New era of fraudsters

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Without further ado I am here to share some very important useful information in this article. This article was inspired by the discussions that I have had with some friends who live in Europe or generally first world countries about new fraudsters who are raging havoc online. They mainly target foreign students.

In summer most students like to look for summer jobs. So what they do is they look for jobs online put up their résumés on legitimate well sincere websites and advertising platforms like Leboncoin, Voscours. These advertising platforms are in NO WAY to blame in fact they provide a platform where genuine companies can advertise job vacancies and students can in fact post their CVs and get jobs. There have been many successful testimonies of people getting contacted by genuine companies or employers and being recruited.

However there are some bad apples who are on these sites. Some of these bad apples are on genuine recrutement sites. Now how do you identify a fake employer or company that wants to trick you?

Here are some tell tale signs

  1. The fake employer always comes from another city. They are hardly in the city or town you live in but they will be coming in a few months or weeks to live where you stay. There is always a distance. It’s easier to trick someone who stays far from where you stay!
  2. They always send these long emails with wired stories about how they don’t have a bank account, are on overdraft or how they want you to be a middle man and they want you to pay someone some money usually a supplier.
  3. The supplier can be a real bookstore, a plumber, a retailer of a Macbook anything you name it. They can even ask you to buy cleaning equipment I have heard this story first hand.
  4. They always want to pay you by cheque and they insist on giving you an advance payment. In France it’s very rare for an employer to pay you by cheque in advance without you haven’t actually worked. Genuine employers especially in Europe never ask you to do a purchase on their behalf using your personal bank account.
  5. If an employer asks you to buy, send money with your account run!
  6. They like to talk about thousands and they say keep some money for yourself and send this money to that person!Don’t!
  7. They usually send stolen cheques or false cheques that don’t even match up with their name. They can lie and say it’s my spouse’s name or my wife’s name. Don’t fall for it it’s a trap.
  8. If they are daring they can even send a photo of their ID. Don’t be fooled we never know where that ID could be coming from, it could be stolen, fake, belonging to a dead person who knows.
  9. I don’t mean to be discriminatory but they usually have a foreign accent. They don’t really sound like a native of that country but you can tell they have a foreign accent of some sort. But then again this was someone’s personal experience if you see all these signs and they have an accent of a local run still!
  10. They are usually rude or overly polite and remember if it sounds too good to be true it probably is!

Thankfully there are some European countries that have banks which don’t accept cheques. Cheques no longer exist in certain European countries like Germany , but if you live where cheques are still being used be careful, and never be too desperate.



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Info Lady

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