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A gang of crooks is recruiting people with fake job offers ('Financial Forwarding Coordinator' or 'Independent Agent'). They will probably send you an email, ask you to go to their website, and ask for your bank account number. Beware! They will not keep any of their promises, and they will rip you off.
In the US, those crooks are using the names Artistification Group LLC, Contemp Group Ltd, Fairy International Group, Fineart Group LLC, Fremy Group Inc, Grand Art Group, Land Art Inc, Maxus Group, Pythagoras LLC, Scar Bei Group Ltd, ShipFort Ltd, Trans Sac Ltd, VeryComp LLC, Vesta Art Ltd, and Mornwards Art Ltd.
In the UK, they are using the names Art Formula Ltd, Bild Antique, Finell Art Ltd, GoldMine Art, Mount LLC, and Oust-art Ltd.
Here's a list of made-up names that these scammers are using. If ever you hear from them, don't reply.
Melissa Brooks, Mornwards Art Ltd
Mary Talban, Artistification Group LLC
Vivian Hackler, Pythagoras LLC
Jessica Green, Vesta Art Ltd.
Richard Harris, Art Formula Ltd
Grace Foster, Bild Antique
Andrew Price, Mount LLC
Melanie Howard, Grand Art Group
Most of the time, they are looking for 'money mules.' In this scam, they send stolen money to your bank account, and you transfer the funds to someone in another country. When the bank finds out you did this, they will freeze your account and tell all the other banks that you're a crook. So you won't be able to get another bank account. But you won't need a bank account when you're in jail for money-laundering.
Other times, it's a 'reshipper' scam. They purchase items with a stolen credit card, and mail it to you. They ask you to reship it out of the US, and they promise to pay you. But they never get around to paying you.
They have another type of scam, where they are looking for people with existing eBay accounts. They use your account to offer stuff for sale on eBay. They convince the buyer to pay outside of eBay, but they don't send any merchandise to the buyer. So the buyer complains to eBay, the reputation of your eBay account is damaged, and you don't get paid.
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