Fake offer from the fake Platinum Company

You have to love the scammer that goes all out.  Not only is the job offer fake, so is the supposed company or corporation the scammer sends you to.  Sometimes the company is real.  Scammers are known to spoof legitimate company websites and use everything but the contact information.  This offer from the Platinum Company (or corporation depending on what the scammer says in each message).

Here’s the offer.

From:  Michael Codwell (m.codwell808@yandex.com)

Subject:  Urgent offer

Hello

 I am Michael Codwell Recruitment Specialist and Control Officer for Platinum Corporation. We have a job that pays up to 5,000 USD monthly in your area and we would like you to participate and it doesnt affect your current job. Get Back to me with your RESUME or let me know if you are interested.

Best Regards

Platinum Corporationion.  

 www.platcorp.com

Platcorp.com is a registered website with a somewhat long history.  It is hosted in Dubai, was first registered in 2003, and has seven changes on five unique IP addresses in this time.  A quick WHOIS search gave me that information. A look at the company website shows no red flags.  It’s clean, full of information, and includes several key terms and buzzwords that make the company seem forward-thinking and legitimate.  A peek at the Careers page does nothing to help.  It’s just a call for resumes and an email address.

Before responding to an inquiry from Michael Codwell, take a second to Google his name and contact email.  Every query response screams scam.  This one has been making the rounds since at least January with only changes in salary. See, Google is only the enemy when you search to see if your cough is a sign of a deadly illness.

Be safe.  A look at the company website is not enough information to go on when deciding if an offer is legitimate or not. Google.  Read what others have to say about the company, contact person, and job offer.

Until next time, peace.

Twin job offers from Omar Ryan and Ulric Wade

I love it when the scammers get lazy.  It makes is so much easier to spot the fake offers for veteran and newbie scam email recipients. Both Omar Ryan and Ulric Wade contacted me, weeks apart, with identical job offers.  Only the contact information and job numbers were different; the job description, qualifications, and full email text were identical.   I guess even they have detailed scripts to follow.

From Omar Ryan (crouse@kwcharleston.com), Ulric Wade (si@netvigator.com)

Subject:  Job opening (3725256870 from Ryan) (6617862194 from Wade)

Hi ! The mail forwarding corporation is looking for shipping/receiving Clerk.

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

Job Duties and responsibilities:

– Must be able to work on flexible schedules – the position is home-based
– Receive and mail incoming shipments. Auditing incoming mail 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 with information asked below so as to check we have your name and other information correctly.

– Your Full Name:
– Your Country, State:
– Your Contact number:

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

If you do receive a job offer after corresponding with these scammers, you’ll either end up shipping and receiving stolen merchandise or giving them your banking information only to have your account compromised.  It’s not worth taking the risk.  Red flags are everywhere.

Be safe.

An urgent proposal from Li Chen Huang

What is it about bankers and potential employers in Hong Kong?  Once again, a fake job offer arrived and I giggled and shook my head while reading it.  It disturbs me to hear that so many people still fall for these fake offers in the Digital Age.

Here’s the offer in all its wordy glory.

From:  Li Chen Huang (linchenhuang@hotmail.com)

Subject:  An Urgent Proposal

Attn: Sir/Ma
 
I am Mr. Lin Chen Huang, Manager Asset Management Department for the
Dah Sing Bank in Hong Kong.I am getting in touch with you regarding the estate of a
deceased client with similar last name and an investment placed
under our banks management many years ago.
 
I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail
confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a
result of this mail. I contact you independently and no one is informed of
this communication. In 2000 the subject matter; Mr.Thomas Costin came to
our bank to engage in business discussions with our private banking
division. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of $12.350
million (Twelve Million Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States
dollars) which he wished to have us invest on his behalf.
 
Based on my advice, we spun the money around various opportunities and
made attractive margins for our first months of operation, the accrued
profit and interest stood at this point at over $1.8 million United States
Dollars. In mid 2002, he instructed that the principal sum ($12.350M) be
liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash
payments in Hong Kong. We got in touch with a specialist bank in Hong Kong
the Dah Sing Bank (DSB) who agreed to receive this money for a fee and make
cash available to Mr.Costin. However Dah Sing Bank got in touch with us last
year that this money has not been claimed. On further enquiries we found out
that Mr.Costin was involved in an accident in Mainland China, which means he
died intestate. He has no next of kin and the reason I am writing you is
because you are namesakes.
 
What I propose is that since I have exclusive access to his file, you will
be made the beneficiary of these funds. My bank will contact you informing
you that money has been willed to you. On verification, which will be the
details I make available to my bank, my bank will instruct DSB to make
payments to you. You do not have to have known him. I know this might be a
bit heavy for you but please trust me on this. For all your troubles I
propose that we split the money in half. In the banking circle this happens
every time. The other option is that the money will revert back to the state.
 
Nobody is getting hurt; this is a lifetime opportunity for us. I hold the
KEY to these funds, and as a Chinese National we see so much cash and funds
being re-assigned daily. I would want us to keep communication for now
strictly by the above Email, Telephone and Fax numbers.
 
Please, again, note I am a family man; I have a wife and children. I send
you this mail not without a measure of fear as to the consequences, but I
know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and
riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have
learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we
can be of one accord, we should act swiftly on this. Please get back to me
immediately via the telephone, fax number or email address above and let me
know if you intend to assist or not. If you also do not want to be involved
kindly let me know so I would sever further communication with you.
 
I await your response.
 
Lin Chen Huang
Do not let desperation or greed overrule common sense.  Be safe.  Please.

Mr. Javier Sanchez says hi

Oy, the spammers think desperation and greed will make me accept their offers.  No, not this potential victim.  I just read the messages, giggle, and share with a warning.

From: Mr. Javier Sanchez (jrajo@trabajo.gob.pe)

Subject:  Hi

Hello,

My name is Javier Sanchez, I am the branch manager of Banco pichincha Quito Ecuador.
I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, which
involves three million seven hundred and fifty thousand dollar $3,750.000.00.
Mean While you will have 35% of the total fund after the transaction.
If you accept this offer to work with me i will give you details on how we can
achieve it successfully. Please contact me with this email address:
javiersanch1@blumail.org
Best Regards

Mr.Javier Sanchez
It’s easy to see this one as a scam, but according to the local and national news, people still fall for scams.  No one will randomly email you and offer to split millions of stolen dollars with you.  The IRS will not call you and demand payment.  People selling cars on Ebay or Craigslist will not ask for prepaid Visas as payment.  When in doubt, Google the situation, job offer, email address, or phone number of the person contacting you.  Remember, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.
Be smart and stay safe.

A long one from Daphne Pugh

Since the fake job offer email is so long, I’ll get right to it.

From: Daphne Pugh (wy2008@vip.sohu.com) 

Subject: Job opportunity – (088389876) 

Hi.

We want you to look through the job offer written below. Rush Delivery service�has recently got acquainted with the resume that you posted on the internet and would like to offer you a free vacancy as a courier clerk department member.

Rush Delivery service was set in 2006 as a result of the merger of couple commercial postal services in Lithuania. Our current business sphere works with many European clients to facilitate the ordering, purchase and deliver of goods bought directly from the North American market to them. Our enterprise approach by default targets the retail field.

The duties of your vacancy are reserved only for residents of the US. As a delivery employee your duties will include: following, accepting, putting together, accumulating and transferring goods ordered from big US internet firms to Europe to the corporate branches and secondary office locations. The position does not demand attending any kind of office work places and can be primarily performed from your home and the local post office. Our organization provides all the required materials and instructions for doing the job, a clear job contract (with other paperwork) and plenty of benefits. We ask for no start up costs from our employees. Products that our clients order are majorly modern electronics such as Apple gadgets, different computers and similar electronics, so there is nothing heavy or too large being shipped (and no need for a warehouse place). We provide a $1,800 monthly stable and base salary with an extra bonus paid for every task accomplished on time. There is a very good chance of higher salary and expanding careers for our most successful employees.

Our requirements:
– 18 years minimum age
– Having a working street address
– Being able to work comfortably on the  internet and with a printer
– Having a working phone number (and willingness to add several or additional numbers)
Rush Delivery service is happy to show you this official invitation message. We purposely do not include any attachments or links to keep web security at the highest point.

If you are interested, do not hesitate to let us know about it via email.

I told you it was long.  Daphne is pretty thorough, but that doesn’t change that this is a fake offer.

Be safe.

An interesting offer from Damon Walton

I save my spam and fake job offers to share here.  There are quite a few saved since my longer-than-expected hiatus.  It’s been busy over here between projects, doc and physical therapy appointments, subscription experimentation, and more.

Anyway, this one is a doozy.  It’s hard to read without editing because it’s just that bad.  I want to respond with a grammar-and spelling-corrected copy of the offer.  Damon Walton apparently does not have spell-check on his email platform.

From:  Damon Walton (pa@alice.it)

Subject:  Well-paid job / (78665082162)

Good day! I have found your curriculum vitae in CareerBuilder database and you look to be a suitable person for the job we are offering.

The position is pretty easy with a monthly income and social welfare benefit. We need those employees who are able to maintain business cooperation between customers of another state. You mustnďż˝t any particular knowledge; our colleagues will send you detailed position obligations and help you telephonically. To begin you’ll have to have an account created with one of the local banks in order to effect the transactions from our customers and conclude a contract. You will get your first salary in around 5 business days.

In case this job opportunity is of interest to you, please don�t be shy to reply via email.

This is one reason I have a love/hate relationship with Career Builder.

Be safe and delete this stuff.

Happy 21st, J!

See this woman?

From Niece of Awesome's birthday party.

From Niece of Awesome’s birthday party.

She is my first born, my woman crush, my gaming buddy, my partner in geekdom, and the first person to teach me about unconditional love.  She makes my heart sing, my eyes tear and twitch, my nerves fray, and my pride meter burst.

Happy 21st birthday, J.  I love you.

2015 is trying to kill me

You know, I usually look at a new year with excitement and full of wonder.  2015 is not even one month old and I’m already over it.  We’ve lost a family member (rest well, Marie), had ER trips, expensive car repairs, tummy issues, and wonky medication issues.

But, I’m going to look at the positives.  I’ve found my stride in some ways and am focused on the short-term goals instead of making the long game the ‘be all, end all’ of things. The Girl is rocking college like a boss.  The Boy is rocking his junior year like a boss and looking forward to visiting potential colleges.  The Hubs is healing nicely on top of being a fantastic guy.  The dogs are their usual giddy selves.  The kitchen is coming along nicely and I have not injured myself while getting it together.  Netflix and Amazon Prime have killer titles available.  The bad doesn’t outweight the good, but it’s trying.

The year may be trying to kill me, but I won’t let it.