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The Artistry Vault

Country United States
State California
City Downey

The Artistry Vault Reviews

  • May 23, 2017

I was contacted by a person named Gary Wilson. He contacted me via Freelancer as I was looking for work. Although I never checked off "virtual assistant" as a skill of mine, he offered me a position anyway. He said he needed a virtual assistant to work 15-20 hours a week. Handling orders and such for him. He said he was an artist, and needed someone to process orders for him. He sent me an independent contractor agreement for me to sign, which seemed to lend some credibility to him and the job offer. I thought something seemed a little off, so I totally redid the contract. I made sure that I was completely protected with the contract I came up with. He said he had 2 or 3 orders that he needed to get shipped right away. Before he even signed the contract, I got a check in the mail from a company called​ "Construction Management Data Group LLC" for $2,940.11 and the check was drawn from Bank of America. Construction Management Data Group LLC is based in Norcross, GA. I looked up the company and found their website. I also looked up their company in the Georgia Corporations Division online and discovered that they were legitimate, and had been in business since 1975. Although the scammer said he said he wanted to get started right away, we went back and forth for a few weeks before I finally got him to sign my revised contract. I held on to the check while I was waiting for him to sign the contract, and the whole time he kept asking me about the deposit. After he did finally sign the contract, again he started saying that the customer was getting nervous because of the delay with their order. I told the scammer(Gary Wilson) that I wasn't going to deposit the check until I verified the order and asked him for the contact person at the company who placed the order. He said no problem, and that the contact's name was Richard Kinsley. I looked on LinkedIn and on the company's website and found no Richard Kinsley. I called the company to verify the order, and they said there was no one named Richard Kinsley working there, and that this was a scam a few people had called about before. I called the Secret Service and let them know about this whole scam, and they are looking into it. DO NOT fall for this scam, and DO NOT cash that check, or you will be in serious financial and legal trouble yourself.

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