Still swimming – are you?

It’s been a 2017 for the ages already.  The hits that we all took 2016 refuse to let up.

So, tell me how you’re doing so far.  How’s the job search?  Have you found any leads that made you smile?  Have you gotten better at spotting scams?  What would you like to see here? Bring on the comments!

Shipping scam from sanch_02003

Some scammers don’t even try.  Remember, any job that requires you to receive packages and reship them is not legitimate.

Here’s the full offer for your reading pleasure.  Bear in mind that the email addresses used may be compromised accounts or owned by the scammer.

From:  sanch_o2003 (sanch_o2003@yahoo.com, maribethhamonswnkn@yahoo.com, career4drinaz@gmail.com)
Subject:  Employment 9864149296337449

Good morning!
We got your profile via Careers job-site.
We are in need of a self-driven worker who will take care of all aspects of day-to-day receiving, delivery and goods handling needs.
Our company deals with the flow of packages by tracking the movement of local and worldwide transportations. Also we are responsible for the shipping details and documents.
First month will be your probationary month.
You will get $40 for the shipped package. After you will earn basic $2,200 plus $20 for the shipped parcel.
Main role conditions:
– Be a citizen or a resident of the USA or have work permit,
– 25 years old or older,
– High School Diploma,
– Negotiation skills.
On this post candidate should be able:
– To operate global delivery services online,
– To accept and forward customers goods,
– To do shipping and receiving schedules,
– To keep the data entry and track down deliveries.
Please write us back to take this post or to have more detailed information!
Thank you
Be safe, people.  Also, make sure you’re up-to-date on any news regarding compromised email accounts.  Your account may belong to scammers now.

Keep those comments coming! I like hearing about your experiences and any feedback you have regarding my posts.

 

Business deal from Yuan Peng – just another bank scam

When someone approaches me offering to transfer funds from a  deceased family member’s bank account, I smell scam.  Lost and forgotten accounts are real, but you need to find them yourself.  No news report regarding a bank tracking down family members to give them money have ever come across my radar.

Here’s the message from Yuan Peng, complete with the email addresses used.

From:  Yuan Peng (yuanpeng806@sina.com, yuanpeng806@gmail.com)
Subject:  Re: Important (Business) Deal

Dear,
I am Mr Yuan Peng, I work as the head of audit within our bank’s account management team. It has come to our attention while in the process to a new digital banking system that a late family member of yours still has an active account within our bank, containing a significant amount of funds. We are bound by law to transfer the funds to any surviving family member as the beneficiary of the deceased account, please respond at your earliest convenience so I can send you the details to get this process in motion.
Best Regards,
Yuan Peng

Notice how there is no name entered in the greeting?  Someone was in a rush to throw the message out there and did not bother to address me by name.  Sloppy.

Be safe out there.  Scammers are busy all year, but seem to ramp up the intensity after the holidays and before school starts when people traditionally need a little extra cash.

Until next time, beware of offers of free money.

Exactly what she said

Honestly, I could not have put this any better than she did.  

 

Good morning. I’m writing with sunshine outside my window and my maniac dog in his crate or he’ll try to drink my coffee and eat the chocolate chip muffin. After the events in Washington this past week, and after the behavior of our apparent Orange in Chief soon-to-be-fake President, I’m more angry than ever. I’m […]

via Like Thieves in the Middle of the Night, the GOP Screwed America Over — Ever So Gently

It’s been a long year

I’m so ready for 2016 to end.  We lost so many heroes this past year.  It seemed like every day there was news of a celebrity death.  Bowie and Prince helped shape me.  Carrie Fisher was a hero because she was so fearless, open, and badass.  Rickman’s voice was silenced.

Death hit close to home, too.  My big brother was a mystery and the reason I earned a yellow belt in karate.  My pup Freddie was my baby.  Did I mention how I held her on her first ride home?

What else?  Health took a hit, wallet took another. And don’t get me started on election season.

There was good, too.  I found some answers I needed.  Teen Boy is a college freshman.  Adult Girl earned her Associate Degree in Engineering Design Graphics. We installed a programmable thermostat and did not blow a fuse or burn the house down.

All in all, I’m just ready for the fresh start for the new year.  How about you?

Here’s to a wonderful 2017. May it be healthier, happier, and better for all of us.  Salud!

October 2016

Time really flies!

I did not realize it had been so long since I’d posted.  You know how life gets in the way, right?

More posts are on the way.  Now that the holiday season is getting close (I know, I know), expect scammers to come out even harder than usual.  As I’ve said before, there are real home-based jobs out there, but you have to do your homework.

If you have questions on how to find something, reach out.  I’m around, even when I’m quiet.

More fake mail forwarding positions

Same scam, new “employers.”  This batch included emails from Nathan Mcgowan, Tanek Alston, and Xander Clark. These scams steal your information (like your email address, home address, and phone numbers), money, or financial information (by wire transfer or bogus checks).

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From:  Nathan Mcgowan (or  Tanek Alston or Xander Clark)

Subject:  Job opportunity – (19115533654) [or (9577971033508) or (3801778145518)]

 

Hi ! The mail forwarding corporation is seeking shipping/receiving Operator.

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 packages. 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.

When interested please reply with data asked below so as to check we have your name and other data 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 saved in our file for future consideration.
Thank you.

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These positions are also called shipping/receiving agents.   Keep in mind that anytime you are asked to receive and forward any goods through the mail, you are receiving stolen merchandise and a link in the crime chain.  Delete and ignore any messages like these.

Until later, be safe.

New to me – child adoption spam

It’s not often that I come across a new spam or scam message, but I was a little thrown by one I received earlier this week.  I know families who adopt and how difficult and expensive the process is.  I know that there are scammers out there looking for prospective victims and am sickened by this message.

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From: Kemi Taiwo (ms.yemit@mail.bg)

Subject:  Child for Adoption

My name is Ms Kemi Taiwo from Delta State, I gave birth to triplet, 3 baby boys at once but I can;t take care of them, am orphan so I ve’ decided to give up the babies for adoption, two has been adopted by different families through the lawyer in-charge remaining one with me. Bear this in mind am not selling my baby but you will paid for adoption fee. Can you adopt and take care of him?

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If you want to adopt, please go through legal means.  Contact a lawyer or agency in your area.  Do not fall for unsolicited messages.  I know how much love you have to give and how much you want a child.  This is not the way.