Last time I talked about being contacted by “an employee from CliftonLarsonAllen” about a data entry job.
We left off after I had been “hired” and then things just continued to get weirder and weirder.
First off, the scammer kept mentioning that I was going to be purchasing software “from the vendor which specialize in these working materials & software programs, the company have been patronizing and buying from this trusted and certified vendor for years now.”
Big red flag here. Any reputable company you’re going to work for will already have these programs and provide these to you at no cost. You most certainly won’t have to purchase them yourself, even if the “representative” of the company says they’ll reimburse you.
Ok, the jig is up
How I figured out this was indeed a ruse was from a block of text that has made its way into almost all of these past scams. If you Google this exact block of quoted text below, you’ll see several other places this crops up in several other “interviews” from the past:
Here's a list of the names of the Accounting Software programs you will be working with: AccountEdge Pro,Intuit QuickBooks Accounting Software,Sage 50 Simply Accounting Accounting Software,Peachtree Complete Accounting Software,AccountEdge Accounting Software for Windows,AccountEdge Accounting Software for Mac,Sage 50 Premium Accounting 2013 (formerly Simply Accounting),Business2Go software,Bookkeeper software,QuickBooks Pro 2012 software,The General Ledger,software,9.5,Red Wing Software accounting software, Bottom Line Accounting software,Balance Sheet Basics software with a Brand new Apple Mac Book Pro Laptop.
After this point, it was my goal to extract as much information from this scammer as I could before blocking them and informing their email provider of their activities.
I wanted specific information on how they were running the scam, so I asked how the needed equipment would be purchased and they provided the following information:
Once you receive the check, you are required to await further instructions and information from me on how you will be depositing the check into your account. NOTE: The start-up check can be deposited via these deposit methods; via Mobile check deposit/ ATM deposit/ or via Teller inside the Bank. Once the check has been deposited into your account the funds will be credited to your account the NEXT DAY and made available for withdrawal. Understood?
My best guess (and others who had run into this) say that the scam comes in when you order from the “trusted and certified vendor” which is actually a website run by the scammers themselves. They capture your card information after you’ve deposited the check (which more than likely will bounce) and then they’ve got you.
I’m also assuming – if I hadn’t blocked them first – that when I received and then submitted the tax forms – which I wouldn’t have because I gave them phony information – that they would have used that information somehow to steal my identity as well? Who knows, really. I didn’t get that far.
I hope if you found this writing that it’s not too late for you.
If they did indeed mail you something and you submitted it to someone or you’ve cashed a check or used your credit card on any website given to you by these scammers then you need to follow these steps in this PDF from the FTC
If you didn’t give them any info, good for you. Please report whatever email address they used to contact you as a phishing scam. Different providers have different ways of doing this, but please do this step. If we can waste even a little bit of the scammer’s time, it might lead to investigations from the providers that they use and lead to them being shut out completely from that providers system.
Keep your eyes open and always be vigilant. It’s a dangerous world out there.