The Bitcoin Employment Scam

HOW I ALMOST UNWITTINGLY BECAME A PARTICIPANT IN FINANCIAL FRAUD.

Montreal Web Design & SEOBobby Zimalis
Article Writer

Montreal Freelance Web Designer offering web design services in Montreal & surrounding regions.

THE BAIT

Luring you in ..

You’re unemployed and your benefits are a few months away from ending. What do you do?

Like most would do, you start looking for a job: asking friends, family, old business contacts for any leads that they might have.

You take advantage of the Internet by registering at a few online ‘job portals’ like Indeed.com and others. You search for some jobs related to your field, submit your resume & apply for certain positions at certain companies (as they become available).

After many weeks of silence, you receive a very informal job proposal in your Inbox, from a company that you never heard of or even remember applying for a job at.

The initial contact goes something like this:

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Your Spidey senses start to tingle a bit but since you’re not exactly being bombarded w/ other offers, you play along.

You reply w/ a basic: “Hi there .. definitely interested .. please send details” kind of message and within a few minutes of sending that out, you receive the Company form-style Introduction letter.

Besides the obvious grammatical errors (Red Flag #1), there’s not much to discern from this message.

A simple search for the name ‘Isabella Chow” & the company ‘Zeco Finance Inc‘ comes back pretty clean so you decide to visit the company website, zecofinanceinc.com. (no longer active) listed at the bottom of the page.

As a web designer for 15+ yrs, I can easily tell a cheap WordPress template when I see it and this website had all the telltale marks: cheap/stock images, lazy content gathering, formatting errors + a whole bunch of other pretty obvious stuff.

THE CONFIRMATION!

… congrats on the job!

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