Beware Of A Fraudulent Job Offer For Grant Instruments
Beware Job Seekers! Someone going by the name Charles is sending out emails claiming to be the Territory Recruiter for Grant Instruments, a legitimate company located in the UK! He states he found the job seekers resume on CareerBuilder and is interested in setting up an interview for an Account Receivable Specialist position that’s available in the job seekers area.
Below is a copy of the initial email, notice that it comes from JohnnieClayton@worker.com but the recruiters name is Charles..hmm:
From: Johnnie Clayton <JohnnieClayton@worker.com>
Subject: Let’s make your dreams come true! Come work with us! Job Offer #56949
My name is Charles and I am the Territory Recruiter for Grant Instruments. I found your resume on careerbuilder.com. I am interested in setting up an interview with you this week.
I am looking for an Account Receivable Specialist in your area – someone who is a people person, organized, and enjoys working with the public. With the position you will be required to go out and acquire new accounts along with managing existing accounts.
If you are interested, please contact me to set up an interview.
He then follows up with this email in which the Account Receivable Specialist position changes and now becomes a Finance Support Assistant:
from: Johnnie Clayton <JohnnieClayton@worker.com>
Subject: Grant Instruments Careers
Grant Instruments Careers
Grant Instruments is pleased to offer you the position of Finance Support Assistant. (Please find attached the “Grant Instruments Careers” document that contains full details of our offer)
We are excited about the potential that you can bring to our company.
Your initial compensation package includes a monthly salary of $6000, full medical and dental coverage through our company’s employee benefit plan, and fringe benefits as covered in the enclosed document.
We look forward to your response and we are confident that you will play a key role in our company’s expansion into national and international markets.
If you are interested in a career at Grant Instruments please reply to this email.
Here is the contents of the attached Word Document that was sent with the email:
GRANT INSTRUMENTS Careers
Grant Instruments, based near Cambridge, England, is an independent, privately owned company, founded in 1952 by Peter Ward and Cecil Chapman.
We currently are looking to hire Finance Support Assistants to join our team.
If you’re interested in being considered for this opportunity, please apply as soon as possible as spaces are limited. You can apply for this position by emailing back to the recruiter that contacted you.
As soon we receive your answer we will contact you with the first step in our hiring process.
These roles are nationwide and relocation is not required.
GRANT is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability.
Reg. ID #843-6147
Title Finance Support Assistant
Work Hours 16-20
Location United States (No Relocation Necessary)
Experience Required (N/A)
Income $6,000.00/Monthly Salary + Incentive Pay
Who is Grant Instruments?
Grant is a world leader in the manufacture and design of equipment for sample preparation, scientific analysis, data acquisition and data analysis providing solutions to the global scientific and industrial market. The company has a worldwide reputation for paying the highest attention to quality, reliability, service and support.
Grant works strictly to all legal and regulatory requirements and pays particular attention to the safety testing of products. The company operates to ISO9001:2008 quality management system and ISO 14001:2004 environmental management standard, regulated by British Standards Institute.
In the last 60 years, Grant has expanded both organically and through partnership and acquisition and now co-owns Biosan and Eltek Ltd. The company is organized into two focus areas – Scientific and Data Acquisition. Grant also provides custom solutions for unique or special applications.
The Finance Support Assistant works closely with our Accounting Department to ensure that all incoming payments to GRANT Instruments Ltd. and its subsidiaries and partners are completed accurately and within the time constraints of the monthly accounting closing schedule.
The essential functions listed are not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Accepts payments on behalf of GRANT Instruments Ltd., GRANT Instruments Ltd. subsidiaries and GRANT Instruments Ltd. dealers/partners;
Posts all payments and adjustments daily;
Submits underpayments and overpayment information to Accounting Department;
Initiates refunds of identified overpayments;
Ensures accurate transfer of client account cash balance to Accounting Department;
Ensures accurate processing of all transactions as per GRANT guidelines;
Proactively provides commentary to direct supervisor on retail customer payment behavior.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Organization – Proactively prioritizes needs and effectively manages resources and time;
Communication – Communicates clearly, concisely, and professionally;
Analytical Skills – Demonstrates ability to critically evaluate and act upon information;
Decision Making – Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; compares data from different sources to draw conclusions; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or develops appropriate solutions; takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences;
Contributing to Team Success – Actively participates as a member of the Financial Team to move the team toward the completion of goals;
Policies and Procedures – Articulates knowledge and understanding of organizational policies, procedures, and systems;
N/A; this position does not have any formal education requirements.
N/A; this position does not have any previous experience requirements.
This job MAY require prolonged sitting, some bending, stooping, and stretching. This job requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, computer, photocopier, telephone, calculator, and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing/eyesight/voice projection to record, prepare, and communicate appropriately.
The normal work routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues (although situations can be imagined or hypothesized under which anyone, anywhere, might encounter potential exposure to body fluids). Persons who perform these duties are not called upon as part of their employment to perform or assist in emergency care or first aid, or to be potentially exposed in some other way.
GRANT provides part-time, full-time and salaried employees (permanent or contracted) with a competitive benefits program, designed to meet individual and family needs. Particular benefits package will depend on your position, location, and years with the company. (All benefits become available after 60 days of employment).
Benefit Programs may include but are not limited to the following:
Life and Accident insurance
Retirement Savings Plan with a company contribution (up to 4% of annual salary)
Employee Stock Purchase Plan (up to 20% discount)
Paid vacations and holidays
Grant Instruments (Cambridge) Ltd
This Offer is NOT Coming From Grant Instruments!
This is a Fraudulent offer created by scammers who has stolen the credentials/identity of Grant Instruments, a legitimate business in order to dupe job seekers into believing the employment offer is legitimate. The Finance Support Assistant position is actually an elaborate money mule scam created by criminals to get their slimy hands on YOUR money!
How These Scams Work
They require the “employees” bank account supposedly to deposit the employees paycheck (of course the employee never receives) but actually as they tell you later, a checking account is required so the employee can receive funds from “customer orders” and then send the funds to a third party or their “out of country suppliers or contractors” to complete the customers order.
The employee’s task is to withdraw the deposited funds, go to Western Union or Money Gram, document and wire the funds to the third party (usually overseas) which is usually several thousand dollars! However, the funds the scammers deposited in the employees bank account is stolen of course and the third party “out of country” supplier the employee wired the cash to, is actually the criminals who then vanish, leaving the “employee” holding the bag to repay the stolen funds out of their own pocket or possibly face prosecution once the stolen funds has been traced back to the employees bank account.
Instead of bank deposit, the scammers could instead send the employee a counterfeit check to be used to purchase office equipment etc that may be much more than the cost of the equipment or perhaps payroll and request the check be cashed and the over payment wired back to the scammer before the check is discovered to be fake by the bank. Once it bounces, and they always do..you will have to cover the full amount out of your own pocket.
What To Do If You Are A Victim
If you have fell victim to an employment scam like this, you need to contact your bank immediately and close your account IF you have provided your account information to the scammers. 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/
If you provided your personal information like ss # birthdate etc , you need to contact the 3 credit bureaus- TransUnion, Equifax and Experian, and place a fraud alert on your report. These criminals can steal your identity and may try and obtain credit in your name. Doing this will alert you for at least 90 days about any suspicious activity.
In the hands of a thief, just your name, address, Social Security number or date of birth, can be used over and over months- even years down the road to:
Open new lines of credit
Seek medical attention
Drain savings and retirement accounts
Provide an alias when arrested
Get a job or file false tax returns
Get Payday Loans in your name
Obtain service agreements for cellular service or utilities
Obtain Government Documents such as a drivers license or passport
That’s why I highly recommend you get some sort of ongoing identity theft protection such as the services offered through companies like LifeLock-Visit Their Website Here or Identity Force-visit their website here! LifeLock and Identity Force are both reputable companies that monitors your accounts and alerts and protects you from identity theft.
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