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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Urgent offer
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.
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.