Hello All: Below is an ad for an Administrative Assistant that was sent to me from ZipRecruiter that is for sure a scam:
Administrative Assistant III New York City, NY 10036 Zolon Tech Last online 51 minutes ago Benefits Offered Life Employment TypeContractor Responsibility: Responsible for scheduling appointments, giving information to callers, taking dictation, making travel arrangements and otherwise relieving officials of clerical work and minor administrative and business detail. Responsible for maintaining correspondence and data files, often confidential in nature. Works under general supervision. Experience and Skills:
Must have Associate's Degree or 5+ years work experience in the field or in a related area. Must be familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Must rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, with demonstrated expertise in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, business communication and time management skills. Strong attention to detail and follow-up skills. Ability to work well under pressure, multi-task, and work efficiently against deadlines. Demonstrated problem solving capabilities. Basic project management skills.
About Zolon Tech:
Zolon Tech, Inc. (ZTI) is a fast-growing, 8(a) certified business providing Information Technology solutions and services to Federal and commercial clients. ZTI is CMMI Level 3, ITIL, and ISO 20000 certified and is a leader in the IT industry. Headquartered in Herndon- VA.
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9 other people applied to this job.
Posted 5 hours ago
Now, what immediately made me suspicious was that they list this position being a Contract role yet they offer Life Insurance as the benefits. A Contract role, or Independent Contractor as they are typically known basically means that you actually are not an employee of the company but work for yourself. They pay you a gross amount for the job you are doing for them with no taxes deducted. At the end of the year, you would receive a 1099 form listing your earnings and you would be responsible for any taxes due. They would not be offering any benefits at all but I figured maybe they would and continued reading. The other thing that tipped me off was that though lengthy, the ad is filled with very basic information without giving you any real details as to exactly what you would be doing. This line especially caught my attention "Must be familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field." Ok, what "field" must you be familiar with? The overall ad made me suspicious so I investigated further. Zolon Tech is indeed a real company. I checked their website, especially their careers section and this is what they have posted for open positions:
05/08/2017 System Administrator 17-04289 Rosslyn, Virginia 05/03/2017 Senior Systems Engineer 17-04160 Rockville, Maryland 05/03/2017 Systems Engineer– Mid- Level 17-04159 Rockville, Maryland 05/03/2017 Network Engineer – Mid-Level 17-04158 Rockville, Maryland 05/01/2017 Chief Architect 17-04055 Herndon, Virginia 05/01/2017 Program Manager 17-04054 Herndon, Virginia 04/28/2017 Network Engineer – Senior Level 17-04004 Rockville, Maryland 04/28/2017 Network Engineer – Mid-Level 17-04002 Rockville, Maryland 04/28/2017 Information System Security Officer (ISSO) - L2 17-04000 Herndon, Virginia 03/23/2017 Help Desk Specialist 17-02845 Arlington, Virginia
As you can see, they have no open position for an Administrative Assistant. In fact, they have no open positions in the New York area at all.
Always trust your instincts and do as much research as possible on the company that posted a position. I hope this info helps others.
Had a job reach out last Friday from supposedly Silver Creek Family Medical in Oregon remote position. Asked for an interview and I followed through. Supposedly got hired for the remote position I was seeking but in order to proceed I had to use my banking mobile app to deposit a check for almost $2,000 to download the software required. Me being me seeing red flags I printed it out and took it straight to my bank letting them know I was doing so. They said they completely understood. My bank returned the account number on the check as multiple non-payments. It is a scam. It's a shame there's people trying to work honestly then there's people like this who try to cheat the one's who are trying to be honest. They have failed to respond back after I told them what the bank said and asked for another method. :-) Just upsetting seeing people trying to cheat others. Be careful out there. #scams #jobsearch #interview #workfromhome
Over the last few weeks, there was a Jobcaser who raised concerns on many posts about job scams. They replied over and over that Jobcase was overrun with scammers; they even made false claims that several legitimate job postings were scams, and this, rightly so, alarmed many of the individuals who make up this community.
First thing's first. Scammers are present on EVERY job board. This is not exclusive to Jobcase. They are on Indeed, Glassdoor, Google Jobs, Monster, and more. Sadly, this is the age in which we now live.
The Jobcase team, those who are actually employed by Jobcase (of which I am not), do a great job at responding to scams and spammers. However, it can seem a daunting and futile task. It is like that "Whack-a-Mole" game at fairs. A scammer pops up, you strike them down, and they pop up from another hole.
Additionally, you have a slew of individuals like myself who do our best to alert our fellow Jobcasers of scams when we see them posted.
In the end though, it is up to you to ensure your own safety and well-being on the internet.
Here is some information about scams and the top warning signs that you are being scammed. PLEASE READ THEM:
Too Good to be True
Good jobs are hard to find. Like your mom always said, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Here are some tip-offs that the ‘job’ is fake.
You didn’t contact them; they contacted you
They say that they found your resume online. They either offer you a job right away or say they want to interview you. Sometimes the scammers will try to entice you by saying that you made the cut and they are interviewing the finalists for the job.
The pay is great
Healthcare Admin Assistant: “This is a work from home job. Work hours is from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday You will earn $45 per hour for this position, you are also expected online at Google Hangouts during working hours. We also offer flexible hours....”
You get the job right away
After a quick phone or Instant Message interview, the ‘interviewer’ immediately contacts you to offer you the job.
Vague Job Requirements and Job Description
Scammers try to make their emails sound believable by listing job requirements. Usually, these requirements are so ridiculously simple that almost everyone qualifies: Must be 18 years old, Must be a citizen, Must have access to the internet. (You wouldn’t be reading their email if you didn’t have internet access, right?) The job requirements don’t mention years of education or experience. As a rule of thumb, if it’s a real job, the requirements will be quite specific.
Job scam emails usually don’t include clear job descriptions, either. Many job seekers say that when they ask for a job description or list of job duties, they get the brush-off. The interviewer either ignores the questions or says something like “Don’t worry, we’ll train you.”
Some emails from scammers are well-written, but many aren’t. Real companies hire professionals who can write well. If the email contains spelling, capitalization, punctuation or grammatical mistakes, be on your guard. Here’s an example:
“The Human resources have just reviewed your resume due to the one you posted on a Job board.You are now scheduled for an interview with the hiring manager of the company.Her name is Mary Wind; you are required to set up a gmail mail account and download google hangouts.
Capitalization errors -- ‘Human resources’ should be ‘Human Resources’, and ‘google’ should be ‘Google’
Punctuation errors -- Commas, periods, and parentheses should be followed by a space
Grammatical errors -- “Human resources have reviewed” should be “Human Resources has reviewed...”
Online Interviews via Messaging Services
Many attempted scams say that the interview will take place online using an instant messaging service. The scammers often include instructions for setting up and contacting the hiring manager and may ask for confidential information.
Tip: If you’re applying for an online job and you’re told that the interview will take place online via instant message, research the company and its representatives before you agree to an interview. And if you agree to be interviewed, ask detailed questions about the job during the interview. Don’t give out confidential information such as your bank account, credit card or Social Security numbers. Don’t be fooled just because the interview questions sound real.
Emails Don’t Include Contact Information
If the email doesn’t include the company’s address and phone, it’s a good bet that it’s a scam. And it’s a good bet that it’s a scam if the interviewer makes an excuse for using a personal email address by saying the company’s servers are down, or the company is experiencing too many problems with spam, or the company hasn’t yet set up its email system.
Tip: Look at the email address carefully, then copy/paste it into the search box. You can also type in the word ‘scam’ after the email address to see if someone else has reported the company.
Search Results Don’t Add Up
Before agreeing to an interview, do your research. If it’s a real company, you should be able to find information about the company by doing an online search. Finding information does not guarantee that the company is legit, but if you can’t find anything, you can bet it’s a scam.
Tip: Sophisticated scammers sometimes set up nice-looking websites -- but looks can be deceiving. Try this: go to the Domain White Pages and type the company’s web address into the “domain or IP address” box and click the “go” button. The results will tell you the date when the website was created. If the website is less than a year old, be on your guard.
Tip: When searching for information about the company, search for both the company’s name and the email address. Also, copy/paste paragraphs from the email into the search box. Scammers may change the company name but re-use the other parts of the email, and it’s possible you’ll find an identical email posted online.
You’re Asked to Provide Confidential Information
Some scammers ask for your bank account information to set up direct deposit or transfer money to your account, or ask you to open a new bank account and provide the information to them:
Other scammers will tell you to go to a website and fill out a credit report form or provide confidential information so they can “put you on the company insurance.” Identity theft scams try to get you to provide your Social Security number and birth date and other personal information.
Tip: Before entering personal information online, check to make sure the website is secure by looking at the web address bar. The address should be https:// not http://
Sending Money or Valuables, Using Your Personal Bank Account
SomeJobcasers report that they’ve received checks that look like real cashiers checks. They are instructed to deposit the check, keep some of the money for themselves and send the rest of the money to someone else via Western Union or Money Gram. Then, a few days or weeks later, they get a call from the bank saying the check is fake. They have lost the money they sent. Here’s an example from a reader:
Some scammers ask to use your personal bank account to transfer money from one account to another account. It is called money laundering, and it’s against the law. Other scams ask you to receive and forward packages from your home. These packages might contain stolen goods or illegal substances.
They Want You to Pay for Something Legitimate companies don’t ask for money. If you’re told that you need to purchase software or pay for services, beware.
I think I've read other posts on Jobcase about how to spot a job scam but since I just recently received one I thought it would be a good idea to post about it again so other job seekers can be aware who have not heard of it.
No matter where you post your #resume, LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed, Glassdoor, Ziprecruiter these scam companies can still find you and your resume so it’s a matter of being aware and not one specific job site board that is more susceptible than others. There are also smaller job site boards that are sometimes connected to the larger ones and clicking on one job posting can lead to those sites such as Career builder, Lensa, Nexxt, Career alerts, Job Serious, Find Your Career, Featured Jobs, Evening Classifieds, Dicewire, Trending Jobs, Jobungo, Hirewire, Startwire, or Jobvertise, etc. These are all legit job sites and the scam seekers can get your resume/contact info from a smaller known site just as much as a larger one, so again, it's just best to be aware of the actual Google Hangout Scam. It usually goes something like this:
Someone will text you or email you introducing themselves as Mr. Joe Smith from XYZ company. Notice they always use the honorifics of Mr., Mrs., or Ms. The scammers will they say they are from a company that’s usually a legit company because they know you'll Google it to check it out. But they WILL NOT provide their company website address or their own email address at the company such as Jsmith@xyzcompnay.com. That’s a big tipoff, all legit recruiters from real recruiting companies or companies will include ALWAYS include their email address at the company such as: Jane.Smith@RothertHalf.com (legit recruiting agency) or JoeS@Microsoft.com (legit company not using a recruiting agency).
The scammers will next say I saw your resume on (Jobvertise or Hirewire, etc.) You might not even remember putting your resume on that board, that’s fine, once you post on the larger boards your resume info can sometimes be sold to the smaller ones or sometimes by clicking on ‘receive job alerts’ will put your info on the smaller boards and you might not even be aware your resume info is there until you start receiving emails from the smaller job boards. If you’re like me you probably clicked on a lot of ‘receive job alerts’ and thus, your resume is on places you didn’t even realize). Back to the scam: Mr. Joe Smith said he found my resume on some small site and he has a position of Administrative assistant/ data entry/ customer services available. (Tip-off: Administrative assistants usually do not do Data Entry and Customer Service (not services) is a separate job position again not usually what an Admin assistant does.) And Mr. Smith is very impressed with your resume and qualifications and wants to set up an interview. Once you reply you’re interested then they will ask you if you have a Gmail account because they want to set up the interview via Google Hangout. (another tip-off: companies will use Skype to Zoom to interview with you in real time.) Google Hangouts allows Mr. Smith to use a generic Gmail account instead of a company email address which he doesn’t have because he is a scammer.
Mr. Smith will then tell you to get on Google Hangouts right now or at some odd non-business hour time (the weekend or at 6am) and once online a Mrs. Charlotte A. Wilbur is waiting for you to interview you (how convenient!). This is where the real scam happens. They will name some dream opportunity available for a dream hourly rate ($35.00 an hour for customer service position? Yeah right) and then let you practically pick your hours or even say you can work from home (Yay! Who doesn’t want that?) They will go through some BS about pretending to interview you and then put you on hold while they pretend to check with their supervisor about your skills, then come back and say congratulations! The supervisor agreed and our company wants to hire you right away! Next, they will pretend to do the employment specifies of needing your full name, address, social security number (BEWARE) or if they don’t ask for your SSA they will go another rout to scam: asking do you want to be paid as bi-monthly, bi-weekly and do you want direct deposit? This is another way they get you, they will say they need to know which bank you want your direct deposit to go because they have to check to see if your bank is in their direct payment system (or some such made up process.) Giving your full name, SSA number, or your bank info and they have all the means to get you with identity theft.
So that’s the Google Hangout Scam. Basically, if someone contacts you claiming to be from a company but doesn’t provide their email address connected to that company or showing that they are employed by that company or a legitimate recruiting/staffing agency and want to do a Google Hangout interview with you—RUN! Or you can do like me and have a little fun playing along with them (not giving any pertinent info) and then at the end tell them you know they are a scam and you recorded the whole #interview to put on YouTube later to expose them.
While I was checking my email this evening I noticed this in my box. It is a scam I am warning to all especially those who might be desperate to comply this is an attempt to get your information no company that I have ever worked for in the last ten years tells you that they will send your forms for tax information and checking account information and social security numbers. I thought I would let you know what the email looks like the name might be changed but the wording when I looked it up was the same except the name and some other wording.
Thanks for your response. Your email application was received and after reviewing you are qualified for the (Admin Personal Assistant) position which i have available for now. My name is Michelle Kruger from Michigan and am 54 years Old, Executive Assistant President of International Operations at Evergreen Foundation and also a Professional projects funding specialist.
I have been a freelancer projects funding specialist for over 12 years, with much of those years spent in Europe especially in Swiss facilitating funding for humanitarian projects and hospitals for Haiti, Philippine and some third world countries. My passion for humanity supports and humanitarian projects got hike when i was an EMT in George County state of Maryland. I'm happy with my profession because my efforts put smile on faces and with my experiences i have ability to bring out the best in almost everybody i work with directly or indirectly.
The only position left in the job openings is the position of Admin Personal Assistant. I need a personal manager, whoever will be in this position needs to be very sincere, honest, trustworthy and with great sense of humor and of course the this position with great benefits which includes good wages and fast promotion including international trips opportunities paid for by our clients or myself.
Congratulations, after our HR department did reviewed your resume and gave their report I decided to consider you among the final two applicants that will be on probation before i finally pick the right person as my personal assistant to carry out some activities on my behalf. Just like i mentioned above, you need to be very honest because sometimes my personal or corporate items such as financial instruments or non financial items can be with you. In conclusion I'm looking for someone that can be trusted and reliable to work very well and with good understanding and i believe you posses those qualities.
The Center For Victims Of Torture, we give our staffs & agents best treat because working for a foundation, you are entitle to less job and great payment as part of humanity supports and best treat towards humanity.
we focus and specializes in giving humanitarian support. Feed The Children, purification of drinkable water, Immediate Developmental supports for natural disasters affected Nations and their citizens,Development and Production of Quality Plastic Injection Moldings for the Manufacturing Industry. We provide the complete molded plastic solution - from Concept, to Design, to Material Selection, to Models or working Prototypes (where necessary) and finally Production of Quality Molded Components not limited to that we also provide funding for business start up capital for fresh entrepreneurs , start up projects and start up companies.
We maintains operations in 3 countries and employ over 500 people worldwide which includes direct and indirect staffs and representative agents. We are setting up new office all across United State and Canada.
Available Position: Personal Assistant Type: Part-Time Hours: 15 Hours per week Days: 3 days per week Weekly Pay: $520
BENEFITS: • AD & D Insurance • 401(k) • Medical, Dental, Vision
As my personal assistant, your activities among others will include:
*Create and modify documents using Microsoft Office *Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring. *Scheduling programmes, flights and keeping me up to date with them. *Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away.
DO CONFIRM ACCEPTANCE OF THIS POSITION BY PROVIDING THE BELOW DETAILS. DECLINE THE OFFER BY NOT REPLYING, OR SAYING NO.
PLEASE COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM REQUIREMENT BELOW :
FIRST NAME: MIDDLE NAME: LAST NAME: HOME ADDRESS: APT # : CITY: STATE: ZIP CODE: HOME PHONE #: MOBILE PHONE#: AGE: PRESENT JOB: YOUR AVAILABILITY:
To enable me to enlist them into my Register for proper documentation. It is also required by the Accounting Department for the mailing of the check .
Your paperwork (job offer letter, USCIS Form I-9 and W-4 forms) will be sent to you via Mail and you should be receiving it within 7 working business day by one of my supervisors or i will present it to you in person as soon as i get back to the town this Month, June 26th Monday 2017. I will be here to inform you before it is sent so you can be on the lookout for it. What is your preferred email address?
How would you like to be paid - via Direct Deposit or Check? What means of payment would you prefer - Weekly or Bi-Weekly?
What banking institution do you operate with to see if it tallies with the my official salary payment accounts ?
You will be receiving your duties online everyday and i will always be online to assist you with any difficulties. Okay?
#scams Don't apply a job at Sure Stay Hotel by Best Western at 900 N . Main Ave. Don't trust a director Camilla at the work as a dispute person. She used all of you to work for her ass stink, because she don't have any pockets for good paycheck. It's all fault by her. She would like to tracking spy on your cellphone every time when you come to work and go home. There nothing a security at the hotel. She can be sexual harassment to all men. Be careful. She like to talk too much trash on the all woman's business because she is a very rage of jealous as like her face is so very childish!!! Don't try to be consider a friend with Camilla or others. They don't care about all of you. I may suggest all o you to go pass by another hotel for apply job. I wish all of you best in a life. Good Luck, All of folks.
i consider my self street smart, I keep to myself and surround with fam, im drama free only drama i want includes children their yellings and screamings NOW I gotta be SCAMSMART OR WEBSMART i didnt signup for this its a waste of YOUR SCAMMER TIME AND MINE! #careerdiscovery #jobsearch #scams #coronavirus #workfromhome