This literally just happened to me today 11/17/14 so it’s fresh on my mind and kind of has me in a quiet uproar. Like the quiet before the storm. I have to wake up for my last day of work here in a few hours so this will be a short one!
So, if you’ve been following and following me closely you should know by now that I’ve also extended my reach into Freelancing. If not, I’ll bring you up to date. I’ve been freelancing now since the end of July and landed my first job at the beginning of August. The first job I landed was for writing (as I marketed myself and applied for those jobs); however, the contact and the “editor” were worlds different. The contact was personable and understanding, the editor was cold, distance and didn’t care for your personal situation, only receiving the articles (that he was probably turning for much more profit than they were dishing out).
Anyway… two months later here at the end of October, I’ve gone on to make a pretty impressive portfolio of work online at oDesk (you can find and hire me here) so now it is not uncommon for me to get “invitation to interview” in my e-mail. This one particular one was for me to a personal assistant to this little old day who made all her money from real-estate. Long story short…. there was oodles and noodles of red flags in her e-mail that was sent to me. I googled the name on the e-mail but didn’t find any search results.
Today, when I received the “check” in the mail that she wanted me to deposit and wire x amount of dollars and keep x amount of dollars. I was compelled to do further research. Nobody trusts anybody with X amount of dollars (between 1,000 – 2,000 USD) after just one e-mail response, no formal interview, so on and so forth.
I feel terrible for this person and all the scammers in the world who try to get over on honest, hard working people. I also feel bad for freelancers who are (sometimes) so desperate that they jump at the bit for a big paying job that’s so easy. Nothing in life is ever that easy. There were so many red flags hahaha.
I got the same initial e-mail that was found here: https://www.scamwarners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=77084
I then got a check and everything a couple weeks later which will be posted up in an update at a later date. I will be reporting the account on oDesk as I reported another bad client who never paid me and also tried to circumvent the policies and procedures on oDesk. I will call the Credit Union the check was supposed to be coming from to let them know someone is out there using their namesake to write bad checks and anything else I can do to try and stop these people.
I do not do this for me, I do this for the potential people out there who will follow through with it and end up in an even worse situation!!!! Don’t let that be you!!!
Please share this if you found it valuable and if you know anyone else who freelances!!!