Company Representative scams, Payment Processing scams and other Employment scams.
#437954 by CEO Kim Thu Feb 02, 2023 4:31 pm
Warning: They contact you as a legitimate company. You have to fill out an application to accept the employment. They got your Social Security Number, Name, Date of Birth. The next step they want to use your Credit Card, and send you a PDF file that will not open but Google Doc. will open if only you agreed to let it access all your information.

Here is the initial email they send to offer you employment:

Dear Potential Dummy,
I am pleased to offer you the position of Regional Branch Purchasing Manager in TOUCHSTONE IMPORT UND EXPORT USA LLC. Please review the detailed description below:

Job Description

Purchasing Manager


Job Status: Full-Time/Part-Time
Location: Job title: Purchasing Manager
Position Overview:
It is a part/full-time professional position. You could start with part-time employment and continue into full-time, if you need the flexibility. This work-at-home position is responsible for generating purchase orders using the Company's money, compiling reports, preparing shipments, and other designated administrative duties. Basis salary will be $98,400.00 per year ($8,200.00 monthly too good to be true!) plus commission. The commission will be from 10% up to 15% of a purchase amount for every fulfilled assignment. Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k, and Life Insurance.

Your primary responsibilities include: communicating with vendors regarding products and prices, product availability, service, quality, and other related issues; communicating with your Supervisor regarding vendor information as stated above; determining appropriate methods for product purchasing (from local stores/vendors or online sites), if not previously designated by the Company; prepare and process purchase orders; prepare all selected reports; place orders on a timely basis and ensure on-time delivery.

You will be responsible for the work designated by your Supervisor. You will not be required to relocate, and there will be no long-distance trip requirements. You can accomplish most of the work from home. Also, you will not be required to make any investment nor financial expense.

Desired Skills:
To succeed, you must be a self-motivated, well-organized person and a skilled speaker. This position requires that you accomplish the assignments clearly and set priorities intelligently within the defined terms. The appropriate candidate will become an integral part of our Company's development. You will succeed if you can work remotely and efficiently and plan short trips in your local area.

Probation Period Challenges:
During the probationary period, you will learn how to accomplish the assigned purchases on the Company's behalf. You will also learn how to complete your entrusted duties accurately, appropriately, within stringent guidelines, and within agreed time frames. In addition, you will act under the high standards of business process control as adopted by Touchstone Import und Export e.K. in Germany. You will get training, which includes assignments to purchase goods that are not exclusive to the United States. However, challenges will be programmed in each assignment and will increase in difficulty. For example, you will get the task to purchases that require goods of limited quantity and purchases across several retailers to complete quantity requirements. Assignments can generally be completed in 1-2 hours, easily within your spare time. Also, when purchasing large oversized items, organization, delivery, and reshipment efficiencies will be essential. Please find below the detailed description of a typical first assignment under the probationary period:

Step 1: You and your Supervisor determine all required items for purchase: the assignment terms, total purchase amounts, and delivery terms and purchase locations.
Step 2: You will purchase the required items from the local or online retailers with the monies forwarded in advance to your account. All items will be defined as allowed for export without restriction. The first assignment will require purchasing electronic devices from retailers in the United States, e.g., Walmart or Best Buy. Using our help with buying the goods from the United States, foreign customers will save up to 120% on the cost of some products. And they have guaranteed original products made especially for the United States market. These savings are possible due to the different taxation systems and high import duties paid by official importers. In addition, some manufacturers use a discriminatory pricing policy, inflating prices for their goods outside of the United States up to 110%. Most United States retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Home Depot do not allow purchases using addresses outside of the United States and credit cards issued by foreign banks. The purchased items may differ, and we will always forward the type and the number of goods beforehand. We will always respect your views and input. We have a large workload and operate in many countries. If you cannot purchase some of the items, we have many options and can always propose alternatives.
Step 3: You will send us scans or pictures of the receipts by email. Then you will send the purchased items by mail. The Company will pay all postage expenses.
Step 4: You will make a report regarding the completed assignment. The Company will provide the report form to you in advance.
Step 5: Move on to the next assignment.

Salary and Benefits:
During your probation period, you will earn a normal monthly salary and commission. You will receive your payments by check or wire transfer to your bank account following your predefined choice. For example, say you completed eight assignments during your probationary period, for $11,500.00 each:

Commission for each assignment: $1,150.00 (10% of $11,500.00)
Total assignments are done: 8
Total commission: $9,200.00 ($1,150.00 x 8)
Your monthly salary: $8,200.00
Total: $17,400.00--------------->If It's too good to be true, then it's a scam!

In this example, you will receive a total payment of $17,400.00 within one week after the end of the three-week probationary period. In addition, there may be an option of receiving your commission after every fulfilled assignment.

If you decide to accept this position under the above-stated terms, please forward your confirmation to my email address or give me a call.

We will have to run a credit check before you start. We will not request your private information. For the background check, the data you provided us in the application form is enough.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me or call me at our Toll-Free number +18776182077. I am at your disposal from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00 (ET). I can call you if you send me your phone number and availability by email.

Warmest regards,

Ella Burgstaller

Toll-Free United States: 01.877.618.2077

Head office in Germany, HR Dept.: 49.322.1138.9411


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