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$80 Assurance Deposit is a scam - do not pay it!

Hello,

On 5 March 2009 I checked the status of a job opening I applied for......#2406602 and noticed I had received an email from oDesk informing me the reason candidacy was ended: because the job opening was inappropriate.

When I arrived to work this morning I begin checking my emails and noticed an email dated 6 March 2009 (today) with the subject being: Job Opening with the following information:

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JOB OFFER

 

Hi!!!

We are currently in need of more than 50 data encoders for home based. We hope you are what we are looking for in here.

We have different accounts including data encoders customer service and internet researching.

You can choose which ever is your forte.

NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED!!!

Full time or part time positions are available!!!

IF INTERESTED PLS CONTACT ME FOR US TO PROCEED TO YOUR JOB ASSIGNMENT.

THANK YOU AND WE HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU...

 

SHAINE GROVER

PASSED VIRTUAL SUPPORT

jobs.passed@yahoo.com

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The email had two attachments which I have attached.  I am thinking this is a scam of some sought because  #1, I wondered why was I getting this email from this company when oDesk had removed the job opening and #2, this company is asking for a ONE-TIME refundable assurance deposit of $80.00.

Can some explain to me what exactly is going on?  Is this normal?  Should I contac this company?

Should I be concerned?

The POC on the email is a Lynette Shaine Grover from the United Kingdom.

Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Theresa

 

Vote Result

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Score: 0.0, Votes: 0
DO NOT APPLY

To All Providers:

Do not apply for job openings that contain similar content to the job description listed above. This is a scam. This buyer is creating multiple accounts under different names and posting the same job opening over and over again. Once providers apply, they receive an email similar to the one that thumphries has attached here and are asked to pay $80 via PayPal or Western Union. oDesk providers should never submit such a payment to a buyer.

We have closed multiple accounts associated with this buyer and are also banning all known associated IP addresses. We are taking further measures to prevent this buyer from being able to create additional accounts and post again. In the meantime, please report any similar job openings by flagging them as inappropriate.

Thank you,

Stephanie
oDesk Support

are we talking about the same buyer?

Here is the link of Lynette Shane Grover's Job posting. I thought it might need attention from oDesk. Sadly, I have already applied before reading this thread.

 

Attention given

Once again we have closed this buyers account. Thank you for continuing to keep the Marketplace safe for everyone!

Doreen oDesk Support

thanks!

you are very prompt! ^__^

80 ASSURANCE DEPOSIT IS A SCAMMMM BE CAREFULL!!!!!

JOB REFERENCE:2450048

I have received the same email with a very generous offer but asked for 80 dollars. Of course that did not make any sense to me.. Its the best transaction in the world. Pay me 80 dollars now and I'll pay you 500 dollars later. It was very amusing!

I HOPE NO ONE APPLIED FOR THIS!

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JOB OFFER
 
Hi!!!
We are currently in need of more than 50 data encoders for home based. We hope you are what we are looking for in here.
We have different accounts including data encoders customer service and internet researching.
You can choose which ever is your forte. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED!!! Full time or part time positions are available!!!
IF INTERESTED PLS CONTACT ME FOR US TO PROCEED TO YOUR JOB ASSIGNMENT.
THANK YOU AND WE HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU...
 
SHAINE GROVER
PASSED VIRTUAL SUPPORT
jobs.passed@yahoo.com
jobs.passed@gmail.com