Beware Of The CBX Web Designs Employment Scam
If you have received an email claiming to be from an employment agency representing CBX Web Designs LLC containing a job offer as a Client Manager or Account Manager for CBX Web Designs in Harvey, LA..BEWARE! It’s probably a scam. Below is a screenshot of the same website we found on 3 different domains: corfuland4sale.com, corfutravelagents.com, and corfuhomes4sale.com (which gives a warning as unsafe due to an apparent SSL issue). All 3 are existing domains that had been parked and not used for some time until now. The site is also located at twowarpgreen.com which was just registered a few days ago for one year.
Here’s What We Know About The REAL CBX Web Designs
How do we know it’s probably yet another money mule scam? First of all, the REAL CBX Web Designs LLC once had a website in 2003 located at www.cbxwebdesigns.com which no longer exists, but below is an cached image of that website which showed the actual owners personal email address:
We also checked and discovered that the LLC license for CBX Web Designs in the state of Louisiana has been INACTIVE since 2006! See below:
The phone number for the REAL CBX Web Designs consistently shows it to be (504) 669-6340 but you will see on the new website that the phone number shows (504) 302-0778. Also if you google CBX Web Designs you will see there is 2 addresses listed for CBX WebDesigns one located at 320 Appletree Ln, Gretna, LA 70056 and 2532 Vulcan St, Harvey, LA 70058.
Although we couldn’t retrieve a street view of the 320 Appletree Ln address however the earth view appears to be a residence. Below is the google street view of the private residence located at 2532 Vulcan St, Harvey, LA 70058:
Obviously this apparently was just someone who once offered webdesign services in the Harvey Louisiana area working out of their home. Not a large international web development company looking to hire numerous client account managers all over the US offering $3000-$4000 a month salaries with full benefits!
All the business directory listings such as Yelp, Manta, and Yellowpages etc shows listings for both addresses, however you will notice NONE of these listings have been claimed by the actual business itself so as we have seen with MANY of the other businesses scammers has targeted, the information in these business listings is usually always outdated and unverified therefore the information can appear to be legitimate to a potential job seeker when in most cases the business actually no longer exists!
But in any case, the vague information these directories show only makes the REAL business a prime target for scammers as we have seen time and time again.
The fact that the real business website no longer exists and their LLC license is INACTIVE tells us that CBX Web Designs is probably no longer in business and scammers has stolen this business’s identity to operate a money mule employment scam.
How The Scam Works
After sending out the initial “recruitment” email to job seekers with resumes posted on job sites, they follow up with an email written to appear as coming from a legitimate company however, the offer is always too good to be true offering a work from home job with excellent pay, bonuses and a full benefits package including 3 weeks vacation the first year!
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 their “out of country programmers” to begin work on 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 programmer in another country which is usually several thousand dollars! However, the funds the scammers deposited in the employees bank account is stolen of course and the “out of country” programmer 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.
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.
Have you received a suspicious email offering you a “job” with CBX Web Designs in Louisiana or other work at home “client or account manager” or “operator” job that you never applied for? Feel free to copy and paste the email in the comments so we can help alert and prevent others from becoming victims.
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