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Notice: Work From Home Scam

We are aware of an active work from home scam utilizing the Civis Analytics name, in which individuals pose as recruiters from Civis offering phony work-from-home opportunities. We are sharing additional details here to hopefully protect potential victims from these fraudsters.

You may be getting scammed if the “recruiter” is:

  • Reaching out from an email address that does not end in @civisanalytics.com;
  • Asking to conduct an interview via a chat session (like Google Hangouts);
  • Extending an offer without an in-person meeting or phone call; 
  • Asking you to cash checks on behalf of Civis Analytics; or
  • Using one of the aliases listed below (they may use other aliases, these are just some we’re aware of):
    • Patricia Derrick 
    • Fredson Lawrence 
    • Marcus Lewis
    • Susan Main Haluch
    • Louis Tomberlin
    • Eddie Mclendon
    • Theresa McPhearson
    • Holly Wolf
    • Gigi Goss Lewis 

 

Since Civis Analytics is not involved in these fraudulent schemes, we are limited in what we can report to law enforcement about these activities. If you think you’ve been scammed, we encourage you to file a report:

  • You may report details of this type of activity directly to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3 website) and the FTC identity theft website https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). We recommend that you share as much information as possible about the emails and online information of the individuals who contacted you. 
  • Reporting to specific online platforms. If you were contacted by a suspected scammer…
    • …on Google:
      • You may report to Google via “Report Phishing” in the gmail interface.
        Google Phishing

If you’re interested in learning more about how the scam works, read on. 

How it works

Victims are drawn in via email, Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn, Indeed.com, or other job search platforms with offers about “working from home” for Civis Analytics performing “Data Entry” or “Administrative Assistant” tasks. Promised salaries range from $25-50 per hour. When victims respond positively to the trap, they are asked to “interview” via a text chat session. At the end of the “interview,” victims will be offered a position and asked to supply personal identifying information including but not limited to: full name, mailing address, social security number, driver’s license number, and banking information.

 

Once recruited, the scam operates as a Fake Check Scam

  1. Victims are mailed checks and ask to deposit them into their bank account. 
  2. Victims are told to conduct financial transactions with money from their own bank account. 
  3. Victim’s information is then forwarded to a wider network of scammers for further victimization. 

 

Civis Analytics will always communicate with official @civisanalytics.com email addresses. Our multi-step hiring process at the very least involves: a phone screen, a video chat interview and/or an in person interview, reference checks, a background check, and a formal offer letter. All jobs offers will be administered via a secure digital signature platform like DocuSign. Civis Analytics will never collect your banking information or ask you to cash checks during the recruitment process or as part of your employment responsibilities.