Scam alert – PHC Consulting Transaction Specialist

This guy thinks that by using the name of a legitimate company and offering a high salary will draw in job seekers.  Silly, silly criminal.

Transaction specialist = money laundering or fake check scam.

Once again, the crook, Justin Powell in this case,  sent an unsolicited email – but not just to me, to several recipients (big red flag).  Look at these requirements and benefits –

- Be at least 21 years old.
- Not special Qualifications Needed.
- Have a minimal experience and knowledge of basic bank operations.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of all information.
- Willingness to work from home, take responsibility, set up and achieve goals.
- The Ability to create good administrative reporting.
- Honesty, responsibility and promptness in operations.
- The ability to operate with more than one task effectively, and have an
adaptable, flexible,
  professional attitude.
- The ability of stable communication with our company and on-time and detailed
- Familiar to working online, Internet and e-mail skills.

What we offer: 

- Generous salary (over 3,000.00 USD monthly).
- Social benefits and medical insurance.
- Free training and seminars.
- Paid Holidays plus 2 weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO).

This is easy job, but your help is very important for us and our clients. This
job does not require any special education. You wouldn't have to pay us for
taking you on our list. However we guarantee stable income.

Don’t be fooled!  There is no easy job that requires no experience or qualifications.  None.

Here’s the kicker – Justin wants to be conacted only through the email provided in the message, and of course it’s different from the sender’s address.  The company site is awfully familliar – it’s the same template as another scammer I called out.

Justin Powell is not the only name to watch for.  Craig Keaton, German Makovski, and Graham Atkinson are also associated with this scam.

ScamFraudAlert has already posted a report on this scam, complete with WHOIS search results.  It’s another site to bookmark.

Criminals know that times are getting tighter and that the holidays are around the coner.  They prey on our fears and desperation.  Don’t think ‘this one should be okay’ or let your need for money push you into their arms.  Be safe!

Be well.

My first award – thanks, Billie!

I started this blog as an outlet for me and to see if any other telecommuters had similar experiences, especially those with children.  And because I enjoy calling out scammers.  A lot.  I didn’t expect anyone to give me an award for it, but I got my first one and am stoked!  Billie at A Peaceful Serenity, another wahm, gave me this yesterday

Sweet, ain’t it?  Thank you so much!  I’m glad that my ramblings have helped and will keep doing what I’ve been doing.  Her blog is one of my favorite stops!

Part of accepting the award is:
*displaying the award
*linking back to the person who gave it to you
*paying it forward & nominating 7 blogs
*adding links to those seven blogs
*leaving comments on their blog telling them you gave them an award
*enjoying the award

Here are seven that I think you’ll like (I hope you’ve already eaten; if not, you’ll get hungry):

Telecommuting Truths – I love learning from other telecommuters and wish I had found this blog when I started on my job search 8 years ago.  I found Kelly on CafeMom and visit her telecommuting group and blog daily.  She’s a writer and inspires me.  Her recent post on time management is awesome!

Vegan Dad is another of my daily stops.  While I’m not a vegan, I get a lot of ideas for family-friendly meals here.  My kids are picky, but they have found several of his posts drool-worthy.

Vegemommy is another favorite.  Heidi has two little ones and is a total doll.  I’ve made a few of her recipes and my family thanks her everty time we have burgers.

Fairly Odd Tofu Mom caught me right off.  I saw her link on another blog and had to see what this one was about.  (My kids really like Nickelodeon’s Fairly Oddparents).  Vegan comfort food – yes ma’am!  Great stuff here, and her daughter even has a funny blog of her own starring Veggie Barbie.

Winning Friends with Salad tickled me, too.  I remember that chant during The Simpsons’ barbeque!  Kate (and Eva on occasion) discuss working out, eating well, and living life while you’re at it.  It’s real, and that’s what more of us working toward better health need to hear.

Julie Hasson from Everyday Dish shared the best vegan sausage recipe I’ve ever had.  I haven’t bought Tofurkey brats since I made these.

Comfort Food Vegan.  Inspiration, period.

There are more, but I am now starving.  Enjoy!

Looking for a home-based job? Here are a few tips

I’ve had a few people ask me how to find a legitimate job, so I thought I’d share a few tips.

First, evaluate your resume.  Know your skills and highlight them.  If you type 80 words per minute, make sure your resume lists it.  A wiz at Excel or QuickBooks?  Let it be known! Have a neutral party look over your resume – a friend or relative will do.  Have them be honest with you about it and try not to hold ot aginst them if they hurt your feelings.

Visit sites that are well-known when on your search., Rat Race Rebellion, Telecommuting Truths, Woman’s Garden, and Real Jobs from Home Yahoo Group are all great resources that share job posts, scam alerts, and you can learn a little more about specific companies by reading the community boards.

When you find a position that interests you, be sure to read the description carefully.  Make note of the required skills, education, or equipment.  Pay attention to the spelling and grammar in the job post.  Run a Google and Better Business Bureau search on the company and job title.

Do not send money for anything other than a background check.  Not many companies require this; do research to discover which onces do.

Use sites like, Career Builder, and Net Temps, but keep in mind that not all of the employers are actually employers.  Some are promoting business opportunities and some are scammers.

Know that difference between a business opportunity and a job.  Both require work, but a business opportunity may involve paying a membership fee and make no guarantee of earnings.

These are just a few tips to help you get started.  If you have any specific questions, just let me know and I’ll do what I can to answer them.