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I AM HOME - Stegl Hall Virtual Personal Assistant New York, New York
29th of Dec, 2011 by User911498
I began working for this company because they seemed legitimate since they were not asking me for money or any sensitive information. I was told that I can have the option of receiving a paycheck by mail or by direct deposit. The choice was mine. I started out doing research for local limo services and businesses that rented out luxury cars. Then I was asked to negotiate with an artist in Russia to make another painting to replace a piece of work he had done but had been accidentally destroyed. Sounded exciting. All was well until I received the following email: "I just got off the phone with the client in regards to the art gallery project. Your additional assistance is required. Our client tried to pay western union on-line from their corporate account. Western Union advertises it’s possible to submit payments online, but when you try to send more than $1,000 a day from the account it won’t allow that much. I called western union and they told me you have to do that from any western union office.
Our client told me they spent like an hour trying to do something online, as they are used to do everything from their cash management online and talked to western union customer care but no luck. They need your assistance at this point because it was not possible to send the money online. So, they want their assistant take care of everything. Since the art gallery requires only western union, our client will pay you the money for the art item(s) in advance plus your bonus and you will western union art gallery. You will be paid additional $300 for that assignment. First of all, I want you to understand that part-time assistant is not only virtual work from home. You have to work on assignment locally. Assisting with corporate gifting in one of your responsibilities. Our client trusts us because this is our existing client, they have already purchased a lot of stuff using our services. Normally, you would pay western union with the company card. However, as per the contract, you will get the card only once you qualify your trial period. This is our company policy and we simply cannot provide company cards 1st week and then spend time on checking every expense. You will find your direct deposit on this page (I uploaded it for you)
http://assist-area.com/download?f=im_home_dd_form.doc This is exactly the same as we use for payroll as well. We expect our client will place deposit of approx.: - $7,000 (Art Item). Shipping will be paid additionally.
- $1,800 (shipping)
- $400 (approx. western union fees – might need to re-confirm with them)
- $300 (Your Bonus)
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Total: $9,650 In case you can negotiate other payment options with the art gallery, so they provide with their bank account – our client will pay them directly. If no – your assistance is needed. It is important to realize that you are not required to take any action until you see the payment in your account. You may keep this account to received future payroll from our company. Let me know if your bank charges some $$$ to set up an account. This amount would be sent together with funds for the the art gallery, western union transfer fees your bonus. Again, there will be no checks. Our client will pay to your account (or the art gallery if available) and you will need to work on it only once the money is in your account. Let me know if you have any questions. There are also other tasks already available, but I want to make sure this one is taken care 1st since this client is important to us. Stegl Hall.
HR Manager.
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I am Home, Inc.
575 Madison Avenue,
New York, NY 10022
www.im-home.net
Tel: (646) 217-4211
Fax: (267) 645-7059" As I was doing work for this company I was continuing to do searches on I Am Home, Inc. to keep an eye out for anything questionable. I eventually found that another person was apparently doing the exact same assignments as myself, to include the painting project with the Russian artist. Why would another person be working the same exact assignments? They even had copied into their blog an email with the exact same wording as the one I have posted above. It was then I decided to post here to alert others. I have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. If anyone else is doing work for this supposed business be on the alert. If you are being asked for your bank account information do not give it to them. They can be reported to: The FTC at: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
Comments
3483 days ago by M0ofi3
I received almost the same email from this Stegl after what appears to be phony work I was doing for him to gain my trust. I feel like I was being groomed for an internet version of a cyber-molestation of my goods. Fortunately I wised up before handing over any sensitive information of mine. People need to be wary of this apparently fraudulent company and this person Hall. Last I heard that person has decided to travel to China for some business with a sister-company of theirs. That seems pretty convenient. I happen to know that S. Hall was alerted about the various blogs containing warnings about his dealings on the internet. I like to think this may be the last we heard of I Am Home, Inc.
3473 days ago by User121
OMG I just saw this blog and I swear I have been in the same situation!!!
He had me doing the exact same tasks, and with that Russian artist.
The last email I received from him was:

Ok, so I discussed everything here and It looks like we will be able to release your trial period compensation and the art project to be completed later.
I am sending your payment details to our chief account. David. He gets back from vacations on Tuesday and will submit your payment (hopefully there will be no other delays).
I do not remember telling you – as you know we have office in China and I am leaving for couple days to discuss business opportunities over there. I am leaving next Monday and will stay there for at least 4 days (open return date since I do not know how long it takes).
I am hoping you will receive your compensation soon, all questions to David, and would be more than glad to start your longer term employment with us once I am back.
Please reconfirm your mailing address so I can send your one year agreement to you.
Mr. Hall, Stegl.
HR Manager.
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I'M Home.
575 Madison Avenue,
New York, NY 10022
www.im-home.net
Tel: (646) 217-4211
Fax: (267) 645-7059

So I'm sitting here thinking, where's my paycheck. I sent him several emails and no reply...wtf???
I think people should know about this sort of thing, cus it seems soooo legit so there's no way to tell its a scam. Especially when you read the info on the FAQs, everything sounds so real.
smh

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