Has anyone ever heard of IMDS (International Material Data Systems) and have you ever heard of a work from home position?

I googled it and there was a website that came up as well as a Wikipedia page (I'm skeptical of Wikipedia as it is). I also looked on the BBB webpage and there weren't any hits for it. They gave me a startup check of almost $6k to buy the materials I would need for working from home but my bank is holding

I googled it and there was a website that came up as well as a Wikipedia page (I'm skeptical of Wikipedia as it is). I also looked on the BBB webpage and there weren't any hits for it. They gave me a startup check of almost $6k to buy the materials I would need for working from home but my bank is holding the check for possible fraudulent activity and the HR rep I've been communicating with from IMDS has been through google hangouts. I have yet to meet/speak with anyone face to face or speak with anyone over the phone. I've had jobs before that I've met/spoken with via Skype so while I found this method of contact a bit odd I tired to push that thought aside. I'm just wondering if this is a scam and if so, should I report it??

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Anonymous:
It's a scam.
Be thankful your bank has stopped it.
Devoreal:
You should go and talk to the people at your bank before they decide that you are part of the scam and have you arrested.
tro:
since the bank is holding payment of this $6K until the bank determines it is legitimate, just assume it is a scam
be thankful your bank is this alert or you would have had a $6K debt to the bank when it was shown to be bogus
be alerted there is probably NO company in the world who is going to front you or anyone $6K for supplies without a whole lot more information about you than you indicated you gave them
Andy L:
IMDS is real, but the vast majority of work from home are scams. IMDS is not a company.
It is a computer system managed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HPE.
https://public.mdsystem.com/en/web/imds-…

The $6000 check is a scam. It will take a few days to bounce at the bank. They will not have much information but will return the check and subtract the $6000 from your account.
Normally, the data entry scam involves you buying their software with your money.
If they are telling you to use that check to buy something from them, it is a twist on the scam.
You would use your own money to buy the software, and the check they give you crashes.

Eva:
Of course it's a scam. No company would send you $6000 for "supplies". What could you possibly need that would cost that much? No business would use hangouts for communication.
Brian Mcilwee:
Since your bank is holding the check for possible fraud, then they must have information that you do not.

Go to the bank and talk to one of the people who sit at the desks. Tell them what the company is, how you were contacted and if they think it is a scam (If the check has had problems they will tell you) and if it is a scam how do you go about reporting it.

I think the bank will help you with this one!

Michael:
Zo
Barry A:
Yeah, legitimate HR people go through Google Hangouts and never speak with you.
And legitimate companies send strangers $6000 to buy stuff.
brett:
You are being scammed.Nobody sends you a $6000 check.
Tavy:
Of course it is a Scam or your bank would not be investigating would they?
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