JC Henning Inc: A Phoney Company With Scam Job Offers

September 17, 2009

The Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky has received more than 90 consumer inquiries about JC Henning, Inc. since first hearing of the company approximately two weeks ago.  The inquiries come from all over the United State.  All appear to be from consumers who are considering a job offer from JC Henning Inc.

Not on Stevens Ave.!JC Henning Inc.’s website, www.jchenninginc.com, says this company is located at 1605 Stevens Avenue, Louisville, KY 40205.  The website has a picture of a large and attractive office building, which appear to be the Louisville, KY offices of JC Henning Inc.  However, Stevens Avenue is in a mostly residential neighborhood that looks nothing like the picture on the JC Henning Inc. website, as Google Maps’ “Street View” of the area shows.

So if JC Henning, Inc. is not located in Louisville, KY, where exactly is the company located?  Actually, the company may not exist at all.  But BBB research indicates that the server hosting the website, www.jchenninginc.com, appears to be located in Beijing, China.  That’s a long ways from 1605 Stevens Avenue, Louisville, KY!

As one job seeker stated in an e-mail to the BBB yesterday, “Even though I ‘know better’, when you’re unemployed, these so called "job opportunities' seem tempting. Please find the e-mail sent to me from J C Henning. I'm sure they got my address from Career Builders.com.”

Exactly what “open positions” are being offered by J C Henning, Inc?  An e-mail to a potential “employee” who contacted the BBB says the position is a “Profit Monitoring Agent,” and pays $3,000 per month, plus commission.  According to the “Careers” page on the company website, this work will involve, “accepting fund transfers, financial reporting to the company and arrangement of the transfer of further funds to investors.”

The Better Business Bureau knows from experience how this scam will work:

  • “Accepting fund transfers” appears to mean that the scammers will send the newly-hired “Profit Monitoring Agent” or “Profit Manager” one or more bogus/counterfeit/forged checks, undoubtedly for several thousand dollars.
  • Arranging for the “transfer of further funds to investors” is a nice way of saying, “wire money to a scammer somewhere in the world so we can steal your money.”   
  • The “employee” will be instructed to deposit the check, get cash from the account, retain part of the payment as “commission,” and wire most of the amount to the “investor” (aka, scammer). 
  • No doubt, the investor/scammer will pick up the money at a Western Union or MoneyGram office located somewhere outside the United States.

Needless to say, the scammers hope the receipt and wiring of money will be completed – as it too frequently is – before their “employee’s” bank discovers that the check is counterfeit and removes the funds from the “employee’s” bank account, most likely resulting in a seriously overdrawn bank account.