I am just filing a complaint which seems to have already been filed against this same company within the month of October 2011. I applied to what I thought was a real job with a company out of Atlanta, Georgia who was seeking office help and someone who was good with Excel and Word and it was part time and the pay was average and nothing was unusual about the advertisement. Then I started receiving email from a Randy Travis and a Chris and there was no mention of Global Test Market.
I was asked about doing data entry and I was also asked if I know how to print checks. This is when the red flag went up because no one hires anyone for that unless they are working in the main office and I have worked in HR so this was an automatic red flag. The other red flag was they first said they were providing a laptop and all the software to the person chosen to work for the company. I never received a computer what I did receive was a check for $3,990.00 from a CEFCU credit union which is actually located in the state of Illinois and the check has a PO Box and no company puts a PO Box as the address..red flag...
also my name and not my name and address dont apprear, red flag,, also no one signed the check it is a printed signature that can be done on a computer... I have taken forensic science so I looked at the check and automatically said "fake"... The check is accompanied by a letter with the heading of Global Test Market out of Standford, CT which says something about Western Union transfer...another red flag...No company needs a middle man to send Western Union..If any company claims they want you to do anything via Western Union then it is a total scam. The letter talks about being a mystery shopper which is not the job I applied for. Also the letter came from Canada.
What I have investigated with these scams which are thriving because there are so many scams out here because people from outside of the US are preying on the people who are unemployed or looking for extra income. I checked the IP address from the email and Randy Travis and Chris are overseas or using a service which is private to send emails where they cant be tracked. These scams have been going on since 2001 as far as my knowledge goes and these scam artist are getting even more daring. What happens for the people who dont realize this is a scam..they are considered mules and being apart of illegal activity. The other is taking that fake check to your bank would result in you losing your bank account because the check would bounce and the bank would drop you because of the fraud. So, beware of anything coming out of Canada, Europe, Ukraine, Arizona, Eastern countries and Africa because 9 times out of 10 it is a flat out scam..