Why I Do It

Allow me to give a brief explanation of who I am and what I do.

I am a creator. And creators create.

I have a myriad of reasons why I create. It’s how I release tension. It’s how I articulate ideas, opinions and concepts that I would normally have a hard time explaining. It allows me some modicum of control in a world where quite a bit is out of my control. It’s a great sense of pride to look at a finished product and know that it is my creation and the product of my work. I can dive into the creative process and forget about the crap I deal with in the real world for a bit. And I love it when someone else takes a liking to one of my creations, because it validates my idea as a good one.

I create in a variety of different ways. I write novels, I make music, I draw. I invent card games and board games.

I like to share my creations. I want people to read my books, play my games and listen to my music. Yes, there are monetary reasons for that – it’s awesome when someone likes your creation enough to want to pay for it. But it’s much more than just that. I like the things I create enough to want to share them with the world. I believe in my creations enough to think that somebody somewhere will enjoy what I have concocted. It could be one person. It could be one million people. It doesn’t really matter.

Would it be cool if one of my songs was a hit? Yes, it would be, and I put my music out because a song can’t become a hit if I’m the only one that knows it exists. Would I like to be a best-selling author? Yes, I would, and I actually believe I’m capable of that. But if neither of those things ever happens, I’m okay with that, too. I will still continue to create. And I will still strive to make my next creation bigger and better than my last one.

You can think that what I do is a waste of time. You can call my pursuit of greatness “chasing a pipe dream” it’s par for the course for people that don’t understand the creative process to critizise or not see the value in it.

So let’s talk about that. If you think my pursuits won’t be successful, then let me ask how you define success. If your only definition is me quitting my job because my ventures are bringing in money hand over fist, then I’ll concede that I haven’t hit that mark,…yet. Doesn’t mean I should give up striving for that though. After all, every profitable entrepreneurial venture started off as a farfetched idea.

But let me introduce this perspective. Many people have said they were going to write a book someday. Now how many of those people, realistically, would you say actually wrote one? Not a very high percentage, I’d wager. I wrote not one book, but seven, and number 8 is almost finished. I would say that in itself is a success story. And of those books that people in general say they’re going to write, how many of those actually see print? Out of the 7 finished books I have to my credit, four of them have been published, people bought three of them, and they are still buying one of them and have frequently asked me when I am going to start writing a sequel. The webcomic I maintained for four years had more than paid for itself in ad revenue, and believe it or not, a few people actually enjoy my music enough to pay for it. Considering that many creators don’t make a dime off of their creations, I consider these to be successes. I of course aim for bigger and better, but I appreciate the progress I’ve made so far.

And I feel no shame in having confidence in my projects. I will always believe my next book will be a best seller, and my next song will be a viral sensation, and my next game will become a gaming staple. If I’ve succeeded at one level, then why can’t I succeed at the next? If 50 people bought Godmode, then why can’t 500 people buy Queen of Hearts (that’s my literary novel that I will be self-publishing soon)? Why can’t 5,000 people buy Needle of the Southside (that’s my urban fantasy thriller that I’m almost finished with)? Why can’t 5 million people buy Return of the Tyrant (my high fantasy epic that I’m about 2/3 finished writing)? I don’t put limits on what I’m capable of. Never have, never will.

And it’s not like I create to the detriment of my normal life. I still work two jobs. I still do freelance graphic and web design. I still mow the lawn every Saturday and do chores around the house that my wife asks of me. I still bring 20 cases of bottled water into the house every week because we live in Flint and the water situation is far from resolved. If something in the house breaks, I will still try to fix it. The bills will still get paid regardless of how much (if any) I make from my creations. I still spend quality time with my wife and loved ones. I’ll still even take time to unwind by playing video games or playing the occasional game of Magic the Gathering with my brother (although I wish I could do that last one more often).

But despite all of that, I still create. It’s what I do, and it’s who I am.
That’s all.

Birthday Food Freebies 2 – This Time It’s Personal

With me just having had my 40th birthday, I’ve tried to get my hands on as much free birthday stuff as I could muster. I’ve had discounts on oil changes and free movie popcorn sent to me, among other things. There is absolutely no shame in my game: where I come from, the system was set up for me not to make it past 21. So I’m going to enjoy every year anniversary of God getting me through another year. And if somebody’s offering something to me for my birthday for free, I’m going to take it.

In a previous blog, I’ve given my rundown of a few restaurant birthday clubs I was part of, with ratings of how valuable their birthday deals were. The clearcut winners were Red Robin and Ruby Tuesday. Well, now it’s time for another round of birthday freebies. Check it out.

Freakin Unbelievable burger: if you are fortunate enough to live in Southeast Michigan or Kentucky, you should give these guys a try. They make very unique burgers. Their offer is pretty simple: you get a free, custom-made burger for your birthday. You can’t beat that (unless they throw in some fries). Just make sure they get the order right. The location near me gave me the wrong burger and I didn’t find out until after I got home. Rating: 4.5 birthday candles

Texas Roadhouse: these guys offer free ribs or appetizer with purchase. Since I am a rib fanatic (don’t tell my anti-pork wife though), this is a great deal. One can always make room for some extra ribs. Rating: 4 birthday candles

California Pizza Kitchen:
Their offer is pretty simple: free dessert, no questions asked. I can dig that. pair that up with their initial offer (a free side dish just for joining) and you have a nice offering to go with. Their fried mac n cheeze balls are TO DIE FOR. Rating: 3 birthday candles

Golden Corral: Their birthday club offers a BOGO buffet. Basically, it allows somebody to treat you to an all-you can-eat meal. You’ve still got to pay for your own drink, though. I strongly advise you avoid their Apple Soda. It tastes horrible. I wasn’t really impressed with their burboun chicken entrée and their steak mini-sandwiches were a bit dry. Their fried chicken and taters were decent, tho. Rating: 3 birthday candles

Applebees – these guys offer a free dessert with any meal. Their desserts are decent, and they have a nice selection. You gotta make sure you go to the right one, though, or they’ll make you have to dine-in to get it. Rating: 2.5 birthday candles

Chilis – These guys also offer you a free dessert. It would be as solid as CPK, but there’s a catch. Not every Chilis’s participates in their rewards club, so there’s a chance youmight get a hassle when trying to redeem your dessert. At the one in Flint, I had to not only purchase an entrée, but I had to dine-in to get my dessert. Not optimal when you want takeout. Also, you only get 2 weeks to redeem. Rating: 2 birthday candles

Bagger Daves – Their birthday offer is weaksauce. They only give you a 5 dollar credit off any purchase. Considering how ridiculously expensive their burgers are, that’s not much of a deal. You might be able to get a beverage out of it. Like with Red Lobster last time, their birthday offer basically covers the tip. Rating: 1 birthday candle.

So that is round two of the birthday club freebies. Use this information wisely.

Birthday Food Freebies – The Inside Scoop

Yeah, it’s my birthday. Yeah, I’m thisclose to 40, and yeah, I’m getting my second (third? Fourth? 25th? I’ve lost count) creative wind. But that’s not important right now. What’s important is that I’ve signed up for a whole bunch of food clubs at the high end restaurants near my home. I expected to be inundated with a deluge of free entrée offers to have I and my wife blissfully munching for all of this week. The actual results? Not so much. Can’t say I’m not disappointed.

But anyway, here’s the inside scoop on the restaurants I signed up for, and what they offer in terms of birthday freebies, as well as my ratings for them. If I ordered an item, I would try to split it with the wife, because I’m that type of guy.

  1. Red Robin – you can’t go wrong with “free burger and fries, no questions asked”. The only restriction is their premium burgers. I got the Whiskey River BBQ burger. Good stuff, but I don’t like steak fries. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosy. Rating: 5-birthday candles.
  2. Ruby Tuesdays – they also offer the free burger and fries, but they also include a free biscuit (describe the biscuit). The burger selection is limited to $8 and under, though. I ordered the Smoked cheddar roadhouse burger. Excellent sammich, but the wife couldn’t eat it because she doesn’t do pork, and I didn’t know they put bacon in it. Rating: 5-birthday candles.
  3. Logans – they offer a free appetizer or dessert. Pretty nifty but they have a $8 limit, which only covers about half of their appetizer menu. Their dessert selection was rather limited too. On the plus side, the appetizer comes with four of their rolls, which are REALLY good. I ordered their bourbon BBQ wings. I liked ‘em, but they were a bit spicy for the wife. Rating: 5-birthday candles.
  4. Don Pablos – they add ten bucks to your Habaneros club gift card, which is good for pretty much any single item on the menu. Needless to say, you can get a LOT at Don Pablos for ten bucks. I ordered a combo of two enchiladas (one beef, one chicken) and a large chicken taco with some chili potatoes (which were deelish) and some great Mexican rice, along with the standard homemade naked nachos and salsa. These guys LOAD YOU UP. Rating: 5-birthday candles.
  5. BD’s Mongolian Barbecue– buy a bowl, get an unlimited meal free. This one is sneaky good. It’s basically an all-you-can-eat deal for one cheap bowl. And if you’ve ever been to BDMB, you know that you can go wild with those ingredients. Rating: 4-birthday candles.
  6. Famous Daves– buy an entrée, get one half off. This one’s respectable, especially considering somebody’s going to be treating you for your birthday. Basically it’s a half-off discount on either your meal or whoever’s treating you. It doesn’t beat free, but it’s still a decent bargain. Rating: 3-birthday candles.
  7. UNO- $10 off a $25 order. I’m giving this one a passing grade only because I looooove their shrimp skewers, and getting half off an order of those is a good thing. Rating: 3-birthday candles
  8. Joe’s Crab Shack – free appetizer, but have to buy an entrée first. I don’t consider this much of a deal because Joe’s food is pretty durned expensive, and some of that crab is literally PAINFUL to eat. Have you tried cracking that spined crab? My hands were sore for a week! Rating: 2.5-birthday candles
  9. Fuddruckers – $5 off a $25 order. This one really isn’t too spectacular, since $25 won’t really get you that much at Fudd’s (Maybe a bigger burger, but that’s it). So the $5 off is really just a supersize option, to take your burger from merely huge up to gargantuan. Rating: 2-birthday candles
  10. Olive Garden – free appetizer or dessert with purchase of 2 entrees. I can see some value in this. You got a nice romantic dinner with your luvved one, and then you get a free appetizer to boot. Bonus. The wife wasn’t too impressed with it, though. Rating: 2-birthday candles
  11. Red Lobster– $5 off any 2 entrees. This is probably the worst deal of the group. A dinner for two at Red lobster can easily run you anywhere from $30 to $80 with appetizers, drinks and dessert. Taking a measley $5 off your bill is weaksauce – basically it barely covers the cost of the tip. Rating: 1-birthday candle.

So now that you know who’s got the hookup, why are you still reading this? Go get signed up for these clubs RIGHT NOW!

Anatomy of a Scam

Over my now 37 years on this earth (Boy do i feel old), I’ve been blessed to not have fallen for too many scams. I have gotten suckered by some telemarketers, but I did actually receive a product of some sort in exchange for foolishly giving away my money. As of late, though, I’ve been targeted a couple of times by scam artists, and I am not happy about it. Neither is my wife, who made it a personal issue to screw over the latest guy who tried to screw us over.

What was supposed to be an entry level Administrative Assistant job turned into an elaborate check-cashing scam that wasted a lot of my time. I think I found out about the job via Craig’s List. my Web design and Graphics job search was going nowhere fast, so i thought I’d try my hand at a career switch, and I had some transferable skills I could use in the office environment. These guys replied, claiming to be a manufacturing company in Indiana. they even had a website at http://www.bbconstructors.com (more on that later). So I tried to vet the guys, looking them up on the BBB website and various phone directories, and they seemed to be a legit company.

Now I’m going to post the ENTIRE record of my conversations with these guys via Yahoo Messenger, along with all of the red flags that showed me these dudes were frauds. Please read this over so you’ll know what to look for in case you come across something suspicious. Oh, and if you’re wondering how check cashing scams work, check out these links: http://www.bbb.org/us/article/job-seeker-scam-uses-fake-checks-with-bbb-name-40251, and http://www.fakechecks.org/prevention-faqs.html

 

IM Oct 10 9:04 AM

  • Oct 10 8:59 AM

JuQuan williams:Hello, Mr. Johnson.

  • Oct 10 9:00 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good Morning

  • Oct 10 9:00 AM

JuQuan williams:How are you doing?

  • Oct 10 9:00 AM

Richmond Johnson:I am good how was your night?

  • Oct 10 9:01 AM

JuQuan williams:It was busy. I currently work 2nd shift.

  • Oct 10 9:03 AM

JuQuan williams:Would you still like to speak to me about a Position at B&B Construction? I am very much interested in it.

  • Oct 10 9:03 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good you are welcome.

  • Oct 10 9:03 AM

Richmond Johnson:Please hold till 9am .

  • Oct 10 9:03 AM

Richmond Johnson:Thank you.

  • Oct 10 9:04 AM

JuQuan williams:Can do. Looking forward to it.

(first red flag: why is he saying wait until 9:00 when I am messaging him at 9:00? The guy must not really be in Indiana…)

IM Oct 10 9:48 AM

  • Oct 10 9:22 AM

JuQuan williams:Small question. Are you on Eastern time or Central time?

  • Oct 10 9:23 AM

Richmond Johnson:Yes. Eastern time .

  • Oct 10 9:24 AM

JuQuan williams:Okay. I’m ready to start whenever you are. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Oct 10 9:24 AM

Richmond Johnson:You are welcome.

  • Oct 10 9:47 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good Morning

  • Oct 10 9:47 AM

Richmond Johnson:How are you this morning and how was your night?

  • Oct 10 9:48 AM

Richmond Johnson:<ding>

  • Oct 10

IM Oct 10 10:16 AM

  • Oct 10 9:59 AM

JuQuan williams:I’m okay. last night was busy, but today’s a new day.

  • Oct 10 10:00 AM

Richmond Johnson:I am good this morning, and my night was great with my family, thanks for asking.

  • Oct 10 10:00 AM

Richmond Johnson:About Our Company Corporation established in 1997 Family business founded by three brothers who had a dream of “Building for the Future” that turned into reality.

  • Oct 10 10:00 AM

Richmond Johnson: We have the financial strength and capabilities to take advantage of strong demand in the power, tunnel, water/underground and civil markets, expand into new geographic regions, and offer customers a broader range of expertise, backed by equally dedicated project teams.

  • Oct 10 10:01 AM

Richmond Johnson: Before i proceed with interview,i will like to inform you that this is a work from home job for the post of Customer Services Representatives/Administrative Assistant for our clients/customers. And your Duties will include: Order sorting Account Reconciliation Shipment Notification Taking down orders from clients via phone,internet and fax..

(Red Flag 1A: I was NOT looking for a work from home job. and I know I didn’t apply for any. so if this is a work from home job, they said nothing about it on the job posting.)

  • Oct 10 10:01 AM

Richmond Johnson:Understood?

  • Oct 10 10:01 AM

JuQuan williams:Yes.

  • Oct 10 10:02 AM

Richmond Johnson:Very good.

  • Oct 10 10:02 AM

Richmond Johnson: This Interview is a very simple process,i will send you the entire questions now through IM and you are to send in your answers within a limited time of 40-45 mins..Remember you have a limited time of 40-45 mins to answer all questions. Here are the Interview questions,send your answers one after the other:

  • Oct 10 10:02 AM

Richmond Johnson:*What are your full names? *Location? *Do you have a job presently?If yes,what is your position with the Company? *Why do you want to work for B & B Construction of Richmond, Inc. *I would be interested to hear about an occasion when your work or an idea was criticized, what was criticized, who criticized you, and how did you handle it? *Describe the best manager you ever had. The worst. What qualities did each of them have? *What do you do when you have a great deal of work to accomplish in a short period of time?*What kinds of decisions are most difficult for you? *I’m interested in hearing about the last time you took a risk. What was it and in retrospect, was it the right decision?

  • Oct 10 10:02 AM

Richmond Johnson:*How important is communication and interaction with others on your job? How many departments did you deal with? What problems occurred? *How would you grade your ability to communicate with upper level management, customers, and peers? *Tell me about a work situation you had that required excellent communication skills. *What are your 5-year goals? *Tell me what “success” means to you. *What does “failure” mean to you? *Do you consider yourself successful? *Do you set goals for yourself and how do you do that? *What is your greatest strength/weakness or deficiency? *What motivates you to do your best work?

  • Oct 10 10:02 AM

Richmond Johnson: please answer the questions promptly and let me know when you are through You may start now.

  • Oct 10 10:03 AM

JuQuan williams:My full name is JuQuan D. Williams.

  • Oct 10 10:03 AM

JuQuan williams:i live in Flint, Michigan.

  • Oct 10 10:04 AM

JuQuan williams:I currently work as a Behavior coach at Whaley Children’s center. I supervise and counsel abused and neglected children.

  • Oct 10 10:05 AM

JuQuan williams:I was interested in B&B because I am looking to make a career change, and I believe some of the skills I have built over the years can be applied to being an Administrative assistant.

  • Oct 10 10:07 AM

JuQuan williams:I also work as a freelance Graphic/web designer, so I am always in constant dialogue with my clients about their likes and dislikes. For instance, I was designing the logo for MVP-101.com, and there was a lot of back-and-forth over what the client liked and the message he was trying to send about his company. but we were able to come up with a design that he liked and it produced the logo he uses to this day.

  • Oct 10 10:11 AM

JuQuan williams:The best manager I had was a lady named Jeri Winfrey-Carter. She was the site supervisor at an afterschool teaching job I had. Not only was she very easy to get along with and capable as a leader, but she gave me the freedom to design my own curriculum and solve problems using my own skills, creativity and experience as opposed to always doing things her way. Conversely, the supervisor I least enjoyed working for did not give me that freedom, and also did not take the time to indoctrinate me on the style and expectations of his company, or the way the company does business, while at the same time giving me a hard time because I was learning these things on the spot.

  • Oct 10 10:13 AM

JuQuan williams:When I am confronted with a lot of work in a short period of time, I tend to try to focus and concentrate on getting as much of it done as possible. I try to tunr everything else out and focus solely on the work at hand, and the most efficient way to complete it. Prioritizing what projects need to be focused on first is the trickiest decision for me.

  • Oct 10 10:16 AM

JuQuan williams:One of my riskiest decisions was for a personal project. It was a website I was working on, and I am well-versed in HTML, but I had never tried to create a site in WordPress/PHP before. Having to learn an entirely new system would set me back considerably if I couldn’t learn it quickly enough. But I knew that I would need to know that skill so I went ahead and created the site in WordPress. It turned out to be a great decision because once I got familiar with the language I was able to offer the service to current and future graphics clients. and the original site turned out pretty well, too.

IM Oct 10 10:45 AM

  • Oct 10 10:20 AM

JuQuan williams:Communication is of the utmost importance. circumstances and standards change, and it is key to know what is going on so one can best adapt to it. Currently I work between three group homes and three dormitories, each with different focuses and styles. Children go back and forth between these frequently, and there are constant changes in leadership and policy. Not keeping abreast of these things and having an open line of communication with the other staff can lead to costly mistakes which could severely stunt a child’s devlopment and conversely land Whaley in a lot of liability trouble. And though I wasn’t involved, that has happened at Whaley and it cost some of my superiors their jobs.

  • Oct 10 10:23 AM

JuQuan williams:I believe I am able to communicate well with upper management. For instance, I recently had to work at a group home that had lost its site manager, so the entire system was in flux, and traumatized children often react negatively to unstable situations. So I had to have a constant dialogue with upper management about what the daily routine was at the group home, what supplies were needed, what the daily schedule was for the children, who had visits or appointments, how the children were going to get their daily medications since I was not authorized to pass them out, and even what was for dinner (because I had to be the one that cooked it).

  • Oct 10 10:25 AM

JuQuan williams:My goal in five years is to be working at a stable, long term position that I can build my career with, regardless of the field I’m working in. I would like to have some stability that I can support my family with, and to also be able to train in new technologies to increase my skill level.

  • Oct 10 10:29 AM

JuQuan williams:Success to me is twofold. first, it is accomplishing the short term or long term goals you have set for yourself. In that area My success rate is 50/50. I have had some personal goals that I have achieved, but my long term goal of finding a career I enjoy and can retire from has eluded me. my second definition is the rising of status level and achieving greater than what was expected of you. Int his regard I am very successful, because I came from an environment where people generally weren’t expected to acheive at a high level, and I exceeded expectations.

  • Oct 10 10:32 AM

JuQuan williams:Failure for me is the opposite of that. When you are unable to rise above negative circumstances, or you give up and don’t even try, that is failure. I also think that when you are given certain responsibilities and you do not make the effort to honor those responsibilities, that is also a great failure, and I see the results of that failure every time I work with my children.

  • Oct 10 10:36 AM

JuQuan williams:Like I stated before, at one level I do consider myself successful because I have been able to rise above circumstances in my environment which dictated failure. I was also able to accomplish some things that most people only dream about. I am a published novelist, a musician with multiple albums, a college graduate, and an entrepreneur. I have a lovely wife and I own my home with no mortgage. These are some things people talk about achieving, but many never do.

  • Oct 10 10:38 AM

JuQuan williams:I am a creative person, so most of my goals revolve around bringing ideas I get to life. i write an idea down and store it, then spend a little time each day working on those ideas. I also set goals for myself with both my career and my marriage. it’s simply a matter of looking at what you are lacking and where you are deficient and making the decision to address that deficiency with the intent of turning that weakness into a strength.

  • Oct 10 10:41 AM

JuQuan williams:The only serious deficiency I have is taking on more work than I can handle. I always strive to put my best effort forth in everything I do, and I sometimes overextend myself and take on projects that at beyond my level. But I feel that the best way to increase your skill at something or learn something new, is to just jump in and try it. This approach has backfired on me in the past, but it has also yielded good results, like the aforementioned learning of WordPress.

  • Oct 10 10:44 AM

JuQuan williams:My motivations are wanting to impress my employers and show them that they made a good choice when they hired me, and also providing for my family and giving us a comfortable standard of live. We still live in flint, MI, and we would very much like to be able to move out.

  • Oct 10 10:45 AM

JuQuan williams:Also, I have taken a look at the B&B website, and I see a number of things that can be done to improve it, if you’re ever interested in that.

(second red flag: the website was incomplete. severly lacking in pictures, and entire sections were missing content.)

  • Oct 10

IM Oct 10 11:15 AM

  • Oct 10 10:52 AM

JuQuan williams:I have answered all of the questions.

  • Oct 10 10:55 AM

Richmond Johnson: Excellent We have come to the end of this Interview session.

  • Oct 10 10:55 AM

Richmond Johnson: I will like to thank you for attending, I need to be excused for just 10 mins to have a brief meeting with my team.

  • Oct 10 10:55 AM

Richmond Johnson: Do remain online,i will be back in 10 mins with the Company’s decision on your Job application.

  • Oct 10 11:08 AM

Richmond Johnson:Hello

  • Oct 10 11:09 AM

Richmond Johnson:I am back.

  • Oct 10 11:09 AM

JuQuan williams:I’m still here.

  • Oct 10 11:09 AM

Richmond Johnson: Are you ready for the Company’s decision on your Job application?

  • Oct 10 11:09 AM

JuQuan williams:Yes.

  • Oct 10 11:10 AM

Richmond Johnson:Congratulation!

  • Oct 10 11:10 AM

Richmond Johnson: After review of answers you have provided during your INTERVIEW,The company believes you have the knowledge,skills and experience to handle this job position..

(next red flag: it took these guys less than an hour to hire me. There must have been some other candidates for the job, right?)

  • Oct 10 11:10 AM

Richmond Johnson: The company has decided to employ you with immediate effect and you are to resume work Tomorrow 8AM Your Time.

  • Oct 10 11:10 AM

Richmond Johnson: You will be placed on 2 weeks training which will take place online,8am Mon-Sat. through yahoo messenger.

  • Oct 10 11:10 AM

Richmond Johnson: Here are the benefits that comes with this job position; Medical, Dental, and Vision Domestic Partner Coverage Life Insurance Dependent Life Disability Vacation, Sick Time Holiday Pay Jury Duty Pay Travel Accident Insurance

  • Oct 10 11:11 AM

Richmond Johnson: After your 2 weeks Training,Two representatives from the Company will be visiting you from the company,They will meet with you in your city to help you with filling of your w2 forms.

  • Oct 10 11:11 AM

Richmond Johnson: You have been approved for a signing bonus of $200 and a training Bonus of $500,all will be paid during training.

  • Oct 10 11:11 AM

Richmond Johnson: After this session,you will be sent the company’s employment documents,which you are to fill out and return back as soon as possible.

  • Oct 10 11:11 AM

Richmond Johnson:Understood?

  • Oct 10 11:11 AM

JuQuan williams:Yes.

  • Oct 10 11:12 AM

Richmond Johnson:Very good.

  • Oct 10 11:12 AM

Richmond Johnson: PAYROLL & WORKING SCHEDULE: Your pay for this job is $22/hr,Part time is 4 hrs while full time is 7 hrs daily,which do you prefer?

  • Oct 10 11:13 AM

JuQuan williams:I can do either, but I prefer full-time.

  • Oct 10 11:14 AM

Richmond Johnson:Very good.

  • Oct 10 11:14 AM

Richmond Johnson: We pay our employees weekly through certified Check from our Financier.

  • Oct 10 11:14 AM

Richmond Johnson: We will be switching to Direct deposit very soon.

  • Oct 10 11:14 AM

Richmond Johnson: What is the name of your present banker for future direct deposit purpose ?

  • Oct 10 11:15 AM

JuQuan williams:I use a credit union.

  • Oct 10 11:15 AM

Richmond Johnson:Okay.

  • Oct 10 11:15 AM

Richmond Johnson: You will be purchasing the following office equipments below for the set up of your Online mini office at home:

  • Oct 10 11:15 AM

Richmond Johnson: HP Z1 Workstation(All in one form factor Workstation. Has 802.11 a/b/g/n 4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi. DisplayPort in/out port. Expandable all-in-one chassis. SSDs. Articulated hinge. VESA mountable. Blu-ray burner)

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IM Oct 10 11:38 AM

  • Oct 10 11:15 AM

Richmond Johnson: At no cost to you.

  • Oct 10 11:15 AM

Richmond Johnson: During Training,the company’s Financier will send you funds in form of check which will be deposited by you ,You are to take out $200for your signing fee and the rest will be used to purchase all the equipments that are needed for your office.The HP server is the most important item which most be purchased first then followed by the others.

  • Oct 10 11:16 AM

Richmond Johnson: The reason why the Company is sending the funds for the your Mini office equipments is due to the fact that the company wants this to stand as a test of trust and also we want to know how good you can handle funds placed in your trust or care…

(red flag: yeah, right. the last time a client needed me to have a computer, they just sent me a damned computer. why does money need to exchange hands?)

  • Oct 10 11:16 AM

Richmond Johnson:Understood?

  • Oct 10 11:16 AM

JuQuan williams:Yes.

  • Oct 10 11:16 AM

Richmond Johnson:Very good.

  • Oct 10 11:16 AM

Richmond Johnson:Can you summarize all i have said so that i know we are on the same track ?

  • Oct 10 11:17 AM

JuQuan williams:You will be sending me a check to cash for use in buying the equipment I need for the job, starting with an HP workstation.

  • Oct 10 11:20 AM

JuQuan williams:Is this correct?

  • Oct 10 11:20 AM

Richmond Johnson:CORRECT.

  • Oct 10 11:20 AM

Richmond Johnson: If no further question,i need you to send your full names,contact address,phone numbers along with 3 references..Names and phone numbers to my email account now.

  • Oct 10 11:20 AM

Richmond Johnson:richmondoffice@yahoo.com Do that now and let me know when you are done with the sending.

  • Oct 10 11:24 AM

JuQuan williams:Okay. It is sent.

  • Oct 10 11:24 AM

Richmond Johnson:Hold let me take a look at it now online.

  • Oct 10 11:35 AM

Richmond Johnson:Got it.

  • Oct 10 11:35 AM

Richmond Johnson:We have come to the end of this interview session, thanks for attending, your training starts tomorrow morning by 8am your time.

  • Oct 10 11:36 AM

JuQuan williams:Okay.

  • Oct 10 11:37 AM

Richmond Johnson:Make sure you are online then for your training.

  • Oct 10 11:37 AM

Richmond Johnson:Have a lovely day ahead, and bye for now.

  • Oct 10 11:38 AM

JuQuan williams:You too.

  • Oct 10 11:38 AM

Richmond Johnson:Goodbye.

(Third red flag: why a check? They can simply put the money directly into my account via PayPal. Nevermind the horror stories of check-cashing scams that are a big deal nowadays…)

  • Oct 11 8:58 AM
  • Oct 11

IM Oct 11 9:20 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good Morning JuQuan Williams

  • Oct 11 8:58 AM

Richmond Johnson:How was your night?

  • Oct 11 9:00 AM

Richmond Johnson:<ding>

  • Oct 11 9:17 AM

JuQuan williams:Hello.

  • Oct 11 9:18 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good Morning,

  • Oct 11 9:18 AM

JuQuan williams:I just sent you the forms you wanted me to fill out.

  • Oct 11 9:18 AM

Richmond Johnson:I got it.

  • Oct 11 9:18 AM

Richmond Johnson:That you.

  • Oct 11 9:18 AM

Richmond Johnson:Can we proceed with the training now?

  • Oct 11 9:19 AM

JuQuan williams:Sure.

  • Oct 11 9:19 AM

Richmond Johnson: Alright, Before we start,i will like to let you know that your names/file has been forwarded to our accounts department.

  • Oct 11 9:19 AM

Richmond Johnson: So the paycheck for your office equipments and your signing fee will soon be issued out to you.

  • Oct 11 9:19 AM

JuQuan williams:ok

  • Oct 11 9:20 AM

Richmond Johnson: More details will be given to you by tomorrow during training.

  • Oct 11

IM Oct 11 9:25 AM

  • Oct 11 9:20 AM

Richmond Johnson: Your training starts today and it last for 30-35 mins daily Mon-Sat.

  • Oct 11 9:20 AM

Richmond Johnson: This Training will last for 14working days and it is divided into 2 parts.First 7days/ 7dayecond part.

  • Oct 11 9:20 AM

Richmond Johnson: The first 7days is based on Objective/research questions while the second 7days is based on practical training with your Mini office equipments..

  • Oct 11 9:20 AM

Richmond Johnson: Today,We will start with the first day of Research training,i will send you the set of questions,you are to conduct an Intensive personal findings on the questions and send in your findings in form of EMAIL OR MSWORD FORMAT,Not less than 1000 words in total and should be submitted by today before 4pm your time.

  • Oct 11 9:20 AM

Richmond Johnson:Understood?

  • Oct 11 9:21 AM

JuQuan williams:yes.

  • Oct 11 9:22 AM

Richmond Johnson:Very good.

  • Oct 11 9:22 AM

Richmond Johnson:Here Comes Day1 Training Research Topics Below :

  • Oct 11 9:22 AM

Richmond Johnson:Day…1 1)WHAT ARE THE STEPS THAT WOULD BE TAKEN BY YOU TO IMPROVE THE CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT…. 2).HOW CAN YOU PERSUADE A CONSUMER TO BUY A PRODUCT OR SERVICE? 3) WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES OF AN ACTIVE CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT.

  • Oct 11 9:22 AM

Richmond Johnson:Got that?

  • Oct 11 9:23 AM

JuQuan williams:you’ll have responses before 3pm.

  • Oct 11 9:23 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good.

  • Oct 11 9:23 AM

Richmond Johnson:Very good, have your time solve the questions, and send your answers to my email on or before 4pm your time.

  • Oct 11 9:23 AM

Richmond Johnson:That is all for today till same time tomorrow morning

  • Oct 11 9:25 AM

Richmond Johnson:Have a lovely day ahead and bye for now.

  • Oct 11 9:25 AM

Richmond Johnson:Goodbye

(fourth red flag: these are all job interview questions I found on a website while I was looking up answers. Also, the majority of my answers were cut and pasted from other sites and weren’t very coherent. If this guy had bothered to read them, he would have seen that and questioned me about it.)

  • Oct 11

IM Oct 11 9:28 PM

  • Oct 11 9:28 PM

JuQuan williams:Everything was sent at 2:00pm via email. I have to work a 12-hr shift at my other job tomorrow so I might have to resume training on Monday.

(fifth red flag: I don’t know of any job that does training on the weekend, least of all an office job).

  • Oct 14

IM Oct 14 10:58 AM

  • Oct 14 10:31 AM

Richmond Johnson:Welcome back.

  • Oct 14 10:32 AM

Richmond Johnson:Hello

  • Oct 14 10:32 AM

Richmond Johnson:Are ?you there

  • Oct 14 10:36 AM

JuQuan williams:i’m here now.

  • Oct 14 10:36 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good

  • Oct 14 10:36 AM

Richmond Johnson:How was your weekend?

  • Oct 14 10:39 AM

JuQuan williams:busy.

  • Oct 14 10:39 AM

Richmond Johnson:Oh I see.

  • Oct 14 10:40 AM

JuQuan williams:I’ve been working extra hours at my job because some of my bills went up. that’s part of the reason why I’m hoping what we’re doing now works out.

  • Oct 14 10:40 AM

Richmond Johnson:Okay

  • Oct 14 10:40 AM

Richmond Johnson:Lets proceed with your training now.

  • Oct 14 10:40 AM

JuQuan williams:let’s.

  • Oct 14 10:40 AM

Richmond Johnson:DAY 3 RIGHT?

  • Oct 14 10:41 AM

JuQuan williams:I actually think it’s day 2. I was at work literally all day Saturday and I didn’t get a chance to get on Messenger.

  • Oct 14 10:42 AM

Richmond Johnson:Yes, thank you for the correction.

  • Oct 14 10:42 AM

Richmond Johnson:I got your mail on saturday.

  • Oct 14 10:42 AM

Richmond Johnson:Now day 2.

  • Oct 14 10:42 AM

JuQuan williams:ah.

  • Oct 14 10:42 AM

JuQuan williams:what’s the assignment?

  • Oct 14 10:43 AM

Richmond Johnson:Day….2 1)What do you regard as being the most positive aspects of dealing with customers. 2)Tell me about a time that you had a confusing interaction with a customer,how did clarify things. 3)Describe a situation when you had to handle a dissatisfied and angry customer.

  • Oct 14 10:43 AM

Richmond Johnson:Got that?

  • Oct 14 10:44 AM

JuQuan williams:yep.

  • Oct 14 10:44 AM

JuQuan williams:I go to work at 2:30. I’ll have these to you by 2:00.

  • Oct 14 10:44 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good, that is all for now.

  • Oct 14 10:45 AM

Richmond Johnson:Til same time tomorrow morning.

  • Oct 14 10:45 AM

Richmond Johnson:Have a nice day ahead.

  • Oct 14 10:45 AM

Richmond Johnson:Goodbye.

  • Oct 14 10:45 AM

JuQuan williams:you too. bye.

  • Oct 14 10:57 AM

JuQuan williams:these answers are still over 1000 words apiece?

  • Oct 14 10:58 AM

Richmond Johnson:1000 words

(sixth red flag: dude kept getting his training days mixed up. I doubt a true professional would make that mistake that many times.)

  • Oct 15

IM Oct 15 9:48 AM

  • Oct 15 9:42 AM

JuQuan williams:Hello, Richmond.

  • Oct 15 9:42 AM

JuQuan williams:Didi you receive yesterday’s answers?

  • Oct 15 9:44 AM

Richmond Johnson:Yes i did.

  • Oct 15 9:44 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good job.

  • Oct 15 9:44 AM

JuQuan williams:Thanks. So what do you have for me today?

  • Oct 15 9:45 AM

Richmond Johnson:Day 4 right?

  • Oct 15 9:46 AM

JuQuan williams:I’ve turned in two assignments so far.

  • Oct 15 9:46 AM

Richmond Johnson:Yes

  • Oct 15 9:46 AM

Richmond Johnson:you are right.

  • Oct 15 9:46 AM

Richmond Johnson:day3

  • Oct 15 9:47 AM

Richmond Johnson: Day…3 1)What are the importance of teamwork in an organization? 2)Have you been trained in Conflict management,Why is Conflict management important to customer service… 3)What do you understand by Trade policy and what are the 4 methods of payment accepted in the U.S

  • Oct 15 9:47 AM

Richmond Johnson:Got that?

  • Oct 15 9:47 AM

Richmond Johnson:Same procedure.

  • Oct 15 9:47 AM

JuQuan williams:Yep. You’ll have these by 4:00 this afternoon.

  • Oct 15 9:47 AM

Richmond Johnson:yes,

  • Oct 15 9:48 AM

Richmond Johnson:that is all .

  • Oct 15 9:48 AM

Richmond Johnson:goodbye.

  • Oct 15

IM Oct 15 5:40 PM

  • Oct 15 5:36 PM

Richmond Johnson:Got it.

  • Oct 15 5:36 PM

Richmond Johnson:Thank you.

  • Oct 15 5:37 PM

JuQuan williams:we’ll do it again tomorrow. When will the check be issued, and do I have to send you a receipt for the computer? I’m also wondering if I’ll be paid weekly, biweekly or monthly.

  • Oct 15 5:38 PM

Richmond Johnson:paid by weekly

  • Oct 15 5:40 PM

JuQuan williams:cool. do you need a receipt for the computer?

  • Oct 15 5:40 PM

Richmond Johnson:No, all i need is the Quotes/price the work station cost.

(seventh red flag; EVERY business that makes a purchase of any kind needs a receipt for tax purposes. Every legitimate one, that is)

  • Oct 16 at 9:05 AM

IM Oct 16 9:05 AM

  • Oct 16 8:54 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good Morning

  • Oct 16 8:56 AM

Richmond Johnson:<ding>

  • Oct 16 8:59 AM

JuQuan williams:Good morning.

  • Oct 16 9:00 AM

Richmond Johnson:How was your night?

  • Oct 16 9:00 AM

JuQuan williams:it was okay. I took a couple days off from the other job to recharge my batteries.

  • Oct 16 9:01 AM

Richmond Johnson:Okay

  • Oct 16 9:01 AM

Richmond Johnson:I got your answers to day 4 right.

  • Oct 16 9:01 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good job.

  • Oct 16 9:02 AM

Richmond Johnson:Day 3 i mean .

  • Oct 16 9:02 AM

Richmond Johnson:Now day 4

  • Oct 16 9:02 AM

Richmond Johnson:Are you ready?

  • Oct 16 9:02 AM

JuQuan williams:yes

  • Oct 16 9:03 AM

Richmond Johnson: Day..4 1)How do you handle negative feedback from very angry clients? How do you respond to him/her? 2)Can you tell me about a time when you did some thing extra, which was not part of the routine activities assigned to you, but you did it for the benefit of the customer? 3)Explain with an example, how would you handle a situation where a customer is asking for something, which is not in the interest of the company or which would violate a policy of the company?

  • Oct 16 9:03 AM

Richmond Johnson:Same procedure.

  • Oct 16 9:04 AM

JuQuan williams:I’m on it.

  • Oct 16 9:05 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good, that is all for till same time tomorrow morning

  • Oct 17 at 9:00 AM

IM Oct 17 9:00 AM

  • Oct 17 8:31 AM

JuQuan williams:Good morning.

  • Oct 17 8:33 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good Morning

  • Oct 17 8:33 AM

Richmond Johnson:How was your night?

  • Oct 17 8:38 AM

Richmond Johnson:<ding>

  • Oct 17 8:56 AM

JuQuan williams:it was okay.

  • Oct 17 8:57 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good

  • Oct 17 8:58 AM

Richmond Johnson: Alright…Before we proceed with today’s training task,i want to inform you that the paycheck for your working equipments and signing bonus will arrive your house today via USPS

  • Oct 17 8:58 AM

Richmond Johnson: Here is the USPS tracking number for it below :

  • Oct 17 8:59 AM

Richmond Johnson: 420485059470101699320003819042

  • Oct 17 8:59 AM

JuQuan williams:got it.

  • Oct 17 8:59 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good

  • Oct 17 8:59 AM

Richmond Johnson:As soon as you get it,kindly proceed to your ATM and have it deposited Via ATM.

  • Oct 17 8:59 AM

Richmond Johnson: Then come back home and email me the scanned copy of the ATM receipt for documentation purpose..

  • Oct 17 9:00 AM

Richmond Johnson: The payment is to be deposited through the ATM because the Company needs the scanned copy of the ATM receipt for Documentation purpose.

  • Oct 17 9:00 AM

Richmond Johnson:Underestood?

(eighth red flag: this makes absolutely no sense at all. What this sounds like is trying to bypass actually having a teller look at the check and noticing whether it is counterfeit or not. And since when were they so concerned about documentation when they previously didn’t want a receipt for the computer? At this point in time, our suspicion level was getting really high, but I was also holding out hope that, despite all of the BS and red flags, this was still a legit company and a legit job. So I continued to play along.)

  • Oct 17 at 9:06 AM

IM Oct 17 9:06 AM

  • Oct 17 9:00 AM

JuQuan williams:what if my bank doesn’t have ATM deposits?

  • Oct 17 9:01 AM

Richmond Johnson:You go through teller then,

  • Oct 17 9:02 AM

Richmond Johnson:Now the training day 6 right?

  • Oct 17 9:02 AM

JuQuan williams:actually day 5.

  • Oct 17 9:02 AM

Richmond Johnson:Yes

  • Oct 17 9:03 AM

Richmond Johnson:Day..5 1)You ever felt, during course of your work, that the existing systems and solutions are not sufficient to meet the needs of customers properly and/or that they need to be changed? If so, tell me more. 2)Can you explain how you contact or initiate communications with customers? 3) If you had to turn down a request from a valued client, what would you do?

  • Oct 17 9:03 AM

Richmond Johnson:Got that

  • Oct 17 9:03 AM

JuQuan williams:yep.

  • Oct 17 9:04 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good.

  • Oct 17 9:04 AM

Richmond Johnson:Hope you will be at home to receive the paycheck when it arrives?

  • Oct 17 9:04 AM

JuQuan williams:I go to work at 2:30. we’ll see.

  • Oct 17 9:05 AM

Richmond Johnson:OKAY

  • Oct 17 9:05 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good, inform me when it arrives, it should be arriving by noon.

  • Oct 17 9:05 AM

Richmond Johnson:That is all for now, good bye.

  • Oct 17 9:06 AM

Richmond Johnson:Talk to you when the paycheck arrives.

  • Oct 17 9:06 AM

Richmond Johnson:Goodbye.

  • Oct 17 at 12:27 PM

IM Oct 17 12:27 PM

  • Oct 17 12:21 PM

JuQuan williams:Did you say that the check was getting sent through UPS? I tried the tracking number on their site and they said it was unavailable.

  • Oct 17 12:22 PM

Richmond Johnson:Yes Through usps

  • Oct 17 12:22 PM

JuQuan williams:oh, usps, not ups.

  • Oct 17 12:22 PM

Richmond Johnson:Track it via www.usps.com and get back to me.

  • Oct 17 12:24 PM

JuQuan williams:it says “Electronic Shipping Info Received” it was sorted in Texas.

  • Oct 17 12:26 PM

Richmond Johnson:Okay,

  • Oct 17 12:27 PM

Richmond Johnson:I will update you more on the status .

  • Oct 17 12:27 PM

Richmond Johnson:Thank you.

(ninth red flag: if these guys were located in Indiana, how in the heck did this paycheck wind up in Texas?)

  • Oct 18 at 9:25 AM

IM Oct 18 9:25 AM

  • Oct 18 9:06 AM

JuQuan williams:Good Morning.

  • Oct 18 9:06 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good Morning

  • Oct 18 9:07 AM

JuQuan williams:just finished tracking the check, it’s apparently on its way.

  • Oct 18 9:07 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good

  • Oct 18 9:09 AM

JuQuan williams:so…day 6, right?

  • Oct 18 9:12 AM

Richmond Johnson:Before we start today’s training.

  • Oct 18 9:12 AM

Richmond Johnson:Have you deposited the paycheck?

  • Oct 18 9:13 AM

JuQuan williams:it hasn’t arrived yet. maybe around noon.

  • Oct 18 9:14 AM

Richmond Johnson:Okay.

  • Oct 18 9:15 AM

Richmond Johnson:Let’s proceed with day 6 now.

  • Oct 18 9:20 AM

JuQuan williams:okay.

  • Oct 18 9:25 AM

Richmond Johnson:Hold Please.

  • Oct 18 at 9:33 AM

IM Oct 18 9:33 AM

  • Oct 18 9:31 AM

Richmond Johnson: Day..6 1)HAVE YOU EVER HAD SITUATION WHEN YOU FOUND MISTAKES ON AN ASSIGNMENT SOMEONE ELSE GAVE YOU (TO TYPE, PROCESS, ETC.)? WHAT DID YOU DO ABOUT IT? 2) What do you do when you have a great deal of work to accomplish in a short period of time?*What kinds of decisions are most difficult for you?

  • Oct 18 9:31 AM

Richmond Johnson:Got that?

  • Oct 18 9:32 AM

JuQuan williams:yes/

  • Oct 18 9:32 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good

  • Oct 18 9:33 AM

Richmond Johnson:Inform me when the paycheck arrives.

  • Oct 18 9:33 AM

JuQuan williams:okay.

(I actually had the check in hand, but I wasn’t going to be doing anything further with the guy until I had the check verified to see if it was legit.)

  • Oct 19 at 4:45 PM

IM Oct 19 4:45 PM

  • Oct 19 4:45 PM

JuQuan williams:So will I be doing day seven on monday?

(at this point in time, we had already taken the check up to the nearest 5th 3rd bank (which was the bank the check was supposedly from, and they mentioned right off the bat that it didn’t look like one of their checks. I had them do some detective work, and their Indiana branch told us all pointblank DO NOT CASH THAT CHECK.The company listed had a negative balance and was on high fraud alert. I left the check with them and was ready to wash my hands of it all, but my wife was livid that somebody would try to run a scam on us and potentially get me sent to jail. So she decided to continue contacting the guy and pretending to go along with his scheme.)

  • Oct 21 at 11:55 AM

IM Oct 21 11:55 AM

  • Oct 21 11:47 AM

JuQuan williams:Good and yours so this is day 7 right?

  • Oct 21 11:49 AM

Richmond Johnson:I am fine .

  • Oct 21 11:49 AM

Richmond Johnson:I have not had from you since then.

  • Oct 21 11:49 AM

JuQuan williams:Good to hear that.

  • Oct 21 11:50 AM

JuQuan williams:So this is day 7 right?

  • Oct 21 11:50 AM

Richmond Johnson:I hope the funds are available now, so we can purchase the work station this morning?

  • Oct 21 11:50 AM

Richmond Johnson:Yes.

  • Oct 21 11:51 AM

Richmond Johnson:I beleive the funds are available now?

  • Oct 21 11:51 AM

JuQuan williams:Yes they are?

  • Oct 21 11:54 AM

Richmond Johnson:Good

  • Oct 21 11:54 AM

JuQuan williams:Are you there still?

  • Oct 21 11:55 AM

Richmond Johnson:Lets get quote for the workstation so that we can proceed and have the workstation purchased within the next hour

  • Oct 21 11:55 AM

Richmond Johnson:Here is the full description for the workstation:

  • Oct 21 11:55 AM

Richmond Johnson:HP Z1 Workstation(All in one form factor Workstation. Has 802.11 a/b/g/n 4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi. DisplayPort in/out port. Expandable all-in-one chassis. SSDs. Articulated hinge. VESA mountable. Blu-ray burner)

  • Oct 21 11:55 AM

Richmond Johnson:Am here

  • Oct 21 11:55 AM

Richmond Johnson:So lets search online while i also search from my end

  • Oct 21 11:55 AM

Richmond Johnson:we will compare quotes in 30 minutes and go for the best deal

  • Oct 21 11:55 AM

Richmond Johnson:Okay?

  • Oct 21 at 1:52 PM

IM Oct 21 1:52 PM

  • Oct 21 1:49 PM

Richmond Johnson:Hello JuQuan Williams, After my search, i got a reply from a HP reseller in PA, The vendor has the work station, and ready to sell for $1900 including shipping cost via FeDex ground.

(Seriously? Did this guy really expect me to send a $1900 check to a perfect stranger in PA, when i could have just bought the computer directly from the manufacturer, or a reputable computer retailer, probably for much less? If I didn’t smell a rat earler, I certainly would have by now.)

  • Oct 21 1:49 PM

Richmond Johnson: I will like us to purchase the workstation from the vendor. I want you to make the payment for the workstation now at the walmart via Money Gram Transfer.

  • Oct 21 1:50 PM

Richmond Johnson: You are sending $1900 to the vendor via money gram,you are to tick 10 MINUTES OPTION on the form,You will be charged about $155 as the transfer fee for sending $1900.

  • Oct 21 1:50 PM

Richmond Johnson: Here is the vendor’s Information:

  • Oct 21 1:50 PM

Richmond Johnson: Name: ArthurLyonCity: BensalemState: PA Zipcode: 19020

  • Oct 21 1:50 PM

Richmond Johnson: Have that written down and proceed to walmart and send $1900 to vendor,sent email with the Ref number for confirmation when you are done.

  • Oct 21 1:50 PM

Richmond Johnson:ThankS.

  • Oct 21 1:52 PM

Richmond Johnson:Inform me when done.

  • Oct 21 1:52 PM

Richmond Johnson:I will be right back.

(and here’s where we get to the meat of the scam. This probably isn’t a computer vendor. If this computer were such a big deal, why not order one from a reputable retailer or directly from the manufacturer, like I said before? Nope, this was just an address to send the money to, upon which I would be held liable for the funds and he would get off scott free with the money. Thanks but no thanks.)

 

  • Today at 8:18 AM

IM Oct 22 8:18 AM

  • Oct 22 7:57 AM

JuQuan williams:Good morning did you get the funds?

  • Oct 22 7:57 AM

Richmond Johnson:No.

  • Oct 22 7:57 AM

Richmond Johnson:Can i have the reference number now?

  • Oct 22 7:58 AM

JuQuan williams:25747864787586356

(this was a fake number my wife made up. Two can play at this game.)

  • Oct 22 7:59 AM

JuQuan williams:You got that.

  • Oct 22 8:00 AM

JuQuan williams:Are you still here?

  • Oct 22 8:03 AM

JuQuan williams:This is lesson day 8th right?

  • Oct 22 8:04 AM

Richmond Johnson:Yes

  • Oct 22 8:05 AM

Richmond Johnson:<ding>

  • Oct 22 8:05 AM

Richmond Johnson:Are you there?

  • Oct 22 8:05 AM

JuQuan williams:Yes

  • Oct 22 8:06 AM

Richmond Johnson:Scan the receipt and send to me here.

  • Oct 22 8:06 AM

JuQuan williams:Okay send to what address?

  • Oct 22 8:07 AM

Richmond Johnson:To my email address.

  • Oct 22 8:08 AM

JuQuan williams:The address I sent the funds to?

  • Oct 22 8:08 AM

Richmond Johnson:I need the scan copy of the Money Gram reeipt.

  • Oct 22 8:09 AM

Richmond Johnson:Did you receive the Vendor’s information i sent to your email yesterday?

  • Oct 22 8:09 AM

JuQuan williams:Yes

  • Oct 22 8:10 AM

Richmond Johnson:I need the scan copy of the Money Gram receipt?

  • Oct 22 8:11 AM

JuQuan williams:I need

  • Oct 22 8:13 AM

JuQuan williams:You want me to send it to your email?

  • Oct 22 8:14 AM

Richmond Johnson:Yes.

  • Oct 22 8:15 AM

JuQuan williams:Okay

  • Oct 22 8:16 AM

JuQuan williams:Have you received it?

  • Oct 22 8:16 AM

Richmond Johnson:Hold let check my email now.

  • Oct 22 8:18 AM

Richmond Johnson:Not here .

IM Oct 22 8:33 AM

  • Oct 22 8:21 AM

Richmond Johnson:Re send it.

  • Oct 22 8:21 AM

Richmond Johnson:Can you have it send here on IM.

  • Oct 22 8:21 AM

Richmond Johnson:?

  • Oct 22 8:24 AM

JuQuan williams:I sent all the information to the federal bureau of investigation fraud.

  • Oct 22 8:25 AM

Richmond Johnson:HOW DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

  • Oct 22 8:25 AM

Richmond Johnson:<ding>

  • Oct 22 8:26 AM

JuQuan williams:The F B I is looking for you and will get you.

  • Oct 22 8:28 AM

Richmond Johnson:You take company’s funds and you want run away with the company’s funds right?

  • Oct 22 8:28 AM

Richmond Johnson:You will be traped!

  • Oct 22 8:29 AM

JuQuan williams:The F B I will work it out dumb ass.

  • Oct 22 8:30 AM

Richmond Johnson:You know i have your house address with me here,

  • Oct 22 8:30 AM

Richmond Johnson:You can never run away with that funds.

  • Oct 22 8:30 AM

Richmond Johnson:You are traped.

  • Oct 22 8:33 AM

JuQuan williams:Go try to fraud someone else but the paper chase is leading back to you and how fraudgelant you are to have my address but I’m not to have yours but the F B I has it.

(I admit I am a bit miffed that my wife chose to take it this far, because now I have to collect all of this loser’s materials that he sent to me and report them to the cops because he threatened me, when I would have rather just ignored the guy and let 5th 3rd deal with him, but I can understand her anger and wanting to get the guy back for wasting our time.)

So I sent one final email to the guy since he had cut off all communication via Yahoo Messenger. check it out:

J.D. Williams <hirejd@gmail.com>
Oct 22

to Richmond Johnson <richmondoffice@yahoo.com>
Here’s the deal.

I never cashed your check. If you want your so-called “company funds” back, then contact your nearest 5th 3rd Bank. They are holding that check on fraud alert, so if you want your money, you can get it directly from them.
I don’t see why you’re so upset. Since you thought nothing of wasting my time for the past 6 days with this bogus work-from-home scam of yours, I figured you wouldn’t mind me wasting a bit of yours.
In any case, I have all of our conversations along with all of the files you sent me, and I will be handing all of them over to the police since you want to make threats. And I’ll also be filing a complaint about your “B&B Construction Company” to the Better Business Bureau. So if that really is a legitimate business you were claiming to represent, i’m sure they will want to have words with you, too.
Have a nice day.
surprise, surprise: he never replied.