The image above is captured from an actual scam e-mail.
How to Avoid the Scam
No business that tells you to deposit large checks in your account is legitimate. That is not how business works – you could skip the country with the whole amount. So if you are EVER told to put a check for money that is not yours in your account, that lets you know someone is trying to pull a fast one on you.
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Regional Sales Representative: How To Report a Scammer
Let your family and friends know about the Regional Sales Representative 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:
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