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Couple of weeks ago I got a email from unknown person stating ”GUMTREE JOBS” and job title was Service Manager. I applied several jobs through Gumtree and thought it may be one of these. The email are describe below as it is.

Hello,

Vacancy: Service Manager.

As our service manager you will be working the average of 5-8 hours per week while earning an average of £300-£500 per week. Metmachex Services has been in business since 2004, with the head office located in New York, US. We offer a variety of services to our clients, including – reselling and selling, providing auction services, and uniting sellers with service managers worldwide to contribute to the productivity of the sales force.
Here are the frequently asked questions that will help you to understand better how our company works and what is the role of the service managers and their responsibilities.

Who are the sellers?
All sellers have at least two years of experience in selling through major auctions such as EBay, Qxl, and Amazon. All sellers have at least 98% positive feedback score, with at least 30 feedbacks. The sellers can be located anywhere in the world Paris, New York, Moscow, Vena, Sydney, Delhi, or any other location.

Where are the items sold?
Items are sold through top online websites such as EBay, Amazon Auctions, Big Deals, QXL, and more.

What are the items sold?
Main items sold are: consumer electronics, jewelry, and collectibles.

What is the service manager role?
Service manager role is to unite the seller and the buyer by location.
For example, the seller is located in Paris, and wants to sell the item through UK auction site to a buyer within UK;
we will enhance the shopper’s experience and increase sales by having a representative within that region of sales.

Your duties will include:
Monitoring of sales data in your region of the United Kingdom.
Receiving the clients payments.
Sorting outgoing/ingoing correspondence on request.
Provide necessary information to all the offices and vendors involved.

Is this position connected with selling or payment processes?
How the purchases notifications are sent?
The position of service manager includes payments collecting and correspondence maintaining. The service manager is not required to be a sales person. The buyer and seller manage the situation if the exchange is required. You will be informed by e-mail as soon as a deal is agreed, purchasing happens. The information will include buyer, purchase and pricing details. You will be working from your home office around your schedule.

Offered benefits.
We guarantee two vacations twice a year, two weeks each. While you are on vacation the compensation will be £700. You have to work for the company at least 3 months to take your first vacation. Special discounts on our items are available for our workers. We pay your taxes. We will send you an invoice declaring your income, you state the taxes and we pay the amount.

Will I be required to make any investments in the project?
How the salary is paid out?
You will not have to invest. All the organization fees are paid by the company. The salary varies between £300 and £500 a week. 10% of every transfer received from a customer is yours. If your weekly income is below £300 the company pays out the difference to you, sending it as a check or wire transfer.

If you are interested in this position (Service Manager), Please provide below details about yourself

Legal Name:

Age:

Current Address:

Name of your Bank / Building Society (For Reference Purposes):

Will wait for your response!

Please reply on this e-mail: *************************

God Bless You,

*******************

So what do you think from the message and as a consequence I applied for this position. After 1/2 days I got confirmation of this job as a SERVICE MANAGER. Wow, its sounds amazing. No interview, no CV, co no conversation. Can you believe it!

Again after few days I got a check of £2600 on my name and they suggest me to deposit to my bank account. I was stumble and shocked how easy is this job but I thought to disscuss or enquiry with someone before I submit. I talked with one of my elder brother who lives here for a long time and told me its kind of fraud, they are using you to steal this money from someone’s account and it could be money laundering or scam.

Today I was surfing Uk Home Office website and suddenly see a article Beware of invitations to receive and transfer money.

Uk Boarder Agency says 04 February 2011
The UK Border Agency is warning people to be cautious if they are offered the opportunity to make ‘easy money’ by transferring money into and out of their bank account.Many migrant students and workers are being targeted as ‘money mules’ to break the law by laundering stolen money.

A criminal will pretend to offer them a genuine opportunity which involves receiving money into their bank account, and then transferring it to another account while keeping part of it as commission. But the money being transferred is stolen, and the transfer of it between accounts (known as ‘money laundering’) is illegal.
People recruited by criminals to help transfer stolen money are known as ‘money mules’ or ‘money transfer agents’. If you become involved in this activity, you can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

You can identify a money mule fraud and take steps to protect yourself by following this simple advice:

  1. Be very cautious of unsolicited offers or opportunities to make easy money.
  2. If a company makes you a job offer, check that their contact details (address, phone number, email address and website) are correct, and find out whether they are registered in the UK.
  3. Be especially wary of job offers from people or companies overseas, as it will be harder for you to find out whether they are legitimate.
  4. Be suspicious of job advertisements that are written in poor English, with grammatical and spelling mistakes.
  5. Never give your bank account details to anyone unless you know and trust them.

Thanks to God that I didn’t submit that check book in my Bank Account. Every international and national students of Uk should always concerned about this kind a fraud activities.  Please tweet this article and share on facebook for making social awareness.

This is SM Nazir Hossain and I'm blogging about Studying in UK alongside my study when I get spare time. I'm passionate about digital marketing and I love to watch cricket, football, cinema. Desired profession Digital Marketing expert. Follow me in twitter @Twitter

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1 comment… add one
  • Eren
    February 20, 2013, 5:12 am Reply

    Thanks Mate,

    I also received one exactly like this that I found quite odd.

    Do you know how to go about reporting this company as I’ve found it registered etc in America?

    The name given to me was Bid Services Co.


    Hello,

    We appreciate your interest in our company for the position of Customer Assistant.

    As our customer assistant you will be working the average of 5-8 hours per week while earning an average of $1500-$2500 per month. Bid Services CO. has been in business since 2008, with the head office located in New York, US. We offer a variety of services to our clients, including – reselling and selling, providing auction services, and uniting sellers with customer assistant worldwide to contribute to the productivity of the sales force.
    Here are the frequently asked questions that will help you to understand better how our company works and what is the role of the customer assistant and their responsibilities.
    Who are the sellers?
    All sellers have at least two years of experience in selling through major auctions such as Qxl, Ebay and Amazon. All sellers have at least 97% positive feedback score, with at least 50 feedbacks. The sellers can be located anywhere in the world London, Los Angeles, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Berlin or any other location.

    Where are the items sold?
    Items are sold through top online websites such as Amazon Auctions, QXL, Ebay, Big Deals, and more.

    What are the items sold?
    Main items sold are: electronics, collectibles and jewelry.

    What is the customer assistant role?
    Customer assistant role is to unite the seller and the buyer by location.
    For example, the seller is located in Paris, and wants to sell the item through AU auction site to a buyer within AU;
    we will enhance the shopper’s experience and increase sales by having a representative within that region of sales.

    Your duties will include:
    Monitoring of sales data in your region of the Australia.
    Sorting outgoing/ingoing correspondence on request.
    Receiving the clients payings.
    Provide necessary information to all the offices and vendors involved.

    Is this position connected with selling or payment processes?
    How the purchases notifications are sent?
    The position of customer assistant includes payments collecting and correspondence maintaining. The customer assistant is not required to be a sales person. The buyer and seller manage the situation if the exchange is required. You will be informed by e-mail as soon as a deal is agreed, purchasing happens. The information will include buyer, purchase and pricing details. You will be working from your home office around your schedule.

    Offered benefits.
    We guarantee two vacations twice a year, two weeks each. While you are on vacation the compensation will be $1500. You have to work for the company at least 4 months to take your first vacation. We pay your taxes. We will send you an invoice declaring your income, you state the taxes and we pay the amount.
    Will I be required to make any investments in the project?
    How the salary is paid out?
    You will not have to invest. All the organization fees are paid by the company. The salary varies between $1500 and $2500. 10% of every transfer received from a customer is yours. If your month income is below $1500 the company pays out the difference to you, sending it as a check or wire transfer.
    Will wait for your reply!

    Best regards, Andrew Harvey.

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