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A hiring manager from a company called ncoded communications

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A hiring manager from a company called ncoded communications contacted me saying he got my resume through ziprecruiter. He said that the job I had applied for was taken however there is a personal assistant position open. He said they currently do no have an office in my area but would be opening one shortly. He also said that basically, I would be taking care of administrative duties for the CEO like purchasing gifts for foster home donations. He said that he would set up a formal interview with me. However, that has not happened. He said the benefits offered are AD&D, 401(k), free medical and $500/week for pay. He also asked me what bank I use (no other info requested) and that I would be getting a check in a day or so to purchase gift donations for the foster home listed in the next email sent. I got an email with USPS tracking number. Then, I received an email from another guy from the company today who said I will be dealing with him instead of the hiring manager for my assignments and that I should be expecting a check for the amount of $2860 in the mail in the next day or so. I am to deposit the check via ATM and let them know when received and deposited. I am to take $500 out of that for my pay and use the rest for buying the donated gifts. I did check the tracking number however it says the package came from Pawtucket, CT.
Somehow, this seems a bit fishy to me. Can you please tell me if you think this is a scam? I tried looking online to verify the company, all I found was a small business called Ncoded Communications in Odessa, Florida run by a guy named Peter Rung with the same name.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Fraud Examiner
Expert:  Ely replied 4 months ago.

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YES, this is a scam. A very classic scam. The scammer will be sending you a fake check. The bank will advance you the money once you deposit it, and you will send $500 back to the scammer or to a third party pawn. Then in the next day or two, the bank will note that the check was fake and will take the money away, leaving you with a $500 debt. See HERE.

There is such a business in FL by that name. See HERE. However my guess is that the scammer is using the business' name without the business EVEN KNOWING IT, to give themselves a more legitimate cover story. They have hijacked the business' identity and the business does not realize it. Happens all the time.

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