Is The company "Ristix" a scam?
Recently I've just received a job offer for the position of Operations Officer from a company named Ristix. The company sent me an email:
Ristix offers companies a full spectrum of services to evaluate their needs, work out a business and marketing strategy to meet them. Our marketing consultants and analysts are ready to plan functionality to achieve good results in your business.
We are currently looking for an Operations Officer.
Candidate must have:
• One year experience.
• High School or GED some college preferred.
Successful candidate must have:
• Good computer skills.
• Strong interpersonal, integrity, relationship and organizational skills.
• Flexible schedule is an absolute must.
Responsibilities and duties of the Operations Officer:
• Plan, direct, coordinate the operations of company
• Monitor and control the flow of payments
• Compiling monthly reports on the overall turnover of funds
Salary based on experience.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.
So I'm thinking about this job, however I realized that they gave me a pretty basic job description. So I decided to look into the company, www.ristix.com . And normally you would see if this company has been tagged as a ripoff or scam from the search engine. I didn't see anything at all but still didn't fully trust the company.The next email would furthermore make me skeptical.
So after I sent them my resume, I get an email:
We have received your resume and are reviewing it to see if your skills, experience, and education are a good match for our current needs.
In order for us to move ahead in our selection process, could you please complete Application Form attached and return it to us.
We will screen all applicants and select candidates whose qualifications seem to meet our needs. We will carefully consider your application during the initial screening and will contact you if you are selected to continue in the recruitment process. We wish you every success.
Please see the "Job Description" file for more details about the position.
Our company is based in Italy. We also have our representative office in the United States. You will not need to come to work in our office, or visit a personal interview. All interviews will be carried out by email and telephone.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Ever since that email, I've been ready to throw my red flag and decline the offer, because it almost seemed too easy to receive this job and I have not received any phone calls at all. Only email and sending me application documents created in word. I do have someone by the name of Ryan Curran that seems to be from here and has been sending me the emails,
What you do guys think, a scam?
Thank you in advance for helping me,
Sorry about that, What do you guys think, a scam?
- 9 years agoFavorite Answer
There is no job.
There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.
The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "secretary/assistant/accountant" and will demand you cash a large fake check sent on a stolen UPS/FedEx billing account number and send most of the "money" via Western Union or moneygram back to the scammer posing as the "supply company" while you "keep" a small portion. When your bank realizes the check is fake and it bounces, you get the real life job of paying back the bank for the bounced check fees and all the bank's money you sent to an overseas criminal.
Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.
When you refuse to send him your cash he will send increasingly nasty and rude emails trying to convince you to go through with his scam. The scammer could also create another fake name and email address like "FBI@ gmail.com", "police_person @hotmail.com" or "investigator @yahoo.com" and send emails telling you the job is legit and you must cash the fake check and send your money to the scammer or you will face legal action. Just ignore, delete and block those email addresses. Although, reading a scammer's attempt at impersonating a law enforcement official can be extremely funny.
Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.
You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.
Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.
Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.
6 "Rules to follow" to avoid most fake jobs:
1) Job asks you to use your personal bank account and/or open a new one.
2) Job asks you to print/mail/cash a check or money order.
3) Job asks you to use Western Union or moneygram in any capacity.
4) Job asks you to accept packages and re-ship them on to anyone.
5) Job asks you to pay visas, travel fees via Western Union or moneygram.
6) Job asks you to sign up for a credit reporting or identity verification site.
Avoiding all jobs that mention any of the above listed 'red flags' and you will miss nearly all fake jobs. Only scammers ask you to do any of the above. No. Exceptions. Ever. For any reason.
If you google "fake check cashing job", "fraud Western Union scam", "money mule moneygram scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.
- MaxineLv 44 years ago
The Iraq war is a scam. Our troops are not there to rebuild Iraq and make it safe for the citizens. They are there simply to guarantee the flow of oil to the U.S. Most people in the Army are uneducated dolts who swallow any false propaganda that comes their way. The Army doesn't even require a high shool diploma any longer. They just want warm bodies without the ability to think for themselves.
- 9 years ago
Sounds like a scam