WX, LLC Virtual Assistant Job Scam At Zkite.com
Several weeks ago we warned our readers about a Virtual Assistant Job Scam for a company called Gift, LLC. Now it seems we have another similar job scam with a company called WX, LLC and their website is located at www.zkite.com! Below is a screenshot of the website:
There are several things about this WX, LLC “company” and their website that sends up quite a few red flags! So keep reading!
No WX, LLC Registered In Pennsylvania
1st of all the business address list on the website and in their recruiting emails shows as 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. However the business phone # on the website, (516) 858-5902 is located in New York, New York! Hmmm! We couldn’t find any business by the name WX, LLC at that Market St address!
So we checked the registered corporations and business entities for the state of Pennsylvania at https://www.corporations.pa.gov and just as we thought, there is no WX, LLC registered in that state!
We did however, manage to find a post on yahoo answers from a few years back where a reader was asking about a virtual assistant job offer they received from a company called Happy, LLC and the business address they were using was…you guessed it.. 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102! The reader was warned that the job offer was indeed a scam! They also referenced a source: https://www.scambook.com/report/view/263516/Happy-LLC-Complaint-263516-for-$0.00
The telltale sign of a scam that reader was warned about above is exactly the same here found on the FAQ page at zkite.com:
If I need to order certain service(s) or pay for something on behalf of the customer – how does it work? I mean, do I have to pay out of my pocket in advance?
No, You do not have to pay for anything in advance.
– Every spending during your approbation period (list of items, travelling expenses, shipping, additional expenses, total cost etc) must be confirmed with our customer first. Once confirmed, the required amount is transferred to your credit card or bank account so you can take care of everything.
– Upon successful completion of your approbation period, you are provided with a credit card to cover all required expenses.
I bolded in red text the telltale sign above, which btw was also used in the Gift, LLC scam as well!
(Seriously, an approbation period? Really? The person who wrote the content for that website is definitely NOT from the U.S!)
So I found it quite interesting when I checked out the “Terms Of Service” page on the WX, LLC website at zkite.com/terms_of_service. It seems they didn’t proof read or correct the business name used in most of the paragraphs on that page! Below is a partial copy of just some of that page:
Happy, LLC makes no warranty regarding any articles, services or otherwise, purchased or obtained through the Happy service, or any other transaction entered through its use. No information or promises, whether oral or written and obtained by members shall create any warranty or guarantee not make expressly in this section of this document.
11. Limitation of Liability
12. Other Terms and Conditions
Happy, LLC owns the content under this website and service, including graphics, software, all copyrightable material, layouts of pages, text, design, applicable processes and procedures, translations, digital conversions and other materials designed by the company or any of its contractors, employees or otherwise.
So it’s pretty clear that Happy, LLC and WX, LLC is obviously the same group of scammers!
The Recruiting Email
Before I paste a copy of the email our reader received from these people at WX, LLC, I want to mention that the reader stated that they had NOT contacted these people with any questions whatsoever prior to receiving this email!
Subject: WX, LLC**** virtual assistant
From: WX, LLC <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I completely understand questions you have addressed. You should refer our company profile
You are welcome to visit our Philadelphia, PA office to get more confidence in our team (address is in my signature). I would like to confirm that our company is a licensed, bonded and insured lifestyle management agency specializing in the management of personal & business affairs and concierge services for VIPs, celebrities, athletes, entertainers and corporate executives. We serve over few thousand corporate clients and individuals in the US and internationally with over 1,000 people working part time mostly.
Will you like to get more information on the company, services etc – please refer our corporate website
(about us and services sections).
These tasks are simple. No training is needed. Trial period is also to see how you perform, how independent you area, how you understand tasks etc.
Instructions on how to proceed were sent you along with job details in my previous email. This position is available for immediate employment! You must be ready to start within couple next days. It may take us one or several days to review your information/resume attached/ after you register online. Please do not apply if you cannot start within next 7days.
Your next steps:
1) You have to sign up on the website. Visit our JOBS page and use APPLY NOW feature
You will get more details on available position on this page as well. You will also find more information on our company on the corporate page
2) Once you sign up, you will get access to our client area (in a limited mode).
3) Once you complete this step, follow instructions on the screen. We receive a lot of application forms and must arrange everything before you start. Usually it takes a day or two. So expect an email within the next few days with instructions on how to proceed.
If you received this message in error, or would like to unsubscribe, please send a blank email to email@example.com
1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Employment Agreement between WX, LLC (the “Company”) and ________________________ (the “Employee”). The Company employs the Employee on the following terms and conditions:
Probationary Period: The Company will pay Employee a fixed salary of $2,750 for the services of the Employee. Trial period lasts for 30 days (One Month).
Regular Employment (upon completion of the trial period):
Your beginning rate of compensation is $33,000 Annual Salary $2,750 every month). In addition to this compensation, you will also be paid a commission based on customers’ bonus.
Payment is sent monthly by check or direct bank deposit.
The Employee will be provided with a corporate card to pay for out-of-pocket expenses, in accordance with our policies after you sign a one year contract (upon successful completion of the test period).
- Duties and Position
The Company hires the Employee in the capacity of a Personal Assistant. The Employee’s duties:
Providing enthusiastic, professional, quality service to our customers. Processing various inquiries to enhance their quality of life.
Planning, organizing and research
Assisting with corporate & personal shopping / acquisition (includes providing thoughtful ideas, locating, purchasing, wrapping and delivering as needed)
You must possess fluent knowledge of the city and geography of surrounding areas; as well as knowledge of the restaurants, amenities, clubs and tourism industries to provide to hotel guests.
Making arrangements for VIP or out-of-town guests (which includes: ideas, researching, scheduling, booking, communication, and follow-up as needed)
Making entertainment arrangements (which includes: ideas, researching, scheduling and booking, communication, and follow-up as needed).
- Time of work
This is not a fulltime position. The Employee can choose a suitable time to perform duties and fulfill the expectations of the position. This is a home-based position. Employees are encouraged to combine this work with other activities, ensuring that all duties are being performed adequately for the Company. Average load is between two to three hours a day.
- Confidentiality of Proprietary Information
The Employee agrees, during or after the term of this employment, not to reveal confidential information or trade secrets to any person, firm, corporation, or entity. The Company reserves the option to terminate the Employee’s agreement with the Company should this occur.
In the event that the Employee cannot perform the duties because of illness or incapacity, the Employee may take two weeks leave from the position. However, if the Employee is absent from work for any reason for a continuous period of over a month, the Company may terminate the Employee’s employment, and the Company’s obligations under this agreement will cease on that date.
- Termination of Agreement
Without cause, the Company may terminate this agreement at any time upon 7 days written notice to the Employee. The Company may request that the Employee continue to perform his/her duties up to the date of termination. The Company will continue to pay the Employee the salary earned on any such transactions. If the employee has been working for more than 6 months by the day of termination, the Company will pay him $2,750. The Employee may also terminate employment upon 7 days’ written notice to the Company. Employee may be required to perform his or her duties and will be paid the regular salary to the date of termination but shall not receive severance allowance. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this agreement, the Company may terminate the Employee’s employment upon 7 days’ notice to the Employee should any of the following events occur:
The client doesn’t receive adequate funds due to the Employee’s error or;
The Employee reveals confidential information or;
The Employee intentionally processes erroneous purchases.
The Employee does not demonstrate required work ethics and due diligence.
- Effect of Prior Agreements
This Agreement supersedes any prior agreement between the Company, or any predecessor of the Company and the Employee, except that this agreement shall not affect or operate to reduce any benefit or compensation owing to the Employee of a kind elsewhere provided and not expressly provided in this agreement.
If, for any reason, any provision of this agreement is held invalid, all other provisions if this agreement shall remain in effect. If this agreement is held invalid or cannot be enforced, then to the full extent permitted by law, any prior agreement between the Company (or any predecessor thereof) and the Employee shall be deemed reinstated as if this agreement had not been executed.
- Oral Modifications Not Binding
This instrument is the entire agreement between the Company and the Employee. Oral changes have no effect. It may be altered only by a written agreement signed by the party against whom enforcement of any waiver, change, modification, extension, or discharge is sought.
First name ____________ Last name ____________ Country United States State (Province)__________ City ____________ Address ____________ Zip (Postal) ____________ Home phone____________ Cell phone ____________ Email ____________
Signed on the ___ of _________ 2017.
1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Since this email was forwarded to us by the reader who received it, we were able to trace the location the original email was sent from. We discovered the email was actually sent by someone in Russia NOT Pennsylvania!!
What I found to be amusing is the name James Kusimo who is supposedly the HR Manager for WX, LLC listed above, is the same name of a man who was convicted in Maryland as the Leader Of A $1.5 Million Fraudulent Check Cashing Scheme in 2016!
So BEWARE of fraudulent job offers like this one from WX, LLC!
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 ss # 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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