I was applying online for virtual assistant jobs when I received an Email from Lex, Inc. Mr, Thomas Andrews. So, I assumed that I applied a job with them. My story is the same as everyone else's I just went a little farther than they did.
I got the same Artist task and while I was working on that i got a Limo task and some Nickel ore task. Regarding the artist task, the story and emails are EXACTLY the same as the others. I found the artist and he only accepted money western union. So "Mr. Thomas Andrews" said that the client would be depositing money in my account for 7,240 or something. $500 was a bonus for me to keep by the client and then rest i would Money Gram to the Artist in Ukraine.
Not willing to give him my checking account number, I opened a new one just in case. I was wary but I figured hey the all they can do is deposit money in to the account so i went against my better judgment and what my gut instinct was telling me.
So a few days later the money was in my account. he told me to cash it (500 was my bonus) and if i got it done within 1-2 hours i would receive an additional $100 bonus from Lex. So I went and cashed the money out. I ran in to problems with Money Gram at Walmart, which I know now that god or someone up there watching over me and that they did not let this happen.
The first Walmart that I tried, the Money Gram system was down. So I went to the another Walmart down the street, they were shocked when I told them how much money i was sending and wouldn't do it and called for a manager. The manager was trying to make sure that I knew the person that I was sending it to and there are a lot of scams out there and I assured him that it was not a scam and I knew the person (as Thomas Andrews told me to say). I had also talked to Mr. Andrews early that day so I thought even more that this was legit.
So the Manager at Walmart finally approved the transaction. SO I start the process and they ask for my drivers license and social security card. Well I did not have my SS card with me at the time. They said it was required on amount this high. So, they sent me away told me to come back with my SS Card.
I called Thomas Andrews back and told him about the problem and he said go home look for it now and go back to the walmart ASAP. Well I have a full time job, which I was taking my lunch break to do this. So I couldn't just go home to look for it. I was also busy that night (it was a Friday) and the rest of the weekend. He repeatedly called me and emailed me on Friday night about getting it done friday night. I couldn't not and didn't not answer his calls. Same thing on Saturday calls and emails about having to get it done today.
Finally emailed him back and said I couldn't not get it done this weekend and I was busy. I will take care of it on Monday.
Well when I woke up Monday morning I had an alert from my bank that my account went negative 6,740 or whatever the exact amount was that I withdrew. Thankfully I still l had the cash on me so I could deposit it back in to my account. I got emails from him on Monday asking me if I would get it done today. I wrote him back and I said the money has been reversed from my account, so no I wouldn't be. He wrote back and said well the clients reversed it because you didn't get it done this weekend and they thought you pocketed the money, but If you get it done today they will deposit the money back in my account after it's done. Well that was the final straw. There was no way in hell that cash was going anywhere but right back in to my bank account. I went to the bank first thing in the morning and deposited the cash right back in my account and I told Mr. Andrews that I was not interested in working for him anymore. Didn't hear back from him.
Now I understood why he wanted me to get it done Friday or Saturday so bad, because he knew that sunday night was the date it was going to be reversed from my account.
Then today I tried to searched Mr Thomas Andrews scams and I found this website with people reporting the exact same thing, however against my better judgment, I went a little further than most people. I had tried to research Lex, Inc. prior to starting this task but came up with nothing. Which was the first red flag.
I really cannot believe that i fell for it and almost lost over $7000. As I said earlier I definitely think I had some one watching over me that day at Walmart.