How to avoid online scams that offer online employment
Picture is Jason Diana's profile picture. Who knows if this not a fake picture.
This person is a scammer, beware.
Original post: 03/15/17
Today with advance technology there are plenty of opportunities for people to work from home or online while a person travels. The difficult aspect of discovering a online job is weeding through the scammers. Scammers always seem to be there in hopes to con someone and take advantage of a person that is simply seeking a better life. Thankfully, I am poor and wise enough not to fall for scams. Yet, sometimes understanding a person is a scammer take me a minute to recognized, since the scammer is feeding off a hope or dream.
There are many ways to identify and avoid a scam. Here are a few examples.
1. The offer is to good to be true.
2. Person cannot be verified
3. The person emails you from a persona google or yahoo email account.
4. The person can not be verified they work for the company in question.
5. The company does not know the person that claims to be employed by the company.
6. The company tells you the person is scamming you.
7. The person ask for personal information, such as social security number before being hired
8. The person says they are going to send you a 401 and not a 1099 or a W2 form. The 401 is only for International Preliminary Examining Authority use only.
9.The person claims you get a signup bonus with a big allowance to buy needed equipment or material and all they need is you banking information. No job needs to know who you bank with and no forms should be filled out before the 1099 or W-2.
10. The person says the company's policy is to have full access of the bank account and asked for the following:
A sign up bonus would also be sent (only if you give the information)
11. You do not know the person outside of social media that referred you to the person that claims to be interested in hiring you.
12. Keep you busy so you get tired and hungry, so you will agree with anything a person offers without thinking about the offer.
13. Job offers are done by texting, messenger, or google hangouts.
14. The person does not allow time to verify the company or provide a method to verify.
15. The person tells you the job interview has to be done that day or the job will be no longer available.
So, here is my latest scammer. Let me start with a little background to insure we are all on the same page. Recently I have been looking for a online job, preferably part time, so I can still work on my blogs. I am starting to see a small amount of revenue from my blogs, but I still need to increase traffic to the blogs to be able to support myself and my babies, as well as the puppies and dogs in need.
So, I have a follower that has insisted he loves me, even without ever meeting me in person. OK, I will say that maybe possible, yet I am not a trusting person. One of the main reason I do not trust this person is as soon as I agreed with him and said "I love you" he wanted money to be sent to him to obtain a green card. Well, that is a red flag and another scam.
Okay, so this same person was bugging me one morning and asked what I was doing. I told him I was working on my blogs and then later applying for some online work. He offered to contact a friend named Kennedy Medina that had a online business and could help me. So I agreed and gave him a account that I hardly utilized. The next day he says to email his friend.
Here is the first red flag. The email he sent me was bad. Here is the email. email@example.com. When I told him the email was bad he told me to check my email. At first I saw nothing. Yet, I decided it was time to check what emails I had. That is when I saw the email from a Jason Diana firstname.lastname@example.org stating the following:
"Position Type: Full-Time/Part Time.
Job Position:Customer Services/ Admin Assistant/
Part time is 4 hrs.
Full time is 7 hrs
Location: Online/ Office Location
Required skill sets:
Strong customer service skills
Organizational skills, detailed orientation, project
Demonstrated ability to change direction in
response to changing priorities
Ability to accept and facilitate change
Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite of
products and especially MS
Outlook, Excel and Word.
Ability to Prioritize
Professional demeanor and strong oral and written
You are to set up a screen name with Google
Hangout( www.gmail.com ) then
and add up the company Hiring Manager's Gmail
account (email@example.com ) and instant
message her for an immediate
online interview/briefing exercise.
The schedule time for the interview/briefing
exercise hold Today and
TOMORROW march 14th AND 15th 2015 by
9AM,10AM and 1pm Pacific Daylight
Time (PDT) and 9 AM your time. Make sure you are
to be available Google
Hangout at this time for the interview, your swift
and timely response
matters a lot to this position as the job starts
Your verification code is HRP07124,this would serve
as your identification
number throughout the online hiring process I wish
you best of luck.
Reference from CEO Kennedy medina
Territory Manager at mylan laboratory
The emailed appeared to be legit at the surface level.
So I contacted this person. I could not meet the times she wanted on the 14th. I told her, I would be available either later that day or on the 15th. Well, she asked me when I would be available and made sure she was ready when I was. This is another red flag. A busy HR manager has a schedule and only a scammer will flex a schedule and be ready at the same time you are.
So, I got ready expecting a online interview via webcam. Nope, the interview was done on Google hangouts via text only. This is another red flag. Anyone can be texting you with a fake profile picture. Not having a visual there is no way to verify the person.
Here is the conversation so far. Keep in mind the person is still attempting to message me this morning. That is another red flag. I told her I was not interested and she still is attempting to get me to send her my bank information. No Job is going to push when there is other people willing to work. Good thing I only gave her what I know is already in public view.
Also, when she asked for the bank information, I knew this was the final red flag and I had wasted my time in hopes of a good opportunity. No one should ever have your password to your accounts. They can add themselves to the account, delete the account, or simply drain the account of what money you have or what the bank is willing to allow to go in the negative. Thankfully, I bank with chase and they call me as soon as they see activity that is not normal for my family.
Okay, here is the conversation. The scammer's responses is labeled with her picture.Also, note she started the conversation. My response is highlighted in gray. Notice how her grammar is poor along with terrible spelling skills. The mistakes are not noticeable at the surface level. Also, notice how I miss spell Kennedy's name and she does not correct me.
So, I went to the website Jason Diana sent me. When I spoke to a representative with Mylan Laboratories, I was told this is a old scam that occurs from time to time. Also, I was told everyone that had contacted the company had the same story, the job was referred by text, messenger, google hangouts, or email. Also, I was told Mylan only hires fresh graduates and working student, as well only hires through the website. Since I did not get the person permission to mention his name, I will let you call and verity yourself.
Here is the contact info I called from the website Diana sent along with the link.
Robert J. Coury Global Center
1000 Mylan Blvd.
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Also, when I told her I was told that Mylan only hires through the website, Diana claimed that was impossible. Another lie and red flag from Diana. Here is the career link within the site Diana sent me. https://www.mylan.com/en/careers. Never accept someone's word, look at the site yourself. Diana attempted to claim there was no contact information on the website. This lies is too obvious since Mylan is a big money making company and the company encourages people to contact them. Mylan is in the business of helping people and contacting them is a must. They say on the website Diana sent me, Mylan loves to hear from everyone, including anyone that has a questions. The two people spoke to was very professional and answer my questions with honest ease.
There was too many red flags along the way. I knew early on this was a scam, but I played along enough to get information to share with everyone so the scammers can be shut down and everyone can be aware. Please be sure to share to help others to avoid such scammers.
One major rule I am putting in play is verifying the company and person before the interview. Also, if the person does not proved or allow time I will pass. There is a sucker born every minute and I am not one of them. Nope, I am a scammers worse nightmare, because I am the one that shouts from the roof tops to expose the lies, games, and scam for all to see.
So, I plan to block the person that originally recommended Kennedy Medina. The only thing is I am not sure blocking will make difference. I have already removed that person from my friends list a year or so back. Also, a few years ago, I block him and he open a new account in a different name. I do not plan to talk when he messages me as well when he tracks me down on another social site.The sad fact is I am fully aware of his scams, yet he keeps trying. This is why I plan not to respond. One of the ways we get scammed is when the scammer takes lots of time to the scam. we start to believe the scammer is a friend in which is what he or she wants. So, I would recommend to block and unfriend. For all who is on facebook this is the new name and account this guy is using these days "Akim Bouraima". Be careful. This guy is very wise and appears to be honest.
The following pictures was sent to me via message from Facebook :
|For all who is on Facebook., this is the new name and account this guy is using these days "Akim Bouraima"|
Be careful. Thus gut is very wise and appears to be honest.
|Even scammers can have real pictures. Be careful this person mixes truth with lies to get money.|
So, I plan to block Akim Bouraima since he is the person that started the original scam and recommended Kennedy Medina. The only thing I am unsure of if blocking this scammer will work. The last time I blocked him for a different scam he open a new account. One thing for sure, I do not plan to talk to him. I am hoping this time this scammer will leave me alone. The sad fact is he will move on and find another that he can easily scam.
All pictures come from messages on Facebook to me from "Akim Bouraima". a side note never give away your picture as this guy did. Once they are giving to a person, you have no control how they use the picture. Unlike me, I make it clear that all my pictures are copy right protected even when I sell one. So, be sure to add a copy right protection to all your social media to protect your pictures. Matter of fact also be sure to update from time to time as well.
Here are the links to report scams to the FBI, as well as the White House.
Here is the continuing conversation. Keep in mind, no legit job would harass a person after a person turns away a job or make things personal. The only reason I am allowing this person to speak to me is to show everyone how persistent scammer will be and will change the scam to con a person in another manner. The game is in the numbers, the more a scammer harasses typical more a person will give in. Well, not me. Let these scammers waste there time on me. At least one less person is being con or so I hope.
Also, did you notice I warned the scammer about the blog and article and the response was yes you told me you are a blogger. Not sure if this scammer is very wise. Do not fall for anyone that wants to give you money for nothing, wants you to pay for a job, or wants full access to personal accounts, such as your banking accounts.
Also, Akim Bouraima has tired to get me to open a Wells Fargo account a few times in the past claiming he wants to send money from his dying love. So, I am not surprise the people in his circle wants me to use Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo appears to be the bank for scammer.
Also, note now she wants $25 dollars for me to have the job that she offered me last week. At first there was no charge, now she saying I need to open a Wells Fargo with 25 dollars and give her access to the account. She wants to filter $2000 use dollars and give me 200$. For what, she will not say. See how the scam is changing.
New scam and continuing conversation with Jason Diana:
Notice how she is trying to play off the fact I want to work and make money. Pay attention, people like this play off a person's dreams and desperation. Thankfully, I know better then to fall victim to the emotional blackmail and lies.
Once again no ones pays to get a legit job or gives access to personal accounts. Also, no one open account to filter clean money. If there is even real money involved, the money is illegal is the only reason someone would need the money launder through another person's account.
Well, I have not heard from Kennedy Medina or Akim Bouraima since I called them on the scam, interesting. Also, did you notice how this person avoids having Mylan verify her employment. I really should call her a "it", after all we really do not even know who we are speaking too since it is hiding behind text messages. Stay tune, I will keep you posted.
Video created by Eve Hoffman found on YouTube
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