Bonnie – Sep 01, 2020

Victim Location 91731

Type of a scam Employment

I received a text message offering me a position as Executive Administrative Assistant with ********* ********** ******** **** I asked where they found my information they said on I asked them to email me about the position, they emailed a job PDF, it looked legitimate and the person was very responsive. The first day was fine, they sent me a docusign form to fill out with a W2 and request for my ID. I sent the documents over and they said I can begin my training the next day. I received an email that my first task for my training is to write an essay on being an Executive Administrative Assistant and it would be timed. I finished, they said good work and then emailed me a form to provide my bank information for direct deposit. I filled out the form and tried to email it back but my email bounced back with the message "Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender" this happened twice. I text my contact and let them know what was happening and they said they’ll look into it but in the meantime text them the bank information, huge red flag. I went back to the emails they sent and it looked odd like someone had added characters to the email to make it look almost like what the real email would look like. I immediately locked down my credit reports. I went to Linkedin to see if the person who contacted me "******* ******" was really with Bilfinger, the page came up with that name but the picture was blurred and there was no information. I stopped all contact and blocked the person from calling me and reported them to and the FTC. The scary thing is that everything looked legitimate until the email bounce. These people are preying on people’s desperation in these trying times, people need to work and they are being victimized by these scammers.

Darren –

Victim Location 38655

Type of a scam Employment

Good afternoon Ms. ***. Mr. Kenneth Newton said I should contact you concerning the Virtual Administrative Assistant position I applied for with TalentDesk.

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Hello, how are you doing and how is your day going?


I am doing well, thank you and how is your day going?

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I’m doing great, i believe you are set for the job briefing and interview?


Yes I am.

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I’m Mrs *** ***, HR Manager of Bilfinger….I possess over 9 years of experience in HR and ER strategies, organisational effectiveness and workplace improvement. I would be the one to brief you about the position and the company.

Here is the company’s website ( take 5 mins to read about the company and let me know once done so we can proceed.

Okay, I will.

I am done.

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The working hours are flexible and you can chose to work from anywhere of your choice,the pay is $27 per hour training is $15 per hour and will get payment bi weekly via check or direct deposit working 30 to 40 hours weekly(all employees are allowed to choose their working hours),if you are employed you are going to be working as a full employee and not an independent contractor. You can choose to work part time or full time being that you can choose your hours and you will be paid per hours your put in. Benefits: Health, Employee Wellness and 401k plans. Holidays with Generous Company Discounts.

The training is for just 3 days. RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES: Heavy Data entry/administrative tasks,Updating client information in computer system Running and processing multiple documents utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access Inputting purchase orders Other various administrative tasks,Inputs information from a variety of sources into a computer database. May take customer orders and enter them into a pre-established tracking system Assignments will be sent to you via e-mail or IM and you will report directly to your immediate supervisor. Can you handle these duties if trained on it ?

Yes I can.

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I need you to answer all the questions and send your answers to me here on Hangout so I can forward it to my superior for final review and consideration.

1) Have you ever worked from home or online before ?

2) Are you currently employed ?

3) How many hours do you intend to dedicate to this job position if hired?

4) What do you understand by privacy and code of conduct?

5) What’s your clerical speed?

6) Do you have an idea of how to use MS excel ?

7) What is your highest educational diploma?

8) When did you receive it?

9) What are your strengths?

10) How long do you expect to remain employed with this company if hired ?

11) Tell me about yourself and your last or current job?

12) Why Should we Hire You?

13)How do you explain your job success?

Payroll Questions:

14)How would you like to be Paid (Weekly or Bi-Weekly, Check or Direct deposit)

15)What is the name of the bank you operate with?

The question "15" was asked because i wanted to know if you have a savings or checking account, because to receive future pay from the company an employee needs to have a savings or checking account, i believe you now understand why the question was asked.

1) No I have not worked from home or online before

2) Yes, I am currently employed full-time

3) If hired I would like to dedicate 25-30 hours per week to this position

4) 4) What I understand about privacy and code of conduct is there are rules and regulations that we all must follow and pertaining to work, it is a must and I am willing to follow the company’s policy.

5) I can type 55-60 words per minute.

6) Yes I do know how to use Microsoft Excel-it is an spreadsheet program.

7) My highest educational degree is an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences.

8) I received in May, 1988.

9) My strengths are organizating

10) I plan to stay at the company as long as you will have me.

11) I am an administrative assisant at my current job.

Maintain and manage supervisor’s calendar and appointments. Schedules and cancels appointments according to priorities. Prepares and coordinates travel arrangements and expense reimbursements. Schedules and coordinates with other staff and departments. Screens incoming mail, phone calls and visitors, and refers to appropriate offices or persons, or independently provides written or verbal response. Answers inquires and resolves complaints not requiring supervisor’s attention.

12) The reason you should hire me is that I believe I would be a great fit for this company with my experience and skills.

13) My job success is being patient and completing each task one at a time.

14) I would like to be paid weekly if possible by direct deposit.

15) I have a checking account with Green Dot Bank.

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Tell me what you understand by Business Ethics & Customer Relations


What I understand about Business Ethics and Customer Relations is companies with great integrity and honesty will tighten their relationship with customers

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Describe a situation where you were part of a failed project and tell me about a situation where you did not get along with a superior

A failed project that I was a part of was a grant that we had applied for was not accepted. We knowledged what needed to be changed or corrected on the grant, the errors we made and made changes on it to be ready and apply for it again in the future. We knew what needed to be done. I have only had one situation where I did not get along with a superior and it was due to the fact of lack of communication. Communication is the key in any organization and situation.

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You have done well so far, i need you to report online tomorrow morning 9am for updates on the job and how to proceed

Will that work for you?

Yes, that will be fine. Thank you for your time.

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Message me tomorrow, have a good day

I will. Thank you and you as well.

Oct 18, 3:27 PM

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Hello, hope you are doing well?

*** • Oct 19, 1:43 PM

Good afternoon Ms. ***. I am sorry but I have been out with a family emergency.

Tue, 1:37 PM

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Hope all is well now?

I will be expecting to hear from you and I have good news

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Thank you Ms. ***, all is well now.

10:22 AM

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Can we proceed now?

Yes we can

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This job is both part time and full time and is also a flexible job where you can choose your own hours being that you will be paid per hour you put in and you will be working from home. As you know by now, we are very interested in you and i want to know if you are ready to start immediately?

I am in the process of moving at the time so, I will need at least two weeks before I can begin.

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No problem, right now we are just trying to get you prepared that’s all

You will receive your duties online everyday and i will always be online to assist you with any difficulties. You would be eligible to Benefits after 1 month of working with the company, Benefits offered are Health Insurance / Vacations / Bonuses.This Job offers Flexible hours but you are to report online by 9am-5pm daily for duties,task,and assignment.

I need you to provide me with the following: Your full names :

Phone numbers :

Email address :

To enable my secretary enlist them into the Company’s Register for proper documentation.

Okay. My phone number is 662-607-7885 and my email address is ***

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You will be compensated for your internet although the job doesn’t consume too much internet but we understand that having employees pay out of pocket for their internet and not being compensated is not ethical and we make sure each employee receive compensation at the end of the month. We make use of time trackers which you will hear about as we proceed. They are used to track hours put in by employees and being that this job is flexible and employees are being paid per the hours they put in this is very important to make sure every employees is paid exactly for their hard work, time and dedication and also to make sure we regulate things accordingly and we make no mistakes

Immediately all needed working and training equipment are available,which mean you are set and ready to proceed with training,you will be assigned a supervisor

You will be undergoing a 3 day training and orientation which will commence as soon as you have all working materials and you are rest assured that you will be paid for it. You will be faxed or emailed a paper work and a HR document during your orientation and training,you are to fill,sign and send back to us

You will need some Data entry/accounting software and also a time tracker to commence your training and orientation and also you need the software to get started with work..the work of the time tracker is to calculate your hours worked since this is an online work from home.

Here are the names of the software’s Averiware softwares is a cloud based solution to help you run your business better. With Averiware you can manage all the key aspect of your business from home,Sales, Inventory, Accounting, HR, Projects and more.US Patent Single Users Pack, simply accounting 2017 and a Time Tracker.

Office equipments are also supplied with a brand new laptop. I will refer you to the vendor you are to purchase them from. The company has been working with the vendor for years and she is responsible for the shipment of softwares to the employees for their training with a laptop for the installment. She also has records of shipments to employees and is a trusted supplier.

Will I be reimbursed for the purchases (the software and laptop)?

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Yes, we will. The funds for the software will be provided for you by the company via check and make sure you use them as instructed. I will refer you to the vendor you are to purchase them from. Read carefully and let me know if you understand me

Yes, I understand.

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The time tracker you will need is used to track working hours to enable you being paid for every hour you put in. You are to deposit the check in your bank account when you receive it okay?, Once deposited, funds would be made available for withdrawal The next day (within 24 hours or less). Most times the funds are available immediately

I would not want to have a situation whereas you would not make the deposit of the check and would get back upset with the company. you are to make the deposit of the check and as soon as you have made the deposit and have the deposited receipted emailed to me for record purpose the company accountant would have all the amount on the check released to you. You have to learn to trust the company for us to do the same to you and have in mind that the amount of the check you would be receiving would cover all the total cost of all your working materials, please let me know now if you are willing and ready to move on with the position. Are you willing and ready to proceed?

Yes I am. I understand.

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I need you to understand that you are also going to receive start up payment for your training and orientation. You are going to receive training payment. That should come with the funds for the materials.

Right now we are trying to make sure you are equipped for training and orientation so you can have your working materials. I believe you know about mobile deposit and have used it before?

I understand.

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Right now we are trying to make sure you are equipped for training and orientation so you can have your working materials. I believe you know about mobile deposit and have used it before?


Yes I have.

I am getting ready for to leave for lunch right now I should return by 1:30 pm and we can continue at that time.

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Alright. Every mobile deposit is done out of respect to account limits and every bank account have certain limits that must be respected and followed to ensure no rules or contracts are broken. What is your mobile deposit daily and monthly limit?

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