Work At Home Donation Processing
Work-at-home donation processing internet scams are a way for the scammer to receive personal information of the victim through means of offering a job with a fake company. They often target job seekers who post resumes on Internet-based job boards such as Monster.com, Craigslist.org and Careerbuilder.com. A so-called business relationship is built rather quickly between the scammer and the victim, after which the scammer receives the information he or she is intent on, and cuts of communication shortly afterwards.
The work-at-home donation processing scam begins with the first line of communication; a job offer from the scammer. However it really started days or weeks earlier when they created a fake company with a fake website. This website will look well designed and very professional in order to deter the victim into thinking this is a scam. For all intents and purposes, this company appears to be legit, even going so far as to include "contact" information such as a business address a toll-free phone number. The scammer knows these are the first things a job seeker will look for when trying to decipher the legality and truthfulness of an online position.
The job offered to the victim will come with unrealistic expectations, such as stating "no experience necessary" and "earn full time pay for part time hours." These are big red alerts when looking for a position online, as some work experience will be required for most positions. The job is described to the victim as someone who is a middleman for donations that go to the victims of a natural disaster or some other sort of trauma or illness. Once the victim becomes interested in this position, the scammer proceeds to attain their personal information.
A bank account becomes required so that the "employee" can receive donations via the internet for this cause that go straight to their bank account, and then they redistribute the funds to the victims or organization. And due to this seemingly being a reputable company, they will require a date of birth and social security number for tax purposes. But what the scammer has just done, is received everything they need to get into this person's bank account, and monitor it in order to take all of their money.
If you are a job seeker looking for online employment, it is important to notice the main red flags. First of all, every business will have a detailed "about us" page and contact information. On the website, look for the contact information and verify the phone number by calling it and do your research on the physical address they provide. Secondly, pay attention to spelling and grammar both on the website as well as their email communications; people in business should have excellent grammar and typing skills. Lastly, do your research before providing your personal information for employment. Follow your instinct and never give out your bank information. There is no reason any employer needs your bank account number or for you to pay them to work, even if it is just to download software.