Victim Location 60048
Type of a scam Employment
My boyfriend was targeted by this scammer. His resume was posted on indeed, as he is currently searching for a job, and "Josh" contacted him via email. Josh said that he found my boyfriend’s resume via indeed and that he believed he would be a great fit for a freelance photo editing job. At first, everything about this job posting seemed normal. Josh connected him to multiple other "employees" via the Wire messaging platform and put him through an interview and training. They sent a work contract that looked legit and had a schedule set for training. After he sent in his contract, things began to get fishy.
The company said they would provide him with freelance supplies, such as desk, chair, camera, and photo software, but said he would have to buy a new ipad and iphone in order to do his job. They said he would have to purchase these things, then ship it to them in Washington so they could install the proper software, and then they would ship it back to him. This raised some red flags, as we saw the potential for them to just keep these new and expensive goods and run with them.
When my boyfriend initially was contacted by these people, they had a website up, but by the next day the website crashed and still seems to be crashed currently. His mother made a call to a small photography business in Washington called Pixel Perfect, as they said was the name of their company, and the man who answered said this was not the first time he was approached with the same question. He said he believed someone was using the name of his local business in order to scam people nationwide. I write this hoping that these people will be prevented from ripping people off in the future!