Friday, November 12, 2010

J-O-B Woes

Sooooo, still looking for that J-O-B. Interesting turn of events yesterday and today ... I was scammed! Nothing actaully happened because I saw all the red flags; but gosh - you just can't trust anyone these days. The story: Every Monday I comb the paper and send out resume's. Sometimes I look on Monster or Craigslist too. Last week I submitted a resume to a job listing for a data entry clerk that I saw on Craigslist. Yesterday I got an email saying that I qualified and they'd like to set up an online interview. I was a little skeptical because there were quite a few grammatical errors in the email from Edward Jones; you know the big financial company, and they asked that I log into Yahoo messenger for the interview. It seemed odd, but I just hoped for the best. Well today I log in and the guy keeps telling me about the job as if I have it already and won't really answer any questions, plus more typos. Then at the end he says something to the effect of you'll get a free laptop and be reimbursed for software purchases. Right. There it is, you asshole. Here is the "interview", just goes to show you, you have to be so careful. I am wagnesm.

wagnesm: Good Morning
Rick Adams: How are you doing ?
wagnesm: Fine, thank you. And You?
Rick Adams: I am Ok
Rick Adams: Are you set for your interview?
wagnesm: I have received an email from you requesting the addition of your contact information to Yahoo, but not further instructions.
Rick Adams: Okay
Rick Adams: Have you been interviewed online before?
wagnesm: No, I have not had the opportunity
Rick Adams: Okay
Rick Adams: I am Mr Rick Adams am here to brief and interview you more about the opening position
The name of the company is Edward jones Company, this branch recruiting is located at St louis MO USA,to know more about the company
wagnesm: I responded to an ad posted in the Washington DC metro area.
Rick Adams: we're known for our personal approach to business. Everyone here, whether they work in our headquarters or in their own neighborhood office as a Financial Advisor or branch office administrator, is dedicated to one purpose – helping our clients achieve their long-term financial goals. The company is mainly into Data entry and accounting work from home and now going into Data Entry and Accounting work from home job to create employment opportunity for the less privilege, disables and manily to decrease the rate of unemployment in the economy.
wagnesm: Interesting approach
Rick Adams: Okay
Rick Adams: This is strictly an online and work from home job the working hours are flexible and you can chose to work from anywhere of your choice,the pay is $25 per hour training is $20 per hour and will be get payment bi weekly via direct deposit or paycheck working 40 to 45 hours weekly,if you are employed you are going to be working as a full employee and not an independent contractor.Benefits: Health, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, Employee Wellness and 401k plans.Paid Time Off and Holidays with Generous Company Discounts
wagnesm: Benefits are great to know up front; thank you. I would like to understand more about the job.
Rick Adams: Okay
Rick Adams: Working hrs are flexible.All activities and corresponding time are to be recorded in excel spreadsheet.As for your duties, i will assist you with any difficulties by email
wagnesm: It sounds fairly basic, what type of data entry is needed? Are we talking numbers into spreadsheets, accounting software, or word style entry into the same? I do have a plethora of experience in both fields, as they are often intertwined.
Rick Adams: Yeah
Rick Adams: I believe as we proceed further you will get to know more and understand better.
Rick Adams: DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:Tracks data and source documents.Prepares and sorts source documents, and identifies and interprets data to be entered.Compiles, sorts and verifies data for accuracy.Contacts responsible parties to resolve moderately complex questions, inconsistencies, or missing data.Enters alphabetic, numeric, or symbolic data from source documents into computer following format displayed on screen, and enters necessary codes.Compares data entered with source documents identifying errors and subsequently correcting any errors.Files or routes source documents after entry.Responds to inquires regarding entered data.Maintains daily count of work processed. May create periodic reports for management.Performs routine maintenance on machinery used.Preparation of B
wagnesm: Okay
Rick Adams: Balance sheets (Mini), account balancing, invoicing recording,proper data analysis of sales records and recording pay slips into accounting database all these will be done through the use of the Accounting Software.The Supervisor, who would be attached to you online, He/She would assign logs of duty daily and you would be required to work according to instructions, using the Microsoft Office tools and the Accounting software. Now the function of the Accounting software is to arrange, formalize and manage the data you have processed, sent to your supervisor via E-mail.
wagnesm: Can you please explain the "Performs routine maintenance on machinery? Everything else sounds good.
Rick Adams: You will understand more as we proceed
Rick Adams: Can you handle these duties?
wagnesm: Yes I have experience in these fields.
Rick Adams: Good
Rick Adams: You will undergo a one week training from your training supervisor,he will training you on how to work with the programs accurate and other Data entry works you will need to get done.Your training is going to be done online through your Pc and Phone
wagnesm: Okay
Rick Adams: You will Earn $25 per hour,You will receive your pay via Direct deposit or Paycheck bi weekly.Training $20 per hour
wagnesm: You've already covered this. This does not sound 'normal'. Is there a way to communicate through the Edward Jones website or to validate this information?
Rick Adams: That would be when you become a full emplloyee
wagnesm: Is there an application to fill out through Edward Jones?
Rick Adams: You will receive a w-2 form coming along with the softwares and benefits package via FedEx
wagnesm: Okay, one can never be too sure when communicating via messanger.
Rick Adams: Okay
Rick Adams: Here are the name's of the software's you will need to start working with Myob business essentials software 2010, US Patent Single Users Pack simply accounting 2010
wagnesm: So there is definitely some interest in my part, what do you need from me at this point to proceed?
Rick Adams is typing...
Rick Adams: The company will provide you a free Hp laptop with a fast internet connection and your W4 form will be coming along with the working materials you need to start working with.Therefore you are needed to make purchase for the software programs you need to start working with and the company will have you reimbursed for the order of the software programs.You are to make the purchase for the programs the company does not specialized on the software programs you are to get it from the company certified vendor that is the third party to the company she will have them install with disc and shipped to you overnight via FedEx
wagnesm: Absolutely not. This interview is bogus and I will be reporting it as fraud.
After that I deleted him as a contact and started filing complaints. I reported it directly to Edward Jones and our local news. Then I contacted Craigslist about it too. If you have editing software linked to your on line browser you can see how many typos this guy has; crazy. If anyone else knows who to report this type of stuff to please let me know.


Jamie said...

Ohhhh man! That is unreal!!! Glad you reported him!

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooooo much for posting this . This same thing happened to me yesterday. I got concerned after he started pushing for that $300 too. Then I knew something was wrong. I was like oh no this is not going to happen . He got kind of mad and asked me if I wanted to talk to someone who worked there. I was like not really. I just told him that I wold get back to him . I called the Edward Jones office not to far from me and reported him . I hope nobody falls for this crap. Free lap top LOL. what got me was the $25 an hr. working from home I was like okay I'll do it!!! Did you But like I said I'm not sending anybody $300 trough Western Union . Good luck to You . Once again I hope he get's caught . You should also report him like did. Rickadams99 I'll never forget him .LOL It was a learning experience.

I hope life can only get better said...

A couple of years ago we tried to sell T's truck on craislist and ran into a scam from a guy overseas who wanted us to cash a cashiers check and send him the left overs, it was obviously bogus. I repoorted him to the bank and the police. He had actually sent me a counterfit cahier's check! Can never be too safe with anything on line. Better to question EVERYTHING,not just the things that seem too good, but everything. Always follow that little voice in your head. It's scary. So many people out there are into trying to go for the quick scam. I hope Edward Jones finds him for using their name. Thank god you called him out!

Anonymous said...

I think I figured this idiot out . I am the person who posted the last comment . I tried to log in to my Facebook account . Now they have the safety feature. It stated that some one from Texas tried to log in to my account . This has never happed to to me until I talked to this idiot on line . No Facebook is not that important to me . But if he can do that he can do other things. I will never forget him .
I am posting his name everywhere. I will never forget that idiots name . Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

OMG! This exact conversation happenend to me a few hours ago. I am doing some research on scams and am so glad I came across this! Thank you so much!!!

Anonymous said...

THIS same EXACT thing just happened to me, same thing just a different email, It was for DEPA, LTD, The womans name is Heidi Klum, I cant believe I was so naive! Went on for two and a half hours. Her email was

Anonymous said...

I just had the same thing happen to me, how do I report this??

braveharlot said...

Thank you for posting this. I had the exact script being cut and pasted to me when I found your page. The concept of having to purchase anything before working with a company made it stick out as dodgy to me, but doing a quick search for the software confirmed it, with this post and several others. Those who prey on the already unemployed are reprehensible creatures.

Anonymous said...

Well, it happened to me too...just now, but the company was Gullco Ltd. in Cleveland and the names used were Kim Cummings ( and Heidi Klum ( I tried to call Gullco, but they were closed. I plan on calling Gullco again tomorrow to report the scam as well as contacting CraigsList and the State Attorney General's Office. I hope no one actually gets scammd out of $$.

Anonymous said...

wow guys.. I got the same interview yesterday (including all the typos) from a lady named Sarah Mills from Gullco Ltd. She referred me to Kim Cummings. She told me that she would send me a check (which she did send) that i would deposit into my account and then send to the "certified vendor" via Western Union and this lady was just too eager to get some money off me.. i told her that my bank was closed so i couldn't do the transaction, and she would just keep giving me options (deposit it threw an ATM, cash it, etc.) thankfully i had already seen this site. I told her that if i was a good enough candidate for the job she would wait, and guess? what she said "yes". So tomorrow ill keep this going lets see how long it takes her to "fire me"..
thanks guys and good luck!

Anonymous said...

hey this just happened to me yesterday. They sent an email saying Kim Cummings is waiting online for you (yahoo messenger). She was from Roche, a company in Madison, WI. I noticed a lot of typos too. After my time was wasted, I wanted to make sure it was legit so I asked if I can see her on the webcam or like an employee i.d. she said she couldnt do that, thats not how the company run business. I googled it and all of the results came up as scams. I didn't fall for it. Thank God