Scam Type

Employment Scam

Date Reported

Sep 21, 2022

Victim Postal Code


Total Dollars Lost


Scam Description

I applied for a job on Indeed with Papa John’s. This lady named Terra Johnson inboxes me and says to send a request to email terra5031@gmail.com. Here is the message thread:
I applied for the Customer Service Representative Position at Papa Johns on Indeed.com and was told to reach out to you. I have attached a copy of my latest resume as well. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Terra Johnson
Mon, Sep 19, 12:15 PM (2 days ago)
to me
Following your resume that was suggested to me for the Position of Customer Service Rep/Personal Assistant via indeed, this is an urgent recruitment for the replacement for my Personal Assistant & CSR personnel. I really need someone to take up the position, I am looking for a friendly, simple & trust worthy assistant who would also be in charge of handling my customers and clientele, You can take it as a full time or part time job depending on your choice. This is a remote position/work from home. The hours will be between 4 to 5 hours daily, which can be increased if you want and this will give you free time to go on with your regular job. Below are job Descriptions.
– Compile, sort and verify the accuracy of customer issues & data before it is entered
– Act as an assistant to the HR Manager
– Maintain logs of activities and completed work
– Typing/Data Entry of confidential client and financial data
– Prepare weekly check runs, print checks for mailing
– Perform other administrative task as assigned
– General work
– process mails
– Receive calls, texts & emails on my behalf
– Book appointments & Flight reservation
– Shopping, E.t.c or any other reasonable duty will be allocated to you.
– Ability to maintain confidentiality concerning financial information
– Must display a high level of integrity and honesty
– Must be organized and able to prioritize tasks efficiently and follow through on commitments
– Must be a highly motivated, self-starter who proposes solutions, rather than waiting for others to solve problems
– Must be flexible, adaptable and actively intervene to create and energize positive change
My name is Terra Johnson, I am an Artist as well as an HR consultant/HR for Papa John’s. I travel a lot for consultations for major firms also to sell art works, buy ideas, Artifacts, antiques and materials from ancient cities and I have got so many clients as companies, individuals and governmental institutions and private museums. I have been pretty successful in my business, I get involved in several art deals in the United States & Canada. I most often get my hands occupied. so it is imperative for me to have a worthy personal assistant and customer service personnel to handle client problem resolution on my behalf.
Due to the nature of my job, I require frequent traveling so I need someone to handle my schedule when I’m not in town, Every instruction will be given to you via email and phone for now until I’m back, I want you to begin work immediately.
Kindly Let me know if you’re still interested and I am willing to offer you $25 hourly with a reasonable sign-on bonus, I want you to answer this brief questionnaire below, Please answer them to the best of your knowledge.
* Have you ever worked as a CSR personnel or personal assistant before?
* Can you take this as a primary Job?
* If you want to make this your secondary job (How many hours does your primary Job Take?)
* Do you have a professional reference?
* How many hours are you willing to devote to work for me?
* What do you understand about Privacy & Code of Conduct?
* Describe yourself?
* Are you willing to give your best shot at working with me?
I will be expecting your prompt response.
Best Regards,
Terra Johnson
The lady mails me a check from Lakeview Construction & Remodeling Inc. in Blackstone, MA (which I found is legit) and the FedEx origin was from Steel Suppliers Erectors Inc in Wilmington DE. I called the name of the bank Rockland Trust which was on the bank to verify the funds. The teller said the account was valid. Meanwhile Terra started being aggresive with her texts (another red flag) and I asked her about tax forms for the IRS. She said she would send it in a few days. I told her I’m not working on depsotiong money w/o tax forms, it doesnt make sense. I blocked her because there was too much inconsistencies.