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Red Flag: If they dont ask for a W9 thats a scam.

Posted By: Concerned on 2005-12-06
In Reply to: Got Doped BIG TIME!!! - LITTLE MT

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Would you just go away? Dont you have a flag to burn somewhere?
scam..scam..thank ya maam..
I wholeheartedly agree - i am totally digusted by the audacity of these people who assume that everyone is dumb as a rock and will send them money..I have heard reports that some people HAVE sent them money, and it just amazes me that some people actually believe them!
Yep that would be one big red flag for me.
They would want you to give them 2 weeks' notice and they should appreciate the fact that you are willing to work a notice. 
Sorry - Red FLAG to QA
Another flag...
actually is that I cannot find a phone number for them anywhere. The website is odd and the phone number on there is out of service.

So that was weird to me to...
sounds like a red flag to me....

no, that should have been a huge red flag,
that the pointed questions were never answered, which was uncharacteristic. Instead, they would answer about a new account request, or schedule change, but NEVER answered the important questions. I have not addressed the new e/m address for concerns, as I plan to jump ship anyway.
They would have known WELL AHEAD of time if they were upgrading the direct deposit. Something is going on with the finances of the company. Now, have they made any comments about paying people for bounced checks and such that will occur because of this lack of notice? If not, get the hell out and don't look back! Also, print out the email that says they were upgrading in case you need it for court documentation
I'd see a red flag immediately if a company sm
waited a year to test me. From everything you said, it sounds like this company is desperately trying to fill a quota of US MTs to land/keep this account. Anyone born in the USA would do. If you were sincere in not wanting to work for companies that offshore, you should say so clearly right at the start and not go through all the traveling, testing, and ironing! I'm sorry this turned out to be such a negative for you. Best to do research beforehand.

the "hotmail" address alone was a red flag for me
Red flag means that stop and check.
so, basically they are asking for $$ AND personal ID info -- RED FLAG(S)!! NM
I dont cherry pick, never did. I dont do that to my coworkers on my account.

What is the new status. I dont understand what it means. I dont need their benefits nor do I want
I dont know what that means. I am an SE. I dont sit and wait for work I come back in when it is
there so I never had to deal with Amherst when there was no work because I just stopped working and did other things. My feeling is if this doesnt work there are other jobs out there.
I just dont want to hit that extra space if I dont get paid for it, ya know. No message.
If I cant make QA, dont give me work. Dont dock
Giant Red Flag. If that's the company mentality, I'd cut my losses quickly.
I didnt get the packet, do we have to take their insurance if we dont need it. I dont want it. Wish
I would have gotten the stupid thing to read.
Well, I know that MTs from my office have quite MQ and they dont post on here but I dont know how
many. I think MTs with MQ may be getting second jobs and just working for 2 different places at the same time which is probably the smart thing to do anymore because MQ will continue with this short TAT and as it spreads throughout other  offices people will continually be running out of work especially after going on DQS.
You obviously have the wrong company. If they dont IM you, then you dont have it on..
I smell management. Nothing you said makes sense unless there is another Focus out there.
Sorry if I dont like gutter humor. Also dont like
Vince, thank you so much for posting and with specific details. I worked for a similar company and had a great deal of trouble getting paid. I wished then that I had known about a board like this and been warned! Now I research any prospective jobs/companies on these boards before I accept. Again, thank you for the warning!:)
They did, but it was a SCAM!!
Their scam was hiring at $15 an hour and then not having any work, trying to starve you away, and then firing you for no reason because you confronted them on cutting your time-sheet hours in half. Thats right!!! Went in and changed the total amount of hours each day and put in half of it, so that sounds like a SCAM to me!
I got the same exact thing. I just deleted it because I smell a big SCAM too.
If they ask you for money!
Ditto -- Or if they ask you to work off a setup fee. You'll be setup alright!
They most certainly are a scam, they just try
to hide behind an MT business and software business.   With all the complaints with the BBB and even articles in magazines and work at home sites warning about them.  They didn't get all that from being an upstanding company. 
I read an article about a mortgage scam operator. He would post job ads for engineers with great benefits, salary, etc. And then call them and get info like SS# and salary etc. Because the people thought they were applying for jobs they told him everything. Then he applied for credit and mortgages in their names and got milliions of $. It was sad because people are so desperate for a good job they just don't think to be cautiuous.

Maybe anybody who sent in a resume should keep an eye on their credit reports.
Would you believe that I posted the response below about it being a SCAM to not only get the same email message from this company. Something sounds very fishy here! Don't you love the hourly range they give you without even testing you or nothing.
Got one too! Definitely a scam - nm
scam definitely

Out of curiosity, I too applied.  That has scam written all over it, and you will notice that it is gone off the board now.  NEVER, NEVER do anything that involves you opening an account for someone else, giving them your personal information, etc.  My husband is a VP for a bank and he says every day he gets people who come in with checks that they want to cash from these internet lottery winnings where they just have to cash the check and then send them so much of the check but they can keep $1200 of the money just for their time.  Then they will receive their big payment, but the reality is in the meantime, they have cashed a bad check and now they are out the money they sent in a cashier's check to the scam artist and they have to cover the amount of the bad check which is most often $5000 dollars or so.  Funny enough when my husband explains this to most people, they get mad at him for not cashing the check, because they soooooo want to believe they really won the lottery not to mention they sooooo want the $1200 they could get right away.  Never mind the fact that he just actually saved them $5000 + money in NSF fees.  At any rate, be careful out there, the world is FULL of scam artists just waiting to steal your hard earned money!!  Stay safe and have a wonderful Christmas All!!

NOT a scam
I did do my research. Ameriplan has a terrific rating with the BBB. Just where did you get your info??
What's the scam? nm

A man contacted me saying he had a job opening. Used my information, falsified my resume (i am a new mt), set up an interview with a company, wanted me to lie about my experience, and wanted ALL contact to go through him.  He had set up a fake yahoo account and was communicating with this company as me, I had no knowledge of it. He would only communicate with me through yahoo messenger. Come to find out he is from Nigeria, not sure how he was going to make money off of me, but very fishy. Be very careful, it is amazing that people can do things like this.
Are they a scam?
Part of being a good MT is doing your research. Start here, research past posts, Google them, call the BBB in your areas, call local hospitals and ask if they would hire anyone with their so-called education, which is about as worthless as something that fell out of a Cracker Jack box. RUN!
I tried it and it is a scam. After about a week, they sent 2 fake money orders for $950 each for petty cash and then want you to take $1500 to Western Union.
Stay away from J at MedTrans of America!   Many posts in the archives about her not paying her MTs or having checks from her bounce. 
AIM Scam? sm
In May of this year, I paid for an internship at the AIM Program. The lady seems very nice, but she e-mailed me and said she could not get enough mentors after saying I was # this or #that (always going down but nothing else, just promises).

I paid with a credit card, but there is a clause in her contract that says that no matter if she trains or not the money is nonrefundable. Is there anything I can do?
Southscribe Scam

DO NOT WORK FOR SOUTHSCRIBE in Atlanta Georgia!!! My wife started working for Sandy Edelman (apparently the owner of the company) in October. After the 2nd week, he promised she would receive a check for her work thus far. She never received this check but he made excuses and said he would mail it the next day. After working for a month, when the contract she was working on for him was over, he again promised he would send a check for the entire amount that he owed her (over $200). We still received nothing. Finally, I called him personally and he told me that he sent a check out on 11/5/05. We did not receive this check. I have left 4 voice messages on 2 different numbers that he has and emailed him at the address that he used to contact my wife through and have heard nothing from him. You can also find at least 4 other similar complaints on this website by searching for Southscribe. If you want to avoid the grief, stay clear of this company!

Bet it is a scam to "teach" MT sm

For a cost, of course.

Sounds like a scam
I would not send them a thing until I verbally confirmed the company you name actually sent the literature.
AAMT is a scam - everybody knows that.
One word - scam!


This is the scenario--Company advertises what sounds like a really nice position.  Resume is submitted.  Information and test is received with message to urgently return it, for the first one who passes the test will be hired.  Some time passes, so applicant decides to not continue with test, as someone probably already passed and was hired.  Recruiter is notified that applicant will not continue.  Then, recruiter contacts applicant to encourage her to complete the test anyway, because no real decisions will be made for a couple of days!! 

Question:  Does this sound like one of those recruitment situations where the recruiter is using applicants as workers, to get some reports done?


You betcha it's a scam
and many hospital administrators, HR directors, and heads of large nationals and smaller services know it. Their credential has about as much validity than something that you get out of a Cracker Jack box. Maybe if its officers had been thinking more about working class MTs and less about their own executive (I use the word advisedly here) positions, it would be different, but the AAMT veered off course waaaay back when it was still the AAMT and most people now recognize it for what it is.....or isn't.
Sounds like a scam (sm)
Doesn't it sound a bit like they're trying to get a month's worth of work done for free, going through as many MTs as possible and never paying for the work done? Maybe they're doing overflow from Webmedx? Maybe I'm misunderstanding this, but I would run, run, run away from this company and never look back. Scams come in all shapes and sizes and this sure looks like one to me.
What do you mean by "is it a scam?"
It is probably just a mistake by whoever designed and maintains their website, but I don't understand what you mean by asking if it is scam.
SCAM in my opinion anyway
READ the contract they send you! The person running the ad called me and *sounded* good on the phone. Then came the contract and I could quickly see they have it worded so that they can withhold pay - but vague as to when they would actually do so. When I asked for clarification, more details about this, communication stopped. When I asked again, I was told can we talk next week? And of course no further contact.

A straight-forward service does not look for creative ways to justify withholding pay... Once you have done the work you are at their mercy to decide if you have defaulted and good luck getting your money then.

Hope the recruiter reads this - not that it would change anything. Just looks like I'm not the only one on to you...