Job Scam Alert! TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO Billing and Collections Representative
Beware Job Seekers! Someone going by the name, Noah Hardy is sending emails to job seekers claiming to be a recruiter representing a company called TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD. using the email addresses, firstname.lastname@example.org and NoahHardy@atheist.com in an attempt to bait recipients into a money mule/fake check scam under the disguise of a “Job” as a Billing and Collections Representative .
Of course in my opinion, receiving emails from either email address should be enough to raise a red flag since they clearly are not coming from a legitimate business email server or domain! However you would be surprised how many victims never questioned or paid attention to details like that and the reason why is that the content of the initial email seems legitimate, not to mention, the HUGE “too good to be true” salary the scammer includes in their follow up emails pretty much ensures their unsuspecting victim will take the bait. The scam is always the same, only the scammers names and the company names they fraudulently steal are different.
The Recruiting Emails
Below is a copy of the emails one of our readers received from Noah Hardy:
Subject: 449-143 Review this September’s work and life opportunities
from: Noah Hardy <email@example.com>
I am pleased to inform you that we are interested in meeting with you to further discuss the resume you sent us, as well as career opportunities. After reviewing your resume, our human resources management team has selected you as one of the candidates we would like to interview.
During this interview we will discuss your past work experiences, your career goals, and career opportunities with our company.
Our company holds itself to the highest standards, working only with industry leaders who share our values. Due to our recent expansion we are currently interviewing candidates who will contribute to our continued growth and success.
Please email us with your updated phone number.
Our reader was curious as to which company this was that he had sent his resume to, so he replied and asked. He did not send his phone number or any other details. This is the response he received:
Subject: TOYO Tires Company 2018 Careers
from: Noah Hardy <NoahHardy@atheist.com>
Thank you for your interest in TOYO Tires Company. I am pleased to advise that you have been selected by our HR department as a potential fit for the post of Billing and Collections Representative.
This position is responsible for a variety of tasks including billing, payments, collections and records retention.
Our organization views this position is urgent and essential to our United States operations, the projected starting salary for the position varies between $83,000.00 – $89,000.00 DOE and employees working in this position are eligible to join the corporate benefits programs.
Attached documentation is intended to bring to your attention the details of this offer.
The application process of this position is scheduled to start this week, please indicate your interest in joining the application process via email to me.
I look forward to knowing your thoughts on this offer.
This peaked the interest of our reader even though he knew he never sent his resume to this company as Noah Hardy had stated. He thought the salary sounded incredible and he wanted to know where this job was located and even though his background had nothing to do with billing, payments or collections, he responded anyway and asked. This is the response he received:
Subject: TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD. – Agreement Application Process
from: Noah Hardy <NoahHardy@atheist.com>
Thank you for your continued interest in TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD.
This is in reference to your last email which outlined your interest in a career with TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD.. in accordance with our previous offer TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD. please to offer you employment in the position of Billing and Collections Representatives
The position is offered on the terms outlined in the attached legal documentation.
Please sign the enclosed copy of this letter and return it to me to indicate your acceptance of this offer. [ See Page 1,7,9 ]
Your annual salary will be $84,500.00, this amount includes your 13th Salary (Christmas Bonus). Your salary will be paid on a monthly basis. (On request the salary can be paid biweekly).
Yearly bonuses: up to %43 of salaried income
We are confident you will be able to make a significant contribution to the success of our finance team and look forward to working with you.
Your prompt reply to this offer is appreciated.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
At this point our reader realized this was obviously a scam, since he never supplied his name or any information to this Noah Hardy person whatsoever, so how could they offer him a position working from home handling billing and collecting payments with an $84,500.00 a year salary without any experience, no application, no interview or background check. He could be a convicted bank robber or embezzler for all they know!
He’s right, a legitimate company wouldn’t ever do this, however a scammer out to steal your money by fraudulently impersonating a legitimate company does do this!
This fake job offer is in NO WAY associated with the LEGITIMATE Toyo Tire & Rubber Co based in Japan or the U.S. What Noah Hardy and his accomplices expect their Billing and Collections Representatives to do is accept bogus checks from fake “customers” and deposit these checks in their own personal bank account. But what they don’t explain upfront is you will be expected to withdraw the cash and either wire the cash to the scammer, or purchase gift cards or prepaid visa cards and give the scammer the card information, BEFORE the bank discovers the check is fake!
This is CLEARLY a money mule/check scam designed to steal YOUR money and YOU will be held responsible to cover the amount of the bogus checks and possibly face criminal charges while the scammers get away scot free with your money.
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 your social security # 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, sell your personal details on the dark web who 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 Job offer from TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO or other work at home “Billing and Collections Representative, Financial Agent or Financial Manager” job that seems suspicious? Feel free to copy and paste the info in the comments so we can help alert and prevent others from becoming victims.
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Indeed, just got the same email from a Toby Sykes with a “Pet Lover” email address. Will be reporting as soon as possible.