Broussard company name involved in an employment scam

  
     
January 29, 2018

  1/29/2018

  Broussard company name involved in an employment scam

           Better Business Bureau Serving Acadiana warns job seekers of a scam involving a local Broussard company.  BBB received correspondence via BBB Scamtracker from a victim in Charlotte, NC.  The victim was contacted by a person claiming to be Ken Banks, allegedly working for Loadmaster Derrick and Equipment, Inc. and was offered a job for data entry. The victim was sent a startup check for $12,550.00. See below email correspondence provided by the victim:

          "From: Ken Banks Date: January 18, 2018 at 11:51:46 AM EST To: *******@gmail.com> Subject: START UP CHECK!!! How to make the deposit; 1. Print out Both the front and back of the check on a regular paper. Sign at the back of the check. 2. Cut out properly the check from the proper OK 3. Logon to your Bank Mobile app. 4. Click on deposit check 5. Take a picture of the front and back of the check making sure all edges of the check appears on the picture. 6. Submit. You will receive a confirmation email or a verification code of deposit. NOTE: You are to notify me once the deposit has been made." 

          BBB contacted the business regarding the BBB Scamtracker information as part of BBB's investigation module.  According to a representative of Loadmaster Industries, formerly known as Loadmaster Derrick and Equipment, Inc., the company is aware of the scam as they have received multiple calls from around the country regarding a job listing.  The business alleges some job leads came from online job opportunity sites. 

          How the scam works: The candidate fills out the application and is then sent a check with instructions on how to deposit the check.  The applicant, after depositing the check, is required to wire $500 as some sort of deposit. 

          In an interesting twist on this scheme, the company representative states the check account information is accurate.  The company is unaware of how the information was acquired but is currently working with their financial institution.  Generally for employment scams like this, the routing number is correct for the bank listed on the check but account number is invalid.  

          BBB offers the following tips to avoid this and similar employment scams:

  • Do your research. Go to www.bbb.org to view a company’s BBB Business Profile, which provides a variety of information to help consumers make better informed decisions.
  • Exercise Caution on the web. When using social networking sites like Facebook and online employment sites such as Craigslist, be sure to check the actual Web site of the company posting the position to verify it actually exists. If you don’t see it on their site, chances are it’s a scam.
  • Verify that checks received in the mail are real. Anytime you receive an unexpected check in the mail, verify that it is from a valid bank account. Use a phone book to make sure you’re calling the bank and not a phony number. Call the bank and ask if the account number on the check is valid.
  • Do not wire money until the check clears the bank. If you’re dealing with someone who requires you to wire or send money immediately after depositing a check, without waiting for the check to clear, this is a red flag. Do not pursue the opportunity.
  •  Protect Personal Information. Job seekers should never provide their social security number or birth date until they have verified the position is legitimate. Additionally, job seekers should never provide bank account information for direct deposit setup until they have officially been hired.
  • If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

            “Look for the Seal” and Start with Trust®. BBB Serving Acadiana is a private non-profit organization. BBB strives for a trustworthy marketplace by maintaining standards for truthful advertising, investigating and exposing fraud against consumers and businesses.

          Please contact Better Business Bureau at (337) 981-3497 24 or bbb.org 24 hours a day for information on businesses throughout North America. Consumers can also sign up for our free BBB “Scoop” eNewsletter by visiting bbb.org and clicking on the “Programs & Services” tab.

          BBB Serving Acadiana services the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion.