Tipp Consulting GmbH / Job Scam
Job seekers beware of this Job Scam from “Tipp Consulting GmbH”, JOB SCAM!!!
If you are currently in the job market and come into contact with this company. Be careful and stay away. Please read my story.
I got an email from a recruiter from a person representing "Tipp Consulting GmbH, " saying that they have reviewed my resume and after thorough review, they believed that I would be a valuable addition to their workforce. They said that they are “presently expanding their services in the United States and are looking for highly qualified and experienced individuals such as you.”
They claim to be VAT reclamation and tax application service from Switzerland. Their clients were international business people who are owed money from VAT and other similar taxes. The Job duty was to handle the VAT applications of their clients for their income tax refund. They mentioned that they had a “new back-office technology” that provides training and access to their staff.
It sounded a little suspicious. I then tried to look up the company and see if there were any Consumer Reports or if there was anything weird listed on Google. I did not find any reports but I did find their website. Everything looked ok so, I proceeded to complete the application.
After completing the application, I was expecting a phone interview. But instead I was told to register and create an account to their back office account (referring to their “back office technology”). This was to collect any necessary HR information, collect documentation, and communicate with their team. There were some additional forms on their “back office website” such as an Application Guide, Employee Handbook, Employment Agreement, Benefits and Duties. I thought these process was interesting since I did not have an interview as of yet. But I signed the paperwork anyways.
Next I received another form to sign called “task and payroll terms.” This is what really took me by surprise and opened my eyes to a possible scam. It said that in my work duties, I was expected to proceed to perform refund transactions on behalf of the company. I was to use my personal checking account for the refund transactions. And it goes on saying that my personal checking account was needed for payroll distribution, (they say “a contemporary way of conducting salary based transfers”.) This form ends with asking for my personal bank account #’s, routing #’s and bank name & address.
This company is total B.S. I had not even had an interview or even been extended an offer for a position and all of a sudden I was part of their company and they needed my bank account number for payroll and other transactions. No one should be asking for your personal banking account information at all. So I have stopped communications with them at this time.
I am so embarrassed that I even went as far as I did. But I feel compelled to tell others about my experience, and hopefully save someone else out there from a huge Rip Off.
Please be aware of this kind of job scam. I have a feeling that there other various or similar job scams like this one! At the very least, stay away from Tipp Consulting