Access-Help LLC – 1st-Team Staffing 1st -Team,


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This is the exact same scam as Access-Help LLC, only with a different name and slightly different twist.

I received an email from 1st-Team stating they had viewed my resume on Careerbuilder and they thought I’d be a perfect fit for their VA (VIP vitual assistant) position. I responded with an email requesting more info about the position and company. Next, I received an email from a “Mr. Robert Morrell, a supposed HR manager” who would advise me on what I was to do next in the steps for becoming employed with 1st-Team. He sent a loose contract, (nothing incriminating) just stating the company’s outline and obligations from the employee.

I signed (electronically), and sent it back to him. Then I got my 1st assignment, which was fairly easy, asking me to research 2-3 printed media companies locally. I was to call and review which might the “client” use for advertising. I did the task, and was congratulated for a great report.

My 2nd assignment was a bit more involved, where the “corporate client” (within the company) had purchased a painting from a Russian artist on his travels to Europe some years back. The painting was damaged, and he wanted the “artist”, (Alexander Glebovich Sharapov) to re-create this painting. Money was no object. I contacted, (by email)

Mr. Sharapov and relayed the client’s (btw there is never a name provided for any clients) request. I received an email back from the “artist” stating that he could do it, but only could accept Western Union payment. I sent the info back to the “HR manager”, (as there is no direct contact with the client, because there is NO client) and after a time he advised that the “client” wanted all info regarding payment, contracts, and any other paperwork sent to him.

By this time, I was doing some research, but could not find anything on here for that company. My son, who is more pc savvy than myself, intervined to assist my search. On 1st-Team homepage, there is an area that states: “Time Magazine:#2 Website of the year.” Not sure how my son knew to research that particular statement, but it came up on Ripoff Report, but under the name Access-HelpLLC.

The scenario was the same, only the names were changed…. hmm, don’t even want to go there! Anyway, I wanted to learn more of what dealings these clowns were doing, so this a.m. I got on my pc, and low and behold, there was an email from Mr. Sharapov with 2 documents for the client. I forwarded the email to “Mr. Morrell” but have not heard from him yet. In all of this, I have never spoken with anyone from 1st-Team, only emails. Even though on their website, and in the contract it states that after the completion of the 1st assignment, the “HR manager” would contact the prospective employee.

It also states to always have your cell with you because if they cannot reach you after 3 attempts, you will no longer be considered for the position. Also, a payment for the trial period upon completion to the perspective employee would be $1000 and $2000 per month, with a 10% pay raise every six months. I have not heard back from them, and somehow I imagine they know why. I will have my son run a clean sweep of my pc. Heck, I just might get me a new one at this point! A lesson learned.


11 thoughts on “Access-Help LLC – 1st-Team Staffing 1st -Team,

  1. Brittany says:

    wow i’ve had the same tasks including the artist. im unsure if this is the whole test trial period and set up or a fraud. he is asking for my direct deposit info for the artist payment.

  2. vin says:

    This is absolutely a scam, what was written above was the same scenario sent to me. I was so excited at first after finishing my 1st task, the girl name Zoe called me up and praised me for the 1st task that i was completed,

    I’ve been sending all the information about my 2nd task with the corporate client, till Mark Zong, identified himself as 1st-team HR Manager email me a very long mail, then their i got puzzled up, til i let my husband read it, and he started to search for this company, we found out its a scam, coz i read lots of stories with same task with me 1st and 2nd task, and they just edited the name of my 2nd task.

    People out there be careful with this scams. Since then after reading a very long email i didnt reply anymore. And i stop communicating with them.

  3. Sarah Edwards says:

    Absolute lie. This post was left by competitors. Check who sent this post. No real name, no phone number. This all makes no sense but some people believe. I’ve been employed with the company for over a year and I will stay working here, because it’s unique opportunity someone can earn real money acting as a virtual assistant.
    Whoever left this post – why don’t you prove who you area and that you are a real person.

    • Joy says:

      I just start working with this company is this for real or not… I recently lose my job and is looking for real income… I dont have time for scams so if this is a scam please let me know asap so I can look for a real job and stop wasting my time. I got alot bills to pay

      • don says:

        Its a scam dont buy into that crap! Save yourself the hassle unless of course you want to scam the scammers. Get creative and give them a piece of their own medicine!

    • Linda Lichtenstein says:

      Is this a scam? Are you working for this company? I just received an email regarding the western union payment that I need to do for the gallery. The above story is exactly how my relationship with this company went. Please contact me. I’ve asked them for a phone number as the number they gave me rings 3 or 4 times and then it starts ringing busy.
      Also I’ve asked them for the client’s name.

      • Scrub says:

        1:14 AM (4 hours ago)

        to me, me

        This message may not have been sent by: **** Learn more Report phishing
        Good day,

        We reviewed the resume that you recently posted on After an initial review of your qualifications, we think that you might be a good match for a new opening in our company.

        If you are interested in obtaining new experience, starting a new career, or simply receiving better salary, we would be happy to take you on. Now we are proposing the part-time position of Expedited Payment Analyst.

        Company we are representing is small but respectful in IT Outsourcing market which is situated in United States. Main aim is to achieve simpler communications between US outsourcing IT services with international market in this area.

        Your pay during the training period will be $2,300 per month, plus 8% commission after each transaction. Your total income will be approximately $4,500 per month. After the trial period, your base pay will be increased up to $3,000 per month, plus 8% commission.

        Our goal is to spark your interest. In the present economy, our vacancy offers coaching, support, and a compensation scale comparable to entry-level positions that normally would require a regular 40 hour business week. I hope you will get back to me with your questions.

        If you would like to learn more, please email us your contact information at

        Our recruiting managers will get back to you within 2 business days.

        We look forward to hearing from you soon!



        I just received this e-mail, it is my first time receiving anything like this, I was hoping someone could help me figure out if it is a scam. The company name is Tech Inco Group LLC

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