AppliedGraphicsTech.com Scam Alert
AppliedGraphicsTech.com was just created 2/11/2015 and hosted on Vooservers in the UK at IP address 188.8.131.52. They list the address on the website as Applied Graphics, Inc. 28 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 and the Phone number as (347) 467-1055. UPDATE 2/27/15: The address on the website has changed and now shows the address as Applied Graphics, Inc. 221 Glen Cove Ave, Sea Cliff, NY 11579! The whois registration has the business phone number listed as (212)627-4111. I find it interesting how the website is an exact replica of the same fake website the scammers set up in Oct 2014 for Alphagraphics Jacksonville with the exception of the company logo.
Interesting! A new website/domain has just been registered on 2/25/15 on Vooservers at IP 184.108.40.206 called AppliedGraphicsCompany.com and the whois information lists the address as 221 Glen Cove Ave, Sea Cliff, NY 11579. They are using the same website as shown below and the the web panel is http://appliedgraphicscompany.com/panel
BEWARE! Applied Graphics Inc is suspected to be yet another fake web development and graphics website set up as a front for a “work at home” employment scam to get unsuspecting “employees” to wire stolen money overseas to their so called “programmers”! See Advantage Web Development Scam Alert and SCK Design Scam.
Applied Graphics Technologies appears to be an legitimate business that may have operated at one time at these mailing addresses, but it is unclear if any of the businesses they are targeting is actually still in operation. But I can assure you appliedgraphicstech.com and the new website appliedgraphicscompany.com is not associated with the actual legitimate business.
Here is a screenshot of the fake website:
I would say they are sending out “job information” emails to potential “employees” as we speak that may say something similar to this:
Job Available in Your Area
My name is (Fake Name), I’m with the Human Resources Dep. Please consider this email as a job offer for a recently available position os a Customer Service Manager with our team. Basing on your online resume and references, we believe that your expertise and personality would be a perfect match for this job, and with your input we will be able to bring our customer service quality to a new level.
We offer permanent employment with the base pay of 3500 dollars per month with bonuses, full-time and part-time shifts and a decent benefits pack. Please note that this is a work-from-home job, so you can work from any location within the USA.
To apply for this opening and receive further information on it, please respond as soon as you can. I will forward you our employment documents for review, and hopefully we will be able to get you started already in March.
Looking forward to your reply,
Some Fake Name
Human Resources Division
If you reply to that email, they will then send you a follow up email that might say something like this:
Your new job: Full information
As a Customer Service Manager you will represent the company to our existing clients, communicate both with our local office in New York, NY, and with our contractors from Europe. We offer permanent employment with full-time and part-time options; this is a home-based position, so you will need a laptop with an Internet connection. A working cell phone or landline is also necessary in order for your supervisor, team members and clients to contact you directly at any time during regular working hours. No additional software is required to purchase or install, only standard office programs and any free PDF viewer. Relocation or travel is not required, as this role is performed out of your home. All training is free and web-based.
Your day will start with logging into our web server and getting new messages and tasks from your supervisor. You will be looking for clients’ business information, reviewing contracts, communicating with clients, assisting with their orders, etc. By the end of the day you will prepare a short report on the completed tasks and send it to your supervisor on the website.
The base monthly salary is 3500 USD, however, all Customer Service Managers receive incentive bonuses based on individual performance and customer satisfaction. The amount of bonuses accumulated during the month can double the base salary and makes the average monthly income of a Customer Service Manager up to 7000 USD. Since taxes will be deducted from your salary, you will need to fill out a W4 form, which will be sent to you along with our standard employment paperwork. And after the first 6 months of work, you will be eligible for a vacation of 21 calendar days, 401k and a corporate health insurance program.
To apply for this position, send me a reply to this email, and I will follow up with the employment documentation package for your review. This position is available immediately, and candidates available to start next week will have the priority.
Some Fake Name- fake title
Applied Graphics, Inc
Call us: (347) 467-1055 (fake business phone #)
Do Not Reply And Do Not Provide Any Info!
They are targeting job seekers that may have a resume posted on a job site like Indeed.com, Careerbuilder or Monster.com and also from job boards.
What To Do If You Are A Victim
If you have found yourself to be a victim of this or a similar scam, you need to contact your bank immediately and close your account, hopefully BEFORE they try to reverse the transaction. Next file a police report with your local authorities and then file a complaint with the FBI’s internet crime center at http://www.ic3.gov/
Next you need to contact the 3 credit bureaus- TransUnion, Equifax and Experian, and place a fraud alert on your report. These scammers has your Social Security number so they can steal your identity and may try and obtain credit in your name. This will alert you for at least 90 days about any suspicious activity.Disclosure** We get paid a commission when you purchase from LifeLock using one of our links.