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Posted By: Bluto Samartino In Response To: Can anyone give me feedback on the following company? (Marla)
Thursday, 19 January 2006, at 5:25 a.m.
In Response To: Can anyone give me feedback on the following company? (Marla)
Why do they even need me at all?
Why don't they simply use their own bank accounts to accept the money?
Did you notice how they check the age of the bank account you sign up with them? Or so they say, anyway. This is a red flag because although it would be good for a legit company to do this to make sure that you did not possibly set up a fly-by-night bank account, however, it what it also does is that it restricts you from protecting yourself (ie. go ahead with the opportunity but get a new, empty, bank account for the purpose of this opportunity and never put any personal funds in it nor tie it in any way to your own, personal bank account(s).
Another red flag is the bad English. It's not all over the place an d it isn't as bad as some of the more obvious scam sites, but it's bad enough. No serious company is going to put out a web page with misspelling sand bad language skills, IMO.
Yet another red flag is (and I know many people are going to disagree with this one) the domain name. Hyphenated domains are really not a good choice for any serious business, IMO. Same goes with using a .INFO domain. From a marketing standpoint, using the hyphens and then topping it off with the less popular .INFO extension is just a marketing nightmare. IMO, no serious company would do either of these things. I understand that the domain they probably wanted was already registered, but it was most likely not used and just parked. They need to spend money and buy the domain from the current owner. Gone are the days of getting great domains. Sure they exists, but the best ones, like 3 letter .COMs are all taken and waiting to be sold - not cheap. But aside form that, they could have picked a much better .COM, non hyphenated name for very little money.
Also, the fact that they are using a terrible domain name also might signify that they constantly get caught in their scam and have to change domains frequently. The .INFO really helps this theory since .INFO domains can be had very cheap, compared to .COM. You can get .INFO domains for as little as $2.95/yr sometime and never usually cost more than $6.00 at many registrars. Spammers use the cheaper extensions like .INFO because they get domains shut down within hours after starting to use them. So in order to cut costs, they just register the cheapest domains they can find, because domains, to a spammer, are disposable items.
If I were you, I would not even think about even pursuing it and I would DEFINITELY contact careerbuilder and monster.com and alert them to this to see if they can do something about it, or at least see if they are legit (highly unlikely).
> Now - I am totally aware of the Nigeria Scam - where individuals want to
> buy a product you have listed on the Internet, and then tell you they are
> going to pay by a money order for an amount that far exceeds the purchase
> price. Then you are supposed to take your cut and put the remainder into a
> Western Union Money order and send that to their "shipper" that
> usually resides some where in Africa. When the bank initially accepts your
> money order it looks legit - then when they proceed to process it - bam...
> they find out it is fraudulent and you are then responsible for repayment
> to your financial establishment that attempted to cash it. You find this a
> lot with Craig’s List and other "free" sites where you can post
> resumes or items for sale.
> OK - so I have my husbands resume out there. This financial company
> recently contacted him. What they want you to do is accept checks, money
> orders etc into your bank account. Then you get a percentage of that
> dollar amount once that check/money order clears. They claim because of
> the high percentage of "scammers and fraudulent claims" made
> that they have an "anti-fraud" department that investigates each
> client before hand and contracts are set in place once that client has
> What do you think?
> Please check out the site below and give me your opinions... thanks so
> (look under the careers tab)
> Thanks again!
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