On Saturday, December 6, 2010, I received a call from a person named "Iassic Smith" from "Barrister Global Services". He said that they had multiple customers my area and that they needed a technition for that area to do electronics repairs.
I did a search on Barrister International through both Yahoo and Google. I should have known it was a scam when this website was within the top 5 links for both searches. I figured that since most of the posts were older posts, and they weren't asking for any money, it may be worth a shot.
Unfortunatly, I was wrong. Attached as proof photos are e-mail exchanges between myself and Iassic Smith; the person who initially contacted me.
As you can see in e-mail #1, he skated around the last question about how many hours would be involved. This is because Duke Energy is aparently the ONLY company they have in my area. They have a printer there that they need repaired and they are only willing to pay for 1 hour of on-site time.
In the 5th question, he also states that they pay $25 PER HOUR for repairs as well as $20/hr for training. The truth is that they refuse to pay you for more than 1 hour of on-site time per call. They also refuse to pay milage or expenses - making sure that YOU GET ONLY $25 PER CALL for HP Repairs ($45 per call for non-hp repairs). They also do NOT pay for training. This was an outright LIE - there is NO TRAINING.
After 6 days of wasting my time, I finally got an e-mail from them requesting money from me. It is labeled as "BARRISTER EMAIL #2". In it, he requests that I give them my credit card number so that they can charge me $50 to perform a "Background Check" on me. NOT ONCE did he EVER mention this charge for the background check. NOT ONCE IN MULTIPLE CALLS OVER 6 DAYS!!! ONLY in this e-mail did he EVER mention it. Since, I have gotten 3 more calls from him requesting that I complete it - saying that he has a deadline that this needs to be completed by and the "window" is closing. Hince, the "Sense of Urgency" that most con-artists try to give their victims.
In other wards, they want me to pay them $50 - so that they can pay me $25 to repair one of their printers. Since Duke Energy is the only customer they have in my area, I seriously doubt that I would EVER get another "service call" from them again.
Also, note that in his response to my first e-mail, he identifies himself as a recruiter. In his other e-mail to me, the bottom of it is signed as a "Core Return Specialist". Another indication of a scam is when con-artists start contradicting themselves over lengthy periods of time.
This company is a complete scam. If they ever ask you for money, get as far away as you can!!!