Baumann & Schulz Import-Export Gmbh is an Employment Scam
[Published 6/1/21] There are dozens of fake companies created by scammers to trick people into sending money to the scammer, shipping stolen merchandise, or doing work for the scammer for which they will never be paid. Baumann & Schulz Import is a fake company that has been around for nearly a year before this employment scam was reported to us on May 27 by a man we’ll call “Mateo.” Mateo received an invitation to apply for a job as a “Procurement Manager” from someone identified as Marta Weber who represented Baumann Schulz Import. (Marta’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org) Like most of these scam jobs, it is a “work-from-home” position. Below you’ll see how this fraud worked and many reasons why the company website, baumann-schulz-import.com, is a fraud.
We’ve also found LOTS of people describing this scam company on ScamPulse.com. This bogus company is also called Baumann Schulz Import Export USA LLC, Baumann Schulz Export USA LLC, and Baumann & Schulz Import-Export GmbH. (This scam company is NOT the same as the legitimate shipping company in Texas called Schulz USA Inc.)
After Mateo accepted the offer, Marta Weber sent him a long detailed description of his duties and how the company expected him to use HIS personal credit card to pay for things and that he would be reimbursed. Mateo saw through this fraud. Here are the lengthy details that Marta Weber sent to Mateo about the “Procurement Manager Start Process.” It all may **SOUND** legitimate but read carefully and see several important things to be concerned about! (All bold/underline items in the email are from Marta.)
From: Marta Weber <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, May 25, 2021 at 3:27 PM
Subject: Procurement Manager Start Process
Please review the regulations of our cooperation:
Thank you for the interest in the Procurement Manager Position.
During the probationary period of 3 weeks, you will be given simple orders in the beginning. Your duties will be to procure the required items, package and mail them out to the client. To perform these duties, your responsibilities will be: find the items, negotiate the prices and discounts during purchasing, determine who is the best vendor/supplier, finish shipping to the client, and complete all the required reports. When you find the required items, you will purchase them using the Company’s money. You will receive the monies prior to your purchase. During your probationary period, the Company will show you how to work in accordance with our high business standards. During the period, we will get an understanding of your work capacity and the volume of assignments you can manage.
By the end of the probationary period we will determine:
- The amount of time it takes you to complete an assignment.
- How accurately you complete each assignment.
- How many assignments you can do in a month.
- Your management skills.
- Your ability to cope with challenges during the assignments.
Our probation period objectives:
- Provide the new Employee with the latest guidelines, directives, tasks etc.
- Provide the new Employee with an overview of the ordering, purchasing, shipping process.
- Provide the new Employee with knowledge required during the purchasing and shipping process.
- Provide the new Employee with an overview of the required financial operations including work transactions, cash flow, wage payments, commission rates, the reimbursement process, and preparation of the required financial statements
The main goal of the probationary period is to determine the amount of assignments and then create your own personal Work Plan. After your probation period ends, we will supply a Company’s credit card to you. Your personal credit line with the company will be calculated after your first working month and will depend on the total amount of the orders completed by the end of the 1st month. Therefore, it is in your best interest to work hard during the 1st month. The Company is responsible for establishing the Employee’s credit limit.
Money Transfer Details
The Company will provide you with a corporate credit card after three to four weeks from your start date and after completion of the probation period and the eight assignments minimum. During the initial three week probation period, you must be able to receive the Company’s money to your personal credit card account in order to fulfill the different kinds of assignments. After you complete the probationary period, we will provide you with a 1099 tax form and all the Company’s transfers will be excluded from your personal income. You will have to use your credit card to receive the company’s money because only credit cards allow money transfers without requiring banking information from you. This method was chosen by the Company for its own safety. If there is an incomplete fulfillment of the Employee’s obligations, e.g. a peculation case, the refund of transferred amount will be provided with a long inquiry and police investigation. If the company makes a money transfer to your credit card within your credit card limit, our Bank will insure all the expenses and risks for money. It will save our time and the monies. The company does not need your credit card number, credit account number or other details for you to receive the money transferred to your credit card. Because of this procedure, you will have to manage each transaction on your own. The joint bank account based in our corporate account with you as an authorized account holder will allow access to the money. Before each credit card transaction, our Financial Department will approve an exact amount of payment. As soon as the amount is approved, you can pay off the balance of your credit card account. We will forward your personal joint account number and the routing number of the Company’s bank account and detailed instructions how to withdraw money from our bank account to pay off your card. Different Credit Card Companies have different credit card bill payment methods but they all work the same way. This is the basic process. You log on to your credit card account online; in the menu for your credit card bill payment, add our company account number and routing number as a “Pay from” account. Using this account, you will pay your balance on the prior approved amount. Next, you will inform us about the payment and our financial department will confirm that transaction with our bank. If you do not have online access to your credit card account, you can make these transactions through the automated phone teller service or with a call directly to your bank.
For security reasons and to avoid unauthorized transactions, our Company has performed a credit background check. You agreed to a background check when you agreed with the terms described in our previous letter entitled “Job Description”. We have to be sure that the Company’s money can only go to your credit card. It’s impossible to transfer it to another person credit card account. Therefore, for all this process to work, the name of the joint bank account based in our corporate account must be the same as that on your credit card.
Based on your Background Report you can receive the Company’s money to these credit card:
BANK OF AMERICA – MASTERCARD
Credit limit of $15,500
Recent balance $13,000 as of 04/2021
The process will work as follows: the Company will pay off your current credit card balance; then when you receive the available credit, you will purchase the required items (using only the amount we have paid) and charge your card again. You will then ship purchased items. The Company will then pay off your credit card balance again. In this case we ask you to ship out required items immediately within one working day, because you have already got the money before the purchase. All the conditions are discussed individually and can be amended with the agreement of the parties.
When you purchase the items, the Company will provide you with prepaid shipping papers. The shipping papers will be sent to your email and you will use them to ship the items. The shipping papers will be pre-paid, already completed and they will always have insurance. The Company has corporate accounts with different shipping services like USPS, DHL, FedEx, UPS and we always pre-pay for the goods shipping. The Company always takes responsibility for customs duties and taxes. The shipping details for the sender will be the Company’s name and office address, but if you prefer, they can filled out in your name. You will be responsible to prepare the items for shipping. Money will be provided for you to buy packaging materials (boxes, bubbles, adhesive / shipping tape, wrapping material and any other materials). Shipping labels will be sent to your email address. You will need a printer (you will need access to a printer) to print the labels. You should not change the labels, do not add additional details or change information on the labels. They are filled out by the Company’s shipping department and are always correct. You should follow the Supervisor’s exact instructions for timely shipping and correct packaging. Please note, you are responsible for shipping the items out in time!
Salary and Commission Reimbursement
You will receive a salary of $8,200.00 monthly as well as commissions within one week after the probationary period. You will be reimbursed by check or by a direct banking transfer to your bank account. There may be an option to receive your commission after every fulfilled assignment.
Here are the payment conditions for your commission: the Company will pay the commission fee based on the cost of every purchased item. The basic commission is 10% of the purchased price. You can make your commission higher during the probationary period and later, if you continue using your credit card for item purchases. You will receive an additional 5% commission if the sum of each transaction charged to your credit card is 85% or more of your card credit limit or if the total amount of purchases for an assignment is more than $25,000.00. In these cases, your commission fees will be 15% of the amount paid for each purchased item. The additional commission will be possible, if you complete any of these following conditions:
- When you begin work, your credit card balance must be more than 85% of the credit limit of this card. For example, if your credit card limit is equal to $15,000.00 you must have a balance of $12,750.00 or more. If your balance doesn’t meet this condition, you should bring your balance up to $12,750.00 beforehand by purchasing your own necessities, or withdraw it in cash, or make a balance transfer from another credit account.
- The total balance of the credit cards you are using for our collaboration is $25,000.00 or more. The Company would pay off the balances of your several cards at the same time for the total amount of $25,000.00 or more.
If you wish to receive more commission, just let me know. If your current balance is lower than 85% of the credit limit of your card, let me know, which way you want to go.
The first assignment of the probationary period will be very simple. You will gain experience in receiving funds from the Company. You will purchase electronic devices with the Company’s money in nearby retail stores and then mail the goods. Every assignment will be more complicated than previous one. You will acquire all the necessary skills to perform the job and we will evaluate your capacity to manage the assigned tasks. Please let us know when you are ready to start with the first assignment and i will send you Employment contract
If you have any further questions and don’t find the replies in this message, please feel free to ask me by email or you can call me through our U.S. Toll Free number: +18779933550 I am at your disposal from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00 ET(Eastern Daylight Time). I can also call you back, if you just send me your phone number and the best time for the call by email.
Toll Free # United States: +18779933550
Head office # in Germany, HR Dept.: +4961957209901
Baumann & Schulz Import-Export GmbH
257 Park Avenue South, 3rd Floor,
New York, NY 10010
NOT FOUNDED in 1990:
Baumann-Schulz-Import.com clearly states in multiple places on their website that they were founded in 1990. Through a Google search, we’ve found several websites showing that this company was first registered in July, 2020, not 1990! (e.g. OpenCorporates.com or Bizapedia.com) This bogus company didn’t exist prior to July, 2020. A WHOIS lookup of the domain, baumann-schulz-import.com, shows that it was registered in early July, 2020. This suggests that this scam has been going on for nearly a year, and no one has been able to shut it down, yet.
USING FAKE ADDRESSES:
Baumann & Schulz lists both an address in the United States and in Germany. Both are lies. The US address is listed as 257 Park Avenue South, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10010. However, this floor is completely occupied by a company called AIS, a seller of office furniture. The 3rd floor address at 257 Park Avenue South is one of their showrooms.
In Germany, Baumann & Schulz lists their address as Spannskamp 37 a, Hamburg, 22527 Germany.
Not only are several people reporting this bogus business as a scam on Scampulse.com, but several people have posted questions about this business on Bizapedia.com that have remained unanswered.
When you first arrive on the bogus website at Baumann-Schulz-Import.com, a timer built into the page says you have to wait 10 seconds before being redirected to the website associated with the country you are viewing from. This is a lie. There are no other websites and after 10 seconds you’ll be redirected to the main web page, claiming to be for the United States.
Below you’ll see a screenshot of the “Employment Application” captured from Baumann-Schulz-Import.com. Stay away from this website and their fake jobs! If you have been victimized by this scam, please contact us at Baumann-Schulz-Scam@thedailyscam.com and tell us your story!