Taxrefex.com Scam Alert
Beware of a new business website titled Tax Refund Express at http://taxrefex.com. It was just registered on 04/01/2015 and is hosted at Vooservers in the UK at IP address 188.8.131.52, a host and IP that scammers has used to put up MANY fake websites to run money mule and re-shipping work at home scams.They list the business address on the website as Tax Refund Express LLC 2575 Ravencliff Rd, College Park, GA 30349, Phone: (770) 212-3898.
It’s Tax season in the US and the deadline to file to avoid penalties is April 15. So we are seeing a lot of suspicious “tax preparation service” websites popping up. However keep in mind, many of these sites are not online to prepare anyone’s taxes at all! While some may be legitimate businesses, a lot of these sites are put online by criminals to trick potential “employees” into a work at home opportunity whose job is to send “refunds” to “clients” who are “out of the country” but worked in the US. Below is a screenshot of taxrefex.coms “Contact Us” page.
Be Wary Of Emails That Contains A “Job Offer” You Did Not Request!
Scammers target jobseekers who has posted their resumes on employment sites like Indeed, Careerbuilder, Monster etc. They obtain the jobseekers email address from the resume and then send an email with a job offer that sounds very convincing but also too good to be true: A work at home job, salaries that can range from $1500 to $3500 a month PLUS 5% bonuses, a full benefits package, paid vacations and more!
If you’re interested and request more information, then they will send another email with details about the company and what the job responsibilities will be. They may even ask for a phone interview, but most of the time they don’t. They will ask you to sign an Employment Agreement, and then will ask for your bank account details. They may ask you to open a business checking account but in the meantime they will use your personal checking for depositing your “paycheck” and ask you fill out a W-4 (that will provide your Social Security Number to the criminals) for “tax purposes”.
Do NOT fall for this and do NOT give them ANY personal details! If you accept their “job” and provide this info, you will find out that the “Task” they give you is that they will deposit a large amount of money in your bank account, or send you a check to cash, tell you to withdraw it or cash the check and then “WIRE” that money via Western Union or Moneygram to a client overseas.
However that money is usually stolen, or the check is fake and you are actually wiring the money to the scammers! When the bank finds out the check was no good, YOU are responsible to pay that money back. Also if it was an electronic deposit to your account, you may find your account in the hole because they will reverse the transaction pulling that money back out of your account after you withdrew it! You could even be prosecuted!
What To Do If You Are A Victim Of An Employment Scam
If you have fell victim to this scam at http://taxrefex.com or a similar scam, you need to contact your bank immediately and close your account, hopefully BEFORE they try to reverse the transaction. 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/
Next you need to contact the 3 credit bureaus- TransUnion, Equifax and Experian, and place a fraud alert on your report. These scammers now has your Social Security number so 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.
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