Career Finders email pushes possible money-making opportunity

They’re not trying hard.   Here’s the email as received:

From – isaac thomas (

Subject – re: Career Finders

Hi,  I was bored at school as per usual pretty much hooked on FOXs hometown entrepreneur spotlight on monday & became obsessed with this brand new self-employed career where school teachers consistently bring home up to $2100 a /wk+ so of course I did not know if i should believe it at the beginning but I had to try it & im happy I did because I actually earned $201.32 on my very 2nd day working. It is actually not hard at all. Ive already been paid once with direct deposit… it’s the most amazing thing thats hapened to us in my life.

Here’s the self employed spotlight web site  I think almost anybody thats got internet can perform the thing which is why I’m filling in all my old freinds & loved ones. I want you to begin and make some cash yourself. also share this email with everyone you know who needs extra money so we can all defeat the nightmare of an economy!

nodded and stood silent. forth to achieve.”

“My true friend,” she said, in a faint voice, but with 


The link takes readers to a fake news article with sparse information and a link to The Secret Wealth Formula.   It may not be a scam – the jury is still out on that front – but the use of misleading advertising doesn’t raise my confidence.

Be safe.  Don’t let a need for money make you blind.

Scammers apparently don’t take vacations

The kids may be out of school for the summer, but scammers seem to be hitting their stride.  In the past week alone I’ve received multiple emails addressed to beneficiary or offering me a job that does not exist.  The scammers are not just online and people are falling for them.   I hate that I have to share this, but locally a few people have been scammed by a version if this.  At least two people have fallen for the ‘I found a bag of money and will split it with you if you give me money in good faith’ routine.  There is no such thing as a
good faith deposit to collect found money.  If you find some and turn it in, there may be a reward for you.  That’s it.  Please don’t clear out your bank account for the chance to collect half or more of a recovered pile of cash.  All you’ll be doing is giving your cash to a crook.

And now on to the scam emails.  I’m just going to let these messages speak for themselves, without the links or spelling and grammar corrections.

Subject – RE: Career Finders

Hi, I was at work and ended up hunting on the paper’s hometown career testimonials last friday and then learned about this online based career where immigrants continue to earn up to $2000 a /wk+ and we didn’t believe some of it at first yet still i really had to do it myself and Im glad I did because I somehow made $369.73 by my 2nd day trying. its surprisingly not hard I’ve already gotten paid once straight into my bank account! it’s definently the most amazing oppurtunity thats happend to us in years.

Here is the site.. TMZ Fact Checks 2011’s Hottest Internet Based Jobs ka0
We think pretty much everyone that has access to a computer should try to attempt the work so thats why Im informing all our new friends and family. Id like you to signup and earn some money your self, also share this mail with every body you know that needs extra cash so we can all get out of this economic nightmare…

Note:  Warren Graver ( sent the same message with slightly different wording.  
From: Rev. Roy Chester (
Subject – INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)..+234-808 266 7183 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +234-808 266 7183      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Attn: Beneficiary,

This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your long over due payment due to excessive demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to you.

I am Rev. Roy Chester a highly placed official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).It may interest you to know that reports have reached our office by so many correspondences on the uneasy way which people like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies Diplomat(s) across Europe to Africa and Asia London UK, and we have decided to put a STOP to that and that is why I was appointed to handle your transaction here in Nigeria.

All Governmental and Non-Governmental prostates, NGO’s, Finance Companies, Banks, Security Companies and Diplomat(s) which have been in contact with you of late have been instructed to back up from your transaction and you have been advised NOT to respond to them anymore since the IMF is
now directly in charge of your payment. Your fund will be transferred to you directly from our source with immediate effect and we shall give you further details on how your fund will be released. You can as well call me as soon as you send the e-mail so that you will be given an immediate response

I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instruction is at your own risk. Respond to this e-mail on (

Rev. Roy Chester
+234-808 266 7183 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +234-808 266 7183      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Note:  Similar messages arrived from Mrs. Farida Waziri (, ZENITH INTERNATIONAL BANK PLC (, and

This is a different version of the standard Nigerian scam:

From: sarah lindsey (
Subject – FYI: Read and contact Mr. Craig.

Good day,

I am Dr. Sarah Lindsey, I am a US citizen, 48 years Old.  I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over $20,000 while in the US, trying to get my payment all to no avail. So I decided to travel over to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, and I was directed to meet Mr. Michael Craig, who is a member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake. He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment.

Right now  I have received my compensation funds of $1,500,000.00 Moreover, Mr. Michael Craig, showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with
those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you.

I will advise you to contact Mr. Michael Craig directly through the below information.

Name: Mr. Michael Craig
Phone:  +234-708-508-8880 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +234-708-508-8880      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing. The only money I paid after I met Mr. Michael Craig was just $420 for the paper works, take note of that.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Dr. Sara F. Lindsey, MD
Childrens Hospital Outpatnt Ctr
14 Richland Medical Parks Drive Suite 400
Columbia, SC 29203

Note:  You would think the scammer would have at least tired to match the originating email to the reply email.

Unfortunately, there will be more scams to share because scammers don’t stop.  We have to stop them.  Don’t respond to their emails;  just share with others so we can shut them down.

Starting Over

Sometimes we hit a wall. Some call it a mid-life crisis, others call it inevitable. Well, I’ve hit my wall and feel like a kid just out of high school. Maybe this feeling was brought on by the realization that my baby girl is a rising senior in high school and my baby boy is a rising eighth-grader. They don’t need me as much as they used to; not that either would admit, anyway.

But here I am, facing that wall. I’m thinking of making some changes, but have concerns, mixed feelings, and questions. I’m not a young-un anymore and can’t get by on four hours of sleep like I used to. I wonder of I could handle working around others again. I’ve worked with others for years now, but mostly via email, chat, and Skype. I am not sure how it would be for me to step outside of my bedroom-to-home office commute, either. Am I hopelessly out of touch? Will my t-shirt, jeans, or pjs wardrobe turn off potential employers, co-workers, and clients? I’ve been questioning myself and feel like my mojo is gone.

So here I am, starting over. I’m answering questions about my goals, likes, dislikes, needs, and wants. I’m refocusing my efforts and beginning to reap the benefits. Every day of action burns the fog away. The path is becoming more visible and I’m ready to start walking.

See you again soon.