Conman leverage HR’s good name

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Most bank scams seem to involve a conman posing as a wealthy property tycoon, or perhaps a Nigerian refugee – yet one South Australian conman saw his chance in posing as an HR manager.

A young Adelaide woman told ninemsn how she inadvertently nearly became the victim of a conman’s crafty money laundering scheme after providing her bank details to a person she believed to be her new employer.

Jessica Skipper, 19, had accepted a customer service job with Canberra-based ‘transaction management’ company Solutions Pay Pty Ltd after being randomly contacted via email by a man who identified himself as its HR manager.

The man said he had found her listed on a national employers’ database and the role he had on offer would require her to support clients with monetary transactions. He guaranteed a minimum weekly salary of $1,200 for full-time work but said the teen must first undertake 15 days of training, for which she would be paid $1,500.

Yet his lax HR processes may have been the beginning of the end for this crafty con. “There is no interview or meeting required to start the training, because this training is completely remote and we never interview our trainees,” he told the teen.

Skipper said while she felt dubious about the amount of money on offer, she didn’t initially suspect anything was awry because she was ‘desperate’ for a job.

After sending over her financial details, including her tax file number, she was urged to get in touch with her “training supervisor” on Skype.

The training supervisor said the company would deposit $890 into her account, which she would then be required to transfer to a Western Union account.

But the scam was foiled nearly as soon as it began. The very next day Skipper tried to access her bank account only to find it had been frozen due to a dodgy overseas transaction. “I called the bank and they put me through to the fraud and securities department and said they thought someone had tried to deposit stolen money into my account,” she said.


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