Fake personal assistant position from John Wiley

Ah, the great art gallery owner John Wiley.  No, I haven’t heard of him, either.  Not before he sent me this message, anyway.

From:  John Wiley (enriquezmary@aol.com)

Subject:  Personal Assistant

Hello,
 
My Name is John Wiley,and I own an Art Gallery, This time of the year
is exceedingly a busy time for me,and I find myself constantly
travelling out of
the Country for exhibitions,auctions, deliveries et all as such I sort
the services of a Personal Assistant to handle my business errands.
I do not require that you resume to an office,leave your current
employment or levacuate your convenience.
 
I am looking for someone that can handle my business errands during
his or her spare time.
Here are a list of responsibilities that I would require you bear on my
behalf:
 
1. Receive my mail and drop them off at the post office or shipping
center.All expenses and shipping charges will be covered by me.
2. Pay bills on my behalf.I would be providing funds for this.
3. Sit for delivery at home or pick up items at a post office near you
at your convenience.
When you get my mail or receive packages on my behalf you are free to
open them to check contents in order to gurantee your safety and
security.
 
The contents of the my mail and the packages are specifically art
materials and paintings as well as personal letters. No heavy packages
are involved.
If you decide to accept this position or you are able to offer me any
of the responsibilities I have listed above, Please provide me with
the following details
 
Full Name:
Full Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Phone No:
Age:
Work Status:
 
EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:
 
A. Being honest and trustworthy.
B. Ability to 15 to 20 hours a month
C. Ability to check your EMAIL 3 to 5 times daily.
 
REMUNERATION:
 
$350 Weekly.
 
Please note that this job DOES NOT require any financial obligation of
any sort from you as I would be catering for all expenses.
 
I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Regards,
John Wiley

It seems innocent enough, right?  It is just a part-time position and he’s going to cover all job-related expenses.  And the salary is pretty decent.  Why do I think this is a fake?  For starters, the duties include shipping and receiving packages.  He gives permission for you to open them and he’s going to pay all expenses.  You might think that doesn’t sound bad, and it might not be.  But why would a gallery owner have art shipped to an assistant instead of to his gallery?  That smells funny.

Another red flag under job duties is that he’ll send you money to pay his bills.  Is he sending business checks or a company card for paying said bills, or is he going to send the assistant a check for deposit into the assistant’s account for the assistant to write checks? Or does he want the assistant to wire cash to his creditors?  This is pretty shady stuff and not worth talking to him for additional information.  Especially when his email address does not include any variation of his name.

What do you think?  Did you see the same red flags I did?  Have you received this email?

Fake: Customer Service Coordinator position with ATT Global Transportation Co., Inc.

This one almost looks legitimate.  It has the format of a corporate job description and vacancy posting.  It has a legitimate sounding job title.  Let’s see if you can spot the red flags.

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From:  Nigel Vecinal (tayladawsonub@aol.com)

Subject: Start Working Now , ID _ J59727. 

Job Announcement:
Reference Code: 08-75-450
Position title: Customer Service Coordinator;
Industry: Transportation Services;
Job Status/Type: Full Time Employee;
Salary: $68,000/year;
Medical and dental benefits are available. 401(K) plan.
Location: USA/All states;
Open period: July 21, 2014 – August 11, 2014

On this position you will be responsible for helping with the overall management of a project or a specific aspect of larger project under the direction of the Head of the Project. May assist or lead, under the supervision of the project manager, any of the project management responsibilities including: proposal development, client management and project close out to ensure the goals, objectives, and standards of the project are adhered to and that the client’s expectations are met and exceeded.

Key Requirements:

- Over 3 years of Client service;
- Over 2 years of Project Scheduling;
- General understanding of transportation principles an asset;
- Coordinate project plans across co-workers;
- Excellent computer skills Xactimate*, DASH ;

- Candidate musthave prior hands-on experience performing Tasks listed;
- Manage project plans across teams;
- Report on cross project dependencies;
- Assist managers with the development of work plans;
- Excellent organizational skills;

If you are interested, please reply to : Pelymtsova.Nadezhda@gmail.com with your resume.

For any additional information please contact HR Department 10-00AM – 6-00PM EST hours.

Our representative will contact you for further consideration.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Sincerely,
Steven Evans,
Human Resources Department

ATT Global Transportation Co., Inc.

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So, which red flags caught your attention?  Email from one person, directions to email a resume to a second person, and a third person’s name as the HR person does not ease my mind.  Neither do the vague job description or task list.  The salary level isn’t exactly consistent with the minimal experience level, either.  A search for ATT Global Transportation Co. Inc. was a wash.  These scammers decided to create a mashup of well-known companies in the attempt to throw the email recipient off guard.  Jerks. 

I’d rather keep looking than fall for this sort of thing.  They either want your contact information or identity so they can make quick cash by selling it.  

Be smart and be safe.  

Capt.Casey Thoreen wants to know if I’m trustworthy

And another one.  These people are scumbags.

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From:  Capt.Casey Thoreen (casey@gmail.com)

Subject:  RE: CAN I TRUST YOU? FRIEND.

I write to seek your assistance for safe keeping of two military trunk boxes valuable that will be of great benefit to both of us,i will explain further when you respond to my direct Email:  captcasey2012thoreen@r7.com

I would appreciate your urgent response.

Capt.Casey Thoreen ( US ARMY OFFICER CURRENTLY SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN)

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Sure, you are.  

Another fraudulent offer from a Mail Forwarding Team

Howdy, folks.  

I’m still around and posting more often on Sherrie’s Getting Healthier.  Feel free to join me.  

Most of the fraudulent job offers I’ve received lately have been repeats, so I haven’t shared much.  This one made me giggle, so I’m sharing.  

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From: Karleigh Whitney (melanieswainstonygo@aol.com)

Subject: Work from Home, Increase Your Pay! … ID. , B60313;

Hello ! The mail forwarding team is seeking shipping/receiving Operator. (Note: Mail forwarding team tells me all I need to know).

No enrollment fee. The average monthly income is $1500.

Job Duties and responsibilities:

- Must be able to work on flexible schedules – the position is home-based
- Receive and mail incoming mail. Auditing incoming packages for damages.
- Complete all paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.

Qualifications:
- Applicants must be mature – 21 years and older, able to work independently, prioritize the work in an accurate and efficient manner, permanent access to Internet.

If interested, please reply to : Kseniya.Kostretskaya34@gmail.com with your resume and the cell number where we can get in touch with you.

Please note: If you do not receive a call or email from our manager, your information will be held in our record for future consideration.
Thank you.

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Seriously.  Mail Forwarding Team.  If you accept such a position, you are likely receiving merchandise purchased with stolen credit card information – if you receive packages at all.  Be smart and be safe. 

 

Kathy Hester’s OATrageous Oatmeals Cookbook Giveaway (Pre-Order Now!) Steel-Cut Oat Sausage Crumbles Recipe and OXO Mega Giveaway!

sherriet:

Jump on this recipe and giveaway, people!

Originally posted on Vedged Out:

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Flare Up, Low Point

sherriet:

This is exactly how I’ve been feeling for months. This is one of the reasons I go silent from time to time.

Originally posted on Ever So Gently:

Using All The Spoons

Using All The Spoons

I think I’ve said that flare-ups suck donkey balls.  I’m fairly certain that I’ve said it, but if not, I’ll say it now.

Pain flare-ups from Fibro suck donkey balls.  Especially when said flare-ups last more than just a few days or a week.  I’m going on a little over a month.  Feels like it’s getting worse instead of better.  I can understand why some who have Fibro turn to narcotics or to medicinal Mary Jane.

I’ve been in such a bad pain flare-up that I just can’t seem to get out of it, and I’m having trouble now caring about how I handle it.  Not caring about avoiding trigger foods; it’s an effort to ignore the danger foods at picnics and as a guest at someone’s house.  Not caring about how much pain I’m actually in as long as I can rest and not think…

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So urgent they sent it twice! Cyber warning from James B. Comey

It never ends!  May is only 9 days old and the spam is rushing  in like mad.  Maybe the scammers are trying to take advantage of tax refunds or the ‘holy crap it’s summer’ rush for extra cash?  Or maybe this is just the same old mass email and hope someone falls for it thing.  Most likely that’s it.

James B. Comey (mflores@spyros.com.mx and nuno@telnet.com.br) wants to be sure I don’t trust just anyone when it comes to collecting my funds from overseas.  He knows that imposters are afoot and needs me to recognize that he is legit – which he isn’t.  He emailed me twice in one day, you know, in case I have multiple inheritances to collect.  Because I’ve got it like that.  Or something.

Subject:  STOP CONTACTING IMPOSTERS, CYBER WARNING

and

Dear Beneficiary, The Truth About Your Funds (Note:  Yes, two subject lines within each message).  

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Counter-terrorism Division and Cyber Crime Division
J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington DC
JAMES B. COMEY,
 
Attention Beneficiary,
 
Records shows that you are among one of the individuals who are yet to receive their overdue payment from overseas which includes those of Lottery/Gambling, Contract and Inheritance. Through our Fraud Monitory Unit we have noticed that you have been transacting with some impostors and fraudsters who have been impersonating the likes of Prof. Soludo, Lamido Sanusi of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Bode Williams, Frank, Anderson, none officials of Oceanic Bank, Zenith Banks, Kelvin Young of HSBC, Ben of FedEx, Ibrahim Sule, Dr. Usman Shamsuddeen and some impostors claiming to be The Federal Bureau of investigation.
The Cyber Crime Division of the FBI gathered information from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (EFCC) on how some people have lost outrageous sums of money to these impostors. As a result of this, we hereby advise you to stop communication with any one not referred to you by us. We have negotiated with the Federal Ministry of Finance that your payment totaling $5,900,000.00(Five Million Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars). will be released to you via a custom pin based ATM card with a maximum withdrawal limit of $15,000 a day which is powered by Visa Card and can be used anywhere in the world where you see a Visa Card Logo on the Automated Teller Machine (ATM).
 
We guarantee receipt of your payment. This is as a result of the mandate from US Government to make sure all debts owed to citizens of American and also Asia and Europe which includes Inheritance, Contract, Gambling/Lottery etc are been cleared. Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from Delivery Company website to confirm people like you who have received their payment successfully.
 
Name: Mr. and Mrs. RANGANBAY: DHL Tracking Number: 2282232175 (www.dhl.com)
Name: Mr. Jalaludin: FedEx Tracking number 875777537332 (www.fedex.com)
 
To redeem your funds, you are hereby advised to contact the ATM Card Center via email for their requirement to proceed and procure your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your ATM Release Order on your behalf which will cost you $285US only and nothing more as everything else has been taken care of by the Federal Government including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $285.00 only. (Note:  And you’ll never see that $285 or any funds supposedly coming your way.  This is designed to steal at least this much from you).  
 
Mrs. lIllian Prey (ATM Card Center Director)
Central Bank of Nigeria Central Business District,
Card astral Zone, federal Capital Territory,
Abuja.
 
ATM Card Center Director Mrs. lIllian Prey.
Do contact Mrs. lillian Prey of the ATM Card Center via his contact details above and furnish him with your details as listed below:
 
 
 
FULL NAMES: __________________________________
DELIVERY ADDRESS FOR ATM CARD: __________________
SEX: _______________
DATE OF BIRTH: __________________
OCCUPATION: __________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER: _____________________
EMAIL ADDRESS: _____________________
 
On contacting him with your details your file would be updated and he will be sending you the payment information in which you will use in making payment of $285.00 via Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer for the procurement of your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your ATM Release Order, after which the delivery of your ATM card will be effected to your designated home address without any further delay, No extra fee.
 
 
JAMES B. COMEY ,
DIRECTOR OF FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES IN COLABORATION WITH THE
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
 
Note: Disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM card, you are hereby advice only to be in contact with Mr. Tony Micheal the Director of the ATM card center who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your payment and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon it immediately. Help stop cyber crime.  (Note:  Yes, help stop cyber crime.  Don’t fall for this crap.)
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So many lies, so little time.  Report this message as spam and fraud to your email provider.  Don’t believe it, ever.

Until next time, peace.

Pro tip: exclamation point abuse will not make spam seem legit

Spammers and scammers amaze me sometimes.  They are slimy idiots and brilliant at the same time.  They can draw people in like no one else.  Just wow.  Check out this message from (not really) General Abdul Aziz al-Shallal (using the email address test@test.com).   If I was desperate enough, I might believe it and follow up.

 

Subject: VERY URGENT!!! (Note:  You know, because all caps and multiple exclamation points mean this is real)

Greetings,

I apologized using this medium to reach you for a transaction/business of this magnitude, but this is due to Confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium. In unfolding this proposal, I want to count on you, as a respected and honest person to handle this project/transaction with sincerity, trust and confidentiality.
Let me use this opportunity to introduce myself briefly to you. I am General Abdul Aziz Jassem al-Shallal. One of the general that defected from the Syrian Army.


My office monitors and controls the affairs of sensitive institutions including some financial post in my country concerned with foreign contract payments as well..
I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance of funds moving within banks both on the local and international levels in line to foreigncontracts settlement. I have before me, list of funds which could not be transferred to some nominated accounts as these accounts have beenidentified either as ghost accounts, unclaimed deposits or over-invoiced sum e.t.c. before I defected.


Now listen carefully please. I write to present you to the federal government that you are among the people expecting the funds to betransferred into their accounts. On this note, I wish to have a deal with you as regards to the unpaid certified contract funds.
I have every file before me and the data’s will be changed into your name to enable you receive the fund into your nominated account as thecontractor/beneficiary of the fund amount $20 Million U.S.D.


It is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to the  government treasury and reserve accounts as unclaimed deposits. I have the opportunity to write you based on the opportunity that the funds was release to my office which I have made deposit into three countries France , United States and Britain namely.

Among several others, I have decided to remit this sum following my idea that we have a deal/agreement and I am going to do this legally.  (Note:  Nothing about this is legal or legitimate.) 

MY CONDITIONS AS FOLLOWS.

1. You will give me 70% at of the total sum as soon as you confirm the total fund in your designated account. 25% will be for you for while 5% should be set aside for any miscellaneous expenses. (Note:  If nothing else raises your suspicion, this should.)  

2. This transaction must be kept highly secretive as I am still in service to avoid public notice and all correspondence will be strictly by email for security purposes. We will talk on phone partially if any warrant for that.

3. There should be no third parties as most problems associated with fund release are caused by your agents or representative.
If you agree with my conditions, I will intimate you with the procedures to enable me fix your name on the payment schedule instantly to meet the mandate and vital information for you to receive the funds legally from the bank in which country funds has been safely deposited.

I hope you don’t reject this offer as this great opportunity comes but once in one’s entire life.

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So many red flags in this one!  Have you received it?

Until next time, peace.