Money Mule Employment Scam-BRB Financial Group Inc
We have received several reports from our readers about a company called BRB Financial Group who is sending text messages to job-seekers from the number 508-993-2402 offering them a position as a “Financial Agent”. We looked into it and this is what we learned:
Their about the company page claims the company was set up in San Francisco in 1990, however their website, located at brb-financialgroup.org was just registered anonymously on 10/8/17 for 1 year only and is hosted on a server in South Africa. Below is screenshots of their main website and “About The Company” page:
They list their US business address as 602 California St. San Francisco, Ca 94108, however we were unable to verify a business by this name located there nor were we able to find a corporation registered in the State of California by the name BRB Financial Group Inc or BRB Financial Group & Co Inc!
Vacancy List: Financial Agent Position
Their “Vacancies List” page located at www.brb-financialgroup.org/index.php?page=r_15 shows only one “Worldwide” position available along with several “Not available at this time” positions that’s listed only for the San Francisco area. We found it very interesting that the “Financial Agent” position that IS available is a part-time position only with NO educational requirements and the salary is MUCH higher than all the full-time positions listed on that page requiring college degrees!
But the true purpose of the “Financial Agent” or “Financial Manager” is revealed on the Job Description page at www.brb-financialgroup.org/index.php?page=r_98 shown below:
They try to convince job-seekers that this position is legitimate through an extensive FAQ located on this page, but DO NOT fall for this, it is a classic money mule scam designed to steal YOUR identity and YOUR money plain and simple! We have stressed this time and time again that NO legitimate company will EVER ask their employees to use their personal bank account to handle company transactions for their customers/clients and then withdraw and wire cash to someone you personally do NOT know via western union or moneygram PERIOD! Read more about Western Union fraud prevention here: https://www.westernunion.com/content/wucom/base/us/en/fraudawareness/fraud-home.html
Also keep in mind, every one of these job scams hire mules for a probationary period and no one EVER gets paid! In fact you will be left having to cover the funds from the fraudulent deposit you withdrew from your account or bogus check that you cashed after the money has been wired to the scammers! Your bank usually doesn’t discover the fraud until weeks later! This could be and usually is..THOUSANDS of dollars YOU will have to pay back and the scammers will be long gone with YOUR money AND your personal information!
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.
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