So, I received an email about a job opportunity I had applied for on Indeed and I would be paid 32 dollars an hour for Monday-Friday work. I received a contract and a request to buy equipment as this is for transcription work which is mostly done at home or medical/legal office. So I signed the contract and I wasn’t asked for any personal information, just to receive payments I order to purchase this equipment.
I was sent around 900 dollars and the check went through, no issues. Until he started sending me checks in 100 dollar amounts, individually. Weird. I deposited a few and three came back bad. I told him, he sent me three more and they worked. I did t buy anything with them yet. I waited a few days and it cleared so I got these Flexepin vouchers? I hadn’t heard of them so he explained briefly and sent me links to learn about how this is a payment method some companies use. I figured okay then. I bought a few of these vouchers and sent the company selling me the equipment, and he emailed me back saying the payment was received and I’ll get a tracking number for this phone, laptop, headset??
I live in Canada and working from home is new to me so I was like, okay.
It’s been about five days and he sent me over 2,000 dollars in checks that are just sitting in my office untouched because this is weird. I will be calling the bank and filing a report as my stomach turned after I questioned this Miguel person.
Type of a scam Employment
Scammer requested my cell phone number to chat initially. It was a fake number.
Scammer asked "employee" to sign offer letter, and also sent time tracking sheet and employee agreement. Scammer did not ask for SIN or identification.
Scammer requested me to research material start up costs (Galaxy 10 phone, headset and Verizon pre-paid card) to which will need to be approved. Once approved, scammer would send the money required via direct deposit the next day. This is when I closed my bank account because it sounded like a money laundering scam. After I closed my account I did not receive any further contact from the scammer.