Super sketch. I don’t even recall applying, and I received a denial email from someone named James T. Verback, who from all I can gather, doesn’t even exist. I’m sorry to hear others had more of a run around, guess I’m lucky I didn’t get the job I didn’t even apply for? Weird stuff, very concerning…
Country United States
Type of a scam Employment
Initial means of contact Not applicable
This company may not be real. They have tons of job postings on places like Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, etc. Some as recent as 2 days ago. Googling the name only comes up with job postings–no website, no location, phone number, email, etc. There was once a website, www.jamilacreativehub.com but google marks it as suspicious and the site returns with a 404 error anyway. There is an address listed on apollo.io, but it leads to a saloon in Seattle, WA, with the google street view capture being from 2019. They are advertising media jobs in Atlanta, GA and who knows where else. They use JobScore for their job application form, probably so no one can get any kind of direct contact info from them.
There also used to be a linkedin page for a creative director of the company, John Verback. The page no longer exists, and searches for John Verback only return the dead linkedin page and obituary/genealogy related sites, so “John Verback” may also not be real.
Victim Location 90046
Total money lost $100
Type of a scam Employment
Company posted a job listing on several job boards, I applied. Heard back weeks later saying I had been shortlisted for the position and to set up an interview. I was told to make an account on https://app.wire.com/ and request someone named Steve Lynn. Steve then accepted and set an interview time. I assumed it would be a phone/video chat but it was strictly text. He asked me questions over the course of an hour and half sometimes not responding for upwards of 20 minutes. Told me the interview was concluded and I would hear back later that day if I were to be offered the position. I heard nothing until the next day when they told me I was hired and would be offered the position if I accepted. I said yes. They then put me in touch with someone else on the https://app.wire.com/ website. I spoke to them and they said they would be my hiring manager. They reviewed the position with me and told me to go to Verizon to purchase an iPhone and set up a 2nd line on my account. I didn’t want to do that so I set up a new account, purchased a phone and left the store. They told me I would be reimbursed with my "start-up funds." The start-up funds were broken down like this:
"Here is the total cost of your working materials that will be provided to you by the company.
Canon 5D Mark IV with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens – $4556
Apple Macbook pro 15" (retina display core-i7) – $1950
HP Color LaserJet Pro M277dw – $450
Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System – $225
Fellowes Power-shred MS-450Cs – $ 499.99
Jabra GN9120 (Flex Boom Headset) – 225.99
Virtual Presence 2.0 – $800.
We provide the best and nothing next for our Employees because we strongly believe that better matters! Here is the list and names of the software suites you will be using for work : MYOB business essentials software 2017, Microsoft Excel 2017 premium edition, Libre office writer 6.0.1 2015 business edition, Libre Office Calc, US Patent Single Users Pack simply accounting 2017 3.5 HD Upgrade 9.0, Microsoft Office XP 2017, Full Adobe suite which includes photoshop, lightroom etc, Final cut pro. You will need all this for work and you will use this three essentially for training with your supervisor Libre office writer 6.0.1 2015 business edition, Microsoft Excel 2017 premium edition and Peachtree Premium Accounting 2017.
The total cost for your software suites pack is $4,989. Your startup funds will also include your employee sign-on bonus of $180 as well."
Other RED FLAGS:
"I need to update the HR desk with your mode of payment information, what banking institution do you operate with and how would you rate their customer service experience on a scale from 1 – 10?"
"Take a screenshot of the phone details at the back of the phone box and send to me."
"Provide me with the following information so we can have your other devices purchased!
Verizon Mobile number
Residential address and zip code"