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Posted by TJ on Friday October 9, 2009 @ 11:02 AM
[Tags: business, accounting, careers]

Apparently, as a Certified Public Accountants (CPA), I have the 6th best job in America. According to the article the wave of new accounting laws are making the job more important.

Oh good, does these mean I'll be working more hours in the future?

Link: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bestjobs/2009/snapshots/6.html



Posted by TJ on Tuesday September 29, 2009 @ 01:06 PM
[Tags: humor, internet, email]

You know I'm so proud of my him.. perfect attendence record! Uh.. oh what if he really is mine???

Some elementary school said:

Progress Report For Miller, N B as of 9/28/2009

Summary Report

PERIOD AM(S) PM(S): 2nd Grade (Teachers: xxx, xxx)
Current Grade: 2nd Absences: 0 Tardies: 0


Status Update - 10/12/09
Just received word my e-child missed 2 days already this month... not so proud anymore...





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
User submitted image
(This email address does not accept attachments for security purposes)


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

Salary:

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.
-Taxes
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!



Posted by TJ on Sunday September 27, 2009 @ 12:09 AM
[Tags: scam, craigslist, business]

Note: This is part 23 in the Job Scam Series.

Thanks goes to Chris Rolston for sending in this scam.

Avoid any association with this scam and do not respond to any emails from
"iZZi Computers" or "Angela Hynes"


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
User submitted image
(This email address does not accept attachments for security purposes)


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.

Angela Hynes said:

From: Angela Hynes
Date: Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 10:45 AM


Dear Candidate,

We got your resume and your application for our advert on Craiglist. We are sincerely sorry to inform you that the position for the Business

Management/ Customer Service Executive / Administrative Assistant has been occupied. Our managers went through your resume and you have been picked for an alternative Job which is the Accounts receivable. This position is also a Business Management position only that you work from home till September 2009 when the new office in your state is open for business then you would be the Administrative Assistant there.

About US

iZZi Computers is a U.K and U.S. Based Company and with established leaders in Printing Products such as Ink Cartridges, Toner, Ribbon e.t.c. and also Engraving. We are involved in supplying printing materials worldwide. We serve the entire United States and a growing export market efficiently. Once orders are received and sorted we deliver the product to a customer. After this has been done the customer has to pay for the products but in most cases we make our clients prepay for orders or items they ordered for. About 90 percent of our customers prefer to pay through, Certified Checks or Money Orders drawn from the United State based on the amount involved why Only few decide on other forms of payment.

Your primary task for now, as a representative of the company is to coordinate payments from customers and help us with the payment process. You are not involved in any sales. Once orders are received and sorted we deliver the product to a customer. After this has been done the customer has to pay for the products but in most cases we make our clients prepay for orders or items they ordered for. About 90 percent of our customers prefer to pay through Cashiers Check, Certified Checks or Money Orders drawn from the United States based on the amount involved.

We have decided to open this new contract to hire job position for solving this problem. Your First Primary task (Collection of Payments).

WHAT YOUR NEED TO DO FOR US

1. Receive payment from our Customers or Clients.
2. Cash Payment at your Bank or Deposit payment and let us know how long its going to take before it clears at the Bank
3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payments processed, also you will be earning $1,000.00 for a Monthly payment at the end of every Month
4. Forward balance after deduction of your 10% pay to any of the offices you will be instructed to send payment to.


You' will have a lot of free time doing another job, because this is a part time job, you will get a really good income. But this job is very challenging and you should understand it. We are considering your application because you satisfy our requirements and we are sure you will be an earnest assistant till we start running our branch office in your state. For example if you recieve 4000.00 USD, your 10% should be
400.00 USD. Here are the information you are to provide then we will get back to you after we must have gone through it all. Get back to us with
information required below, so that we can add your mailing address to our Regional database and forward it to our customers for them to send payments.

MAIN REQUIREMENTS
* Responsible
* Ready to work 3-4 hours per week.
* PC knowledge, E-mail and internet experience (minimal)
* Ability to record work activities.
_________________________________________

APPLY BY FILLING THE INFORMATION BELOW: _________________________________________

* Full Names.................
* Address(NO P.O. BOX).......
* City.......................
* State......................
* Zip Code...................
* Phone.....................
* Email .....................
* Present Occupation.........

Thanks for your anticipated action. And we hope to hear back from you.

HR Director
Angela Hynes

Note: This is also a medium of challenging the possibilities inherent on the online technology according to my research work titled "Staff development for online delivery: A collaborative, team based action learning model" you can check the website below for a more comprehensive reading of the article.

Please cite as: Ellis, A. and Phelps, R. (2000). Staff development for online delivery: A collaborative, team based action learning model.

Australian Journal of Educational Technology, 16(1), 26-44.


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



Posted by TJ on Tuesday September 15, 2009 @ 12:58 PM
[Tags: scam, business, economy]

Note: This is part 22 in the Job Scam Series.

Thanks goes to C Beattie (chuckbeattie.com) for sending in this scam. This is an email scam sent in reply to ads placed on Career Builder.

Avoid any association with this scam and do not respond to any emails from
"Premier Group Company" or "Premier Group Inc."


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
User submitted image
(This email address does not accept attachments for security purposes)


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.

Ray Vega said:

From: Ray Vega
Date: Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 10:45 AM
Subject: Vacancy for you (careerbuilder.com)
To: [[email removed]]

Dear ,

My name is Ray Vega and I represent Premier Group Company.

I have found your resume at careerbuilder.com. Judging from your resume, Premier Group Inc. I feel that you are a good match for this available position!

Premier Group Inc. is a world-famous company founded and based in the USA which deals with financial services such as escrow services for buyers and sellers of online auctions around the world. We offer our services to both closed commercial auctions where the number of buyers is limited and popular online auctions such as ebay.com, amazon.com and yahoo.com.

Financial Agent position is:
- part-time (on average 2-3 hours a day Monday through Friday)
- work from home (most of the communication is made online)

What do you need? Internet access and e-mail.

This position is offered on a trial period (first month) basis. You will receive on-line training, on-line support and assistance from a personal supervisor while working and being paid.

Trial period is paid at $2300/month. In addition you will receive 8% commission for every payment received and successfully processed. Total income, with the current volume of clients, amounts up to $4,500 per month.

My goal is sparking your interest. In the present economy, our position offers training, support and a pay scale comparable to entry level position requiring 40 hours per week. I hope you will explore, compare, and then contact me with your questions.

If you are interested in our offer and would like to learn more about the Financial Agent position, please send the form below with your updated contact information to emp.premier.group@gmail.com

Our representative will contact you within 24 hours.

++++++++FORM++++++++FORM+++++++++++
First name:_____________________
Last name:___________________________
Country of residence:__________________
Contact phone:______________________
Preferred call time:_______________________
++++++++FORM++++++++FORM+++++++++++

We found your resume at www.careerbuilder.com. This letter confirms that your resume has been duly processed and your skills and past employment meet our basic requirements for the Financial Manager vacancy.

Best regards.
Ray Vega

Premier Group Inc.




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



Posted by TJ on Tuesday September 15, 2009 @ 11:03 AM
[Tags: scam, business, taxes]

If you EVER receive an email claiming to be from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) that email is a scam. IRS agents are not even allowed to send emails as their current internal policy is they are only able to receive emails (and respond with a fax if needed).

Use common sense before clicking a link in any email you receive.

Here is the email that prompted this public service announcement:
noreply@irs.gov said:

from Internal Revenue Service
to [[address removed]]
date Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 7:54 PM
subject Notice of Underreported Income
Taxpayer ID: timothy-00000174073547US
Tax Type: INCOME TAX
Issue: Unreported/Underreported Income (Fraud Application)

Please review your tax statement on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website (click on the link below):

review tax statement for taxpayer id: timothy-00000174073547US

Internal Revenue Service


Note also that "Underreported" is not even an English word. Most of the time if you're good with English you're good at catching these scams because these scammers put no effort in writing their "official" emails.

Below is additional information straght from: IRS.gov
Quote:

How to Report and Identify Phishing, E-mail Scams and Bogus IRS Web Sites


  • The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail.

  • The IRS does not request detailed personal information through e-mail.
  • The IRS does not send e-mail requesting your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.
  • Report suspicious e-mails and bogus IRS Web sites to phishing@irs.gov.

If you receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be the IRS or directing you to an IRS site,

  • Do not reply.
  • Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
  • Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious e-mail or phishing Web site and entered confidential information, visit our Identity Theft page.
  • Use the following steps to report the e-mail or bogus Web site to the IRS.

How to report phishing, e-mail scams and bogus IRS Web sites
If you receive an e-mail or find a Web site you think is pretending to be the IRS,

  • Forward the e-mail or Web site URL to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.
  • You can forward the message as received or provide the Internet header of the e-mail. The Internet header has additional information to help us locate the sender.
  • After you forward the e-mail or header information to us, delete the message.

How to identify phishing e-mail scams and bogus IRS Web sites

You may also report misuse of the IRS name, logo, forms or other IRS property to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration toll-free at 1-800-366-4484.





Posted by TJ on Monday September 7, 2009 @ 11:08 PM
[Tags: scam, business, craigslist]

Note: This is part 21 in the Job Scam Series.

Thanks goes to CJ Hayden for sending in this scam. This is an email scam sent in reply to ads placed on Craigslist. This scammer picked an interesting company to use in this scam "Fuchs". Just seeing the name alone makes we wonder is that real company? It is a real company but this offering is not...it's a scammer who has no affiliation with the real company. CJ also sent me similar for these jobs: " PERSONAL ASSISTANT", "Office Assistant", Mystery shopper - Great America Inc, Mr Poun J Lintakoon (Lintakoon@live.com). If you received any offers for these companies they are scams and should not be replied too.

Avoid any association with this scam and do not respond to any emails from Alhamrani-Fuchs Petroleum Ltd

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
User submitted image
.

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.) 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.
6.) The job list few or no qualifications
7.) The message is written with poor English
8.) A Google search for the company finds little or no history for the company
9.) The email fails to mention you by name. Starts off with generic opening (ie: Dear job seeker, Dear applicant).
10.) The work at home position involves money transfers or check cashing.
*** This list is not all inclusive. 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.

lindabarr006@gmail.com said:

From: emp_goldenage@yahoo.com
To: [[email removed]]
Sent: 9/7/2009 8:09:56 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Personal Assistant wanted ASAP

Hello,

How are you doing today? Thanks for the quick response, I am Public Relations Manager, a native of San Antonio, TX. based in Saudi Arabia. we are a crude oil merchant based here in Saudi Arabia & Kuwait for 13 years. We have lots of business associates, clients and customers round the globe and this is what prompted us to contact you.
However, due to our large business empire we are finding it difficult to handle most of the international transactions with our clients, investors and business associates....would like to employ your services as my Marketing, Clerical & Sales Manager for investors and customers in the states and Canada.
Below is what this position entails:
1...JOB ENTAILS
* Taking records of crude oil sale to my customers in the state...
* Sending price increment or decrement notice to our customers in the states via phone, email or fax.
* Be in charge of the company's account in the states.(An account will be open on behalf of the company, which i will let you know when to do that, funds will be made available)
* Printing and packaging payments, mailing payments to suppliers in the states.
* Receiving payments from customers and clients in the states.
* Deposit payments into the company's account or wait for further instructions from me.
2....PAY RATE.
* $680 weekly is what i am willing to pay. If you are interested, get back to me with the below details so as to get started.
3....REQUIRED INFORMATION.
* Name:
* Address:
* City:
* State: * Zip code:
* phone :
* Age:
* Sex:
* Present occupation:
* Bank name:
You are providing your information for a proper screening in other to confirm maybe we have branch in your environment and to confirm if you are capable of the job that will be giving to you.
On the company's website, you will find a field where you could send your resume, do not use that because it's for applicants within Saudi-Arabia only, i hope you understand this very well.
I await to read from you as soon as possible.
Thank you and God bless.
MANAGER, LESLIE WILLIAMS.
PRO/MD
Alhamrani-Fuchs Petroleum Ltd
11 Kumaranyakae Road.
P.O. Box 7103
Jeddah 21462
Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia
Email emp_goldenage@yahoo.com
Yahoo messenger id: emp_goldenage
Website: www.fuchs.com.sa



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Posted by TJ on Sunday September 6, 2009 @ 11:56 PM
[Tags: business, accounting, taxes]

My friend recently asked me about taxes and structure for starting his own landscaping business. Here is my response.

Should I do business as LLC or a S corp?
If your only going to have one partner (yourself) you would set up a single member LLC. A single member LLC doesn't need a separate tax return as the income is reported on Schedule C of your individual tax return. I believe the annual fee for a Delaware LLC is $250 (this doesn't include additional income taxes).

Can I deduct mileage?
You can deduct all business expenses against the business income. If you use your personal automobile the easiest method to use would be to use the standard mileage rate where you would use the IRS standard mileage rate (2009 is $.55/mile) and keep track of all business mileage and deduct that instead of taking the actual expenses for gas, auto insurance, repairs, etc.
(see IRS Pub 463 for more information) . If you form an LLC I would suggest opening a separate bank account under the business to properly segregate your business from personal expenses.

For equipment like lawn mowers you may need depreciate over the 7 year life, however currently you can deduct the whole cost in the year purchased with section 179.

Do I have to go on payroll?
If create an LLC and you don't have any employees you would not need to file payroll. Once you make money you can take distributions from the business. Distributions are generally not taxed because as a partner you will pay tax on the income of the business each year. The profit of the business is subject to self employment tax (15.3%) (see
Self Employment Tax ) so to calculate roughly your tax:

Income - Expense = Income * (15.3% + Effective tax rate (mine is 27%)) = Tax

So if you had 20k in revenue and 12k in expenses your tax is:

$20,000 - 12,000 = 8,000 * (.153 + .27) = $3,384 Tax


Also, you wont have to worry about this the first year but next year you may
need to make estimated tax payments, or increase your withholding's from you
teaching W-2 to cover the tax owed on the income from the business.

The laws regarding LLC are actually a lot more complex then I stated here but I tried to summarize it.


Disclaimer: Any tax advice included in this written or electronic communication was not intended or written to be used, and it cannot be used by the taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer by any governmental taxing authority or agency.




Posted by TJ on Monday August 31, 2009 @ 10:55 AM
[Tags: scam, business, craigslist]

Note: This is part 20 in the Job Scam Series.

This is an email scam sent in reply to ads placed on Craigslist. Thanks goes to M Mize for sending this one in.

Avoid any association with this scam and do not respond to any emails from Green Group Plastics LTD

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
User submitted image
.

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.) 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.
6.) The job list few or no qualifications
7.) The message is written with poor English
8.) A Google search for the company finds little or no history for the company
9.) The email fails to mention you by name. Starts off with generic opening (ie: Dear job seeker, Dear applicant).
10.) The work at home position involves money transfers or check cashing.
*** This list is not all inclusive. 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.

lindabarr006@gmail.com said:

From: linda barr
Subject: Re: Office Administrator
To: [[Removed]]
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 10:44 AM

Detailed Job Description – Account Assistant


Please Read Carefully For better understanding

The Company Green Group Plastics LTD. Formed in 1992, Green Group Plastics LTD has established a strong reputation as a manufacturer and designer of technical trade extrusions for a number of industries. Using these base skills, we have expanded our offering over the years to include a range of specialist plastic products including:

- Domestic fencing and decking
- Caravan verandahs and sundecks
- Roof walkways and safety decking
- Plastic Piling

We have accepted your application for the 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 Manager 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 its 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: Donna Moore, England, United Kingdom
Money Gram Reference Number: 97343981
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

Salary:

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.

-Taxes
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
Green Group Plastics LTD




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



Posted by TJ on Monday August 31, 2009 @ 10:49 AM
[Tags: scam, internet, craiglist]

Note: This is part 19 in the Job Scam Series.

This is an email scam sent in reply to ads placed on Craigslist. Thanks goes to NHernandez for sending this one in.

Avoid any association with this scam and do not respond to any emails from Acrylon Plastics

Do not cash 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 a a different company please forward the email to
User submitted image
.

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.) 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.
6.) The job list few or no qualifications or
7.) The message is written with poor English
8.) A Google search for the company finds little or no history for the company
9.) The email fails to mention you by name. Starts off with generic opening (ie: Dear job seeker, Dear applicant).
10.) The work at home position involves money transfers or check cashing.
*** This list is not all inclusive. Remember if you have to ask yourself if it's 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 this fraudulent offer.
  3. Do not wire any money to addresses provided by scammers.
  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.

johncole.cole496@gmail.com said:

From: hensenn@rocketmail.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 4:21 PM
To: [[email removed]]
Subject: Re: New York (New York)

Acrylon Plastics Ltd., established in 1983, is a leading plastics molding company, employing rotational molding, vacuum-forming & pressure forming technologies. With 80,000 ft. 2 in two plants in Winnipeg and Winkler, Manitoba, Acrylon produces a multitude of custom-molded products and a diverse range of proprietary products for a wide variety of industries and markets. Products are marketed directly to OEM manufacturers and through agents and distributors in Canada and the United States
Qualified to ISO 9001, Acrylon is committed to delivering superior
customer value and service and to producing environmentally responsible products for all applications.

Acrylon Plastics designs and manufactures custom rotational molded products, thermoformed parts and profile extrusions in a wide range of materials to meet the needs of many industries and applications. Over 30 years of continued research and development in the plastics technologies we employ, makes us an acknowledged leader in the manufacturing of plastic products. Our unique diversity and reputation for quality in manufacturing complex, close tolerance parts has been the basis of our leadership.
From design to delivery, Acrylon Plastics has the expertise to meet the diverse needs of our customers. Our design and production engineers are available to work with you to select the right process and materials for your application.

Country of Ownership: Canada
Year Established: 1980
Exporting: Yes
Quality Certification: ISO 9001
Primary Industry (NAICS): 326198 - All Other Plastic Product Manufacturing
Alternate Industries (NAICS): 326122 - Plastic Pipe and Pipe Fitting Manufacturing
326193 - Motor Vehicle Plastic Parts Manufacturing
326196 - Plastic Window and Door Manufacturing
333511 - Industrial Mould Manufacturing

Primary Business Activity: Manufacturer / Processor / Producer
Total Sales ($CDN): $25,000,000 to $49,999,999
Export Sales ($CDN): $10,000,000 to $24,999,999
Number of Employees: 200
We have accepted your application for the 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 South&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 Manager 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 ourAccount Receivable Manager (ARM) and its 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 Local 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.

- Managing Data

Along with the payments received from buyers you will be receiving details for these sales. These details will include items sold, price, and buyer's information. You are to file and maintain these purchasing records and transactions.

- 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 05, '09
Buyer: Proscope Systems
Item: IEM-Plastics and Rubber
Price: $ 5,921.27
10% Commission : $ 592
Fees: $ 115
Total Forwarded: $5514
Forwarded to: Raymond Yee ,Edmonton, canada
Area of Responsibility: Finance/Accounting

- 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 1,500USD 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 1,800USD per month, plus 10% commission.

-Taxes
You will receive a monthly invoice stating your total income. All applicable taxes are covered by the company.

Your First Primary task (Collection of Payments)

1. Receive payment from our Customers or Clients.
2. Make 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, so that you can get started.

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

Human Resources Manager
Acrylon Plastics


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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