Control A Solutions Reports & Reviews (3)
Control A Solution SCAMI've been applying for jobs for about 1.5 months now and have fallen empty despite having decent credentials. I was finally contacted by a (seemingly) real company who invited me to have a quick chat with the hiring manager on the phone. The phone call was pretty short, just introduced myself and it wasn't a formal interview or anything, they just told me about the role and if I can fill out a job application.
The pay was great, which admittedly should've been my first red flag but it wasn't a ludicrous amount more -- about $30 an hour whereby the avg pay for my industry at my level is around $22-25 or so, still quite a jump in retrospect. Anyhow, it was FULLY remote and I was excited about that as it's what I've been looking for, including 9-5 M-F and benefits after probation.
2 weeks later, I get an email while away on vacation from the hiring manager, saying she tried to call me several times for a formal interview but decided to just send the job offer contract anyway despite me not answering the phone (lack of service). Again, I should've seen this as weird because what reputable company would hire without a formal interview?
Anyhow, I went ahead and signed and my first day was this past Tuesday after the long weekend. I tried to call her upon my arrival, but it kept dialing and dialing and dialing...not to mention not a single missed call or voice mail from her indicating she did call...another red flag that I ignored. Mind you, I felt something was up, but I just ignored the feeling and kept on. I looked them up on the Canada Corporation registry and it was there, which calmed me a bit. (I've now come to learn literally anyone with $200 or so can incorporate anything under the sun lol -- legit or not).
Tuesday came and it went fine. She gave me general tasks to complete as 'training' such as finding flights/hotels for clients, quotes etc (not having to book anything, just looking to see how I handle instructions). I completed all tasks fully and the day went without a hitch.
Wednesday morning she provided another general task and I completed it early in the day and that's when she finally let her scammer hand show. The next task had to do with bitcoins and me visiting a bitcoin machine and she asked if I was familiar with sending money from (MY OWN) Interac e-transfer. Uh-oh. That's when I knew something was really up. I told her I wasn't comfortable with this and that I wanted to have more information about exactly what she was asking me to do and for her to call me. She never called and never emailed back again to this day despite many follow ups.
I knew at that moment I had fallen victim to a job scam.
**TLDR: Fake job reached out to me with a great offer with no proper vetting on their part -- I fell for it --- job was normal for the first day, but then the following day I was asked to participate in some cryptocurrency bitcoin bull[censored], most likely to launder their scammer money and scam me out of my own cash by using bad wires and/or fake deposits.**
Luckily I didn't lose anything other than a job I never had anyways. Others that aren't privy have the potential to lose way more so it should be made more aware...
Type of a scam Employment
The scammers disguised as a company offering a work from home position on Indeed. I applied, and they sent me an email asking me to apply online, and I proceeded to do so. After about a 2 week period they reached back out to me for a phone interview, and I eventually “got the job”. I was sent a contract, stating job description of customer service representative, job description, and hourly rate of $30/hr. I signed and sent back the contract and start date was March 3, 2022. On the starting day I was to locate a PO BOX, the next day I was to locate a Bitcoin machine, and the third day they had me make a deposit to Bitcoin and stopped contact afterward. Upon researching I found the head office location is a townhouse in Mississauga, the phone number does not ever reach anyone, but works if they call you.
Type of a scam Employment
I got a job offer from a company on indeed. Seemed like a great opportunity, as it was great pay and a remote position. I started my first day and everything seemed fine. On my second day they asked me for to find information regarding Bitcoin ATMs. I passed along the information but told them I wasn't comfortable working with bitcoin, at this point they ended my training and said we would resume work tomorrow.
I figured I'd give them the benefit of the doubt and see what they would have me working on the next day. When I got my task for the day they completely ignored the fact I told them I wasn't comfortable working with bitcoin and said I would be dealing with a customers transaction and would need to use the interact system to get cash and deposit it to Bitcoin.
They also asked me for my Bank name, email for e-transfer, if I had auto-deposit, my daily limit and if I use a credit card. I did not provide them with any of this information but no job I've worked for in the past where a customer needs to make a payment would be deposited directly into my account to be switched over to Bitcoin.
I've heard of this happening with jobs off Indeed, and wanted to make sure people were aware of this company so this doesn't happen to anyone else.
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