Job and Recruiting Scams:
United Healthcare or America Health Care Association, Swainsboro, GA
Linda Anne or Adrean Scot
Have you received an email from Linda Anne or Adrean Scot of "United Healthcare or America Health Care Association" in Swainsboro, GA (or ANYWHERE else) offering you a job as a "Branch Manager, Data Entry Clerk,Registered Nurse,Psychologist,Medical Writter,Accounting Clerk Bookkeeper, Accounting Executive,Professor / Clinical Researcher,Affairs Consultant, Clerical Administrator,CustomerCare line,Marketing Coordinator, Payroll or Medical Biller"? But oddly, they require you to pay the "courier company" to send documents, visa's or other items, or cash a large advance check and send some of the money via Western Union?
At some point in the scam, you will either:
- be asked to send money via Western Union to pay a fee or
- you will receive a very authentic looking check, which will later turn out to be a forgery, after you have sent part of the money from the check via Western Union to the scammer or elsewhere.
It is an AFF / Money transfer Scam. They'll send you counterfeit checks which you are supposed to deposit, take out some amount, and then MoneyGram or Western Union wire the remaining 90%. There's a reason for this: Western Union and MoneyGrams are cashed immediately and are untraceable and irretrievable. Bank checks can take 1 or 2 weeks to clear!
Of course, since the check is fake, it will bounce a week or so later after you deposit it. But you have already moneygram'ed the scammers the 90% of the amount, and that is transacted almost instantly. So you now owe the bank for the full amount. You may also face criminal charges for passing counterfeit checks. See this page for a step-by-step explanation of how the scam unfolds.
In the email below, there are some many red flags, we can't imagine any way it could be legitimate. Any time any potential employer asks you to send money via Western Union, IT MUST BE A SCAM. No legitimate company would transfer money this way. They will all have access to a more secure bank wire or direct deposit method.
Other clues that this is a scam are:
- The correspondence contains very odd phrases, strange syntax, poor spelling, poor grammar, capitalization and punctuation. Clearly not written by an educated business professional.
- The emails are sent OR replied to from a free email account (yahoo, hotmail, gmail, live.com, aol.com, etc.) not a company domain address.
- There is no verifiable company physical address and phone number
- There is no company website or it is clearly shoddy and unprofessional
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First, here are the comments from a potential victim, followed by the scam email she received:
--------------------- COMMENTS from a visitor to CFR -----------------------------
FYI: Listed below is the information I obtained via research and these sick people are using 2 legit companies (United Healthcare & America Health Care Association) information to perform fraud.
I confirmed that they are scammers thru the above named companies sites and have forward the information to email@example.com
Here's a list of the e-mails (numbers) of the people involved:
firstname.lastname@example.org (cell: 845-405-8715)
email@example.com Shirley Stewart/Swainsboro/GA/30401
Here's the original e-mail: (from Linda Anne)-I will also forward the e-mail confirmations from the companies they involved)
Sent: Tuesday, May 07, 2013 1:37 PM
Your resume on ( http://careers.ahcancal.org ) has been reviewed and forwarded to the Head of Operation (United Healthcare) and you have been considered and scheduled for an online interview to discuss more about the job position of a Branch Manager, Data Entry Clerk,Registered Nurse,Psychologist,Medical Writter,Accounting Clerk Bookkeeper, Accounting Executive,Professor / Clinical Researcher,Affairs Consultant, Clerical Administrator,CustomerCare line,Marketing Coordinator, Payroll or Medical Biller and other that Positions you are to occupy. You are required to set up a yahoomessenger account or download a Yahoo IM(http://messenger.yahoo.com/download/) on your desktop if you don't have one. After this process. you are to add Mr Adrean Scot on his Yahoo IM, email is (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (email@example.com) to your yahoo buddy list ASAP for the job briefing and comprehensive details. He is online waiting to talk to you ASAP.
Venue: On line Via Yahoo Messenger or Hotmail Training is Available Human Resources Your swift and timely response matters a lot in this beneficial position.
Other Jobs Scams
There are a variety of sleazy scams that look, at first glance, like legitimate job offers. Before you write back to them, pause a moment and read about the scams below!
Some of the more common job scams are
- multilevel marketing - Primamerica
- credit card applications (in particular, one from "Grey Marketing Team")
- Also see these Spam job emails