Complaint / review text:
This is another too good to be true part time job offers.
I applied to david. [email protected], for being an intermediary to deposit "certifed bank checks" into my bank account, cash them, deduct the amount to pay for the Western Union Money Gram, and my 10% commission.
I received, through FedEx, an envelope with a check made out to me in the amount of $5,500.00, supposedly from Wells Fargo Bank. Luckily there is a Wells Fargo Bank here so I took the "certified check" to the bank and spoke with one of the head tellers, asked her if it was valid. She looked at it and told me that they do not have certified checks that look like the one I received. She took the check and gave it to the fraud division of the bank.
Three days later, I received a call from a Bob Clark, US Marshall stationed in Arkansas. He wanted to take a report over the telephone. So I told him all about the "part time job" offer, explained what I was supposed to do, and he brought up the name of the person that supposedly sent the check, Dr. Phillip Cook, Dentist, from Arizona and told me that they are working in unison with the FBI and the Secret Service (?).
That was a red flag for me. What on earth would the Secret Services be doing involved in this? During the interview, he asked if I had kept any correspondence with this person. I told him I did, he wanted me to fax copies of all the information I had, and gave me a fax number to send it to. For some reason I didn't fax it, and I have not received a call from him since. I figured if he is legitimate, he'd call and try to find out when or if the information was faxed. To date, I have not heard anything more. So I figured this Bob Clark was part of the scam.
I then received an email, supposedly from a legal company in the UK asking for the information also. I wrote back and told them when I can identify who they were, I'd be glad to send them the information. They then threatened me with the FBI coming to my door. I told them to please send them and not to threaten me. I have not heard a word since from them either.
I started looking at the initial and subsequent emails from David Benson, and David Ray and found on both emails from these persons to have the same typographical errors in the body of their emails, incorrect spelling, no punctuation, etc. That really got me wondering. I am not 100% sure, however I think these people are the same person, just different names.
Please, please be very careful when and if you respond to this type of job offer. Check out the spelling of words, sentence structure, punctuation, etc. No legitimate business would send out something like that requesting a job opening. It could really cost you your life savings.
I have definitely learned a very valuable lesson from this - you cannot tell who is legitimate and it may be best just to delete the information.