Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 6 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

 As you probably know, we take scams pretty seriously around here. So, when a member attempts to take advantage of our SOHO'ers we crack down hard. Such is the case of a recent email you might have recieved from "Haskins Inc" aka "The RealThing Company" aka "FreshStart" aka A BIG SCAM! 

Let this be a notice to any other scammers out there who might think it would be fun to join SOHOjobs and then attempt to scam our members. THEY WILL REPORT YOU and then we will PUBLISH your email address and your scam HERE for all the world to see. We also will keep the scammers IP, email and other personal info on file and report the violation to all proper authorties. 

This scam is widely published on sites such as Craigslist and free work at home job websites.

This is a classic counterfeit check depositing scam. DO NOT FALL FOR IT. No legit employer will ask you to deposit checks in your bank account. EVER.  If you get a message requesting that you deposit funds or send money orders CONACT SOHOJOBS so that we can report them to the authorities. 


See "F" Rating With Better Business Bureau HERE


The scammers also use the name, ROCHE INC and HASKINS INC

They will usually contact you via email spam and have you go through an online interview process. Then they will send you a "Start Up Check" so that you can purchase a laptop. THE CHECK IS COUNTERFEIT! It will bounce, so don't deposit it. They will tell you that you must send a moneygram for $300 or more to get started. 


This scammer has used all of these email addresses (but has hundreds of others so beware!)



Scammers provided this contact information:  

256 606 8518



910 5th Ave SW

Decatur, AL 35601-2964


Here is a copy of the scam: 

Dear applicant, 

The Hiring Desk of The Real Thing Company  This is a Receptionist/Medical data entry/administrative position/payroll/office manager/accounting officer, Working hours are from 8am-3pm, Monday-Friday. The starting pay is $29.7 per hr for this data entry/administrative position, you are also expected to come online through Yahoo Messenger during working hours. 

This is strictly an online and work from home job the working hours are flexible and you can chose to work from anywhere of your choice, 
There are two schedules for work in which one of them must be devoted..part time and full time...Both schedules are from Mon- Fri...full time is 8am-5pm while part time is 9am-2pm. Note that there is a one week paid training for the job.. 

I want you to setup a yahoo messenger and if you got one already use it, add Ms Veronica Parker the Hiring Manager and IM her on this ID ( ) asap for your job briefing and interview.This is our first step to proceed further. she will be online waiting for you.And also send a copy of your resume to {}..Interview time 8am to 4pm 

Best regards 
Recruitment Office 


Transcript of fake "job interview" with scammer:

...(11/18/11 12:16:07 PM) : Good afternoon,

...(11/18/11 12:16:38 PM) : I received an interview request from Mary Elliott and was wondering if now would be a convenient time for you.

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:17:46 PM) : I am Ms ... the hiring manager of Roche INC, and i am here to brief you more about this job and the interview.

...(11/18/11 12:18:56 PM) : Great, I'm excited to hear more about it.

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:24:16 PM) : Before we proceed, i would like you to learn more about the company on our website i need you to go throught it right now and get back to me ASAP so that we can proceed.

...(11/18/11 12:24:49 PM) : Certainly. Is there anything in particular I should be focusing on?

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:26:40 PM) : No

...(11/18/11 12:32:00 PM) : I've taken a look at the website and the company information.

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:32:35 PM) : Whats your full name,sex,and where are you located?

...(11/18/11 12:33:03 PM) : My name is ..., I'm female, and located in ..., Canada.

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:33:20 PM) : Have you worked or handle any among this position before? Accounting/Data Entry /Administrative Assistant

...(11/18/11 12:34:53 PM) : No, my employment background has primarily been in event organizing and in customer service.

...(11/18/11 12:36:24 PM) : In working with non-profits (both as a volunteer and as an employee), I have gained some experience in the administrative realm as well, but it has never been the primary focus of a job I've held.

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:36:47 PM) : Are you aware that this job is online job work from home?

...(11/18/11 12:37:19 PM) : Yes, I do understand that.

...(11/18/11 12:37:36 PM) : The hours are 8am-3pm, is that correct?

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:39:42 PM) : Yes it is

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:39:44 PM) : Are you currently employed?

...(11/18/11 12:40:09 PM) : No, I am not.

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:41:32 PM) : Will you be able to devote 8 hours of your time to this company daily? 

...(11/18/11 12:41:37 PM) : Yes, absolutely.

...(11/18/11 12:42:44 PM) : I definitely value prioritizing full-time work and am prioritizing it in my job search.

...(11/18/11 12:43:33 PM) : Would it be a problem for me, as a Canadian citizen, to be employed full-time by an American company (with regard to taxes, benefits, etc)? Or do you have a Canadian location as well?

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:45:42 PM) : Do you have a Printer, Fax Machine,Scanner and a Photocopier?

...(11/18/11 12:46:10 PM) : Not presently, but it wouldn't be a problem for me to acquire those things.

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:46:43 PM) : Ok

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:46:49 PM) : The Company would be providing you with a branded working equipment such as:  A phone, Hp Laptop, Printer, Fax Machine, Scanner and a Photocopier which you are going to be working with if you are hired.

...(11/18/11 12:47:23 PM) : Great, that sounds excellent.

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:48:06 PM) : All you need to do is to make  purchase of the software which you are going to use to work for Roche,From the Company's Vendor who is at CA, Such as : MYOB bussiness essentials software 2011,Peach Tree Software ( US Patent Single Users Pack ),simply accounting 2010. Microsoft Office Accounting and X window time tracker.Note : You are going to be reimbursed.

...(11/18/11 12:48:59 PM) : I see. I can certainly do that.

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:50:37 PM) : The cost of the software is $312.12 along with the shipping cost,the vendor will also make that known to you if you are been hired from the company.

...(11/18/11 12:51:16 PM) : It shouldn't be a problem for me to purchase that software after being hired.

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:52:18 PM) : Good

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:52:26 PM) : Have you ever worked from home?

...(11/18/11 12:53:06 PM) : Yes, much of the event organizing I have done has been predominantly done from home.

...(11/18/11 12:55:10 PM) : These projects demonstrate my ability to both design and execute work without needing constant supervision.

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:57:33 PM) : Ok

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:57:45 PM) : Do you know your clerical speed?

...(11/18/11 12:58:13 PM) : I have never been tested for that.

...(11/18/11 12:58:27 PM) : Is that a typing and accuracy test?

rochedesk01(11/18/11 12:59:20 PM) : Yes

...(11/18/11 12:59:51 PM) : I type at about 88 words per minute, with 98% accuracy.

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:00:14 PM) : Do you know how to make use of  microsoft word?

...(11/18/11  1:00:26 PM) : Yes, I am experienced with all of Microsoft Office.

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:00:36 PM) : ok

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:00:38 PM) : How would you like to be paid? Weekly or Bi-Weekly.

...(11/18/11  1:00:53 PM) : Either one of those would be fine.

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:00:56 PM) : What means of Payment do you prefer ? Check, Direct Deposit.

...(11/18/11  1:01:07 PM) : I would prefer to be paid by direct deposit.

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:01:12 PM) : Ok, and what bank do you operate with?

...(11/18/11  1:01:19 PM) : ....

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:01:27 PM) : I need you to Hold on online while i forward your interview answers to the HR board for proper review and consideration.Okay ? 

...(11/18/11  1:01:34 PM) : Great, thank you.

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:01:42 PM) : I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK!!!

...(11/18/11  1:02:14 PM) : Thank you very much.

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:18:29 PM) : Due to your level of experience in the Accounting/Data Entry feild,The  company has decided to keep you as one of our staff,And that is why you  are been asked to get on for the job briefing and interview

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:18:41 PM) : Congratulations!!!

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:24:36 PM) : Your Primary duties include: 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..... Your secondary daily duties would be to report to your 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.

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:24:49 PM) : Can you handle all of these duties effectively?

...(11/18/11  1:26:34 PM) : Yes, absolutely.

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:27:05 PM) : Good

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:27:14 PM) : In the mean time, I need you to provide me with the following info so my secretary can put you to register....Full name: Home address:State:City:Zip Code:Cell and home number.

...(11/18/11  1:27:27 PM) : ...

...(11/18/11  1:27:39 PM) : ...

...(11/18/11  1:28:09 PM) : ...

...(11/18/11  1:28:17 PM) : ...

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:30:01 PM) : Can i have your email address so that i can send your letter of employment to you, you are to sign it and return it back to me via email.

...(11/18/11  1:30:24 PM) : Certainly. ...

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:31:03 PM) : Your letter of employment has been sent.

...(11/18/11  1:35:46 PM) : I haven't received it. Could you send it again?

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:37:30 PM) : Please can you check your spam?

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:37:41 PM) : it could go through the spam.

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:37:58 PM) : Do that right now

...(11/18/11  1:39:34 PM) : Yes, I do see that here, thank you.

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:39:40 PM) : I need you to email the vendor right now,he will instruct you on how to go about making the payment to him for your equipment to be shipped to you Via FedEx overnight delivery and wait for his reply ok.

...(11/18/11  1:39:51 PM) : Would it be possible for you to send something from an email address?

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:40:12 PM) : No, for now.

...(11/18/11  1:40:42 PM) : Why not?

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:40:44 PM) : We are having a network problem with it for the past 2 weeks now

...(11/18/11  1:41:27 PM) : Sorry, this seems like a scam.

...(11/18/11  1:41:49 PM) : I'm going to email the real ... and let her know that you're running a scam under her name.

rochedesk01(11/18/11  1:41:50 PM) : Ok.. if that is what you thought, then have a great day

...(11/18/11  1:41:58 PM) : This is a clear cut case of identity theft.




If you received a message similiar to the one above, delete it and forget it. It is NOT a real job

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