i got the same basic scam today in the mail as well. Mine is from Nationwide MArketing in "Westchester, PA" and came from a guy named Peter Goldman, the "Co-ordinator".
They sent me a check for $3990, which I first thought was like manna from heaven, as I'm unemployed.
Upon reading the letter I got to thinking...hmmm, I've never had ANY potential employer send me $4,000 upfront, before I have even lifted a finger! There is also no printed info as to where the money is to be sent-they want you to make a phone call to them to get that info...how convenient. That way there is only one wire fraud charge against them, instead of a mail fraud and a wire fraud charge.
Things I noticed that might help others:
The company address on the info sheet is listed as Westchester, PA, while on the check it is listed as Weschester, PA. I looked up on USPS zip codes, and there is only a West Chester, PA (two words)
Their email was listed as Nationwide_Marketing@ymail.com
Any reputable company (even the smallest one man operation) will spend the $15-$35 to register their company name as their own domain. Legit companies simply don't use free email services such as yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc., at least the ones that want to put forth a professional image to their customer base.
Another thing fishy about this...
On the bottom of the check, the check number is printed IN FRONT OF the bank routing number. This is a dead giveaway. You all know where the routing number and check numbers belong...
I called their number and left a message telling them that I was Inspector so and so from the FBI in the Nashville bureau, and that they were to immediately return my call. Haven't heard from them yet. lol...
Feel free to call them up at 905-782-1233 and leave a creative message for them yourself. Be a postal inspector, FTC official, FCC official, local authority, Fed or whomever else you'd like to be. What are they going to do-report you? Actually, that would be nice if they reported on of us to the feds because then they'd have to spill out all of their personal information in order to file a report (or else face charges of filing a report with false information-a federal crime).
I did a reverse number search on the phone number (using 411.com) and this is what came back:
Type: Cell Phone
Provider: Fido Solutions
Location: Brampton, On, ON
So...they are located in Canada.
Fido Solutions is a division of Rogers Wireless, on of the largest wireless providers in Canada.
Couldn't someone forward this info to the local cops or the RCMP in Ontario and then have them triangulate the number via GPS to find these guys? Then just set them adrift on an iceberg near Churchill Bay during polar bear season....