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Hilarry and Banks Lighting Inc./bhlighting.com Betty Callegan; bhlighting.com; [email protected] /bhlighting.com Betty Callegan; bhlighting.com;
1st of Sep, 2011 by User568399
Person(s) pretending to be employer of Hilarry and Banks Lighting Inc. interviewed me online for a home-based position as a Data Entry/Administrative Assistant via Yahoo Messenger, told me I was hired and that next couple of days would be training exercises I would complete and send via email. I had applied for clerical/admin. asst. positions on Craigslist.com, so I'm thinking this is where I contacted them for a job and they in turn contacted me. Special software was needed for this job so they said the company would take care of any and all financial obligations (if any). We communicated for the next few days while I was completing training tasks daily and submitting it to them via email ([email protected]) and would communicate also via Yahoo Messenger to said, Betty Callegan, if such person exists. A cashier's check in the amount of $2,745 (US) was sent to me via Fedex on Sept., 1, 2011 and I was told to deposit it into my bank account until it clears one day later. The check was from:
Salvage Direct
42336 Gillbert Dr.
Titusville, PA 16354
-Fedex Package US Airbill- I did not possess a local checking account so they recommended I open an account to deposit it. So, I did. The next day, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 I was asked to return to the bank to withdraw the funds to get a computer with software installed on it and I was to send this money via western union to a Lisa Smith who was suppose to be a computer retailer who was going to install the needed software and send the computer (laptop) to me the next day. However, when I went to the bank on Friday 9/2/11, they told me the check was on hold so I couldn't cash it, I would have to wait until it clears. So, I left, went ran my usual errands on Fridays, then returned to the bank to see if the check had cleared. When I returned to the bank they asked me a few questions and eventually, we discovered (just as they had suspected when I brought the check in the day before that something wasn't right) that it was a scam attempt. So, the bank employees notified the proper authorities of a scam alert. Had the bank not caught this, they informed me that I would be responsible for this crime and I would go to jail. Once the money is wired, there is no way to identify the person who retrieved the funds, per Bank personnel.
After they informed me of this and I closed the account with them I returned home and was contacted by Callegan asking me was I done withdrawing the funds. I did not answer right away, which I believe made them nervous because more messages (via Yahoo Messenger) kept coming in anxiously asking "did I get it done?" Finally, I said "the bank has it on hold b/c it is an out of town check." and sending it via western union? "I said the bank has it on hold."
Callegan: "how long before the funds are released"
Me: "10-14 days"
Callegan: "WHAT?" That is too long, will they give you half?"
Me: "Whoever this is you are in trouble. Get lost scammers!"
Callegan: "??" This was our last contact. Afterward, I chose the 'report abuse' option on Yahoo Messenger, selected Scam as reason for abuse and gave a brief overview of situation. Anyhow, I have all the conversations from beginning to end as all were conducted via email and Yahoo Messenger. I have a copy of the check, Fedex envelope and paperwork that it came in.

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