As you know, I've been job hunting. As you can guess from the title, SHIT GOT WEIRD recently. This is the first most of you had heard of this because I didn't want to "jinx" anything back when I thought this was legit. Anyway, I'm copy/pasting from an email I sent other people because this is loooong. I was going to flock this to save face, but on second thought I'm going to leave it open so other people can be advised from my experiences.
K SO I replied to this job posting looking for an "office administrator", which is the kind of work I've been looking for. It was on Kijiji so like, you know, standard personal-ads type place. NOT THE HIGHEST OF QUALITY, lesson learned there!
Anyway, I sent a resume + cover letter, and a week later or whatever I got an email from someone with more deets on the job. It's a furniture company from the US opening more outlets and they're opening one in Canada so they need an admin assistant to run orders + take calls and do some data entry. 3 weeks of training to make sure you're suitable, then the store opens, etc. There was a website for this company that looked legit, and when you Google they come up on several customer review sites, usually with bad reviews LOL.
So I was all "yes okay I am interested sounds great". I also asked a few questions, like when would training me, are they still selectin from a pool of candidates, etc.
I got another email asking for a bit more information "for HR", including my street address because I don't have that on my resume. But I also know a street address is semi-standard for resumes so I'm like, whatever, and sent it back.
So a few days after that I get an email that's like "okay so I'm going to send the first order for you to process!!" It also does not answer any of the questions I had asked. At this point it starts pinging that things are pretty weird, but I am also worried about jeopardizing what COULD BE an okay job with decent pay + benefits (which was mentioned in the first email). So I was like "um, okay, but can you clarify some stuff" and asked more questions.
A few days after that, I got another email that's like "OKAY SO I JUST TALKED TO A CLIENT AND WE'RE SENDING THE ORDER TO YOU TO CASH YOU'LL GET TRAVELLERS CHEQUES" and by this point I know stuff is SERIOUSLY WEIRD. So I told my dad (I hadn't told anyone about it up to this point because I didn't want to ~jinx myself) what was going on, and emailed the guy being like "what? why would I cash the cheques into my bank? Can you explain?" That was on Friday. I have received no answers.
BUT this afternoon I did get something in the mail, from MANCHESTER???, containing $2kUSD in travellers cheques. No return address. All addressed to me. HA HA HA OKAY.
So my dad and I did a bit more googling, and I guess there's some kind of international money laundering ring that does this and targets students? GR8.
anyway so I guess we are going to the police tomorrow.