I had applied for a job and received what seemed like a creditable email from the employer’s Human Resources division. I checked out the company, ONC Computers Limited, finding a reasonable looking web site. I also searched for ONC Job Scams, but could not find anything. Feeling that the company may be legit I responded to the email, which arranged an interview via Instant Messaging the following day. I made the necessary IM connection at the appointed time, where I was asked a series of seemingly logical interview questions. I was then informed, in limited fashion, what the job entailed and given the opportunity to begin a training session the following day, also conducted via IM.
On the training day during the IM session, I was asked to perform some tasks which consisted of searching out a well-known company on a government web site and perform various mathematics with the figures that were reported. This seemed straightforward, testing to see if individuals can read reports and spreadsheets and perform some math functions. I was then informed that some money would be sent to me for the purchase of software and a few pieces of office equipment that the company required.
The next morning a FedEx courier arrived with an overnighted cashier’s check for over two-thousand dollars. I had little wary feelings all along, but this set off a general alarm.
I had originally written out all the warning signs I saw, but I have decided to redact them. I do not want to give other no-goods any tips on how to improve their scams.
I decided to listen to the alarm in my brain. I went to the bank as instructed, but instead of depositing the check I asked the cashier if they could verify it. The cashier called the bank indicated on the very official looking cashier’s check. The drafting bank had no record of the check number. That cannot happen with a cashier’s check.
I sent an email to the Human Resources contact, telling them about the old saying, ‘If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.’ I believe the goal was to give me a feeling that the money was in my account and have me make purchases at fake vendors the following day. Then, a few days later when the bogus check bounced back, I would be left holding the bag on my overdrafts while the bad guys would be rolling in money.
Be careful out there. Watch out for a company called ONC Computers, LTD.