Craigslist Job Scam: McKechnie Automotive & Engineered Plastics
Posted by TJ on Sunday September 27, 2009 @ 12:16 AM
[Tags: scam, craigslist, business]

Note: This is part 24 in the Job Scam Series.

Thanks goes to Chris Rolston for sending in this scam. This is an email scam sent in reply to ads placed on Career Builder.

McKechnie Automotive & Engineered Plastics may be a real company, however, this job offer is a definite scam. These scams often use real companies to try and appear real. Do not respond to any job emails from "McKechnie Automotive & Engineered Plastics" or "Stuart Sonley".

Do not deposit any checks received from the this offer. They are fake or fraudulent and if deposited will be subtracted from your bank balance once the fraud is discovered.

If you received another job scam featuring another company please forward the email to
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How do I spot a job scam?
  1. The message is for a position that you did not apply for
  2. The message is from or asking for a reply to an email address from a free email provider (ie: @aol.com, @yahoo.com, @gmail.com, @rocketmail.com)
  3. The position is for a work at home job. Let's get real here most of these positions are hard to come by.
  4. The message provides no phone and/or no mailing address
  5. You are "hired" for the position with no actual real life interview.
  6. The company does not have a website or the website was created in the last year. Do a whois lookup to see when a domain was created.
  7. The job list few or no qualifications
  8. The message is written with poor English
  9. A Google search for the company finds little or no history for the company
  10. The email fails to mention you by name. Starts off with generic opening (ie: Dear job seeker, Dear applicant).
  11. The work at home position involves receiving payments, money transfers, or check cashing.
*** This list is not all inclusive. Scams could meet any one of these or none at all. Remember if you have to ask yourself "Is this a scam?" it probably is!

What should I do if I provided my information to scammers?
  1. Do not respond to further communications.
  2. Do not cash any checks you received from fraudulent offer.
  3. Do not direct wire any money to addresses provided.
  4. If you sent bank Information: Call your bank immediately and tell them what happened. They should be able to change your account number or cancel your account.
  5. If you are still concerned you might want to enroll in credit monitoring such as LifeLock Identity Theft Prevention
  6. You can also file a claim with The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). They are probably overloaded with these types of claim though, so I would not expect an individual response. You can also contact the Better Business Bureau or your states attorney general's office
  7. Post a comment below with any information you have on this scam to inform other people to try and avoid any future victims. Post the email you received with exact wording if different from original posted so when people search for terms they find this warning.

Copy of Original Scam Email
Stuart Sonley said:

From: Stuart Sonley [mckenzieautos@live.co.uk
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 1:53 AM
To: Chris Rolston
Subject: RE: Office Administrator

Detailed Job Description – Payment Collection

Please Read Carefully For better understanding

McKechnie Automotive & Engineered Plastics moulds and extrudes all known types of plastic from its two UK sites, based in Stamford Bridge (Yorkshire) and Pickering (Yorkshire). Both businesses have a high degree of technical competence in the field of injection moulding.

MPC Stamford Bridge houses the divisional technical centre inclusive of a wide range of CAD design and Moldflow tools to assist customers with in depth product development. Advanced automotive and Multi shot moulding are featured throughout this diverse and high tech facility.

MPC Pickering is the divisional centre of excellence for automotive work where high volume output and statistically repeatable quality are fundamental to our customers needs. We also offer extensive painting and assembly facilities on this site.

Together these facilities provide customers with an unrivalled set of technical and manufacturing competencies from design and development to fully automated production.

Since the position for “Office Administrator” is no longer available, We have accepted your application for Another job and We have your information in our database. The primary goal of the Account Receivable Clerk is to provide local customer assistant to our clients within North America. You will be assisting our clients within North America, the assistance to be provided will include: payment collections and customer service. The HR Managers checked your resume and you have been picked as one of our possible candidates for Accounts Receivable Manage due to some factors of the Company, Your primary task would be receiving payments for our company and Customers. We are about to open a representative offices or authorized sales centers in some local city in the States. Your Accounts Receivable Clerk duty would be that you become our Account Receivable Manager (ARM) and it’s a contract –to-hire position which is a 1 month trial after which the position is made full time.Please be advised that we need total dedication for the job.

Your duties will include: Collecting Payments When a buyer in United States decides to purchase an item through an online auction from our sellers he has the following payment options:pay pal, international wire transfer, international check, or local wire transfer. The quickest option of these is local wire transferring. Local wire transfers are the option that the sales support representative will provide to the clients.

- Forwarding of the Payments

Once you receive each payment you will be keeping 10% as commission and forwarding the rest to the seller or representative, whose information will be provided prior each transaction. It is crucial to complete forwarding of the payments in a time efficient manner.

Here is an example of a brief report:

Date: 15 07, '09
Buyer: Bluestone Medicals
Item: Plastic Wares / Hospital Plastic Eqiupments
Price: £ 2,921.27
10% Commission :£292
Fees: £ 115
Total Forwarded: £2514
Forwarded to: John Adams, England, United Kingdom
Money Gram Reference Number: 9932091
Sender : Emmanuel Elijah

- Fees, and Transferring Procedures

All fees are covered by the company. The fees for transferring are simply deducted from the payments received. No client will contact you during initial stage of the trial period. After three weeks of the trial period you will begin to have contact with the buyers via email in regards to collection of the payments. For the first three weeks you will simply receive all of the transferring details, and payments, along with step by step guidance from your supervisor. You will be forwarding the received payments by wire transfer.

: Additional Information


During the trial period, you will be paid 1,250USD per month while working on average 3-4hours per day, plus 10% commission from every payment received and forwarded. The salary will be sent in the form of wire transfer directly to your account. After the trial period your base pay salary will go up to 1,650USD per month, plus 10% commission.
You will receive a monthly invoice stating your total income. All applicable taxes are covered by the company at the end of the year.

Your First Primary task (Collection of Payments)

1. Receive payment from our Customers or Clients.
2. Cash Payment at your Bank or any cashing facilities near you.
3. Deduct 10 % which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to, you'll have a lot of free time doing another job, because this job schedule is flexible, you'll get good income .But this job is very challenging and you should understand it.

Please kindly fill your details below to apply :

Full Name : ___________
Full Address: _________
City: _________________
State: _______________
Zip/Postal code:________
Home phone :__________
Cell phone: ___________
Recent occupation: ______
Gender: _______________
Personal Email Address:___

Human Resources Manager
McKechnie Automotive & Engineered Plastics

- Stuart Sonley
- Website : http//www.mckechnie-platics.co.uk
- Bridge Works
- Stamford Bridge
- York
- YO41 1AL
McKechnie Engineered Plastics Limited is a member of the Melrose Group registered in England, No 3984537.
Registered Office: Precision House, Arden Road, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 6HN.

If you receive this scam and found this post helpful please post a comment so I know these warnings are being read! Thanks!

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