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Work At Home Scams

[UPDATED 6/4/2107 Below.] Do you know someone who is out of work? Unfortunately, we do. Tammy has been looking for work but hasn’t had much luck. So it isn’t surprising that she sometimes depends on being paid for work she cobbles together to do from home. Always on the lookout for a way to earn a living, Tammy contacted us in late May after having a conversation with someone about a “work from home” job. She was first contacted by this random texter. This should have been red flag #1:

 

 

Though identified as “Rockbill Donaldson" from WebMD Corporation, Rockbill communicated with Tammy only through Gmail and texting. Mr. Donaldson did not use an email address from webmd.com. This should have been red flag #2.

 

Mr. Donaldson sent Tammy this pdf Employment Agreement.  Though it contains the WebMD logo at the top, you’ll see that it doesn’t appear to be very professionally crafted and contains a variety of spacing, spelling and other errors. Red flag #3.

 

Also, it struck us as odd that the agreement is for a position as “Data Entry Clerk” for “S&C Electric Company.” Though it contains a signature, there is no accompanying name printed and the signature isn’t Rockbill Donaldson either. How is this electric company connected to WebMD Corporation anyway?   Also, Mr. Donaldson included the phone number 708-752-9581 on the Employment Agreement but several people have reported this number as unsafe on the web including at ThisPhone.us.  Red flag #4.

Tammy became very suspicious during her text exchange with “Rockbill Donaldson” and sent us the entire text exchange. It is priceless! We’re sure you’ll enjoy it, especially Tammy’s final remark! Also, how many more red flags can you spot? Read their conversation and pay special attention to Mr. Donaldson’s typos, capitalization and other errors. We pick it up after Mr. Donaldson asks Tammy for the job verification code…

 

Tammy: WebMD76376G

Rockbill Donaldson: Verification code confirmed! Lets Proceed further. Firstly, My name is Rockbill Donaldson, I am hiring from : New York City, New York, United States. I am 48 years old. The Human Resource Manager of WebMD Corporation. What about you?

Tammy: I’m Tammy [redacted] from [redacted]. I am 46 years old.

Rockbill Donaldson: The positions available are Data Entry Clerk,Accounting Clerk,Administrative Assistant,Payroll, Bookkeeper, Customer Service, IT jobs , Medical Biller..which are you applying for?

Tammy: Data entry, IT, Medical Biller or Customer service

Rockbill Donaldson: RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES: Scheduling appointment, Entering customer information, Invoicing ,Payroll & Managing Emp. Files ,Entering expense reports in computer system Running and processing multiple documents utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access Inputting purchase orders Other various administrative tasks,Inputs information from a variety of sources into a computer database. May take customer orders and enter them into a pre-established tracking system Assignments will be sent to you via e-mail or IM and you will report directly to your immediate supervisor.. I believe you can handle the job duties effectively if trained towards it?

Tammy: I would really like that. I am familiar with WebMD.

Rockbill Donaldson: You will be working online (work from home job) for now, the working hours are flexible and you can choose to work from anywhere of your choice,the pay is $30.00 per hour.Okay?

Tammy: Okay

Rockbill Donaldson: In carrying out any assignment or task, a progress report has to be emailed weekly every Friday to me, as well time sheet. The training would be administered online, this is an Internet based position(work from home), and the base pay is $30 per hour. After training, its $22.30 per hour.

Tammy: Sounds good. Where do I start?

Rockbill Donaldson: Immediately you pass the interview

Rockbill Donaldson: Interview session follows after this Instant replies really matters. Once done answering each questions provided indicate with ‘Done’ Is that Okay?

Tammy: Okay

Rockbill Donaldson: FIRST SESSION!! Employee Interaction and Experience;

  1. Are you currently employed?
  2. Can you handle the Job duties if you are being trained towards it
  3. Have you ever worked from home before?
  4. How do you see yourself in 5years working with us?
  5. Do you have a printer,scanner, photocopier and Fax machine?

Tammy:

  1. Yes
  2. Yes
  3. No
  4. Excelling in the company
  5. Yes

Rockbill Donaldson:

  1. How long do you plan to stay with this company?
  2. How do you see yourself fitting in as one of the company co-worker?
  3. Do you know your typing speed?
  4. What are your greatest strength and weakness?
  5. Do you have any Military records?

Tammy:

  1. For many years until I retire.
  2. I fit in well as an employee.
  3. Yes, 60 wpm
  4. Strength is proficient fast worker. I have no weakness in employment.
  5. No military records.

Rockbill Donaldson: SECOND SESSION!! Payments and Payroll:

  1. How many hours are you willing to Work per day?
  2. What time range? If you wish to work more than 4 Hours per Day, then let me know.
  3. Payroll Interval? ( Weekly or Bi-weekly)
  4. Payroll Method ? ( Check/Direct Deposit)
  5. Bank Name(To confirm if it tallies with the payment company approved banks for payment)?

Tammy:

  1. 8+
  2. Any time range available.
  3. Weekly
  4. Check
  5. I don’t have a checking account as of yet.

Done

Rockbill Donaldson: You are required to have a bank account I believe you can have that settled before the end of today?

Tammy: I don’t have the money it takes for a bank account in town.

Rockbill Donaldson: Alright What bank is closest to you ?

Tammy: Bank of Sierra

Rockbill Donaldson: Well you have done well so far and you seem like a perfect fit for this position. I need you to hold online because I need to forward our conversation to the Head Dept to enable them to see if you are committed and good for this job. I need you to hold back online. Okay?

[NOTE FROM TDS: A total of 3 minutes have passed for this entire text conversation so far.]

Tammy: Okay

Rockbill Donaldson: I am back now.. The result for the interview is on my desk…… The Excellent News is….you have just been confirmed qualified for this position. CONGRATULATIONS, Our Co-worker!

Welcome to WebMD Corporation!

Well the company has decided to give you a chance for you to work for the company. We will like to see your ability to this job, I believe you will be working with your best potential skills and training in WebMD Corporation.

Yes

Kindly IM these to me so i can have it forwarded to the Head department secretary for your registeration into WebMD Corporation Company.

Name:
Full Address:
Home Phone #:
Cell #:
Email:

Tammy: Tammy [Other information redacted]

Rockbill Donaldson: Full Address:

Are you there ?

Tammy: I’ve looked there. Nothing about this on there.

[TDS NOTE: Tammy is referring to the WebMD website.]

            Then I will give you my address tomorrow. As you know there are many scams out there and I’m not that gullible. I’m sorry

Rockbill Donaldson: Yes I know we can continue tomorrow Then that will be all for today

Tammy: Okay. Talk tomorrow after I receive this email

Rockbill Donaldson: How are you doing today ?

Tammy: No email

Rockbill Donaldson: How are you doing today ? What email do you want it sent to ?

Tammy: The only one I gave you multiple times

Rockbill Donaldson: Alright It has been sent confirm if received

Tammy: So I can call this headquarters number?

Rockbill Donaldson: Yes

Tammy: Jobs don’t come to someone via hangouts. I need a legitimate website or I’m not falling for it

Rockbill Donaldson: www.webmd.com   Thats it

Tammy: There is nothing on that website that supports this transaction you are claiming

Rockbill Donaldson: And what am i suppose to do

Tammy: Stop trying to scam people. Do people actually give you their bank account info and address? That’s just nuts

Rockbill Donaldson: Did i ever ask you for your bank account info

Tammy: Yes

Rockbill Donaldson: When was that i only asked for the name of your bank. So what else ?

Tammy: The name of my bnak and my name and address is all you need. I’ve seen it done I’m done with this conversation and I’m reporting it. Have a good day

Rockbill Donaldson: You are just daft thinking about being scammed never thinking about which is legitimate you. I proved everything to you and nothing can be used against me this is 100% legit. You have a Good day.

Tammy: I beg to differ

You provided everything but proof of a job

Rockbill Donaldson: I provided the employment documents You asked for the website I provided You asked if you can call i said Go ahead what more ?

Tammy: Email me from the website

[TDS NOTE: Tammy wants to see an email come  from WebMD.com, not Gmail]

Rockbill Donaldson: I am not doing anything else you are just frustrated Try Killing youself Fool

Tammy: Got ya!

 

While many readers may chuckle and wonder how anyone would possibly fall for this idiot using the name Rockbill Donaldson, remember that people from all walks of life and educational backgrounds are trying to make a living.   Thankfully, Tammy realized this was a scam.  

UPDATE: A few days later, Tammy was contacted by text about another job.  Look familiar?....

From 347-460-8178 to Tammy at 6:22 AM:

Good morning to you i believe this is Tammy [LAST NAME REDACTED]

Tammy: Yes

347-460-8178: The positions available are Call Center Communist Service, Data Entry, Clerical Admin, Administrative Clerk/Assistance,Customer Service,Payroll Clerk,Accounting,Which of the available position are you willing to apply for?

Those are the positions available in this company which one of them is your filed ?

Tammy: What’s the company?

347-460-8178: The name of the company is World Wide Technology, Inc.

Tammy: How did you get my number? How do I apply via text?

347-460-8178: This is in regards to your resume which you submitted Breezy HR online has been reviewed and forwarded to our head dept

Tammy: What do you need from me?

347-460-8178: The name of the Company is World Wide Technology, Inc., The pay is $29.50 per hour during full working hours and the training is $19.50 per hour, This is an online work from home job and working hours are flexible…Will you have any issues working online from your home ? Here is the company website https://www2.wwt.com/

Tammy: So what do you need me to do?

347-460-8178: Are you available for the interview this morning ?

Tammy: What does this company do?

347-460-8178: You can read that one the website and know more about what we do

Tammy: How would this interview take place

347-460-8178: Alright….the job briefing and online interview will be conducted via google hangout to enable you know more about the job position and the company so i believe you do have a gmail account to proceed further ?

Tammy: Yes

347-460-8178: Okay good I need you to get online now and download google hangout app at www.google.com/hangouts and once done have the hiring manager Mr. Bryan Weber added on hangout via bryan.webber00@gmail.com check at the left bottom of your hangout app and click on the add button. Then input his E-mail then add and message him online Understood ?

Tammy: I prefer to video chat

347-460-8178: The hiring manager is available on hangout now

Tammy connects to Mr. Bryan Weber via Google Hangouts:

Bryan Weber: Good day Tammy

Tammy: Hello

Bryan Weber: How are you doing Tammy ? Welcome to World Wide Technology, Inc., i believe you are here for the job briefing/interview. As we proceed further with the briefing and interview, you will get ot know more about the opening position.

Tammy: Okay

(Sent Tuesday afternoon)

Wednesday Morning at 4:35 AM:

Bryan Weber: Good morning Tammy How are you doing this morning ?

Tammy: What country are you in right now?

Bryan Weber: Am located in USA MO\

Tammy: Its odd because anyone that lives in the USA where the time zones are some what similar knows that its wrong to message someone at 4:30 in the morning. The time zone is only an hour different from here to Montana meaning you supposedly messaged me at 5:30 in the morning your time.

Bryan Weber: Oh sorry for getting you up early and as you know that this is an online process which I can message you any time all you have to do is to reply when ever you can

Tammy: Okay well lets video chat or talk on the phone

Bryan Weber: The interview will be conduct online here via hangout chat not on phone as you were told before Soon we will be setting up a few branches near your location. That iswhy we are looking for 16 new hires to work from home. Once the new branches have been built at your location, you can either chose to work in the office or continue working from home.

You will be working online and from home, the working hours are flexible and you can chose to work from anywhere of your choice, the pay is $29.75 per hour during full working hours and the training is $17 and you will be getting your payment weekly or bi weekly via direct deposit or paycheck and the maximum amount you can work a week is 45 hours.If you are employed you are going to be working as a full employee and not an independent contractor…. Let me know if you are interested so we can proceed.?

Tammy: A company coming to my area? Where is my area?

Bryan Weber: We believe you are located in California The name of the company is World Wide Technology, Inc. as soon as we proceed you will get to know more and understand better…Ok

Tammy: If I’m working that many hours you know you are required to offer me insurance

Bryan Weber: Yes we know that and the company will surly provide you insurance that is not an issue

Tammy: California is a big state. Not exactly my area. So let me guess. You will need my phone number and full address and bank information for direct deposit.

Bryan Weber: Please let me know if you are ready so we can start the job interview right now

Tammy: Oh sorry. I’m spoiling the big surprse at the end. Okay go ahead with your questions.

Bryan Weber: Let’s get started.

Before we proceed I would love to know more about you. That would help where to categorize you and how best to interview you.I am Mr Bryan Weber and I’m 47 years of age and the Chief Financial Officer to the firm World Wide Technology, Inc. but i will be the one to brief and interview you more about the opening position,Please introduce yourself indicating your full names, age,sex and Location.

Tammy: Well Americans only have one full name. Mine is Tammy [REDACTED]. I’m 46. And I’m in California.

Bryan Weber: These are the requirements for the Job…
-Are you a U.S. Citizen, Candian Citizen Green-Card Holder
-Must be fluent in communication and English
-Must have a clea criminal charges
-Must be at least 30wpm average
-Must be 18+ average…..

Tammy: I am a citizen. My criminal charges are a little clear with some water streaks. I’m pretty sure I am at least 30 wpm maybe a little more because I run and talk pretty fast. And yes as I told you I am 46.

Bryan Weber: The postions available are. Data Entry, clerical Admin, Administrative Assistance,Customer Service,Payroll Clerk,Accounts,Which of the available position are you applying for ?

Tammy: Data entry. Right off the top there.

Bryan Weber: The name of the company is World Wide Technology, Inc. headquartered in 60 Wedon Parkway,St. Louis , MO, 63043 United States, Just follow the briefing and you can ask questions when I am through. Let me know when you have finished reading every line. You will be allowed to ask questions later. With each line just respond with an OK or YES…Understood?

Tammy: Okay

Bryan Weber: BENEFITS World Wide Technology, Inc. has significant experience in providing accounting and auditing services to established: Pension, profit sharing and health and welfare plans. Benefits for eligible worker include: excellent benefits and supplemental compensation including Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance, Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Paid Time Off, Tax-Deferred Annuity 403 (b) 401 (k) , Tuition Assistance, Comprehensive In-House Training Program, Employee Assistance Program, Relocation Allowance (for some positions), Sign-On Bonus

You would be elligible to Benefits after 1 month of working with the company.

Working hours are flexible,all activities and corresponding time are to be recorded in excel spreadsheet. As for your duties, i will assist you with any difficulties by email.

Tammy: Okay

Bryan Weber: DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITY: Tracks data and source documents.Prepares and sorts source documents, and identifies and interprets data to be entered.Compiles, sorts and verifies data for accuracy.Contacts responsible parties or clients from other organization to resolve moderately complex questions, inconsistencies, or missing data. Also perform Records keeping, keyboarding/data entry and performing a variety of other office tasks account balancing, invoicing recording,proer data analysis of sales records and recording pay slips into accounting database all these will be done through the use of the accounting Software, such as faxing or emailing confidently and positive attitiude online from home.

Can you handle these duties effectively if been trained towards it ?

Tammy: Yes I’m wonder woman

Bryan Weber: The supervisor, who would be attached to you online, he/she would assign logs of duty daily and you would be required to work according to instructions, using the Microsoft office toos and the accounting software. Now the function of the accounting software is to arrange, formalize and manage the data you have processed, sent to your supervisor via e-mail.

You will undergo a one week training from your taining supervisor,he will training you on how to work with the programs accurate and other data entry works you will need to get done. Your training is going to be done online through your PC and phone

I am going to ask you a few questions now,Once done with your answers simply write (DONE) Are you ready ?

Tammy: Yup

Bryan Weber:

  • What type of jobs have you had?
  • How did you get your previous jobs?
  • What were your mail responsibilities? Achievements?
  • have you been in the military before?
  • Are you currently employed?
  • Are you willing to work flexible or long hours?
  • Do you have an HP laserjet printer, copier and scanner?
  • Do you have a check printing experience?
  • Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size?
  • How long do you intend working for this company?
  • How would you like to be Paid ? Weekly Or Bi-Weekly/Direct deposit or Wire Transfer ?
  • What bank do you operate with ?
  • Are you seeking Full time or Part time Position ?
  • Tell Us why you feel you are the right person for this Job ?
  • Are you proficient in Word and Excel?
  • What do you understand by petty cash and what do you understand by provaicy and code of conduct?

Tammy: No military. Not employed, I’m an expert on Word and Excel. I prefer weekly and Idon’t have a bank account.

Okay this was fun but in America we pay taxes and in order to work for anyone here you would need my information such as social security number and drivers license number and I’m not willing to give up all of that information to a foreigner who doesn’t even speak very good English.

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