Ah, Yahoo. We love you, but so do scammers and spammers. Something that seems to be on the increase lately is the number of scammers using Yahoo Messenger and email to connect to potential victims. Not all of the crooks use obvious screen names. I had one contact me using the name Dot Sanders.
So far, the Yahoo Messenger scammers have been seeking ‘workers’ for check cashing/money management positions, but the porn spammers and phishing links are showing up as well.
The most recent scam positions emailed to me are from Dr.Micheal Thurlow and Mercedes Pistelli. Innocent sounding enough, right? Here are the details:
From Dr.Micheal Thurlow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply to email@example.com
Subject: Online Application for New Online Representative
(The description was attached. Not suspicious at all.)
A new job opening in your area, It’s a work from home/office position and you are not required to pay any registration fee or pay for any application form before you get employed. Job details (what you’ll be doing):
1.Collect payment from Customers/Clients.
2. Cash Payments at your Bank.
3. Deduct 1/10 which is your commission/Payment on check cashed.
4. Forward the remaining 9/10 to the information that will be provided later on. fill application:
I would be glad if you accept my proposal for an opportunity to make up 10% of each transaction completed. Please reply via email with complete information as requested:
A. NAME,B. STREET ADDRESS (NOT P.O BOX),C. CITY:D. STATE:E. ZIP CODE F. COUNTRY G. MOBILE NUMBER,H. AGE,I. SEX,J. OCCUPATION K. E MAIL
All replies should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
kindly reply immediately. This space is opened till the 30th of May, 2010
Please email me back as soon as possible.
No doctor, or any legitimate company, will ask you to deposit money, keep a portion for yourself, and send back the rest. As many times as the warnings have been shared online, offline, in newspapers, and on the evening news, people still fall for it.
Mercedes is just a typical spammer trying to make an dishonest buck.
From: “Mercedes Pistelli”
Originating IP: 188.8.131.52
This’ll teach what y’all need to learn…
Check it out!
will prove the small-pox. will prove the small-pox.
Mercedes directs the recipient to a Home Income Kit aka Google Income Kit. This time around, Mark “King” Bradley promises to teach you to earn money just like he did.
As always, be safe. Do not listen to anyone who tells you you can make money instantly and get rich overnight unless you want to be scammed. If it’s too good to be true, it is.