Unsolicited job texts allegedly from ‘TANDYM GROUP’ should be treated as a scam. Since April 2024, more than hundred job seekers have received text messages claiming to come from Tandym Group.

The remote job offer isn’t from Tandym Group (a job recruitment and staffing agency). Firstly, the company does not send job seekers unsolicited job offers. Secondly, the content of the text messages and the recruitment process has all the red flags of an employment scam.

We’ve explained how the scam works below, red flags to spot, and how to avoid being a victim of employment scams below.

How The Tandym Group Scam Employment Offer Works

Once you respond to the text message and provide your WhatsApp number, a fake interview would be conducted on WhatsApp. After that, you’d be told you’ve been hired.

After you accept the fake job offer, the scammers will send you a bad check to buy office supplies for your new job and direct you to a scam vendor.

Even when the check is placed on hold by the bank, the scammers would insist you make the payment from your personal account. Convincing you that the bank would clear the check soon.

But this isn’t true, once you’ve made the payment from your account, the vendor would disappear and the recruiters would cease communication with you.

What to Do If you fell for this Fake Job Recruitment

If you’ve already submitted your personal details and CV to the crooks behind this fake employment offer. You should do the following;

Enroll in identity theft monitoring services

Identity protection services like Experian or Aura monitor databases that collect different types of information. When you enroll with them, you’d receive an alert notifying you of suspicious activities like –

  • a change of address request
  • court or arrest records
  • orders for new utility, cable, or wireless services
  • an application for a payday loan, etc.

Experian.com for example, has a basic Identity Theft monitoring plan which is free. I advise that you sign up for it, if you can’t afford the premium plan which is $24.99 monthly.

Alert your Bank of the Fraudulent Transaction

If you fell for the equipment vendor plot and made the payment using your account, immediately notify your bank. Send screenshots of the conversations between you and the criminal, payment receipt, etc.

You should also request for a chargeback if it’s possible to recover your money.

Spread Awareness of the Ongoing Scam

It’s very important that you inform people of your experience with the crooks impersonating Conformal Medical. You could do this on Forums, or even Threads like Reddit. This would help prevent others from being victims of the scam.

You can also go a step further by reporting the scam to government authorities like –  FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov). This would make them put up a notice warning the public of the scam.

Common Red Flags of Employment Scams;

Having debunked and exposed the scam behind this job offer, we’ve provided an extensive article on 5 quick ways to spot fake remote job offers here.

If you don’t have the time to read the detailed article, you should read our concise tips below on how to spot employment scams –

  • Asks you to pay money (this money could be labelled ‘training fee’ or ‘application fee’.
  • Insists that you buy work equipment from their chosen vendor. I explained earlier how this scam tactics work. The vendor is also part of the fraud.
  • Requests for sensitive information, like your social security number, date of birth, or bank account information). This isn’t a part of early recruitment process.
  • Juicy pay that looks too good to be true. (This should be the first red flag). If they’re promising to pay higher than the market rate, treat with caution.
  • Only uses texts and online chats. Most legitimate companies don’t reach out to recruit via text unless you already applied on the company’s site and opted to receive text messages.

Final Thoughts

Employment scammers are becoming smarter lately – they go as far as impersonating reputable companies, making job seekers think they’re the real deal. However, it’s all part of their scheme. Once they’ve established the trust, they’d proceed in their scam which could be disguised as ‘equipment fee’ ‘training fee’ ‘upgrade fee’ etc.

When you’re offered a job always remember the saying ‘If It’s too good to be true, it certainly isn’t true’.

When approached by a job recruiter either online or offline, the first thing to do is research the company and the job opportunity. Find the company on the internet and review their online presence, including their social media. Enter the company’s name and the word “scam” on search engine, paste the email address too to find out if it has been flagged as scam.

Meanwhile, while you’re here, check our previous employment scam alert – Conformal Medical scam

By Judith Davidson

I am Judith Davidson, a Cyber Security Professional. I am the founder, Investigator and Author of Snoopviews.com. I started working as a Cyber Fraud Researcher in 2019 when I saw lots of people falling victims to fraudulent websites pretending to sell disinfectants, masks and wipes during the Covid19 pandemic. Since then, I've saved millions of people from online scams.

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