Craigslist Service Providers Beware @interviewsessions on Telegram

I recently worked an incident where a an executive’s persona was impersonated through the use of gmail account to respond to service offerings posted on Craigslist for graphic artists offering up interviews for corporate positions. Once the person who posted the service offering got the e-mail from the executive, the scammer tried to move the interview process to Telegram. This is not much different from the Job Groups people create for metro areas on Facebook and scammers try to move the interview to Google Hangouts for jobs that don’t exist. In the case of Telegram, we were provided the User ID of Telegram @interviewsessions that was associated with the person Nicolas Buquier (Pizza Hut Exec). I made abuse complaints to Google mail and Telegram with e-mail evidence of where the accounts were being used in a scam, but neither have taken any action to shut down the accounts. So, today, I decided to have some fun with scammers. Here is the log of my “interview”. I thought I was doing well from the BS I fed back, but I got tired of messing with them once they would not take my bait and review a link I provided. Clicking it would have identified their IP address or proxy service being used.

Telegram Session
Nicolas Burquier @interviewsessions

20 April 2020
PP
20:57
Performance Pixel
I am following up from our e-mail. When would be a good time for our interview.
NB
23:46
Nicolas Burquier
Hello! I will be online and available to conduct the interview/briefing exercise for 10 am on Tuesday and Wednesday.
21 April 2020
NB
10:56
Nicolas Burquier
Good Morning and how are you doing today?
23 April 2020
PP
15:53
Performance Pixel
We keep missing each other online. Sorry about that. Thought you might want a sample of my work. Let me know what you think. LINK REMOVED
NB
15:54
Nicolas Burquier
How are you doing today?
PP
15:55
Performance Pixel
Well, hope you are.
NB
15:55
Nicolas Burquier
I’m fantastic and thanks for asking
15:55
When will you be available for the interview?
PP
15:56
Performance Pixel
I have a little time, now… but what would work for you.
NB
15:57
Nicolas Burquier
I am Nicolas Burquier Customer and Operations Officer at Pizza Hut. Are you ready for the briefing and the interview ?
PP
15:57
Performance Pixel
Yes.
15:58
This is for the digital graphics position with REMOVED, right?
NB
15:59
Nicolas Burquier
The job position for MetLife is closed
PP
16:00
Performance Pixel
Ok, where is the current one? If it is work remote, I am okay with the opportunity.
NB
16:01
Nicolas Burquier
I’m here to brief and interview you more about the opening position. Just follow the briefing and you can ask questions when i am through.
PP
16:01
Performance Pixel
Okay.
NB
16:02
Nicolas Burquier
Are you currently employed?
Will you be able to devote 35 to 50 hours of your time weekly to Pizza Hut?
PP
16:03
Performance Pixel
I have been furloughed, and could work the hours requested.
NB
16:04
Nicolas Burquier
Before we get on with the job interview, i want you to confirm your name, cell number and Location.
PP
16:05
Performance Pixel
My Business Name is PerformancePixel, my name is Chris Shore, PHONE DELETED
NB
16:05
Nicolas Burquier
Do you have a Printer, Fax Machine,Scanner?
PP
16:06
Performance Pixel
Yes, I have an Epson 845 MFD that does all of that.
NB
16:07
Nicolas Burquier
In reply to this message
Where are located?
PP
16:08
Performance Pixel
Research Triangle Park in North Carolina
NB
16:08
Nicolas Burquier
Ok, forgive my typo I meant where are you located
16:09
Tell me about the final hand-off process?
How do you incorporate feedback into your designs?
PP
16:10
Performance Pixel
I provide preliminary drafts of the design initially and get feed back to determine if I am matching on their pantone color scheme and overall conveyance of message…
16:10
Depending on the feedback provided, I make adjustments and provide what I hope is a final vector graphic to the client.
NB
16:12
Nicolas Burquier
How do you work with collaborators like copywriters, developers, and project managers?
What’s a time you received hard criticism for your work? Describe your creative process?
PP
16:14
Performance Pixel
PM’s can be a pain, but I get where they are coming from as far as deadlines and overseeing the project as a whole. As long as team members are up front about what the end goal and how my work is expected to help achieve that goal, I am ok with criticism or praise. That’s just part of the process. I don’t take it personally.
16:16
In the sample of work I linked to earlier, I was tasked with both layout and some of the writing and it took months to get it through the HQ team for approval.
NB
16:18
Nicolas Burquier
What’s an example of a project where you disagreed with the client’s feedback and how did you handle it?
PP
16:20
Performance Pixel
The client was attempting to come up with new graphics campaign that would in both print and web. The chosen color scheme lent itself well to screens/devices, but was dull and lacked contrast needed for print work. The solution was to increase saturation on the printed materials and drop one of the colors for white. In the end they were pleased, but I thought they would hold out for their strict choice of colors.
16:23
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Here is the sample I mentioned earlier…
NB
16:25
Nicolas Burquier
If a very talented Graphics Designer on your team kept questioning your decisions, what would you do? How would you address the individual?
PP
16:25
Performance Pixel
Please take a look at the link or the file…. and I can tell you how that project went…
NB
16:31
Nicolas Burquier
Will do! How do you measure the success of your designs? What does Accountability mean to you?
Tell me about yourself and your last/current job/class ?
PP
16:34
Performance Pixel
CONFESSED MY REAL PURPOSE AND PAST HISTORY INVESTIGATING THESE SCAMS AND CONFRONTED SCAMMER. Want to deny it?
NB
16:35
Nicolas Burquier
No
PP
16:37
Performance Pixel
Wow, most of the ones I work like this are willing to deny it and talk crap about my mother. At least you are honest.
NB
16:38
Nicolas Burquier
I’m sorry for wasting your time
PP
16:41
Performance Pixel
No, I am sorry you are not getting what you need. I realize that most folks that get stuck running these scams are at the bottom barely scraping by while the guy at the top makes all the money. I would go ahead and count on your Pizza Hut impersonated account being shut down. Telegram has our transcript. Have a nice day.

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