Victim Location 33334
Type of a scam Employment
I had seen a job offer on ConnectFlorida Website and applied online to the job offer thru the website. On May 13 was contacted via email and told by Lauren Coates ([email protected] that my application looked like a good match for their Billing/AR Specialist and was offered a salaried contract position as a Billing/AR specialist. Via email. Received another email with an attachment of a contract and a page long tips document. I signed a 12 page contract with Ryobi Limited. The contract looked very legit. I emailed Lauren back prior to signing contract asking her to clarify one paragraph regarding expenses, asked her to call me. Waited three days and she emailed me stating that she could not call me due to their policy of all conversations had to be recorded, and she did not have access to a recording device but would gladly answer my questions via email. So after getting her email answers and being told they would tell me exactly what I would be doing after they received the signed contract. Today I received my first assignment – which included an invoice for a Ryobi 14 in. 37cc 2-cycle gas chainsaw and P3601 one+18-volt lithium-Ion cordless combo kit for a total of $1938.00 including the below instructions.
Below listed are the guidelines which were emailed to me as my first Assignment #A: Processing instructions (7 steps)
1. You will receive funds via USPS from our client; this payment has been sent in the form of check. (funds are for products already delivered to client) The check should be delivered to your address within 3 to 7 business days.
2. Deposit and receive cash funds for checks
3. Deduct expenses (Bank fees, transportation Expenses, Bonus [$190.00]) Your final report on the payment should include a summary of these expenses;
4. For internal company transfers we us BITCOIN We took the liberty of selecting locations with BITCOIN within a 20 mile radius of your address. Insert cash into the ATM, confirm operation (bitcoins sent to your bitcoin address at this moment. Address given was a bar scan or company wallet address of: 17vUN8iDDm1M68tgnqetQj1LPY1SsAy7b.
Below is a copy of the official email I also received that same day.
Welcome to RYOBI LIMITED – You have been added to the team!
I strongly advise that you review this message in full:
I just received word from our HR department that the Payroll Registration Process is now complete. Starting today you are officially a part of our team. I wanted to take this opportunity and be the first to welcome you, as I have no doubt you will fit right in.
A little preview of what should happen next:
We are aimed at improving the market exposure by setting a wide network of prospective clients and servicing our own clients as best possible. Our business associates and employees invest their consisted effort to meet up the field challenges.
Now, that you are officially on Payroll for our company, the HR department has already sent word to our Accounting/Billing/Sales departments (departments which you will be working very closely with) that they can put together your first assignment. This operation is done via our Accounting department.
Putting together your first assignment can take up to 72 hours. As soon as the assignment is ready Accounting will send them to me and I will immediately email them to you for review.
What about training? Our company believes that on the job training is the best training possible, for that reason, we think of the first 30 days on the job as an adjustment period.
The adjustment period means: Your work load will be pretty low, all your assignments will come with explicit instructions, deadlines for these assignments will be close to nonexistent.
What about support? What about my team? The company usually takes up to 15 business days to assign a new employee to a team, this period is not always the same but in most cases it takes about that long.
What happens until then? Until you are assigned to a team I will be acting as direct support for you. This is of course not my direct role but given the empty time frame I was asked to fill in.
Your first paycheck:
Your first paycheck will be part of the Employee Welcome Package our company provides to all new employees.
The Employee Welcome Package contains among others: a hard copy of the employment agreement you signed with us, a letter of employment showing employment with our company, taxation information, benefits information etc The Employee Welcome Package will be prepared on May 25 and will be shipped on May 28. The Employee Welcome Package will arrive within a period of 14 days from its shipping date. As stated in our FAQ our default method of payment is COMPANY CHECK.
Today, I received two personal checks with no bank identification typed on it other than the routing number and an ladies name and address in Sacramento, CA