Scam Alert! When The Job is TOO Good (And The Money Too Easy)

I mentioned scammers in a previous post, and I want to expand upon a specific one I just dealt with this week.

Sadly, for every honest to goodness job online, there’s at least 5 that are not legit, and only looking to nab your info or trick you into sending them money, or both.

Our desire to work from or at home and break free of #WageLife is simply too much temptation apparently. Of course, every post, email or banner online asking you for money is not always a scam. Sometimes it is a legit biz-op, and sometimes, it is the op of a lifetime, like Wealthy Affiliate.

Let’s take a look at the scam.

First off, I have been posting my resume all over, searching for a #WageLife job. I have a few gigs, but I want something solid, hourly and dependable for my recurring expenses (bills, food, vapor supplies, kid treats, #MomLife essentials).

So, I got an email from someone saying they would call me the next day to interview me for a job they already offered me. I was delighted, and confused, because I did not recognize the email address, and I had no clue what company or position I was being interviewed for. So, I replied.

As soon as I responded, I got another email in a completely different thread.

I want to show you how to tell if an email actually came from a legit source. In Gmail, you can click next to the sender’s name and see details about the sent-from address, reply-to, and a few security details.

Most legit companies have at least minimal encryption for outgoing mail. They also have a blurb at the end advising the receiver that the info contained is confidential, etc. When I click on Skyler’s email, I got this:

Not only was the sent-from address no match for a legit company, nor was the reply-to. And nothing here indicates this email came from the company in Skyler’s signature, Coreval, Inc. Cox is a cable company, in fact. This email address was created using that company’s server and DNS information.

The reply-to is a Gmail, which is doubly suspicious. Anyone approaching you through email about a legit job from a real company -unless they are a WAH like us and it’s a collaboration proposal or such- will have encryption, it will come from a legit, company-based email and the reply-to will usually match the sent-from.

I was pretty sure by now this was not legit, but I wanted to see if he could back it up, so I went into the second email he sent me.

If you look at the first red arrow, you will see Skyler’s sent-from address has changed. They do this to make themselves harder to block, track and report. The second arrow is showing the reply-to remains the same. He can’t string me along if he doesn’t get the responses, right?

That’s when he “reminds” me that we have discussed the job before. Which of course, we did not.

Unfortunately, most people would rather go along than admit they do not know or recall meeting or speaking with someone, especially if that someone is offering something you need or want, in this case, a job.

I have no such compunction. If you want me to work for you, prepare to be interviewed right back.

This is his attempt to hook me.

As you can see, his signature is more detailed now, as well as an added link to reply to an “official” Coreval SRL email. If you check the sent-from info, you see he has made great attempts to appear legit.

Skyler has tightened up his email addresses and even managed to include some encryption. I can only presume this may be a doubt-soothing technique. By now, I have already Googled Coreval, Inc. International and SRL. None of them mention any job openings in the USA. In fact, some of them aren’t even in English.

A short Google search can save you time and money, really. Skyler’s next email contained a link to the job description and an application.

All the yellow rectangles are info about the job, including the business type -Real Estate- and the pay. Skyler is offering me $4,000 -$5,000 a month to do a job I never applied for.

By the way, nothing in my resume says I have any experience, information or expertise in real estate or construction. Nothing. In the red circle, Skyler claims to have reviewed my resume, but looking at the red arrows, you see I have to fill out a form to accept the job.

Here is page 1 of the linked form:

If you look at the circled text, it gives an address in Italy for the company.

When in fact, this company is not based in Europe. They are in the Dominican Republic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And they have nothing to do with real estate or construction. They are payment processors. Their pages are in Spanish, so you may need to translate it. However, the point is clear.

 

After a final attempt to get me to fill out the application so I could start “within the next day”, I let Skyler know he was barking up the wrong tree.

As you can see, I maintained my professional approach. I even let him know what actual jobs I am looking for and apologized if I was wrong about him.

I had no further contact after this email. Right before I sent him this, I got on Coreval’s site and sent them a head’s up about this scam. It is in every company’s best interest to keep their name clean. Skyler is using a legit company’s name to commit fraud on an international level -if he actually is in Italy. They deserve to know this, and I hope they track him down and stop him from victimizing anyone else.

 

I decided to post this as a warning to my fellow #WAHLife seekers. Skyler was trying to convince me I was going to make 4k a month for less than 20 hours of work a week.

Now, say it with me:

If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

The sad part is that Skyler is borderline-good at what he does. It concerns me a great deal and I hope he has not been able to hook too many people. I find these types of scams in my inbox on the regular, because I am always looking for something to boost my income.

Please take the time to make those extra clicks to find out of the people offering you a dream job are legit. There are far too many of us who have become statistics out there that have been caught up and brought down by these unscrupulous charlatans. Report what you find to the company unless they are not using a legit company name. In which case, you have other options

Scamwatch.gov.au

Fraud.org

FTC Scam Alert

…and a slew more.

We cannot stop them if people do not know about them. A scammer’s greatest weapons against his victims are ignorance, hope, desperation, and trust. Take the time to put the word out there. Help other #WAHLife seekers find their way through the sleaze to the legit WAH jobs and biz-ops that do exist. We deserve it, and so do you.

Until next time,

Gig on

6 thoughts on “Scam Alert! When The Job is TOO Good (And The Money Too Easy)

  1. I’m REALLY impressed granted, you are certainly on point, and I truly appreciate your professional candor. Your hard work will certainly assist me if and when I seek to work from home again one day. Thank You

    1. If you are looking for a gig from home the time to start looking is now. It can take several weeks to complete the hiring process, so the sooner you get your name on their list the better.

      Don’t be discouraged. You may not hear anything from them. Unfortunately, they get so many applications, they just do not have time to reply to everyone unless they are moving forward in the hiring process.

      So get out there and get giggin’.
      Let me know if you have any questions.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Gwendolyn J

  2. Hey, Gwendolyn and, WOW, quite the story.  And your responses are mega smart.  You knew almost right away that this person was not legit.  I’ll bet they didn’t know YOU were stringing them until the last email you sent. 

    I would imagine that, at some point, you would have had to send them some money in order to seal the deal.  they are so sad.

    I will never understand why, (well maybe I understand a little.  It’s easier to scam someone rather than try to make an honest buck), they think it’s OK.  They have no sense of, I don’t know, compassion or caring about their fellow man.  I feel sorry for them and I wish there was a way we could send an anti-scam virus or electric ? that would zero in on their computers to short them out.

    Thank you for sending out this warning.  Hopefully, some will see it before they “Buy” into this scam.

    Good catch, Gwendolyn.  You are a rock star,

    Wayne

    1. Wayne,

      Thank you for stopping by!

      I think the only reason I can spot these things is that I fell for some back in the day. Lessons learned. 

      I don’t think these people were after money so much as info. The application asked for all the pertinent details, including SSN, which can bring an enormous payday in the right market. 

      Since it was obvious he found me on one of the job sites I have been posting on, he had to know funds were not something I had to spare if I was looking for a job.

      Or maybe I’m giving him too much credit. 

      Hopefully, the actual company was able to track him down. I hate not knowing whether or not he got busted for real.

      Have a good one. And be careful out there. The Sleaze is real.

  3. Very very interesting. Thank you for bringing this to peoples attention. I like most people wouldn’t know a scam until I am well in the thick of it, so learning these tips on how to recognise a scam through the emails and coding is very useful. You are right in saying that they prey on those that don’t know, as they are an easy target.

    1. Pam,

      Thank you for stopping by.

      I think you’re not giving yourself enough credit. The red flag went up for me when he offered me a real estate job when my resume makes no mention of any such experience. None of the jobs I applied to were in real estate and nothing in my various job site profiles mentions real estate. 

      As I said, he’s only borderline-good at this scam. 

      Research is vital and I think anyone who wants to work from home should have the savvy to look up the company they want to work for, to be sure it is a good fit.  Of course, we don’t live on Planet Should (copyright ME, really, this is going to be the title of my next website ;)). 

      It only takes one or two to fall for it for him to get the payday he’s looking for though. I hope they caught him and put him out of business. 

      Take care and be careful!

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