Beware Of The Proud Griffin Cheese Company Job Scam
Over the last 3 years a group of money mule scammers has conned job seekers into not only fake Web Design job scams, but Virtual Assistant job scams, income tax client managers and most recently fake Craft Beer territory manager job scams. But now they are trying their hand at scamming job seekers in the Cheese making industry with their new website just registered on 5/7/16 for one year at proudgriffin.com.
Below is the screenshots of the home and the contact us pages:
Proudgriffin.com is registered to someone by the name Trevor Bates, 5551 N University Dr. Coral Springs, Fl 33067 with the Phone #+1.503-980-4191 which is a Portland Oregon area code.
5551 N University Dr. Coral Springs, Fl 33067 is also the business address listed on the website, however this address is a high scale professional office building called Coral Springs Professional Campus whose tenants includes several medical, surgeon and dental offices, attorneys, insurance agents and investment firms. However there is no tenant that can be found at this address by the name of Trevor Bates nor Proud Griffin Cheese Company! However at the bottom of the website it says:
Proud Griffin Cheese Company manufactures dairy products in the Norther Parts of European Union. Our company produces various types of cheese kits, ingredients and cheeses such as Gouda, Romy, cream, and smoked. It also offers special equipment for. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Coral Springs, Florida “Best Cheese Company operates as a subsidiary of Lactalis International Snc”
Notice it changed to “Best Cheese Company” and NOT Proud Griffin Cheese Company! Oops they missed that little oversight!
Of course a little more research revealed that there IS a legitimate company called Best Cheese Company founded in 1995 but is based in Egypt NOT in Coral Springs Florida. Here is the information we found on Best Cheese Company and you will notice it is almost identical as what is shown on the proudgriffin.com website :
Best Cheese Company manufactures dairy products in the Middle East. The company produces various types of cheeses, such as gouda, romy, cream, and smoked. It also offers glass jars. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Cairo, Egypt. Best Cheese Company operates as a subsidiary of Lactalis International Snc.
We believe this information was copied and used on the proudgriffin.com website so that potential victims would not question when asked to wire cash to their “Northern European Union “suppliers” for orders and transactions from their “supposed customers”! This area would include the Czech Republic which is the location these scammers has instructed most of their victims to wire money to in many of their past money mule job scam “Tasks”.
So Beware! They may be sending recruiting emails to job seekers possibly offering Territory Manager positions or perhaps Client Manager positions or similar with a too good to be true work from home offer with high monthly salaries and full benefits. After providing a signed employment agreement, and bank account information etc. victims will receive instructions for logging into the company “webpanel” for training and “tasks”.
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 (possibly the Czech Republic or Germany) 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 sometimes instructed 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.
Have you received a suspicious email offering you a “job” with Proud Griffin Cheese Company or other work at home “Territory Manager” or “Client Manager” job etc 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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