Complaint / review text:
I freelance at Elance.com. I was offered a job by this indiviudal. Told to create a yahoo messenger account to arrange for an interview. I did as instructed, as this is fairly normal for independent/freelance work. I was interviewed, which is also normal. Was told about the duties and awarded the job. Was told I would receive a check to purchase the job specific software. All this is still normal. Then was instructed to deposit my check immediately to my ATM. There was such a push and sense of urgency in getting me to deposit the check that I began to wonder about the whole thing. First, I bank out of state, so I could not deposit it in an ATM. So I informed them of my situation and they instructed me to download an android app to deposit my check electronically by phone. Again, the sense of urgency to get me to deposit the check raised red flags. I had been concerned since the initial contact, because there was no company e-mail, it was a yahoo account; then because the website the gave me for a company was in the UK. Finally because the check came from TX and none of the info matched anything on the website. The name on the check is for a company in New York, but the website is for a company in the UK, but sent from a company in Texas. Too many companies for my liking. I called my bank. They agree it sounds iffy/fraudulent.