I knew this had to be a scam because, as the saying goes, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!" But, since I am in desperate need of a job and wanted to 'believe' this could be real (which is EXACTLY what these scammers are looking for), I replied to the fake Internet Personal Assistant job opportunity.
The first HUGE give-away is the fact that I never received a phone call for an interview or a request for proof of MY identity, nor did I receive a W-2 or 1099 employment form. The next 'Red Flag' was the lack of a physical address or telephone number on the Paul Scheg Photos website; which is admittedly an impressive looking website. Another warning was his instructions to text, email or leave or a voice mail. Again, no REAL communication with the employer. Optimism and desperation tried to convince me that Paul Shceg was just too busy to handle his business properly, which is why he needs an assistant (fingers crossed).
Soon, I received a cashiers check via FedEx and an email with instructions for the funds (see below) and against my better judgement I deposited the cashiers check. Fortunately I remained skeptical enough to continue searching the internet for any other victims of this scam, and found a complaint on this website. Needless to say, I will be contacting my bank immediately to reverse the deposit.
I have been out of work for quite some time and this is not the first time I've been solicited by unscrupulous individuals. Trying to find a decent job in this terrible economy is already disheartening, and having to contend with the inordinate amount of scammers using job search websites to find victims disgusts me even more. Please beware and be careful~
***PAUL SCHEG's EMAIL***
Per my last email to you, our first transaction has been secured for my client's photo shoot. The initial deposit of $2,840.37, for his shoot has been mailed to you via FedEx. This will be delivered to your home today to be handled in my care. You will receive a cashier check for $2,840.37. Please follow my instructions below explicitly to successfully handle this transaction...
As soon as you receive the payment, confirm that your name is correctly written on the check. I will need you deposit the check at your bank, this is to allow the bank take 24-48hours to verify received payment before cashing the check. Upon cashing at the bank, please follow the steps below:
STEP 1: Deposit the received check at your bank, so it can be verified and cashed within 24-48hours.
STEP 2: Once cashed in 24-48hours from day of deposit, today. Deduct your first week's pay ($500).
STEP 3: Purchase a cashier check for $50 from your bank addressed to
NAME: DALE KRUNAS
ADDRESS: 696 BELLE CREEK RD, BELGRADE MT 59714
You will send me a scanned copy of this check. The check will be mailed via USPS to Dale at a later date. I'll let you know when and where to mail Dale's check.
STEP 4: You will have a cash balance of $2,340.37 at hand after your deductions, you will do a cash transfer at western union to 2(two) of my suppliers in the Philippines. The theme of this shoot is to appeal to a Filipino market, I will need costume and set inventory from the Philippines.The cost of wire transfer at western union should be between $20-$50 per transfer, deduct this as well from the $2,340 at hand. Please send $1,100 to Dominic Olsen and $1,120 to Mary Dasi. Their details listed below... Note: Make sure you use "Money in Minutes" option at WESTERN UNION
Name 1 : Dominic Olsen
Address 1 : 126 Santiago Road
City 1: Quezon State 1: Des Marinas
Zip code 1 : 4200
Name 2: Mary Dasi
Address 2: 12 Calabash Road
City 1: Cebu State 1: Manila
Zip 2 : 4000 Country: Philippines
That's all you need to wire the funds through Western Union. You can find a Western Union to use nearby, If you haven't used western union before. Visit their website www.westernunion.com to find your nearest store/location...
STEP 5: As soon as you are done with the transfer at western union, please text me or email me with the following details. So Dominic and Mary can make delivery as quickly as possible... SENDERS NAME (As used on the W.U Slip):SENDERS ADDRESSEXACT AMOUNT SENTMTCN #: (10 digit Number on the Receipt for both transfers) I would like you to get this assignment started as quickly as possible.
Follow the steps listed above so its completed as quickly as possible. I will be waiting patiently to read from you as soon as the first step is done.
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