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arrowJob Scam Alert- My experience with a scammer last evening
September 5, 2014, 10:19 pm Last comment by VOL

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Last night what I thought was an online interview for a job that I had applied for -turned out to be a potential defrauding scam. I am making this post to share my experience so that people who are desperate to get a job may not fall for this or any other similar trap.


This is how it began:


A few days back I had made a job application for the following position,10_KE11,24.htm?jl=1157040780&paoIdKey=MA==


Once I clicked on the APPLY button I was led to this following website:



After making the job application I had received the following email response:


Dear Applicant,


Our recruitment team viewed your resume Application : Data Entry - Full Time/ Part Time) and we are pleased with your qualifications,we believe you have the required qualifications to undergo an online are required to setup a yahoo mail account ( and a yahoo instant messenger( this process is done,you are to add up Mr Mike Anderson on His yahoo ID ( to your yahoo buddy list and Instant Messenger him for the interview Asap for the interview so that you can get Started for the position.Interview schedule: ASAP


Hope to read back from you as soon as possible.


Best regards,



Although I felt it was slightly unusual for a job interview to be conducted through yahoo messenger- I had known of friends being interviewed via Skype so I did not pay much attention to this detail.


Last night this is how the interview proceeded in the yahoo messenger. I have edited some parts where not relevant and I have some sentences in bold and italics where the scam can be detected. Sentences beginning with "hroffice900" is the guy who was interviewing me and replies beginning with "r" is me.



hroffice900: Hello

hroffice900: How are you doing today?



hroffice900: I believe you are here and set for your job briefing and interview?



I am Mr Mike Anderson,age 54. The personnel manager/Chief Executive Officer of  Access Company LTD Please introduce yourself and indicate your  age state and city



To know more about the company please visit  ,You have 5 minutes to go through it .once done do let me know so we can proceed further.



The positions available are Data Entry / Administrative Assistant Specialist? / Executive Assistant  / Customer Service


Which of the above listed positions do you think you will fit in ?




Just follow the briefing and you can ask questions when i am through. Let me know when you have finshed reading and understanding every line. You will be allowed to ask questions later.With each line just respond with an OK?



Next would be the briefing about the Job and the company. I advise you read with care OK?




The name of the Company is Access Company LTD .Founded in April 1979 and headquartered in Japan, this branch hiring you is located in  48371 FREMONT BLVD STE 101 FREMONT, CA 94538 USA



ACCESS is a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets. With research and engineering centers throughout the world and a progressive company culture that emphasizes and nurtures innovation and creativity, ACCESS delivers unique solutions that bring value to its customers and partners and which help make life easier, more productive, and more enjoyable.



Our goal is to always have the capacity, competence and flexibility to meet our clients' needs, whatever they may be. The company is now going into DATA ENTRY CLERK and ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK POSITION work from home job to create employment opportunity for the less privilege, disables and mainly to decrease the rate of unemployment in the economy




hroffice900: This is strictly an online and work from home Data Entry job the working hours are flexible and you can chose to work from anywhere of your choice,the pay is $30 per hour, During training is $25 per hour and will be get payment bi weekly via direct deposit or paycheck working 30 to 40 hours weekly full time 20 to 25 hours weekly part time. You will be working as a full time employee.




Benefits for eligible employees include: Health, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, Employee Wellness and 401k plans.Annual performance review for salary increase


Working hrs  are flexible.All activities and corresponding time are to be recorded in excel spreadsheet.As for your duties, i will assist you with any difficulties by email.




Job Duties & Responsibilites :


1.  Call Clients/ Customers on Phone

2. Transcribe, review, and interpret all lease data before entry into the database.

3. Ensure all data is accurately and quickly entered.

4. Review all documents that come in for accuracy (this makes the data entry people's jobs easier).

5. Update and correct any and all inaccuracies in the database.


Preparation of Balance sheets (Mini), account balancing, invoicing recording,proper data analysis of sales records and recording pay slips into accounting database all these will be done through the use of the Accounting Software.The Supervisor, who would be attached to you online, He/She would assign logs of duty daily and you would be required to work according to instructions, using the Microsoft Office tools and the Accounting software. Now the function of the Accounting software is to arrange, formalize and manage the data you have processed, sent to your supervisor via E-mail.



Can you handle these duties effectively ??


hroffice900: Yes go on



You will undergo a one week training from your training supervisor,he will training you on how to work with the programs accurate and other Data entry works you will need to get done.Your training is going to be done online through your Pc  and Phone


You will Earn $30 per hour,You will receive your pay via Direct deposit or Paycheck bi weekly.Training $25 per hour


r: So I would receive comprehensive training on all the above before I begin working


hroffice900: Yes correct




I am going to ask you few questions now you are to signify the word DONE after answering the questions Are you ready ?


r: It mentioned about an accounting software, which software are we talking about? And will it be installed in my PC?


hroffice900: Yes


r: Ok




I am going to ask you few questions now you are to signify the word DONE after answering the questions Are you ready ?





(1) What type of jobs have you had?

(2) How did you get your previous jobs?

(3) What were your main responsibilities? Achievements?

(4) Are you currently employed?

(5) Are you willing to work flexible or long hours?

(6 ) When would you be available to start?

(7) Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?(How long do you intend working for this company ?

(8) How would you like to be Paid ? Weekly Or Bi-Weekly/Direct deposit or Wire Transfer ?

(9) What bank do you operate with ?





Here are the name's of the softwares you will need to start working with Myob business essentials software 2014, US Patent Single Users Pack simply accounting 2014,3.5 HD Upgrade,9.0,Microsoft Office XP 2014 Standard Upgrade,Peach tree Premium Accounting 2014 with a brand new Hp laptop


r: can I not use my Dell laptop?




The company will be providing you with the funds you will be using in purchasing the software's you will be working with .You will be getting a check mailed to your home via fedex and once you get the check with You are to get the cashier check deposited to your account .



Then after you have deposit it into your account then you are to cash it out and you are to purchase this softwares from the shipping agent who we have been buying from for years now....and means of payment accepted by the vendor is via western union which i will be providing you with the vendors information which you will be using in purchasing the softwares and other needed working materials.




ravi_dravid12: Is it not possible for you to purchase the software directly and send it to my home?



You will be issued a check of $2,250 which you will have to use the funds to purchase your needed working materials from the Vendor, all you are to do when you get the check is to get it depodited into your account and the funds will be available for withdraw within 24hours or less Understood  ?


r: Is it not possible for you to send the software directly to my home?


hroffice900: The software vendor is the vendor all our employee has been buying from for years now.and you will make the order from her to enable her install the accounting software programs with disc and have it shipped overnight to you via FedEx


hroffice900: Is the job briefing very well understood?






hroffice900: Can we proceed with your job interview?


r: Sure



Are you seeking for  part time or full time job?


Why do you want the job?


What is your greatest strength and weakness?


What are your career goals?


How do you see yourself fitting in the company?


How much training do you think you need to become a productive employee?


Do you have a printer,scanner,photocopier and Fax machine?


Do you have an idea of how to use ms excel?


what do you understand by privacy and code of conduct?


Do you know your typing speed?



I need you to hold on online because i need to forward our conversation to the Head Dept to enable them see if you are committed and good  for this job.I need you to hold back online

r: sure


hroffice900 has signed out. (9/4/2014 7:51 PM)



Posters can read from the above that --Mr. Mike is going to send me a cashier's check for $2,250 which I am supposed to deposit in my bank account---cash it-- and then send $2,250 through Western Union to a vendor to purchase the software.    We can see here how the scam is going to operate. Once I cash the cashier's check--I will be sending $2,250 in cash through Western Union. In due course the bank will inform me that the cashier's check was a counterfeit and I would have to pay back the money to the bank. In the meanwhile this vendor would disappear into thin air after receiving $2,250.


I had made a complaint to the local police and also to the FBI since these guys are making job advertisements all over the US. My fear is that there are- at this very point in time- some people who might be in the process of being defrauded or worse some of them may have already been defrauded.


It is very cruel for these unscrupulous characters to be taking advantage of people who are in desperate need for a job.  


Anyway my post is intended to share my experience and thus for people to be aware of these  scams.





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September 3, 2014, 8:54 am Last comment by Ketsuban

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Can anyone please tell me how I find out if our case has been sent to the NVC?

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arrowIn USA with ESTA/VWP: Engaged Today - What are my options?
August 24, 2014, 9:48 pm Last comment by ValerieA

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I'm a New Zealander who has recently arrived in the United States on the VWP.  I met my Fiance (yay I can finally say that now) almost a year ago in Bangkok, Thailand.  Since then we've lived and travelled together in Thailand and New Zealand.  


We left Thailand after the May 2014 coup (she was there on a student exchange and I was a long term Tourist who had been travelling Europe and Asia - no overstays anywhere, for the past 2 years) as we didn't feel it would be safe to stay any longer due to the nature of her research. Our flights were booked to NZ before I had a chance to apply for any Visas to the USA as we needed her exiting flight before we could travel to NZ. I didn't apply for any visa until after I returned to NZ as my passport was about to expire and I needed a new one.  I went to apply for a B1/B2 Visa, but decided against it when the date for my meeting was the day before I as scheduled to travel. I rang up the consulate (or whatever the number that was on the consulate website) and was advised to get an ESTA. 


Fast forward a few months and I'm in the United States at her parents place.  I spoke to her mum yesterday and got the all clear for marriage (her dad lives overseas) and proposed this morning. We plan to get married in the USA on the first anniversary of meeting in Bangkok a few weeks. She has between 1 and 7 years left of her university before she can move from the states, and we don't want to live apart so I need to look at my options. What are they?


I'm still employed on a contract basis to my employer, and will continue to be employed for as long as I want - I work from home, and have no intention of applying for jobs here in the USA unless necessary (I earn more from overseas than I would in the USA). I have a return ticket back to my home country for mid November.  


My reasons for travelling we that we have travelled together for the last 12 months, I wanted to visit her home country and I wanted to visit our suppliers for work (they are all based in San Diego, and face to face meetings are preferred before we purchase products). I even have a local newspaper article from my home country that mentions my intention to travel to the USA for researching my industry for my employer and my interests in the local business.  When entering the country I was asked if I had a Job (I replied yes, correctly) and why I was gone so long (I mentioned my previous travel and that I can work remotely), I was asked no other questions and told clearly I could not attempt to work for any local business. 


I have a degree and experience that would place me under a skilled migrant category for the green card lottery and NZ usually doesn't even use all its allocated green cards, so that would be an instant green card if I was prepared to wait 18 months for it. I am healthy and have no criminal record. 


I see my options are:


1) Marry, attempt AOS under VWP and hope that nothing goes wrong - from what I hear there is a risk of deportation, but it is very slim providing there was no intent to immigrate


2) Marry, return home on my return ticket and go through the marriage visa process at home while my wife is by her self in the United States. We've been inseparable the last 12 months and I really don't like the idea of this - though my employer would rather see me around more in person.  Is it possible to get this process started while I'm still in the USA on the VWP (I'm here just under 3 months) so that I have less time waiting in NZ and can return as soon as my visa is approved - is there anything that would result in my marriage visa not being approved? 


We would also like to have a "second marriage" in her parents home country (which is in Europe) a year from now so that those who cannot attend in the USA can attend in their old village church. I understand that the AOS process can prevent you from leaving the country except under special circumstances - I'm guessing this would qualify. 


My mother has also had a stroke back home in NZ about two years ago, she is ok now - but I'd like to know that I could return to NZ while under probation if her health failed and she needed looking after. 


To be perfectly honest, it would be much easier if we both moved to NZ and for her to get NZ residency - but she is a top scholar and receiving lots of scholarships, and there is no way I'd want her to lose the opportunity at a degree/doctorate at a top school in the USA, especially when I can continue to work remotely from home. 


* I have dual NZ/England/EU Citizenship, while she has dual USA/EU citizenship. 

* We have joint bank accounts in New Zealand

* We are the main beneficiaries in each others will

* We have joint lease agreements in NZ and will have a joint lease on an apartment in the USA



I don't want to overstay and I want to ensure everything that I do is legal.  

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arrowI-131 - Advanced Parole
August 19, 2014, 7:26 pm Last comment by TanyaB33

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I am submitting my I131 along with my I485 & I765 and am som confused on so many questions.


I am filling out the I131 now so I can submit this with all other forms just in case I have an emergency and have to return home whilst my green card/adjustment of status is in process. so that I will be allowed to re-enter the US. Atleast that way I have an advanced psrole document.


I am here on a visa waiver and am appling for an adjustment of status through have a US citizen as my spouse.


But I am confused as this I131 seems to be for when you have travel plans already????


Part 1.

#2 - My physical address is not where my mail is posted/mailed to, and there is nowhere on this form to put my postal address, what address should I put here?


#6 - what is my class of admission? where do I find this out??


Part 3.

I have no intended travel plans at the moment as I am applying for an advanced parole document, how do I fill out question 1 through 4c?


Part 4.

Purpose of the trip? What do I write here?


Part 7.

As I have no trip plans yet, I can't answer question 1.

And then here there is no space for me to put my US Postal address as I am still in the USA.


I would really appreciate any help on this please. Thanking you in advance.


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August 19, 2014, 6:59 pm Last comment by TanyaB33

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I am new on here and have some questions in regards to filling out the forms to adjust my status from a visa waiver as I have just got married to my boyfriend so now have a US citizen husband.


I am filing an adjustment of status based on being a family (spouse) member now, in part 1 of this form under current USCIS status, do I put 'visa waiver' there or something else?

Also, Part 3.
Where it asks if I was inspected by a US immigration officer, I entered through LAX and a customs official stamped me through. Does this mean 'Yes' I was inspected?

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