Avon is not calling through the email; 240-813-8346 in Henrico is disconnected

By Robb Hicken/ chief storyteller

Beth, an Idaho Falls woman, reported getting an email from an out-of-state photographer asking for her assistance in procuring Avon brand makeup for an upcoming showbiz photo shoot in the area.

“The list was very explicit in what types of makeup he wanted, quantities and dates he would need them,” Beth says. “The stuff he wanted was all the higher priced items.”

The email, from  Paul Jones with Multitask Agency, in Henrico, Va., said he’d been referred to Beth through the avon.com site to purchase products. Beth is an Avon sales representative.

“Unfortunately, I don’t take checks from strangers, and especially for orders this large,” she says.

The email listed several high-priced items he wanted to order to pick up when he came to Idaho Falls for a photo shoot and told her he would pay with check. He indicated that he would make it for $600 over the final sale price and she would need to send back the difference Western Union. She was immediately suspicious and emailed him back to tell him she would not be ordering any product for him as she does not accept checks from customers she doesn’t already know.

She then thought of all the other sales representatives in the region and contacted the Better Business Bureau.

BBB tried contacting Jones at 240-813-8346, but the phone was disconnected. An internet search for Multitask Agency, turned up an address at 425 N Blvd. Henrico, VA 23075 – the address belongs to the county hospital. A receptionist at the medical facility says there was no such company or organization located in the complex by that name.

Emails to csgrant30005@yahoo.com, csgrant305@yahoo.com, and p.jones871@yahoo.com  listed as belonging to Paul Jones of Multitask Agency from Henrico, Va., were not returned nor answered.

Avon representatives had no comment for this story.

An internet search of Multitask Agency, Henrico, Va.,  and found several similar emails  posted by other Avon reps as a warning.

Here are a few of the outtakes collected on Samantha Holloway’s website. Beware of:

  • Out-of-state orders connected to “a showbiz” production or someone who represents themselves as a “retail buyer” (which is against the contract you signed, anyway), or who is out of the country for now and still wants to order.
  • Email addresses that contain the person’s name and unusual amount of numbers. Pay attention to the names used; scammers will often change the number part, but keep the same name or something similar.
  • Plays on emotion – being deaf/blind, a single mother, or having lost someone in an accident recently.
  • Poor grammar and punctuation are tip-offs. Limited English usage most like means it’s from overseas.
  • Someone who asks to pay through their boss’s check or a finance department, or who wants a lot of personal information to send you a money order – it’s all an attempt to get enough info to steal your identity and/or establish check fraud. Overpayment with a request to return funds via wire transfer.
  • Large orders between $200 and 600$ of the most expensive products in multiple quantities. They want to sell your products overseas, AND get your money.
  • All emails have similar text. The names, businesses and products might change, but the instructions and request appear identical.
  • A request for third-party mail carrier pick up.

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9 responses to “Avon is not calling through the email; 240-813-8346 in Henrico is disconnected

  1. I am an AVON rep and just received the same letter from the same person.

  2. Penny Howells

    I also an a Rep and just recived an email request, my reqeust came from Patrick Hart – email address provided is patrickhart102@yahoo.com. I made no further conversation, sensing something was ascew with the grammar, punctuation, etc.

  3. Janna

    This is the email I received July 20th, 2012
    Hello ,
    Good to hear from you . I am the manager of Multi-task agency and we are coming over to your area for a showbiz/photo-shoot soon precisely 3rd saturday in August and I’d like you to get the under-listed items for me.We have prefer to order online but for now all purchases in our company are done with paper payment.

    SKIN CARE:
    Clearskinďľ® Professional Acne Treatment System…..Item#:618122 x (2)

    FRAGRANCE:
    OUTSPOKEN Intense by Fergie Eau de Parfum Spray……………..Item#:776853 x (3)

    MAKE UP:
    ANEW CLINICAL Resurfacing Expert Smoothing Fluid………………………. Item#:415423 x (2)

    HAIR CARE:
    ADVANCE TECHNIQUES Large Barrel Brush…….Item#:875908 x (3)

    BATH & BODY:
    NATURALS Vanilla 3-Piece Bath Collection ……….Item#:876230 x (2)

    Please get back to me with the total cost and the sale tax (The quantity needed for the showbiz are written in front of each product name ) I’m to pay on those listed items. Below is the information needed to mail out the payment to you.

    FULL NAME:
    MAILING ADDRESS (no P.O.Box please):
    CITY:
    STATE:
    ZIP CODE:
    CELL PHONE:
    HOME PHONE:
    BEST TIME TO CALL:
    TOTAL COST:

    After you send me this information I would instruct my sponsors to send you the payment which would be in form of US Bank Check .Please get back to me as soon as possible so that I can continue with the purchase, We would be there soon so we would pick up the items in person but I want you to have the funds in advance,so send me the quotations and details needed to send you your payment.

    Thank you and stay blessed..
    Paul Jones
    425 N.blvd ave
    Henrico, VA 23075
    (305) 707-1058

  4. Melanie Blanco

    I am dealing with him right now so creepy. What should I do?

  5. Melanie Blanco

    I am dealing with a Guy named Patrick that is trying to pull one over on me right now.

  6. Kim

    I received one too. I had a bad feeling about this person. Go with your gut. If someone was interested, then they would find an AVON rep in their area. The request I received was from the same person, but he says he’s from Los Angeles, Ca.

  7. DALEAH KEEN

    I JUST GOT THIS EMAIL TODAY AN HAD A BAD VIBE ABOUT IT….

    Hello ,
    Good to hear from you . I am the manager of Multi-task agency and we are coming over to your area for a showbiz/photo-shoot soon precisely 29nd Saturday in septemper and I’d like you to get the under-listed items for me.We have prefer to order online but for now all purchases in our company are done with paper payment.

    SKIN CARE:
    Clearskin® Professional Acne Treatment System…..Item#:618122 x (3)

    FRAGRANCE:
    OUTSPOKEN Intense by Fergie Eau de Parfum Spray……………..Item#:776853 x (3)

    MAKE UP:
    ANEW CLINICAL Resurfacing Expert Smoothing Fluid………………………. Item#:415423 x (5)

    HAIR CARE:
    ADVANCE TECHNIQUES Large Barrel Brush…….Item#:875908 x (3)

    BATH & BODY:
    NATURALS Vanilla 3-Piece Bath Collection ……….Item#:876230 x (2)
    Avon Care Moisture Replenish Daily Hydrating Cream SPF 15 . .. Item#:645398 x (2)

    Please get back to me with the total cost and the sale tax (The quantity needed for the showbiz are written in front of each product name ) I’m to pay on those listed items. Below is the information needed to mail out the payment to you.

    FULL NAME:
    MAILING ADDRESS (no P.O.Box please):
    CITY:
    STATE:
    ZIP CODE:
    CELL PHONE:
    HOME PHONE:
    BEST TIME TO CALL:
    TOTAL COST:

    After you send me this information I would instruct my sponsors to send you the payment which would be in form of US Bank Check .Please get back to me as soon as possible so that I can continue with the purchase, We would be there soon so we would pick up the items in person but I want you to have the funds in advance,so send me the quotations and details needed to send you your payment.

    Thank you and stay blessed..
    Patrick Hart agency
    283 College DR,
    orange park fl 32065
    757) 337-1328

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