Monday, February 28, 2011

Mercet Group Job Scam Tanya Jones Profit Monitoring Agent

Well, here's yet another one that just came a job scam from a company called Mercet Group. The email came from someone by the name of Tanya Jones at email address of but when you reply to the email a copy goes to this email address and one to that would give an impression of the validity of the company. But it's a scam. I'm going to pretend like I don't know any better to release all sorts of personal and private information to them to obtain information on the company. It looks like it is just another company that wants you to handle payment processing which should immediately throw up a red flag of fraud. Anyone else get this email?

P.S. I still very much resent sharing or not having any accountability to those scammers who may have accessed my resume before I removed it several months ago. It is a company like that should take care of their customers better...not sell out to scammers. But anyway...

Below is the verbatim email:

Mercet Group would like to attract strenuous and highly actuate people to participate in the contest for the Profit Monitoring Agent vacancy .

Our company offers wide scope of high class services to its customers , so it in full norm meets their requirements and guarantees both profitability and abundance .

The wage of Profit Monitoring Agent rise from $3,000. This is a part-time position , so you can combine this vacancy with your main job or grind to earn some superfluous money .

Main obligations:
- Ambitious, problem solving to build the marketing framework in the financial market .
- Both development of the recommendations and securing of the ones on financial goods optimization.
- Management of financial flows;
- Communication with prospective customers ;
- Profit monitoring for users;
- Processing of client payments.
- Reinforcement and implementation of “Mercet Group.” marketing policy .

You are welcome to direct your professional biography and ask any questions as to the matter using this email address with the following title : "OI HR: Profit Monitoring Agent".

We wait for you in our firm
“Mercet Group.”

Thursday, February 24, 2011

BDL International Job Scam Additional Information

Here's some additional information related to my research on the scam of BDL International and the scam itself. A reader emailed me to inquire why I felt the job was a scam. And I do fully admit in an earlier post, I didn't give a lot of information on why I felt this job was a scam.

Below is my email back to him I sent last night:

Thank you for your email back. I admit I should give additional information on why I believe certain emails are a scam and I will try to show that to you in my email back to you. I personally do not want to actually pursue something that sounds unbelievably fake to me. Here are some reasons I believe this job to not be truthful.

(1) The job description is not clear nor precise. It is very generic.

(2) Attempts to email them for a telephone number, website or any other additional information regarding the company were not returned. I stated to them I felt this was not a legitimate job and I wanted to give the company an opportunity to give something that would help me to know the company was legitimate. The company only responded for me to provide them with my name, social security number, address, work address,home telephone number, cell telephone number, and work history and current employer.

(3) This company says they "selected" my CV even though I do not have any resume online for review by anybody.

If you go to the online tool, www.whoisnet, you can type in the last part of the domain name for the email they give to respond to them on the job description which is Just enter under the whois to find out who owns the domain.

You can copy and paste the URL below if you want to see it:

You will see the information below:

Registrant: Name: William ViveirosOrganization: William S. ViveirosAddress: 279 Lodgeville RoadCity: MinneapolisProvince/state: MNCountry: usPostal Code: 55415Administrative Contact:
Name: William ViveirosOrganization: William S. ViveirosAddress: 279 Lodgeville RoadCity: MinneapolisProvince/state: MNCountry: usPostal Code: 55415Phone: +1.6122810280Fax: +1.6122810280
Email: WilliamSViveiros@vivious.netTechnical Contact:Name: William ViveirosOrganization: William S. ViveirosAddress: 279 Lodgeville RoadCity: Minneapolis
Province/state: MNCountry: usPostal Code: 55415Nameserver Information:
Create: 2010-10-18 21:52:40Update: 2010-11-17Expired: 2011-10-18

A lot of this information is not relevant but it does show a name of the person who supposedly registered this domain as a William Viveiros. His address on the registration is listed as 279 Lodgeville Road, Minneapolis, MN 55415. I tried to find this address in google maps and the service told me the address could not be found. Then I tried just Lodgeville Road, Minneapolis, MN and still found no results. I then googled the physical address on to see if there was any relevant information about this address showing in Minneapolis, MN but I could find nothing. Then I went to and tried the same thing thinking perhaps maybe google maps just didn't have it. I experienced the same thing when searching in the same manner under Mapquest. I also tried using yahoo maps and it could not find the address either.

I also emailed to the owner of the domain, William Viveiros using the email address he provided in the registration as for telling him I wanted to validate the company and he showed as the person who registered it. I asked him if he had names or telephone numbers he could provide to me so I could call the company to ask additional questions of the position.

I received nothing back from this individual.

I guess I could call that individual since his cell phone number is listed on the registration of that domain. But I also don't want to call him and give him a cell phone number of mine either.

These reasons give me cause to believe the company is non existent and the job is a scam to obtain personal information from you to commit fraud. With a social security number, name and address, I know fraud could happen and probably pretty easily.

I don't believe there is any government agency that investigates companies that appear to be fraudulent. For one reason, the company location itself is never mentioned in the original email. I rely only a strong internal belief from this emails to know they are not reputable companies. If I had the energy I could probably investigate it further but I really don't want to risk my exposure to fraud to prove beyond any doubt the company is fraud.

And I do agree with you, I hear others write and say it is a fraud but nobody actually has posted they've been defrauded by the company. I can't answer why nobody has volunteered that information either.

I hope this helps a bit. It's not my intent to ruin the good standings of companies offering legitimate employment. But usually with job offers that are so generic with job descriptions and where you can't obtain any information whatsoever on the company when you email them back, or the email addresses change on what they send to others that volunteer it on my blog, I can't just praise a job that doesn't appear to be a job whatsoever.

Wouldn't you think a legitimate company would be more than willing to share information about themselves to someone?

Please let me know your thoughts.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Guest Entry From Michelle in Corpus Christi, Texas Regarding Craigslist Jobs

A very nice reader by the name of Michelle volunteered some additional information regarding scams on her experience with Craigslist positions in Corpus Christi, Texas. Below is what she emailed to me recently:


I have been looking for on employment on Craigslist in the Corpus Christi TX area, and have been sending resumes to these so called scammers. Here are a few that have responded to me, and I did speak with a person on Yahoo messenger who had hired me, but after researching it
that position was also a scam. It seems they all want to clean their money. It's amazing how many are out there on craigslist. Please post them if you wish.

Thank you
Michelle in Texas



My name is Larry Webb from Payroll Pro Inc...? i work as a CPA
Specialist for various financial agency and institution. Now i want
to expand my organization by hiring 6 more people who is ready to fill
the gap of my assistant and he/she will be working from home and you
will be getting paid of $1200 per month and bonuses every 2-2 weeks
depend one how hard working you are.... All what you will be doing is
printing payroll checks daily and have it mailed out Via our client's
Ups or FedEx
company shipping account.Your pay is $1200 every month and your
compensation will be send to you Via Pay pal, Western union or Money
gram transfer so let me know if you are interested.


Printing and Dispatching,on daily basis,with our UPS & FED EX account,
you must be honest by keeping all information safe.


No Experience required


*Brown Envelopes legal size 9x12
*Versa Business check paper Form #1000 or form #3000 is just $19.99 on
every store)

*Below are the online stores you can get these max
store ,jr store ,g7ps store ,tigerdirect store ,amazon store , best
buy store ,frys store , walmart store .Then i will send you the
Versacheck software gold 2012 you will need to perform the task. Have
it in mind that the paper check money you spent
wil be REIMBURSED which will be given back to you when paying your
first salary we ask you to buy this so we can see how serious and self
committed you are do the job as your own.

Do you have YAHOO messenger screen name if yes can i have that...? You
need IM for this job Yahoo messenger is so easy to install you can
just go to to download yahoo messenger


First name...................
Middle name..................
Last name....................
Address Line 1...............
Address Line 2...............
Zip/Postal code..............
Marital Status ............
Home phone...................
Cell phone...................
Time/Day (Work Hours) You prefer.........
Full Time Or Part Time......

I will want you to setup An IM messenger i.e YAHOO,Instant Message My
yahoo IMscreen name is "larrywebb234" asap for tutorials so you can
get tutorials for the position.


Larry Webb
Payroll Pro Inc
109 East Robertson Street
Brandon, fl 33511-5232



Hello Michelle,

Thanks for your interests in the position, I will deeply appreciate all genuine efforts to help me monitor and keep up to date with all my activities.I have had a previous Personal Assistant(Book keeping/Accountant) who has been very commendable in Her activities and who has been part of my life for the past 6 months, she has since returned to her country. I sincerely hope I will be able to find someone again who will be as efficient as she has been..

I'm Kallma Miller, 41 years old, originally from Queensland Australia,but I have spent my whole life here in United State. I'm a lawyer by profession and I have been pretty successful in a handful of ventures I get involved in, from the Angel Investment Network in Canada and United State to various welfare and community service programs, I'm most very often get my hands occupied, so it is imperative for me to have a worthy assistant who can monitor and keep me up to date with my activities.

As my assistant, your activities amongst other things will include;

*Running personal errands, supervisions and monitorings..
*Scheduling programmes, flights and keeping me up to date with them.
*Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence when I'm away.
*Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.
*Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities.
Basic wage is $400 a weekly....

I'm currently in the Australia now for a summit and would be back to the state in about 2 weeks, however, I do have a number of things you could help me with next week if you will be available for me. This can act as a stable foundation to our working relationship.

Please note that this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels and tight schedules, it's a part-time, work from home basis and the flexibilty means that there will be busier weeks than others, so it's a little difficult judging the exact number of hours you'll be doing per week.If you can manage your time properly, this job may even give you some extra while you do something else on the side..

As I have said, I'd want us to get a head start with things as soon as possible. I do have a pile up of work and a number of unattended chores which you can immediately assist me with, I hope we can meet up with the workload eventually.

Permit me to use the coming week to test your efficiency and diligence towards all this, also to work out your time schedule and fit it to mine. I really need to find the perfect person for this job, I'm confident you can take up the challenge and on the long run we should have a relatively sound working relationship between us. I'd want us to meet up on AOL chat as soon as possible so we can discuss this extensively, moreso it's easier for me to convey informations once i'm online. My AOL ID is the same as my e-mail address It may be a little difficult working out the time difference between us initially, with time however, we should get used to it....I'm online most of the time when I'm not out or in a meeting so we should be able to have a chat sooner than you think. Do try to keep a date.I am glad you are willing to work with me and i promise to be a good boss.I am also glad on the commitment in working.I have been checking my files and what i would want you to do for me next week is to run some errands out to some of the orphanage home,I do that every month .The funds will be in form of cashiers check or Money Order and it will be sent over to you from one of my clients and i have some list to email you once you received the funds,You will make some arrangements by buying some stuff for the kids in the nearest store arround you so you can mail them out..

I will get you more information on that,I will like you to get back to me with your Contact Details such as:

Full Name:
Full Contact Address:{ Not P.O. Box }
Zip code:
Cell Phone Number:

Once i receive your contact information i will get back to you with the task for this week,Understand you will also be paid as well as its important for me to make the necessary steps before i get to the state. Hope i am clear with that.. Get back as soon asap.


Kallma Miller.



Business proposal for you of Thirty million four hundred Thousand United State dollars.Reply back to ( if interested.



Dear Applicant,

Your Resume for the position of Admin/Data Entry has been reviewed and forwarded to the Head of Operation Mr Scott Edwards desk of Association of Medical Marijuana Caregivers.and you have been considered and scheduled for an online Interview to discuss more about the Job Position of a Administrator/Data Entry Position that you are yet to occupy.

You are required to setup a yahoo messenger account or download a yahoo IM ( on your desktop if you don't have one.After the process you are to add up Mr Scott Edwards on His Yahoo IM ID ( to your yahoo buddy list asap for the interview briefing and comprehensive job details.

He will be online waiting to talk to you asap.

Interview Schedule: ASAP
Interview Time: ASAP
Training is Available
The Human Resources Association of Medical Marijuana Caregivers.

Best Regards

Association of Medical Marijuana Caregivers.

(This is the position I was hired at, and was told to send all my personal information to this address so the secretary to register me. I declined and took Mr. Edwards off my yahoo messenger list.)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

McKenzie Wagner Vanessa Stewart City Account Manager Scam

And yet again, here's another job scam. Note the employee, allegedly McKenzie Wagner can't decide if that is her name or Vanessa Stewart. ALso notice how encouraged they appear after reviewing my personal information would make me a good candidate for this position. And a dead give away to the scam is the salary paid for the position. Check it out below:

McKenzie Wagner
to jasongnockery63

show details 6:16 PM (3 hours ago)

Greetings. My name is Vanessa Stewart, I'm the head of HR department of ICD, Inc.
Company we are working for, one or the largest international investor has a part time vacancy for City AccountManager position in the United States.
Your personal information has been reviewed and we decided that you could be a good candidate for this position.
The trial period takes place during the first month of an employment.
Must be US citizen.
Persons aged over 24 only
The ability to work independently with little supervision
Experience of basic software packages including Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office etc.

- taking care of transfers that we get from our partners
- Administer and register numbers on accomplished settlements
- File credible financial reports
Salary: 42,000-62,000 USD per year + commissions and bonuses.

If you meet the requirements, please kindly send your respond.
Thank you, hope you liked our offer

P.S. The email came a very strange set of emails too. Just look at where you reply to as well. McKenzie Wagner or . Those email addresses are a quick give away to how fake these job scams are actually!!

Also if you want to write me, my email address is If you have any information or would like to share more for postings here, please feel free to send me a message. I welcome any feedback good or bad!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mila Harris IFG Personnel Fake Manager Job

And yet again...another fake job trying to get you to help with money scams for companies. I've emailed her back saying I'm SO interested in the job but I doubt I'll hear from her. Anyone else get this email?

Below is this email:

Good afternoon My name is Mila Harris, I am manager of IFG Personnel.
Our international company is searching for a manager. Experienced candidates, strictly United States citizens, self-motivated, responsible and highly dependable with excellent organizational, negotiating, analytical skills, as well as mathematical abilities are required to join our team.
Flexible schedule as needed for qualified individuals, who are having full-time job, after interview. Your priority will be mobile phone, PC (Word, Excel), printer, scanner.

This will be a long term opportunity for the right fit.
Full-time vacancy with flexible schedule, the salary is $4500 a month, and plus you get %6.79-% 9.86 every week from the amount of purchase.
if you are interested in this position, send your respond please.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted in next 3 days.

Kristin Walker Senior Supply Manager Job Scam

The fake job offers continue to come into my main email account. Here's yet another one of the fake job offers from someone unrelated to the email address you reply back to with your resume. I thought about sending in a fake resume but then I realized it's not really worth the effort to fight with the scammers.

Here's that verbatim email:

-----Original Message-----
From: Castor Calderon []
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2011 6:18 AM
Subject: Employment opportunity ; (id \ XRFPFEVPI)..

Good day.

My name is Kristin Walter, I work for a Global Consulting company. Our company is seeking for a Senior Supply Manager.
We are more than 1450 people in 72 countries and work with clients in nearly every major industry worldwide. We major in Financial Analysis, Customer Relationship Management, Marketing Sciences and HR Management

Now, we are looking for a Senior Supply Manager to be based in the USA.

Position name is: Senior Supply Manager
Salary: $60 000
Timing: Full-time
Location: in each state

Main Responsibilities of a Senior Supply Manager:

- Work closely with vendors to maximize sales and increase profitability;
- Overall responsibility for ensuring domestic and international customers receive products on time
- Work with international Supply-Chain Management team for global supply solutions
- Set up, manage and optimize contracting and procurement activities /processes
- Give timely and effective reports;

Successfull candidates will have:
- Excellent managerial and diplomatic skills with highly effective communication and negotiation skills;
- Computer knowledge
- Ability to co-ordinate work activities at all levels and across the business
- Ability to interact with outside customers in a professional manner
- Credit score over 650 and no criminal background
- US Citizenship
- Undergraduate degree

If you are highly motivated and looking for a great career opportunity , please respond with your resume attached.

Anyone else have any dealings with this company?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Darnell Brown Finance Co-ordinator Book-keeper Job Scam

I keep receiving these official type emails of job offers that are scams directly to my inbox as opposed to them arriving at my spam folder or junk mail folder using Outlook. So in a way, they would appear to be more legitimate but they are still a far cry from being legitimate.

Below is the verbatim email from an alleged "Darnell Brown":

Dear Xxxxxx Xxxxxx!

We invite you to work in our company

Personality is the prior policy in our HRM (human resource management). We really estimate personal abilities, self-confidence and willingness to have
a stable and worthy income rather than all kinds of diplomas and certificates.

Our company needs immediate opening for a part-time book-keeper/Finance Co-ordinator to join our team,

You do not need to have an office & this certainly wont disturb any form of work you have going on at the moment.

We need Responsible, Legitimate & Trustworthy Persons to work as FINANCE CO-ORDINATOR to assist us in processing & handling payments

Salary range is $500 - $3,000 per week, depending on individual abilities and willingness to work

Minimum $500 guaranteed salary (not dependent on volume of transactions).

You can ask some question on e-mail

Darnell Brown

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Xyla Conrad Correspondence Manager Fake Job Scam

Just this morning I had another job offer for employment with limited information. So I replied asking for more information to uncover what is going on...

Here are the details:

From: Xyla Conrad []
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 10:33 AM
Subject: Job opportunity ; (id - 1296664325M)...

Location: USA, all states
Education: High School/College
Citizenship or Work-Visa: Required
Basic wages: 1000-1500$ / month
Bonus: Available

Good day.

We have a vacancy "correspondence manager" for everyone who has a few free hours a day.
For additional information, please reply back with your contact details.

We will contact you with further job details.

Have a happy day.