Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Google Financial Agent Position Scam



DANGER

Internet & phone scammers are posing as Google employees, claiming to offer jobs as financial agents for Google. This is common wire fraud - Employment scam - Third party receiver of funds scam, same as in my previous post; Driver Wanted.

Again these crooks contacted me in response to an ad I'd posted in the resume/job wanted section of Craigslist. Email sent from: "Carl Lagger" : carl.financial.positions@gmail.com



Here is the second of two e-mails I received:

Hello there,

Below you can find all the details regarding the Financial Agent position that Google would like to offer you:

Duties:

We are searching for people to help us in processing the payments coming from our clients. We have developed a new concept with Part Time Financial Agents to skip some costs.  Your job will be to receive the payments coming from our clients via Bank Wire transfer. When funds enter employee's bank account, Financial Agent's duty is to withdraw the cash and transfer the funds to wherever the company will be needing the money.

Trial Period Policy:

Successful applicants are offered the position on a probationary period basis (1 month). This is the period when a new employee will be trained and receive online support while working and being paid. A personal supervisor can recommend termination during/after the trial period depending on agent's activity. New employee should be responsible and strictly follow supervisor's recommendations to pass the Probationary Period successfully and be employed by us on a regular basis.

Salary:

During the probationary period we offer US $2,500.00 monthly salary plus 5% commission for each payment processing operation. With the current number of clients, on average, your overall income will amount to up to US $5,000.00 per month. After the probationary period base salary will be US $5,000.00 per month plus 5% commission. The base salary will be transferred at the end of each month to the employee's bank account. Commission (5%) is to be deducted from the processed money every time. You don't have to pay any fees to take the job.

How to get started?

If you are interested in taking the job please reply with your cell phone number and one of our agents will call you for more information.

Looking forward to long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation.

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA 94043 United States
Contact: Carl Lagger
Email: carl.financial.positions@gmail.com
Website: http://www.google.com
Tel: +1 (650) 209-6468
Fax: +1 (877) 533-8995
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Ok, well I wasn't in the mood to email my number and wait for a call. I mean I really need a job, like RIGHT NOW, so I decided to be proactive and give this Mr. Carl Lagger a call at the number listed in his email: (650) 209-6468. Surprisingly, Carl answered the phone.

After speaking briefly with Carl, I can tell you two things about him with great certainty. The first is, he wasn't raised in the U.S. His thick foreign accent (possibly Indian or arab) was a dead giveaway. ;)
Second, I can assure you Mr. Carl Lagger DOES NOT WORK FOR GOOGLE. At least not the Carl I spoke with.

Carl refused to talk about his job offer, although he claimed to be a Google representative. He insisted I email my phone number, so that "a Google agent could contact me with more info" (within the hour no less).
I told him I'd be glad to give him my number right now on the phone, rather than email it, but for some reason he didn't like my plan.

Sure, have one of your "agents" call me, Carl. Would that be your... girlfriend agent by any chance? Hmm? God I hope it's not your mother-in law agent, Carl.

Really I wasn't sure who first to report this clown to. Google has their hands full with untold thousands of spammers & criminals abusing their Gmail & other services. Regardless, you can report Gmail abusers as well as flag phishing attacks you find in your inbox.

I'm sure it interests Google that scammers are using Gmail accounts to pose as Google staff, and rip people off... but it's not their job to bust those crooks, so we're back to IC3 & the FTC, etc. Unfortunately IC3 seems more interested in hearing from actual victims of fraud, than would-be victims or targets. But they do say on their website: "If you believe you are the victim of an Internet crime, or if you are aware of an attempted crime, you can file a complaint on our website." So I say report suspicious activity whether you're a victim or not.

The 650 area code is listed as San Mateo County, CA, so maybe the Sheriff's Dept. would like to talk to Mr. Lagger? Btw, 650 is also the area code for Google's headquarters, in Mountain View. Not a coincidence I'm sure. Carl is a crafty clever man. Either that or he actually does work for Google, but I didn't want to be the one to suggest Google employees might be moonlighting as fraudsters. Anyway... again, I'm not the victim of a crime, only the intended target, so who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters?!

Honestly I find it frustrating there's so little we can do to prevent this type of fraud before it happens, rather than just filing reports after the fact. By that point people's lives are destroyed. But what are cops supposed to do with 10 billion internet scam/fraud complaints per minute, right? Buyer Beware! It's up to US, the public, to educate and defend ourselves and each other.

I digress, and I've reported this dirtbag to a bunch of people he'd rather not meet. And ya never know when big daddy G is watching......
Once more, the Google Imposter's email is: carl.financial.positions@gmail.com
Phone # (650) 209-6468

Hey Carl, if you read this... I hope the next time you pick up the phone it feels like a hot potato in your hands. :D

And hey Google; If you'd like to offer me a legit job... I dunno... maybe as an official, PAID Google Imposter Buster? I'd be happy to hear from you! :-))
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Other accounts the scammers are using :
google.job_Xy2hh2eumk@gmail.com
GoogleJobs_Ruu5gP1B4K@gmail.com 
google-team.dAQIEcBVaE@gmail.com 

26 comments:

  1. Thank you so very much for this info! I also received this e mail and responded to it. I had a strange feeling about it and now I know. Thanks again!

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  2. Thanks! Received the same email.

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  3. YW, glad to provide the info. @Phoenix, I like your PBK blog. Good stuff! :)

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  4. Just got this email also but these morons sent me two the same but different gmail accounts.. I knew it was fraud cause i just got a string of scam emails cause my Craigslist posting. I've gotten since yesterday an "errand"/cash checking email, a driver email, mystery shopper for "walmart" and they tried a different one where they asked if i was still looking for a job i just replied obviously u didn't read my ad correctly im reporting this email as well as your IP address. I also reported all your other emails to the proper authorities. LOL they haven't answered yet but did send the Google ones... I guess they think I was born yesterday lol...

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  5. ohh yeah me too.. how sad to know people do this type of corruption

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  6. In need of help responded and did 1 job,and then I came across this and now I dont kbow if I would get in trouble for the one job that I did do or what.. can somebody help me im only 17

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    1. Hello. Please give me more details about this "job". Did you receive a check and deposit it? Did you wire money to someone?

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    2. First of all, I don't think you will be in any trouble since you are a minor and a victim of an internet scam. I strongly advise you to cease any communication with these scammers and you should tell your parents what has happened so they can take appropriate action.

      Here's some food for thought - Imagine if you did this regularly and several thousand dollars passed through a bank account in your name. What do you tell the Internal Revenue Service? "Oh, it wasn't MY money...." Hmmmmm

      I'm pretty sure that it's illegal to handle the money of others without a license or a some court issued designation.

      Tell your parents now.

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  7. I did respond to this same ad and sent them my cell phone number. They called me within the hour. When I said to the Arab, or possibly Indian, woman on the phone that I was sure I would need to be bonded to handle third party funds....she hung up! No surprise. It's just so unnerving when I need a decent job desperately and my 10 minutes of hope vanished like a mirage in an Arabian desert.

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  8. IM SOOO SCARED I really thought it was true HELLPPP I don't know what to do now. they just wired some money into my account.

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    1. It's very unlikely anyone wired money to your account. More likely they told you they did, but did not. And now they will demand you wire that money back to them, claiming there was a mistake, or misunderstanding, or whatever lies they tell. DO NOT WIRE ANY MONEY, and you'll be fine :) You haven't broken any laws.

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  9. I responded to the ad and they called me...but after a few questions regarding w-9, 1099,...etc...the woman hung up the phone on me...when I tried calling back the line went straight to busy...these losers will try anything...

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  10. I stupidly got suckered in before i saw this post. I recieved a transfer of $8000. They told me to keep $400 (5%) and wire the remaining $7600 to an overseas acct in Greece. I got nervous called them and they sold me again so i went into my bank and completed the transfer. Called them back and they reassured me that everything was ligit and i could take the agreement to any lawyer and they would assure me everything was legal. The next day around noon the cops were at my house while i was at work asking my wife where i was and how to get ahold of me. Shortly after the cop called me and told me someone wired $8000 into my account and was exciting a car that i was supposedly selling on ebay. I was like WTF! I dont know anything about a car and told them i was a victim of fraud, an internet scam, and identity theft. Thr cop was like well i dont care about that i just want to know where the car or the money is. And i said whoa man hold up we are both victims here so lets try to figure this out. I then said i have paper documents backing up what i thought i was doing and not one thing has anything to do with a car. I am currently awaiting contact from the detective.i dont know what im up against or what im looking at facing. Im scared to death i have three beautiful kids and a beautiful wife that count on me and i just wanted to make some extra money to give them everything they want and deserve. I feel so embarrassed. Please dont fall for this scam. If i keep one person from buying into this i feel ive help. I just need to get through this

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    1. So what happened to you on your case? The samething just happened to me. I don't know what is going to happen. Do you happen to have the link that they sent you to sign up with? If you do, can you send it to me at ducttapeclubmix1986@gmail.com so that I can show the lawyers who will be helping me.

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  11. I posted the above about the google job scam. Today i recieved a call at my work an "attorney for.the federal government" stating that i.was late paying a payday loan.that was supposed to be.paid back.the.next day. Made no.sence but he told me that i.had an hour to correct this said matter and that if i didnt the.local.police would.collect me.from.my.job and a mark.would be.put on my credit and ssn and i would be unable to.obtain a job for the.next three years. He then told.me i had to.go to a walgreens and get a recordable pack for.green dot to.pay the bill. And i.didnt.know whath was talking about so i asked the cashier. He told me.i.had to.have a card to.use it. So.that got.me.thinking. i.looked on the back. It said.in a big yellow box " do not.give your.reload pack.numner to.anyone. if they ask for it its a scam" so.i.told.him what are you trying.to.pull? He said.excuse.me? I.said.there.isnt any damn payday loan.and.your.no.damn attorney for.the.federal government! It was 10 mins past the time he had.to.have the "file " closed and.processed and he started yelling at me.i said im going.to.call your.bluff mr fr. He said ok we will.see how real this is and.now.i.will.make it a personal.matter! And.hung up. I then.googled his."name". " david williams scam" and there were a few.simaler.scams so then.i.sighed a sigh of reliefe. Im so.sick.of.these damn people. anybody had a simaler issue or any comments?

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    1. It's called telephone extortion. Report it to the police. Are you the same guy who wired money to Greece?

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    2. Yes i am. Sorry i haven't been on in a while.
      I havnt heard anything more about any of it from anyone.

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    3. Well that's good news. My main concern was for your safety and your family. I worried the cop who you said was investigating, was actually an imposter, and part of the scam. It sounds like they got some money from you, and now they'll keep working you until they get more. The only way out of that is be completely honest and work directly with your bank and the police until you figure out what's going on. I changed emails but you can still contact me if you want to talk about it. I'd like to warn & inform my readers how these punks operate, but I can't unless I know the whole story from beginning to end. I wish you luck and please stay safe.

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  12. I once answered one of these and they send me a fraudulent check and I cashed it and had to wire it to someone's "wife". I was supposed to pick her up from the airport and take her to business meetings around my town. After I went to wire the money (I had been talking about the job to a western union person at a&p) the lady that was supposed to wire the money right away canceled the wire cuz as she said "it sounded fishy". My dad then got a call that I had a bad check (from our bank) and that I have with drawled $2000 from his attached account. Thank GOD the lady at western union canceled the wire!! The "employer" kept calling me like did you do it? Did you do it? I find all the jobs I've had on Craigslist and I now know how to tell the difference between a scam and a real job and I now work for a multi billion dollar company!! You need to watch out for the email job offerings that want allllll your information if it wants your full address phone numbers and Don't ever give credit card information, your social security number or anything else that sounds like why the fuck do they need this info.. They don't its either a scam for money or identity theft! Take care everyone! If you want to send me any questions about a job offering or send me the email to check if its real for you.. Email me at rebecca.lusk26@gmail.com!

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  13. OMG!! I'm so glad that I read everyone post before I fell for this scam.. I have received the same email about 4days ago. I have my own online business but I thought maybe I can use a little bit more money. so I decide to send my phone number, and about 3 hours later someone called me.. this lady was from Nebraska, or maybe she had a Nebraska phone number.. ( 402-509-7083) she explain to me what I have to do, basically its the samething everyone else is saying on this site.. after she got done explain to me everything that I had to do..I simply asked her could she email me everything she just said to me via email.. then after I asked her that,she hung up in my face..lol.

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  14. I was scamed and now I am in trouble with law. If this has happened to you, what ended happening to your case. Was it dismissed or do you have a record?

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    1. Joanne, unless the police have prohibited you from discussing the matter, please tell us your story (minus personal info) so that others can learn the full dangers of this scam and how it works. It's terrible enough to be ripped off, but then to also become the target of a criminal investigation as a result, is an outrage! I wish you luck in resolving the problem. Hopefully you won't be prosecuted or forced to pay through the nose for legal defense.

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  15. I received an email on July 31st, 2013 from a Miss Lori Charles for a Financial Support Agent job scam for View Business Intel: http://www.viewintelbusiness.com/job/finance

    Email used: charles.1980hr@gmail.com & job@viewintelbusiness.com

    Phone number used: 1 (585) 633-7481

    I didn't accept the offer but I want others to be aware of this person, her emails, phone calls and website!

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  16. Where to file complaints and report scams: http://www.ivetriedthat.com/2011/03/08/where-to-file-complaints-report-scams/

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  17. Oh wow! I'm doubly thankful for search engines now!!! So I got an email about 30 minutes ago, saying they found my resume on Beyond.com and how they were offering me a Financial Support Agent position and all the payment methods mentioned above. To be honest, I was excited about the prospect of a job offer (I'm at that phase in my life now because I graduate in December and I'm trying my best to get a job before I'm done with school).

    I searched the words "Financial Support Agent" to see what the job descriptions entailed and to my amazement, every single link that appeared had the words 'Scam' in it. One of which led me here.

    I was seriously about to respond to this email. I just wanted to say Thank you to everyone who has commented/shared on here, you guys just saved me from trouble. I'm definitely spreading the word! Thank you!!!

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  18. hello everyone there is also a new trend going on as a scam a "financial agent" which is where you handle checks and send money to a third party these clowns literally make websites like this one here i will post my email as well
    Hello,

    Here is more information about the job position with IT-Systems and Communications Inc.

    Our main goal, within the company, is to match our clients needs with the best freelancers available, world wide.

    The position being offered is for Financial Support Agent.

    Job requirements:
    - Minimum 18 y.o.;
    - constant internet access;
    - home or mobile phone number;
    - regular bank account (checking/savings) or a Verified Premier or Business PayPal account.

    Employment benefits (upon completion of 30 days trial period):
    - Paid holidays;
    - Dental and Health;
    - Professional development programs

    Base salary of 2300$ is paid at the end of each month, various bonuses, including the Sign-On bonus in the amount of 400$ are also added to your monthly base salary.
    You will also receive 8 commission for every transaction, 3 are designated for transfer expenses and 5 is for you.

    Refer to the links below for additional information: http://www.systems-and-communications.com/job/finance2?lang=us

    For further information and inquiries you may contact us at job@systems-and-communications.com

    Limited Time Offer with a Sign On Bonus! Please follow the link: http://www.systems-and-communications.com/job/finance-bonus?lang=us

    After trial period you will became regular employee of our company and you will sing the contract.
    During the probationary period you are responsible for paying your own taxes and National Insurance contributions. After the probationary period you will be given the option of either maintaining the self employed status or becoming a regular employee of the company.
    We welcome you to review all of the information provided above and contact us with your questions. Keep in mind that this is not a sales position of any kind, nor do you need to invest any of your own money!

    If you are interesting please follow the link: http://www.systems-and-communications.com/registration/1

    There are two steps to apply for this position. First of all you will have to complete the on-line electronic application. Then you will have to provide us some form of ID to verify all your information. It will take us about 24 hours. Then you'll get started.

    For further information or to request an application, please reply to this e-mail. Also you may call us anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Best Regards,

    HR Manager
    Kate Brown
    Phone: 1-347-732-1623

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