Pablo Ruiz-Viajessalvattiera.com Travel Agency Job Scam
Beware Jobseekers! Someone going by the name Pablo Ruiz has been recruiting “employees” as payment processors for a travel agency! He is sending his email correspondence from the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org!
Viajessalvattiera.com was just registered for one year on 9/21/2016 by someone going by the name Anzhelika Kondrateva in Bolshoe Ignatovo, Russia, email address: email@example.com. Below is a screenshot of the website at viajessalvattiera.com:
This person also registered 6 other domains in September as well: globevoyages.net, steja-travel.com, viattigi.com, viatgi-sl.com, molltona.net and euroitallia.net, which are all travel related websites! So we strongly suspect these people are operating money mule scams through all of these websites!
Globevoyages.net redirects to another website that has been online for 14 years: globe-voyages.com and steja-travel.com registered on 9/8/16 redirects to steja.com which was registered on 9/22/16!
The Scam Emails!
The victim in this scam informed us that Pablo Ruiz had her complete an application and sign a contract and then He had a check sent out that was made out to her. He told her she would be processing payments for the travel agency.
We are still awaiting the initial recruiting emails from the victim that alerted us to this scam and will update this post as soon as we receive them. However, we do have a screenshot of the actual email in which the scammer instructed the victim where and to whom to wire the cash!
The victim, believing this was a legitimate job, cashed the check and then followed the scammers instructions above, and now has discovered her bank account is in the negative because the check she cashed was fraudulent! Now she must cover the bad check plus fees out of her own pocket or she could possibly face prosecution!
Keep in mind job seekers, a legitimate business will never require it’s employees to handle company transactions under the employees name or require the employee to use their own bank account to handle any company financial transactions and then wire the cash overseas or put the cash on a reload it card! If you are asked to do this..DON’T! It’s a money mule check scam!
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 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.
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