Emacity Ventures, LLC-Personalassistantsolutons.com Scam Alert
Personalassistantsolutons.com was just registered 10/12/2015 for one year by someone claiming to be Douglas Szymanski using the organization name: Personal Assistant Solutions LLC, 112 Quivas Court SW, Atlanta Ga. The site is hosted in Germany.
The website shows the name Emacity Ventures LLC in the copyright information at the bottom of the page as well as the name of the company. In September another website, Personalassistingsolutions.com was registered under the Emacity Ventures LLC name using the real EV owners name, Erin Doffney and address 113 Quivas Ct SW, Atlanta Ga, which since has been reported as fraud and taken offline but apparently now has been replaced by the current site Personalassistantsolutons.com. Below is a screenshot of this website :
Emacity Ventures LLC/EV Office Solutions is a legitimate company and their legitimate website is located at www.virtualbusinessofficesolutions.com. They have posted this alert below on their website as well as the BBB website:
As of 10/5/15 EV Office Solutions and Emacity Ventures, LLC have been made aware of Scamming and Phishing. Be aware that Erika Szymanski and her cronies are not and never have been affiliated with this company, and are using information erroneously. EV Office Solutions nor Emacity Ventures, LLC have not placed any ads or contacted applicants for employment opportunities. Please make sure you are looking at the domain name (www.name.com) very carefully. The documents they are sending are fraudulent! I’ve researched their domain information and they are located in Germany. They also seem to be getting your information from Career Builder. Contact them as well. Thank you and stay safe! Erin D.
It looks like Erika Szymanski was sending out the recruiting emails and now has since brought in a crony named Douglas Szymanski to try and avoid suspicion?..hmm!
Virtual Assistant Jobs?
On the surface, Personalassistantsolutons.com appears to advertise to individuals and businesses who need help with various tasks and provides personal/virtual assistants to perform those tasks for them for a fee. They charge hourly “rates” based on the “employers” needs…or so that’s what they try to make it appear to be!
But Beware! This is just another clever disguise for a “money mule” scam to target job seekers via email into becoming a “virtual or personal assistant” to perform these so-called tasks for their fake “clients”, which involves accepting and cashing fake checks or bank deposits and wiring money overseas.
Once the check has been cashed or the money withdrawn from the bank and is wired to the fake “client” the bank then discovers the funds were either stolen or the check was fake and you the victim will be held responsible to pay the money back while the scammers essentially walk away scot-free with the stolen money YOU wired to them!
Don’t Be A Money Mule!
If you receive or accept ANY work at home job offer that requires you to cash checks and/or use your own bank account to handle “client” accounts, it’s a scam! A legitimate company will NEVER ask an employee to use their personal bank account or cash checks to handle company business!
What To Do If You Are A Victim
If you have fell victim to an employment scam, you need to contact your bank immediately and close your account IF you have provided this 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 Social Security number to them, you need to contact the 3 credit bureaus- TransUnion, Equifax and Experian, and place a fraud alert on your report. 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. I highly recommend you get some sort of ongoing identity protection such as the services offered through companies like LifeLock-Visit Their Website Here!
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