DigiWeb Media Group Sarasota Employment Scam
Attention Job seekers! If you receive an email claiming to be from Digiweb Media Group Inc in Sarasota Florida offering a work at home job position possibly as a client manager, do not reply! It is not a legitimate employment offer!
1st of all there is no corporation listed with that name with the State of Florida. However, there is a corporation in Tampa Florida by the name Digiworks Media Group Inc. Why is this important? Because the Vice President of Digiworks Media is Susan Church in Palm Harbor. The name Sue Church was just used to register a website in China on 12/1/2015 for one year called Digiwebmediagroup.com under the business name Digiweb Media Group Inc! IMHO,I highly doubt the Vice President of an Advertising Agency located in a posh office building in Tampa would be registering a website in China for a web development business that is located in an apartment complex in Sarasota 80+ miles away from her residence in Palm Harbor!
DigiWeb Media Group WAS in business at 4179 Winners Cir Apt 411, Sarasota, FL 34238 which is the same street address used to register the new website, only now they don’t list the Apt 411 and they show (941) 306-2133 as the business phone # on Digiwebmediagroup.com on their contact page.
The actual owner was Tim Gilbert who no longer owns the business and the original website for this company www.digiwebmedia.com is no longer online. Also it was NOT a corporation. The phone # for the actual business was (866) 578-6860. Given the business address was an apartment, more than likely Mr Gilbert worked out of his home (which is not uncommon for web designers) and although all the listings in google makes it appear as though it is still in business, it really isn’t, which makes the business a perfect target for scammers.
Another Web/Graphic Design Money Mule Scam?
Beware! #1 – The name Sue Church is associated with a legitimate company with a similar name, Digiworks, that is not associated with the address in Sarasota. It’s been common practice of these scammers to steal the identity of former owners or officers of other similarly named businesses to register their fake websites without these people’s knowledge or consent.
Also the fact DigiWeb Media Group Inc is using the Inc in the website registration states the business is a corporation and it is not registered with the state at all! There has been MANY fake web development websites created over the last 3-4 years by scammers solely to trick potential job seekers with attractive salaries and benefit packages into a work from home money mule scam!
#2 – The phone # and email address used in the registration of Digiwebmediagroup.com is +89.413624027 (+89 is a German country code), with the email GregoryARichardson@armyspy.com, armyspy.com is part of a free disposable email address service called Fake Mail Generator. A common practice scammers use and is a violation of iCann rules! The website is showing blog posts dating back to October 5, 2015 BEFORE the website even existed!
Below is a screenshot of the website:
Digiwebmediagroup.com is showing every indication of an impending fraud and the scammers is more than likely starting to contact job seekers with resumes posted on job sites with their fake job offer which is nothing more than a money mule scam! See our previous alert we posted in October – QPS Employment Group-Web5designs.com Scam Alert! Don’t become a victim! The “job” these scammers want you to do is unknowingly wire stolen money overseas that you will be held responsible for and could even be prosecuted! You won’t even realize it until it’s too late!
What To Do If You Are A Victim
If you have fell victim to a money mule employment scam, 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! LifeLock is a reputable company that monitors your accounts and alerts and protects you from identity theft.
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