Have you been desperate for a job and received a call from a company you applied to? Yesss!! You’re excited. It all seems legit enough. First things first, you need to go in for a follow-up interview to a location that will be disclosed through text. Then there is the training part. Where you go through several hours of simulations trying to learn a pick-up line or a catchphrase, or even a whole paragraph of potential questions from clients and answers to them. The process is cool and fun, you get to meet people during these sessions, which is cool as well, the managers are always very optimistic and make you feel like a super seller, lol. You actually think you might like it and make efforts to be the best sales rep there is.
Then boom! You get on the phone, the first real task at work, and after the 10th person hangs the call up on you, only then do you realize that you are one of “those” people. At this point, you are wondering how you didn’t see that before, yet the directors continue to cheer you on, telling you not to lose steam, offering all sorts of incentives to get you calling as much as you can, and eventually “close a deal”. Haha. This sounds a lot funnier now but it was one of the worst job experiences ever. You get convicted, deep down in your heart you know it’s wrong, but the people all seem so professional, and then it duns in on you. Reality check! Your newfound job is a scam!
Five Ways To Identify A Fake Sales Representative Job Advertisement
1. They never transfer money, they always pay in cash.
2. They have matching vacancy text like “office in the city center”, “friendly and young team”, “amazing benefits”.
3. They always call it a sales agent or sales representative.
4. They change their brand every single month and their website names and address (because they get exposed)
5. They are ALWAYS hiring (because employees quit each time they discover that the job is a scam).
Regional Sales Rep Scams: How It Works
When a company posts job advertisements looking for a sales representative, they might either have products or services for sale or not. The items could be of any sort, from hardware to activewear and even educational packages. Of course, there are legit job announcements out there for sales reps, but you have to look closely within these lines to ensure that you are not working for a scammer. Here’s how the scams take place; the new sales rep (you) is guaranteed a 10% commission on each transaction. Obviously you won’t need to register for fees or pay any charges, because you’re about to be used to scam people or be scammed.
So you think it is a good opportunity for you, as you are already doing the math and adding up numbers and becoming a millionaire in your head. Now you’re in. On your first day of work, headphones, and microphones ready to start calling. And eventually, after hundreds of calls, you finally succeed to persuade a “client” to buy whatever you’re selling, the payment link automatically doesn’t work on the client’s side, thus you would need their credit or debit card information to “help” them complete the transaction, the deal goes through for $20,000 worth of products, and oh! You get a stack of $2000 as your commission, meanwhile, your employer(the scammers) empties the “client’s” card to the last dime. And this is only one of the ways they go about it.
Another example is a situation where your employers (the scammers) Up to 14 days after you start working, sends you a request from a “customer” of $20,000 worth of items or services. Of course, this is amazing for a new sales representative, you could earn $2,000 if the deal goes through! It does, the “client” gets their satisfaction. The client (scammer) sends you a $20,000 cheque and gives you instructions to deposit your commission into your account and send the rest to your employer (scammer). Obviously very excited, you’d have already followed the instructions of your clients so that you can quickly get your commission.
After a couple of business days the fake cheque you deposited bounces, making you liable to the bank for a whopping $18,000. According to multiple reviews, Roboforex cannot be trusted because their activities are very suspicious, given the fact that their company name has changed from what it used to be in the past. And from this article, besides the many things you can learn, one fact that stands out is of companies changing their brands consistently when they get busted for fraud or illegal activities. So it comes as no surprise for a fraudulent institution to change their whole brand to start up under another veil to defraud as many clients as possible, to make profits.
How To Avoid The Scam
First and foremost, no business that asks you to make cheque deposits into your account or asks clients on phone to give their credit card or debit card information is legitimate, because that is breaking fiduciary duty. Businesses don’t work like that and that is against the law. And a business will not let its employees deposit company money to their personal accounts because they could skip the country with all the money.
So if you are ever told at your job to ask people sensitive financial information, or asked to make huge deposits into your bank account, that should ring a scam alert in your head because they’re trying to pull a fast one on you. Thus to avoid getting scammed by any company, do your due diligence and find out more about the company, if they are registered under any state regulatory organization and how long they’ve been operational for. Because some of these organizations pop up every two months.