3D Printing, Inc. scam phishing identity theft Saint Cloud Minnesota
I applied for a position with 3D Printing, Inc. in July, 2013. This job posting was found on Careerbuilder.com. On July 11, 2013, I was accepted for the position of Business Development Manager. My base pay was set at $36,000 per year with bonuses. No money was sent in by myself for training materials or support and the company has never charged me for this. I am, by trade, a computer technician with 30+ years experience. I accepted this position because I'm an avid fan of 3D printing and believe this is the next revolution in creating prototypes and finished products for individuals and companies.
I checked out the company with the local BBB and, although the company does not merit a rating (they have only been in the database since 2010), there have been no complaints lodged against this company. I also conducted an extensive search using Google and could not locate any complaints against this company. I was able to verify the address and phone number of the company through the local BBB and other resources. Considering the above, I did not believe this company was perpetuating a scam.
On July 16, 2013, I received another email from their representative (Carrie Donovan) where I was sent two documents, an Employee Agreement and a W4. I promptly filled out the requested paperwork and sent it back the same day.
I received another email from Carrie requesting bank information (routing number and account number of my personal account). One of the requirements was to open a business type bank account once I had received my first paycheck. I was to be reimbursed for services rendered on August 8, 2013. This has not happened.
On July 24, 2013, I received another email from Carrie requesting I register on their Web Panel. The additional information requested was date of birth. The other information requested during registration was first and last name and phone number. Once I was successfully registered, I was required to be logged on to the Web Panel by 8:00 a.m. each morning Monday through Friday for information on clients or additional tasks as assigned. I also received a notification of any updates via email.
This was to be a telecommuting position as I am located in Tennessee (closest metropolitan area would be Memphis). I was to represent the entire state. I'm assuming I was chosen for this position because, as a 100% telecommuting position, it takes a good amount of discipline to be effective. My last position with Compucom was to upgrade servers, printers, and desktop computers for State Farm Insurance. This was also a 100% telecommuting position. The assignment lasted approximately four months which I completed successfully without any incidences (at least as far as I know).
I was contacted on July 26, 2013 by Carrie via the Web Panel informing me that there was a problem with the first client that was to be assigned to me and that she would contact me the following Monday with any updates. I informed her (in lieu of any training materials) that I was going to jump the gun and do an extensive study on what was currently available in the 3D printing market.
On July 29, 2013, I received another message from Carrie with some training materials (two videos) along with a brief explanation of what the company does. Also, three pictures of what the client can expect as far as what our prototypes (mockups) would look like. I was also informed that the first client had not responded therefor would not yet be assigned to me.
On July 30, 2013, I was requested to perform a task. That task was to research three to five of the most popular resources used by business owners. My research was to include message boards, forums, and Craiglist postings. Also requested was three upcoming business events such as conferences and seminars. Carrie also requested any additional contacts that may be able to do the job that was assigned to me, but honestly, while I know of several people that possess the intelligence to complete this type of assignments, I don't really know anyone that has the discipline to be a telecommuter.
I was contacted again via the Web Panel on August 1, 2013, informing me that the client invoice had not been paid or delegated in any other way and that I would be assigned another client this day. I was also informed that the failures noted above would not affect my paycheck or my payday. I was also informed that payday would be August 8, 2013.
I was contacted again via the Web Panel on August 2, 2013, stating that the information on the new client (2nd client) would not be available until the following Monday. Carrie and the staff would also review some of the documents I had sent to determine if if they could utilize any of the information I had sent.
I was contacted via the Web Panel on August 5, 2013 stating that my current supervisor (Carrie) was preparing the information I would require on the new client. It never arrived.
I was contacted via the Web Panel on August 8, 2013 by Carrie stating that there had been a loss in her family and that she was sorry that she had not contacted me the past few days (there was no contact made via the Web Panel or email for the 5th and 6th of August). Carrie also apologized for my paycheck not arriving in a timely manner (August 8th) and that my paycheck would be taken care of first thing Monday morning. I have not received my first paycheck.
The Web Panel still displays August 12, 2013 (has not been updated) although I have continued to log on each morning by 8:00 a.m. as required. I have also contacted the company via telephone on August 13th at 3:38 p.m. (my local time) and again on August 14th at 10:49 a.m. I have not received a response. I also sent a detailed email directly to the company on August 15th. I have not received a response. On the two phone calls made, I left my phone number and also listed my phone number in the email.
I believe I went above and beyond what was required for the information they requested by covering the two major metropolitan areas in the state of Tennessee (Memphis and Nashville). Reports were also sent on Chattanooga and Knoxville. Information was gleaned using the following terms: message boards, bulletin boards, forums, meetups, conferences, seminars, and expos. Information on company sponsored events were also researched on the BBB and only those included with excellent ratings were included. Government sponsored events were not researched via the BBB (or other sources).
I have again (since there has not been any communications received from the company via phone, email, or the Web Panel) done extensive research on whether this may have been a scam. If this were a scam or an attempt to steal my personal identity, it seems it would have stopped abruptly once they had acquired information on my bank account, social security number, address, phone number, etc. I have not been able to locate anything that would lead me to believe that this was an attempt to acquire personal information.
I have all the emails, documentation, and screen captures of all documentation. I now believe this is a scam, I will do anything I can do to help put a stop to this scam. If this is not a scam, then this has been an attempt by the company to have me complete work for them without the intent to pay me. Any additional information that I may supply to you I will do so as it comes to light.
Update: The website in question (3dprinting4us.com) was taken down on August 22, 2013. I have discovered the website registrar (GoDaddy.com) has several 3D addresses parked at the domain in question. The following is a list I feel I need to provide just in case they are activated in an attempt to perpetuate another scam.
The only website I could determine that was active was www.3dprintmoney.com which, when I attempted to access it, returned error 403 (forbidden). Attempting to ping this site returned error 404 (not found error). This site may be hidden.