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Applied for employment via craigslist for Customer Service positions within the last two days 8/27/2010 & 8/28/2010. Today I have received thee e-mails, one for a supposed Customer Service/Mail prcessing postion. Stating that I would have to purchase some kind of form, print it out and I am guessing, mailing out to a wide range of people. Asking all the information that I have provided on my resume AND coverletter. I also received another two e-mails from the exact same e-mail address one minute apart for a seceret shopper position. The intial e-mail that I received came from [protected]@paragonspro.com.
The second two e-mails I received from [protected]@paragonspro.com

I can only assume that the name of the scam company is Paragonspro.
I have googled it and came up with several seemingly legit companies ranging from cheese, popcorn and photo gallery's. Nothing giving away the real purpose of the company. I have tried to find the exact posts I replied to to get me these results, but I couldn't be sure about them.
I have worked for a scam, and feel quite obligated to warn people a head of time. My main concern would be the Viagra advertisment e-mail I received twenty minutes after receving those, from my own e-mail address. I have never had a threat of security like that with my e-mail and RARLEY receive any kind spam, so that really surprised me. I checked my fiance's e-mail and she did not receive it so I am not terribley worried though it certainly is troubling. If you have had these kind of experiences relating to those please post a comment or something of the like. Below I will provide a copy of each of the two e-mails I recevied. Thank you for reading and be cautious of all the employment scams. I have been diligently applying, these types of things are all I am finding.


From e-mail address: [protected]@paragonspro.com

Hello
We get hired to go to other peoples companies and act like customers in order to know how the staffs are handling their services in relation to their customers. Once we have a contract to do so, you would be directed to the company or outlet, and you would be given the funds you need to do the job(either purchase products or required services), after which you would write a comment on the staffs activities and give a detailed record of your experience.

Most companies employ our assistance when people give complains about their services, or when they feel there are needs for them to improve their customer service. your Identity would be kept confidential as the job states (secret customer) you would be paid $200 for every duty you carry out, and bonus on your transportation allowance, and funds would be given to you if you have to dine as part of the duty Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurant and services in your area.

No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it suits you. If you are interested, do send in these information:

FULL NAME:
CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP-CODE:
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
MOBILE NUMBER:
AGE:
OCCUPATION:
EMAIL:

So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your service into, and your address would also be need for your payments.

Thanks

Yours Sincerely
Ronald Alvarez

(END)

From e-mail address: [protected]@paragonspro.com

We have a job opening for Versa Check Processor & Mailing, you can
work full time or part time..., this is a straight forward employment
opportunity and does not require any special skills. You will be
working solely as a Processor Dispatcher. Its require no experience
and you will be working from home office to do this job.

Requirement:
You must have at least 2 boxes of VersaCheck Paper Business Form #1000
to purchase. Computer with internet Printer for the Versacheck
printing

If interested fill below info:

First name...
Middle name...
Last name...
Address Line 1...
Address Line 2...
Sex...
City...
State...
Zip/Postal code...
Age...
Nationality...
Home phone...
Cell phone...
Time/Day (Work Hours) You prefer...
Full Time Or Part Time...
YAHOO MESSENGER ID (COMPULSORY)...

And also come online immediately on your yahoo instant messenger to
chat with our rep for the next step and further instruction. If you
don't have a yahoo messenger you can download one and sign up for a
user name then add us on this user name ([protected]@yahoo.com).
Waiting to read from you

William Crowley (Accounting Dpt.)


(END)

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  • Kk
      Aug 30, 2010

    I have had the same guy email me back. it would of been the perfect job for me if it was legit!!! This is very dissapointing!!!

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  • Pe
      Aug 30, 2010

    Ditto...the person who got back to me is going under the name of Fraye Stephane
    here are the first 2 emails:

    Hello,

    We get hired to go to other peoples companies and act like customers in order to know how the staffs are handling their services in relation to their customers. Once we have a contract to do so, you would be directed to the company or outlet, and you would be given the funds you need to do the job(either purchase products or required services), after which you would write a comment on the staffs activities and give a detailed record of your experience.

    Most companies employ our assistance when people give complains about their services, or when they feel there are needs for them to improve their customer service. your Identity would be kept confidential as the job states (secret customer) you would be paid $200 for every duty you carry out, and bonus on your transportation allowance, and funds would be given to you if you have to dine as part of the duty Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurant and services in your area.

    No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it suits you. If you are interested, do send in these information:

    FULL NAME:
    CONTACT ADDRESS:
    CITY:
    STATE:
    ZIP-CODE:
    TELEPHONE NUMBER:
    MOBILE NUMBER:
    AGE:
    OCCUPATION:
    EMAIL:

    So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your service into, and your address would also be need for your payments.

    Thanks

    Yours Sincerely


    Here is the follow-up email:

    Thanks for your response, Here is the Job description.
    FIRST ASSIGNMENT:

    Secret Customer's Guide wants you to run a survey on two prominent companies in your area.

    The 1st is a Western Union outlet
    The 2nd is an Eatery

    There have been reports about laps in the services of their Management and some of their staffs, Their complains are based on reports which their customers forwarded anonymously and Phone calls which were also made to the head office.

    The Western union location was reported for evaluation for the
    following reasons:
    (i) Customers have reported their money missing
    (ii) Slow services
    (iii) Unbalanced transfer charges

    The 2nd company was reported to be rendering:
    (i) Poor services
    (ii) Rudeness to customers
    (iii) Excess charge
    (iii) Late opening time and Closing before time.

    Your Secret Evaluation would be:

    1) To make a transfer of funds from this western union location to our secret customer, And the funds would be picked up by another secret customer at another location where a customer reported her funds missing.

    2) You would have to record the time at which you go to the location and how many minutes it took you to get service.

    3) You would be sent a check which would cover your payment of $200 and also for the duty. As soon as you receive the check, you should cash in at your bank, and deduct your $200.00.

    4) Upon receiving the funds, the locations address would be forwarded to you, and also the Name and address of whom the secret customer transfer would be made to. You would have to keep a comprehensive report on every activity you carry out.

    5) You would also provide me with the name of the cashier that attended to you.
    Please send me a reply so that the check would be sent out to you ASAP

    Yours Sincerely,

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  • Cr
      Aug 31, 2010

    I recieved very similar emails.. and i too was a little skeptical because i recieved 4 job descriptions from the same Ronald Alvarez... I requested to know what company they worked for and got a response of www.paragon-psb.com... based out of texas.. they are a member of the better business bureau. HMM.. i was really hoping this was legit but it sounds too good to be true. the western union job sounds pretty fishy too. I guess if things dont add up they really arnt real. I was also tipped off by the phrase at the bottom of the email saying it was not a scam.

    0 Votes
  • Pa
      Aug 31, 2010

    I am the owner of Paragon Business Services and I want you to know that these are all scams. We have reported and have an agent with the Secret Service working with us. This has been trying for a company as we recieve numerous calls from individuals inquiring about the legitimacy of the job offerings. I do believe we are close to stopping these individuals and I can promise we will not stop until they are stopped. Please note that no payroll company processes payroll in the manner these scam artists are presenting.

    +1 Votes
  • Jr
      Aug 31, 2010

    I was open to other income and checked this "customer service" job out. Same type of emails from a Lori Wilson wanting me to cash a check and send western union transaction to another "secret shopper". This is bs people out there are doing this! What are they doing with our info??

    0 Votes
  • Ir
      Sep 02, 2010

    I was interested in finding an additional source of income and found this same company online. I was willing to go as far as possible before having to pay any money to them. I did however spend about $75 on supplies but I can get $25 of it back by returning some supplies. Here's all the information that was sent to me:

    YAHOO EMAIL

    Ronald Alvarez to me
    show details Aug 30 (4 days ago)


    Thanks for your interest in working with us, we will like to purchase the supplies listed bellow such as: VersaCheck Paper Business Form #1000 2box and brown envelops 12by 9 and which we are going to reimburse you back, kindly have a chat with one of our rep now on, Look forward to see you so we can put you through with more details about the position.

    Thanks,

    Management.


    YAHOO IM

    wcrowley89 (1:42:29 PM): Hello
    ironocy (1:44:06 PM): Hi I went to several stores today to purchase the VersaChecks but have been unsuccessful. The only place that offers them in Oklahoma City is Same's Wholesale Club and I need a membership to get them from there so now I'm trying to find someone that has a membership. They cost $52 to order and ship online.
    wcrowley89 (1:44:26 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (1:44:35 PM): you can get that at any office max close to you
    ironocy (1:48:50 PM): I tried looking for one in OKC but there are none so now I'm trying to Google it but I'm also burning a dvd simultaneously so my computer is really slow for another 20 minutes.
    wcrowley89 (1:49:22 PM): ok
    ironocy (1:49:37 PM): Alright found 1 in norman so I will be able to go there today and get them.
    wcrowley89 (1:49:59 PM): okay
    wcrowley89 (2:18:18 PM): you there
    ironocy (2:24:34 PM): Yes
    wcrowley89 (2:24:51 PM): how is it now
    ironocy (2:26:12 PM): It's almost finished. I have an older burner. I will be leaving shortly to go get the checks. Norman is kind of far away so it will probably be around 5 before I get the checks and return to my house.
    wcrowley89 (2:26:26 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (2:26:32 PM): i will be waiting for you online okay
    ironocy (2:27:03 PM): Alright excellent. I'll go as fast as i can.
    wcrowley89 (2:27:13 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (2:27:24 PM): so you can start traning today and get started
    ironocy (2:40:21 PM): Alright excellent
    wcrowley89 (2:40:31 PM): Oh ok
    wcrowley89 (2:40:36 PM): what next now
    ironocy (2:42:55 PM): ?
    wcrowley89 (2:43:05 PM): what the next now
    wcrowley89 (4:43:30 PM): let me no when you back
    ironocy (5:07:10 PM): Alright I got the checks
    wcrowley89 (5:07:48 PM): Oh that great
    wcrowley89 (5:07:58 PM): now you ready to go thourgh the traning
    ironocy (5:08:04 PM): yes
    wcrowley89 (5:08:11 PM): OKAY
    wcrowley89 (5:08:14 PM): A MIN OKAY
    ironocy (5:09:10 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (5:10:12 PM): HOW MANY CHECK BOXES DID YOU GET
    ironocy (5:10:18 PM): 2
    wcrowley89 (5:10:42 PM): HOW MANY IS INSIDE ONE BOX?
    ironocy (5:10:46 PM): 250
    wcrowley89 (5:10:57 PM): Oh yeah great
    wcrowley89 (5:11:13 PM): hold a min okay
    ironocy (5:11:17 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (5:13:48 PM): so now login to www.g7ps.com
    ironocy (5:15:29 PM): alright it says i need to be registered with g7ps.com or recycle4dollars.com and I'm not registered with either.
    ironocy (5:15:38 PM): do i just need to create a login?
    wcrowley89 (5:16:22 PM): Click on Account Manager
    ironocy (5:16:22 PM): Ok i just found the product registration area
    ironocy (5:16:33 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (5:18:17 PM): are you there
    ironocy (5:18:22 PM): Yes
    wcrowley89 (5:18:41 PM): Login with ID: [protected]@gmail.com
    wcrowley89 (5:18:48 PM): Password
    wcrowley89 (5:18:52 PM): united1
    ironocy (5:18:54 PM): ok
    ironocy (5:19:24 PM): Alright I'm logged in under that ID
    wcrowley89 (5:19:40 PM): have you loagin?
    ironocy (5:19:59 PM): Yes
    wcrowley89 (5:20:06 PM): click on download
    ironocy (5:21:51 PM): ok i clicked it
    wcrowley89 (5:23:09 PM): okay
    wcrowley89 (5:23:30 PM): what does it come up let me know so i will tell you what to do
    ironocy (5:23:48 PM): Order # Order Date Software Serial Number
    998953 8/8/2009 VersaCheck Gold 2010 1MI01-NL3BS

    ironocy (5:23:59 PM): and the serial number is a link i can click
    wcrowley89 (5:24:05 PM): click on the serial number to download
    ironocy (5:25:47 PM): Alright downloading now. 15% done
    wcrowley89 (5:28:05 PM): okay
    wcrowley89 (5:28:17 PM): let me no once you finish download
    ironocy (5:28:24 PM): ok
    ironocy (5:31:18 PM): alright its done
    wcrowley89 (5:32:35 PM): okay
    wcrowley89 (5:32:40 PM): open the progrm
    ironocy (5:34:28 PM): ok its installing
    ironocy (5:35:40 PM): should i register the software or no?
    wcrowley89 (5:36:39 PM): NO
    wcrowley89 (5:37:41 PM): so what else
    ironocy (5:38:11 PM): opening the software now
    wcrowley89 (5:38:26 PM): yes
    ironocy (5:38:29 PM): Alright its asking if I want to activate the software.
    wcrowley89 (5:38:48 PM): what type of account would you like to create
    wcrowley89 (5:38:53 PM): NO
    wcrowley89 (5:39:00 PM): DONT ACTIVATE IT
    ironocy (5:39:03 PM): ok
    ironocy (5:39:41 PM): What kind of accounts can i create?
    wcrowley89 (5:40:47 PM): BANK
    ironocy (5:41:38 PM): Alright there's Checking, Personal Checking, Business Checking, and Savings. Which one should I choose?
    wcrowley89 (5:43:07 PM): what type of account would you like to set up: BANK
    wcrowley89 (5:43:25 PM): account name: CHECKING
    wcrowley89 (5:43:31 PM): Next?
    ironocy (5:43:57 PM): There's another option to make the account Active or Closed. Should I choose Active?
    wcrowley89 (5:44:36 PM): ACTIVE
    ironocy (5:44:50 PM): Ok
    ironocy (5:44:52 PM): Next
    wcrowley89 (5:45:02 PM): yeah ask
    ironocy (5:45:15 PM): There's Account Information, Alert balance, Account country, and comment.
    ironocy (5:45:37 PM): Do I set the alert balance to 0.00, country to USA, and no comment?
    wcrowley89 (5:46:55 PM): ALART BALANCE: [protected]
    wcrowley89 (5:47:02 PM): COUNTRY: USA
    ironocy (5:47:36 PM): alright
    ironocy (5:47:38 PM): Next
    ironocy (5:47:51 PM): It shows Account Holder Name and Address. Do I put my info there?
    wcrowley89 (5:48:10 PM): OKAY HOLD
    ironocy (5:48:14 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (5:51:23 PM): Account Name and Address...
    ----------------------------------------------
    Manhattanville College
    2900 Purchase Street
    Purchase, New York 10577
    wcrowley89 (5:51:29 PM): phone number no need
    ironocy (5:52:16 PM): Finish?
    wcrowley89 (5:52:32 PM): okay
    wcrowley89 (5:52:34 PM): next
    ironocy (5:53:00 PM): Alright now it asks if I would like to edit the checkbook of the account
    wcrowley89 (5:53:04 PM): did you type in all the account details already
    wcrowley89 (5:53:09 PM): YES
    wcrowley89 (5:53:19 PM): EDIT THE CHECK BOOK
    ironocy (5:53:38 PM): Ok
    ironocy (5:53:45 PM): Checkbook Information: Step 1 of 5
    wcrowley89 (5:53:53 PM): OK
    wcrowley89 (5:53:55 PM): NEXT
    ironocy (5:53:56 PM): Checbook Description: ---
    ironocy (5:54:06 PM): Next check number: 1001
    ironocy (5:54:15 PM): Next deposit number: 5001
    wcrowley89 (5:54:16 PM): BUSINESS CHECKING ACCOUNT
    wcrowley89 (5:54:36 PM): NEXT DEPOSIT: 5001
    ironocy (5:54:46 PM): ok
    ironocy (5:54:49 PM): next?
    wcrowley89 (5:55:26 PM): YEAH
    ironocy (5:56:21 PM): Ok now its asking to take a sample check and enter the bank information
    wcrowley89 (5:57:40 PM): Sample # 1420
    wcrowley89 (5:57:59 PM):
    Check # 4882
    ironocy (5:58:19 PM): Fractional Routing Number
    wcrowley89 (5:58:22 PM): Fractional Routine # 30-312/7641
    ironocy (5:58:41 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (5:59:43 PM): Bank Code Line: /1420/ &[protected]& [protected]/
    ironocy (6:00:28 PM): ok
    ironocy (6:00:42 PM): So next now?
    wcrowley89 (6:00:52 PM): YES
    wcrowley89 (6:01:11 PM): TYPE IN THE BANK CODE LINE EXACTLY GIVEN TO YOU
    ironocy (6:01:18 PM): ok it said the sample check number wasn't valid.
    ironocy (6:01:42 PM): do i use 1420 or 4882?
    wcrowley89 (6:02:00 PM): USE THESE AS THE SAMPLE CHECKNUMBER
    wcrowley89 (6:02:02 PM): Sample # 1120
    wcrowley89 (6:02:13 PM): Bank Code Line: /1120/ &[protected]& [protected]/
    ironocy (6:02:46 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (6:02:57 PM): TYPE IN THE BANK CODE LINE EXACTLY GIVE TO YOU
    ironocy (6:03:01 PM): now it says select bank contact
    wcrowley89 (6:03:04 PM): Bank Code Line: /1120/ &[protected]& [protected]/
    ironocy (6:03:07 PM): I copy pasted the bank code line
    ironocy (6:03:13 PM): no problems there
    wcrowley89 (6:03:22 PM): OK
    wcrowley89 (6:03:31 PM): WHAT NEXT NOW
    ironocy (6:03:45 PM): Select Bank Contact. Bank: First Union National Bank, and its asking me to enter the city and zip
    wcrowley89 (6:04:17 PM): Bank Name and Address..
    ---------------------------------------
    Wachovia Bank
    50 Main Street,
    White Plains, NY 10606
    wcrowley89 (6:05:23 PM): TYPE IN THE DETAILS AND LET ME KNWO
    wcrowley89 (6:05:25 PM): KNOW
    ironocy (6:05:29 PM): ok no phone?
    ironocy (6:05:33 PM): no phone number
    wcrowley89 (6:05:38 PM): YES NO PHONE NUMBER
    ironocy (6:05:54 PM): Ok its asking to select check and deposit slip style
    wcrowley89 (6:06:53 PM): DEPOSIT SLIP STYLE: BUSINESS STANDARD FORM 1000/1
    ironocy (6:07:18 PM): ok
    ironocy (6:08:05 PM): Ok that was only available on Check Style did you mean to select that as Check Style?
    wcrowley89 (6:08:56 PM): CHECK STYLE IS THE CHECK TYPE YOU PURCHASE AND ITS BUSINESS STANDARD FORM 1000/1
    ironocy (6:09:09 PM): oh ok
    wcrowley89 (6:09:18 PM): DEPOSIT SLIP DONT NEED
    ironocy (6:09:20 PM): right
    ironocy (6:09:22 PM): Next?
    ironocy (6:09:33 PM): Its asking for your graphics and signature
    wcrowley89 (6:09:42 PM): YES CLICK ON NEXT
    wcrowley89 (6:10:39 PM): ALL NEED TO UPLOAD IS SIGNATURE
    wcrowley89 (6:10:45 PM): CLICK ON SIGNATURE
    wcrowley89 (6:10:57 PM): AMSENDING YOU THE SIGNATURE TO UPLOAD NOW
    ironocy (6:10:57 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (6:11:01 PM): TO YOUR MAIL
    ironocy (6:11:03 PM): ok
    ironocy (6:13:01 PM): sorry
    ironocy (6:13:17 PM): Is it text, image, or digitized?
    wcrowley89 (6:13:21 PM): i sent the signature to your mail
    ironocy (6:13:27 PM): Ok i got it
    wcrowley89 (6:13:30 PM): 2nd signature image
    wcrowley89 (6:13:40 PM): signature type image
    ironocy (6:14:40 PM): Ok
    wcrowley89 (6:15:00 PM): upload the signature and click FINISH
    ironocy (6:15:09 PM): Ok so just as your 2nd signature image not your signature image?
    ironocy (6:15:18 PM): there's two signature places
    wcrowley89 (6:15:20 PM): 2ND SIGNATURE IMAGE
    ironocy (6:15:21 PM): kk
    ironocy (6:15:27 PM): Finish
    wcrowley89 (6:15:28 PM): AND UPLOAD IT
    wcrowley89 (6:15:35 PM): YES CLICK FINISJ
    wcrowley89 (6:15:38 PM): FINISH
    ironocy (6:15:41 PM): Ok now its asking about Tasks
    ironocy (6:15:47 PM): What would you like to do?
    ironocy (6:15:50 PM): Create and print checks
    ironocy (6:15:54 PM): internet check payments
    ironocy (6:16:03 PM): credit/debit & POS check processing
    ironocy (6:16:07 PM): payroll
    ironocy (6:16:11 PM): manage your finances
    wcrowley89 (6:16:14 PM): WRITE CHECK A CHECK
    ironocy (6:16:26 PM): ok
    ironocy (6:17:18 PM): Now what?
    ironocy (6:17:23 PM): it brought up a blank check
    wcrowley89 (6:17:38 PM): ARE YOU IN THE PAGE OF CREATE A CHECK
    wcrowley89 (6:17:42 PM): WRITE A CHECK
    ironocy (6:17:53 PM): yes
    ironocy (6:18:39 PM): I'm sorry to ask but can i take a short break?
    ironocy (6:18:43 PM): I have a minor emergency
    ironocy (6:18:53 PM): I need to pick my girlfriend up from work real quick
    ironocy (6:19:03 PM): She's not too far awawy it shouldn't take more then 25 minutes
    wcrowley89 (6:23:32 PM): Are you in the page now
    wcrowley89 (6:24:55 PM): Pay to the order of sample check
    wcrowley89 (6:25:07 PM): Amount: $100
    wcrowley89 (6:25:26 PM): Memo: Payment For Cash
    wcrowley89 (6:27:26 PM): Hello
    wcrowley89 (6:32:11 PM): you there
    ironocy (6:58:11 PM): Ok sorry im back
    ironocy (6:58:23 PM): that was unexpected
    wcrowley89 (6:59:29 PM): okay
    wcrowley89 (6:59:37 PM): what page are you now
    ironocy (7:00:36 PM): Write check
    ironocy (7:00:50 PM): Sorry about the interruption it won't happen again.
    wcrowley89 (7:00:56 PM): yes
    wcrowley89 (7:00:57 PM): k
    ironocy (7:01:41 PM): I've got the amount for 100.00 and memo payment for cash
    wcrowley89 (7:01:55 PM): yes
    ironocy (7:02:09 PM): and pay to order of as sample check
    ironocy (7:02:13 PM): what's next?
    wcrowley89 (7:02:38 PM): yes
    wcrowley89 (7:03:24 PM): amount : 100
    wcrowley89 (7:03:47 PM): MEMO: PAYMENT FOR CASH
    wcrowley89 (7:04:05 PM): THEN YOU CLICK ON RECORD
    wcrowley89 (7:04:23 PM): TO SAVE THE PAYEE CHECK
    ironocy (7:04:43 PM): Ok. It's asking me if I want to select a category to categorize the check under.
    ironocy (7:04:55 PM): Should I select Yes or No?
    wcrowley89 (7:05:09 PM): YES
    ironocy (7:05:27 PM): Alright whats the category?
    wcrowley89 (7:06:53 PM): AFTER YOU WRITE THE CHECK JUST CLICK ON RECORD AND TO BE PRINTED ON THE ACCOUNT INFORMATION
    ironocy (7:07:14 PM): Ok done.
    wcrowley89 (7:07:59 PM): THEN CLICK ON PRINT
    ironocy (7:08:40 PM): Ok it says I need Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) Ink or Toner
    wcrowley89 (7:09:39 PM): Yes it will request for a validation code
    ironocy (7:09:54 PM): Yes I have the validation code that came with the checks.
    wcrowley89 (7:10:12 PM): You will find it in the check box look like catificate
    ironocy (7:10:28 PM): yes i have it here
    wcrowley89 (7:10:49 PM): yes type it in and continue if anything come up again just close it and continue
    ironocy (7:11:21 PM): Ok it says it was successfully validated.
    wcrowley89 (7:11:36 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (7:11:40 PM): continue
    ironocy (7:12:41 PM): Ok after I continued it said it wasn't validated. Now it says Print Checks: Step 1 of 3
    ironocy (7:12:52 PM): Select an account to print the checks
    ironocy (7:13:03 PM): Do I select Checking?
    ironocy (7:14:52 PM): Ok I am at step 3 of 3
    ironocy (7:15:05 PM): I mean 2 of 3
    wcrowley89 (7:20:20 PM): selete the account we load the to software
    wcrowley89 (7:20:39 PM): then you write a check on it to print out
    ironocy (7:21:05 PM): Ok I made it all the way to the print step and it printed the check
    ironocy (7:23:40 PM): My ink is running low I should be able to get more ink tomorrow.
    ironocy (7:27:08 PM): Anything else?
    wcrowley89 (7:27:50 PM): what time will you be oneline tomorrow because i have some list for you to print
    ironocy (7:28:16 PM): Noon or earlier.
    ironocy (7:28:35 PM): Do I need to get special printer ink/toner?
    ironocy (7:28:55 PM): it says I need Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) Ink or Toner
    wcrowley89 (7:29:18 PM): Magnetic Ink
    ironocy (7:30:28 PM): Ok
    ironocy (7:30:33 PM): I'll be sure to get that tomorrow.
    ironocy (7:31:20 PM): I have a question about payment each month. Will you be mailing me a check or is it direct deposit?>
    wcrowley89 (7:31:40 PM): via western union
    wcrowley89 (7:31:45 PM): do you like that or not
    wcrowley89 (7:31:51 PM): if not then direct deposit
    wcrowley89 (7:34:56 PM): Use the normal ink in your printer
    wcrowley89 (7:35:01 PM): its will work
    wcrowley89 (7:35:37 PM): after you validate the printing software with the validation code
    ironocy (7:36:00 PM): Alright excellent.
    wcrowley89 (7:36:12 PM): so continue printing
    wcrowley89 (7:38:22 PM): Ok
    ironocy (7:39:46 PM): Ok
    ironocy (7:42:52 PM): Alright it does say the validation code is valid so I'll be ready to print some more tomorrow.
    ironocy (7:43:02 PM): Was there anything else for today?
    wcrowley89 (7:44:06 PM): it will go just print it like that
    ironocy (7:44:45 PM): Ok it did I printed it out already.
    wcrowley89 (7:45:02 PM): okay can you send me the sample
    wcrowley89 (7:45:04 PM): now
    ironocy (7:47:14 PM): Ok do you want me to send you the electronic version?
    wcrowley89 (7:48:13 PM): did you already print out the sample check
    ironocy (7:48:52 PM): Yes
    wcrowley89 (7:48:58 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (7:49:06 PM): attach and send it to me
    ironocy (7:50:16 PM): I'm not sure I understand.
    ironocy (7:50:25 PM): How do I attach the check to an email?
    wcrowley89 (7:50:56 PM): scan and send to me
    ironocy (7:51:29 PM): Oh ok like I said though my ink is running low there's pretty much nothing but a few drops of ink on the paper.
    wcrowley89 (7:51:48 PM): k
    wcrowley89 (7:51:54 PM): scan and send tome
    ironocy (7:52:01 PM): Alright sounds good!
    ironocy (7:52:26 PM): Sorry I don't have everything ready to go. I should be good to go tomorrow though.
    wcrowley89 (7:53:24 PM): did you buy enevelops
    wcrowley89 (7:53:24 PM): ?
    wcrowley89 (7:53:37 PM): i mean did you purchase envelops
    ironocy (7:55:20 PM): No but I can get those tomorrow too hopefully.
    wcrowley89 (7:55:37 PM): ok
    ironocy (7:55:41 PM): I can probably go to Wal Mart or another office store and get them.
    wcrowley89 (7:55:55 PM): then you go o ups store to pickup way bills
    wcrowley89 (7:55:56 PM): okay
    wcrowley89 (7:56:03 PM): as much as possible
    ironocy (7:56:30 PM): Right I'm getting those tonight actually.
    ironocy (7:57:17 PM): What all am I being reimbursed on?
    wcrowley89 (7:57:51 PM): yes all will be given to you with your first salary
    ironocy (7:58:53 PM): Alright I just wanted to double check.
    wcrowley89 (7:59:10 PM): No Worry about t hat
    wcrowley89 (7:59:12 PM): okay
    wcrowley89 (7:59:18 PM): you are with the safe side
    ironocy (8:00:02 PM): Haha I just have encountered some shady business's.
    ironocy (8:00:08 PM): I trust you all though.
    ironocy (8:00:16 PM): Everything seems legitimate.
    wcrowley89 (8:00:58 PM): yes right
    ironocy (8:01:55 PM): Alright well I guess I will talk to you tomorrow at noon when i have the rest of the supplies.
    ironocy (8:02:01 PM): What size envelopes again?
    ironocy (8:02:06 PM): 12 x 8?
    wcrowley89 (8:03:12 PM): 12by 9
    ironocy (8:03:40 PM): Ok
    wcrowley89 (8:04:54 PM): okay
    ironocy (8:07:18 PM): Well just IM me if you need to tell me anything else.
    wcrowley89 (8:07:26 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (8:07:33 PM): just go and get the airway bill now
    wcrowley89 (8:07:40 PM): get as much as possible
    ironocy (8:07:55 PM): Ok
    ironocy (8:07:57 PM): Going now.
    wcrowley89 (8:08:09 PM): okay
    wcrowley89 (8:08:15 PM): as much as possble
    wcrowley89 (8:08:19 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (8:27:54 PM): you still there or gone
    ironocy (8:40:10 PM): I'm here
    ironocy (8:41:54 PM): Yes I'm still here.
    wcrowley89 (8:42:26 PM): ok
    wcrowley89 (8:42:29 PM): ithough you hav e went
    ironocy (8:46:36 PM): They closed at 7 pm. It's only 3 miles from my house though so I can do that first thing tomorrow.


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    ironocy: I have questions about the shipping procedure.
    William Crowley: ok
    William Crowley: what that about
    ironocy: Am I going to be printing out like 100 checks and mailing them in bulk to you or will I be mailing them individually to each payee?
    William Crowley: you will envelopt it individualy and drop it at any ups drop box close to u
    William Crowley: you
    ironocy: Alright. What about postage? Do I just save my receipts for postage so I can be reimbursed?
    William Crowley: yes you will be send the scan copy of the reciet and send to us
    ironocy: Ok juust to make sure I have the correct UPS form it should say UPS Next Day Air UPS Worldwide Express
    William Crowley: ok
    William Crowley: let me no when you ge t more so i can send the list you will be printing okay
    ironocy: Alright I'm still not sure how much the shipping will be for each shipment because like I've said I'm really broke right now and can't afford to spend a lot of money.
    ironocy: It will be 9/15/10 before I get paid from my other job but then I'll have more money to use.
    ironocy: I didn't know think it would cost this much to start up.
    ironocy: Ok for next day air it would cost 26.00 for one envelope... does that sound normal?
    ironocy: That means to ship 100 envelopes it would cost 2600.00
    William Crowley: what do you mean
    ironocy: UPS Next Day Air costs 26.00 per envelope I just called to check the price.
    ironocy: To send it it costss 26.00 per envelope so 100 envelopes is 2600.00.
    William Crowley: do you mean the way bills
    William Crowley: ?
    ironocy: No I mean to put the check in a 9 x 12 envelope and take it to UPS, drop it off, and have them ship it Next Day Air it costs 26.00
    ironocy: Does that sound right? Please answer.
    William Crowley: ok
    ironocy: Do you normally have to reimburse employees like me $2600 at a time?
    William Crowley: yeah
    ironocy: Ok well there's simply no way I can afford to front that money. Can you pay for the shipping or front me the money?
    William Crowley: how do you mean
    William Crowley: every thing will be paid to hyou with your first salary
    ironocy: I don't have money to pay thousands of dollars in shipping. You can setup a UPS account so I can print out your shipping labels from your account so we don't have to make this complicated.
    William Crowley: just get airbill thatall okay
    William Crowley: we will ship out envelope to you when you start
    William Crowley: work okay
    ironocy: I dont understand.
    William Crowley: i said envelope will be shipped to you
    William Crowley: soon
    William Crowley: okay
    ironocy: Okay
    ironocy: Do you have my address?
    William Crowley: you will send ot whne needed for the delivery okay
    ironocy: Okay that sounds good. If you can pay for the shipping and just send me the envelopes with the air bills already attached and paid for so all I have to do is print out the checks and mail them and not have to cover any shipping.
    ironocy: Okay well my addres is 3833 SW 37th Oklahoma City, OK 73119
    William Crowley: depend
    ironocy: Depends upon what?
    ironocy: Well the only way I can do this is if you somehow find a way to pay for shipping and not reimburse me thats too much money for me.
    William Crowley: okay i have te address now
    William Crowley: and i will contact the manegent for delivery of the envelope
    ironocy: Ok excellent
    ironocy: https://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/paragonsprocom-c369094.html
    ironocy: Why did you waste my time?
    BUZZ!!!
    William Crowley: did you get the way bill
    BUZZ!!!
    ironocy: Dude you all are a scam no payroll company operates this way.
    ironocy: I don't even know where your company is located.
    William Crowley: how doyoumean
    William Crowley: ny
    ironocy: No I didn't get the airbill because it cost 26.00. Can you send me 26.00 per envelope and I'll gladly mail the checks for you. Oh wait your not going to do that because your trying to screw me over. I'm not paying for shipping you can setup a UPS account to have prepaid shipping labels printed out. You don't have to "reimburse" anyone. Just setup a shipping business account.
    William Crowley: Oh ok
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  • Ir
      Sep 02, 2010

    I too received an email immediately after about a mystery shopper position. It's definitely a scam. I don't completely understand how they're screwing people but it appears they have people send out bogus payroll checks for them and they say they'll "reimburse" all shipping costs. I checked with UPS and for Next Day Air it costs $26.00 per envelope. For 100 checks thats $2600. He wanted me to front that kind of money. It looks like they screw people out of shipping costs to send bogus checks to other people. I'm sure there's more to the scam and hopefully my information will help bring these crooks to justice.

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  • Bi
      Sep 03, 2010

    I got a $2, 600.00 check in UPS'ed to my door, because I had sent my resume before receiving the first response e-mail that made it apparent this position was a scam. I've been playing along because I'm so interested in how this is supposed to work. It's as if the scam-artist assumes I have $2, 600.00 in my account to cover Western Union-ing it over. I brought the check to my bank and they told me it was probably fake, but that since it was made out to cash I could go to Wachovia, (the account the check claims to be from), and attempt to get cash for it without bringing my own bank into the fold at all. I'm doing this tomorrow morning, though I'm sure the account will be empty. The scam-artist was clearly unhappy with my delay in following his orders and I was sent this e-mail:

    "I AM WRITING IN RESPECT OF THE PAYMENT YOU RECEIVED FROM THE COMPANY CUSTOMER. I AM TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED AT THE WAY YOU ARE HANDLING THE COMPANY FUND WITH YOU.
    I EXPECT YOU TO FOLLOW ALL THE SETS OF INSTRUCTIONS THAT I HAVE SENT TO YOU ALONG WITH THE NOTIFICATION IMMEDIATELY. HAVE THE FUNDS PROCESSED ACCORDINGLY IN YOUR BANK AND FOLLOW THROUGH WITH TRANSACTION.
    I WILL BE WAITING FOR THE DETAILS OF THE TRANSACTION SOONEST. DO THIS TODAY TO AVOID OTHER AVENUES BEING USED TO GET YOUR ATTENTION.
    BEST REGARDS"

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  • Mi
      Sep 08, 2010

    Dear All,

    I just want to let you know this guy is totally ### for manipulating us, we were looking for a real job took it very professional and serious but this is what we got. I remember I had an email from him after I put myself an ad for a typewriter, that if I want to work for his company the Paragonpbs but with no payment upfront, I felt hesitant but try to be positive so took his word and just hope this guy was true, He said project is only work for two weeks and will be paid by other weekend to put ads on craigslist I thought it was for Real Paragon Service Business Company. So I am very terribly sorry now for some people who were already responded to the ads Was totally SCAM. I got fooled myself too by this Ronald Alvarez, I didn't know either until just today I realize he is full of ### when he can't give me an exact explanation for the check he supposed to send it to me.

    However I'm sure he's still doing more scam I just hope the authorized people or Secret Service can immediately get this guy with his cronies because I'm sure none of us want our information to be misused by this person to do another scam or screw our phone number w/ unknown call.

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  • Mi
      Sep 14, 2010

    Same situation, except while I was in Chat with him I noticed his pushy demeanor which made me suspicious, he had given me the company name ceridian.com, so I told him to wait I was searching the BBBonline. There were like 5 of them all with a B or higher, it still wasnt sitting right so I plugged the original e-mail address into google and found you all. I promptly e-mailed him the link and reported him and all my information to Craigslist.org. There are way too many people out there that will prey on other people especially when they are hurting financially, please, please, please be very careful about any job or offer that requires and up front fee or your personal information, 9 out of 10 are scams. ALWAYS check the bbb online and google the source e-mail address. Keep reporting any scams so we can all stay safe.

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  • Bo
      Sep 15, 2010

    I got the exact same messages from the guy Ronald and recieved another one today!


    Dear Applicant,
    I am glad to inform you that your contact details have been received by our team and will like to congratulate you as a member of our working team.
    You will be receiving an e-mail on the tracking details asap for the package and hope it get to you on soon so you can carry out the assignment given to you immediately.

    Your first assignment is signed to you.

    Kindly acknowledge the receipt of this e-mail..

    Once Again, Congratulations.

    Sincerely,
    Ronald Alvarez
    Secret Shopper®


    We get hired to go to other peoples companies and act like customers in order to know how the staffs are handling their services in relation to their customers. Once we have a contract to do so, you would be directed to the company or outlet, and you would be given the funds you need to do the job(either purchase products or required services), after which you would write a comment on the staffs activities and give a detailed record of your experience.

    Most companies employ our assistance when people give complains about their services, or when they feel there are needs for them to improve their customer service. your Identity would be kept confidential as the job states (secret customer) you would be paid $200 for every duty you carry out, and bonus on your transportation allowance, and funds would be given to you if you have to dine as part of the duty Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurant and services in your area.

    No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it suits you. If you are interested, do send in these information:

    FULL NAME:
    CONTACT ADDRESS:
    CITY:
    STATE:
    ZIP-CODE:
    TELEPHONE NUMBER:
    MOBILE NUMBER:
    AGE:
    OCCUPATION:
    EMAIL:

    So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your service into, and your address would also be need for your payments.

    Thanks

    Yours Sincerely
    Ronald


    Thanks for your response, Here is the Job description.
    FIRST ASSIGNMENT:

    Secret Customer's Guide wants you to run a survey on two prominent companies in your area.

    The 1st is a Western Union outlet
    The 2nd is an Eatery

    There have been reports about laps in the services of their Management and some of their staffs, Their complains are based on reports which their customers forwarded anonymously and Phone calls which were also made to the head office.

    The Western union location was reported for evaluation for the
    following reasons:
    (i) Customers have reported their money missing
    (ii) Slow services
    (iii) Unbalanced transfer charges

    The 2nd company was reported to be rendering:
    (i) Poor services
    (ii) Rudeness to customers
    (iii) Excess charge
    (iii) Late opening time and Closing before time.

    Your Secret Evaluation would be:

    1) To make a transfer of funds from this western union location to our secret customer, And the funds would be picked up by another secret customer at another location where a customer reported her funds missing.

    2) You would have to record the time at which you go to the location and how many minutes it took you to get service.

    3) You would be sent a check which would cover your payment of $200 and also for the duty. As soon as you receive the check, you should cash in at your bank, and deduct your $200.00.

    4) Upon receiving the funds, the locations address would be forwarded to you, and also the Name and address of whom the secret customer transfer would be made to. You would have to keep a comprehensive report on every activity you carry out.

    5) You would also provide me with the name of the cashier that attended to you.
    Please send me a reply so that the check would be sent out to you ASAP

    Yours Sincerely,

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  • Ta
      Feb 04, 2011
    Paragonspro.com - Secret Shopper Scam
    New Mexico
    United States

    James Elbert of Paragonspro.com solicited me to be a secret shopper. The email text is cookie cutter to those being received by others, with only the agent's name changing.

    "Hello
    We get hired to go to other peoples companies and act like customers in order to know how the staffs are handling their services in relation to their customers. Once we have a contract to do so, you would be directed to the company or outlet, and you would be given the funds you need to do the job(either purchase products or required services), after which you would write a comment on the staffs activities and give a detailed record of your experience.

    Most companies employ our assistance when people give complains about their services, or when they feel there are needs for them to improve their customer service. your Identity would be kept confidential as the job states (secret customer) you would be paid $200 for every duty you carry out, and bonus on your transportation allowance, and funds would be given to you if you have to dine as part of the duty Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurant and services in your area.

    No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it suits you. If you are interested, do send in these information:

    FULL NAME:
    CONTACT ADDRESS:
    CITY:
    STATE:
    ZIP-CODE:
    TELEPHONE NUMBER:
    MOBILE NUMBER:
    AGE:
    OCCUPATION:
    EMAIL:

    So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your service into, and your address would also be need for your payments.

    Thanks

    Yours Sincerely
    James Elbert""

    Follow-up from James Elbert:

    "Thanks for your response, Here is the Job description.
    FIRST ASSIGNMENT:

    Secret Customer's Guide wants you to run a survey on two prominent companies in your area.

    The 1st is a Western Union outlet
    The 2nd is an Eatery

    There have been reports about laps in the services of their Management and some of their staffs, Their complains are based on reports which their customers forwarded anonymously and Phone calls which were also made to the head office.

    The Western union location was reported for evaluation for the
    following reasons:
    (i) Customers have reported their money missing
    (ii) Slow services
    (iii) Unbalanced transfer charges

    The 2nd company was reported to be rendering:
    (i) Poor services
    (ii) Rudeness to customers
    (iii) Excess charge
    (iii) Late opening time and Closing before time.

    Your Secret Evaluation would be:

    1) To make a transfer of funds from this western union location to our secret customer, And the funds would be picked up by another secret customer at another location where a customer reported her fundsmissing.

    2) You would have to record the time at which you go to the location and how many minutes it took you to get service.

    3) You would be sent a check which would cover your payment of $200 and also for the duty. As soon as you receive the check, you should cash in at your bank, and deduct your $200.00.

    4) Upon receiving the funds, the locations address would be forwarded to you, and also the Name and address of whom the secret customer transfer would be made to. You would have to keep a comprehensive report on every activity you carry out.

    5) You would also provide me with the name of the cashier that attended to you.
    Please send me a reply so that the check would be sent out to you ASAP

    Yours Sincerely ""

    I replied with a very to the point email concerning the popularity of his companies' name in various scam report sites. I do not anticipate any further contact. This is a scam to get you to cash there check against your personal account and wire the money, minus a "fee" to them, most likely to a western union location in Canada. You will be then stuck responsible for the charges when that check bounces.
    Forewarning!

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