Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cosmetics Sales Rep Victimized by Check Scam |

As we have talked about, there are a lot of work at home offers that are scams, but some of the ones that are NOT are working for a Home Party Plan type company, like Avon . . . but this story shows that just because you are working for a company like this does not make you protected from scams. In the article, Cosmetics Sales Rep Victimized by Check Scam , they talk to an Avon Lady who took a couple of orders from people and accepted cashier's checks from them as payment. The checks later turned out to be counterfeit.

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  2. I am a new rep and when I saw this email from Velvet Lewis, I was excited.

    The first email I recieved was:
    You have received a 'contact me' request, in your address book from the following Customer. Please review the message and notify the Customer as needed. If you've already viewed this message from your Address Book, you can disregard this message.

    The following information was submitted:

    Velvet Lewis

    I want to order products

    I emailed her back and offered my assistance, the second email I recieved was: Good to hear from you, we are coming over to your area for a showbiz/photoshoot from TLW Modeling & Promotions in Chicago, IL. We have prefer to order online but for now all purchases in our company are done with paper payment so I would need you to get the underlisted items for me:

    Clearskin® Back Brush .................Item#:074-064 x (3)

    Sweet Honesty Cologne Spray .............Item#:012-307 x (2)
    OUTSPOKEN by Fergie Body Mist .................Item#:137-411 x (1)

    MAKE UP:
    Matte Nail Enamel (Grey Cement) ........Item#:661-492 x (2)
    Brights Manicure Kit ............................ Item#: 644-391 x (2)

    CONAIR® You Curl Styling Iron...Item#:097-838 x (1)
    ADVANCE TECHNIQUES Straightening Brush.......Item#:279-536 x(1)

    BATH & BODY:
    NATURALS Antibacterial Hand Gel (Vanilla) ... Item#:061-273 x (2)
    Avon Care Care Deeply Lip Balm ........................ Item#:048-603 x (2)

    Please get back to me with the total cost and the sale tax I'm to pay on those listed items and also the name and address you want the payment sent to with your phone number to reach you in case of emergency. After you send me this information I would instruct my sponsors to send you the payment which would be in form of money orders or certified check which you can cash instantly at your bank. Please get back to me as soon as possible so I can continue with the purchase, We would be there soon so we would pick up the items in person but I want you to have the funds in advance so send me the quotations and details needed to send you payment.

    Thank you and God bless,
    velvet Lewis.

    I emailed her back with her total of about $100 and about 2 days later I recieved a cashiers check for 1950, curusly I deposited the check. Luckily I did not withdraw any money from my account while this was going through, but now my bank has frozen my account and it is in the process of being closed. I got scammed.

    Not sure what to do now...

  3. DO NOT remove the money from your account. When the bank finds out that the cashier's check is counterfeit they will remove the money from your account. You can go here for places to report this scam.

    I would also report it to the police, and then AFTER you have a police report you can CALL your bank and let them know that you just found out that you were a victim of an intended scam.