Fake job opportunity from D&B Packaging & Shipping

It’s getting close to the start of another school year, so that means scammers are targeting parents and college students. They know how much we have to shell out in the pre-season and hope that our wishes fro more money make us less leery of offers that are too good to be true.

Caroline Brent emailed me with an offer and may email you as well.


From: Caroline Brent (kitamura@adepoplanners.com

Subject:  Fresh job _ (3229339066176)

D&B Packaging & Shipping is one of the best companies in the sphere of forwarding business. We provide our reshipping services for people who need to have their purchases delivered outside the U.S. Our main goal is to make sure our customers purchases are safely delivered to them in the shortest time possible. We would be glad to offer you an opportunity to become our Administrative Assistant.
We found your resume on CareerBuilder and we think you could be an ideal candidate for this position. As an Administrative Assistant, you’ll be eligible for competitive salary as well as for significant monthly rewards from our company.
Our standard requirements are:
– High school diploma (or GED equivalent) – ability to work with Windows PC or Mac – proficiency in MS Office or Open Office – stable Internet access – ability to handle office equipment (e.g. printer and scanner)
Any related experience would be beneficial, however, it is not compulsory. We will also expect you to be attentive with all the documentation and of course with our customers purchases. Please reply to this email so that our HR representative can get in touch with you so that to provide more information.
Good luck! Regards, HR Agent Caroline Brent


If the job details or email address seems familiar, it’s because Wallace Campbell emailed me from the same address about a Packaging Manager position the other day.  I told you, some scammers don’t even try to hide anymore.

Don’t let the number of scammers approaching you from Career Builder turn you away from your job search.

Be safe.

Stalked by Stacy, David, and Harley and their fake offers

Apparently I’m irresistable and Stacy is desperate to reach me. Her friend, Harley, is almost as desperate.  Eight emails from Stacy, seven from David, and ten from Harley is the past three weeks.  I want to be this popular when it comes to legitimate offers!  Anyway, they both tell me that I have a pending deposit that needs verification.  Sometimes it’s $612 and others it’s nearly $5,000.

Subject lines include

  • Your deposit for $4,409.29 requires verification
  • Approval of Payment
  • Alert: $612 For (insert email address here) – Please Fill Form
  • (Support) Did you receive your deposit?
  • RE: Pending Payment For (insert email address here)… CLAIM NOW.
  • Congratulations: You’ve Made A Commission!
  • Your Check Is Waiting…

Even my email provider is on to them.  Several of the messages were flagged with a message stating that similar messages are used to steal user information.

Guess what they all have in common?  A Linear Success Formula or Accelerated Results Formula email address.  Ignore these people, do not click on any of their links.

Fake job opening message from Lael Nelson

Lael Nelson emailed me the other day and I left the message unread until today.  Why would I do that as a job seeker?  Lael is a crook, plain and simple.  Anytime I see the generic “job opening” email subject line, I save the message for later. This message had all the scam job keywords. I’m slightly disappointed that he didn’t try harder.


From: Lael Nelson (zosyq@netvigator.com)

Subject: Job opening / (0539365195409)

Hello ! The mail forwarding team is looking for shipping/receiving Operator.

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 packages for damages.
– Complete all paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.

– 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.

In case interested please reply with data asked below so as to make sure 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 kept in our record for future consideration.
Thank you.


See that last note?  It’s not unusual for employers to make similar statements.  Make no mistake, though, Lael or his representative will likely call or email with either a job or interview offer.  Once the scammer thinks you’re hooked, they try to reel you in.

Price Thornton, Kane Benjamin, Hamilton Fitzpatrick, Ivor Collins, and Beck Allison sent almost identical messages and some share the same reply to address.

Lael Nelson and company think you’re not smart enough to see through the lies. Prove them wrong.

Fake Packaging Manager position

Online job search websites are blessings and curses.  The sites make it easier to find companies that hire workers with standard, flex time, and telecommuting schedules and gives job seekers and employers to connect from anywhere in a company’s territory.  The curse is the possibility of scammers finding potential targets from the user pool.  While some scammers target employers, others target job seekers.

A typical job scam making the rounds involves shipping or reshipping packages for companies that are just starting to break into the North American market.  If a potential employer says a home-based position involves shipping and receiving, it’s fake.  You’ll either give your information to a criminal or become an unwitting accessory to crime.

This is one of the newer scams appearing in the spam folder.


From: Wallace Campbell (kitamura@adepoplanners.com)

Subject: Equal opportunity , (425611831837309)

Good day.

Our company is happy to pitch this new great vacancy of “Package Manager”.

This position is designed exclusively for home-birds. If you are able to be home from 9am through 5pm, this job is designed especially for you.

You will have to work with parcels. You will have to receive parcels, repack them and send them to the end addressee. This job is hassle free and it is ideally suited for housewives
, elderly and others who either work from home or are at home during daytime hours.
There will be no heavy packages. Most packages contain toys and clothes.

You need no money to apply.. You will not have to spend any of your money generating income with us. All work-related expenses are on us.
To work for our company you will have to have a Internet ready PC
, a cell phone and means to print necessary documents.

The amount of money you will be earning depends on the quantity of parcels you will be processing.
During the probationary period people which are employed by us make up to $150/week.

If you are interested, please contact us via email.

P.S. To qualify, all you have to do is to remain from 9am to 5pm. You must meet this condition or, this job is not for you.


Home-birds?  Interesting term for a potential employer to use in an introductory email.  Wow, up to $150 a week during probationary period.  Even if you think this one might be legitimate, are you willing to risk it for that little?  Granted, the scammer decided to forgo the typical high salary hook, but offering starvation wages is not the way to get a bite.

There are NO legitimate home-based shipping and receiving positions.  None.

Be safe.

Fake business proposal from Heinz

Oy.  This message is short and sweet with red flags all over it.


From:  Heinz 101 (service@brickforge.com)

Subject:  Business Partnership

Dearest One,

My name is Mr. Heinz Bachmann, I am the credit officer in Wir Bank in Switzerland I have a business proposal for you.
There are no risks involved, Please reply for briefs.

Mr.Heinz Bachmann


Anytime someone tells you the business proposal has zero risk, you do your homework.  Heinz has multiple email addresses, including a Gmail account as the reply to addy.  Really, sir?  Brickforge.com makes Lego accessories and Zoho.com sells business software.  Notice how none of those is related to the Wir Bank?  Heinz hopes no one notices.

Disappoint Heinz.  Don’t respond.

FBI scam once more

I suppose they think I’ll believe them someday.

The grammar errors and bold print are theirs.  This is pretty awful.


From:  FBi (jcomey@fbi.gov)


Ref: FBI/DC/25/113/13/2013
 Urgent attention needed
 We have been informed through our global intelligence monitoring network that the sum of $10.500, 000.00, has been released from a bank in Africa bearing your name as the beneficiary without dist certificate to clear your name and fund from every terrorist or drug or money laundering activities
 The bank knowing fully well that they do not have enough facilities to make this payment from any part of the world to your account directly, used what we know as a secret diplomatic transit payment (s.t.d.p) method to make the payment. direct transfers are difficult and secret diplomatic transit payment (s.t.d.p) are not usually made unless the funds are related to terrorist activities and we ask why must your payment be made in a secret transfer if your transaction is legitimate.
We do not want you to get into trouble as soon as these funds reflect in your personal account, so it is our duty as an international agency to correct these little problems before this fund reflects into your personal account.
we advice you to contact us immediately, as your funds have been stopped and are being held in our custody, until you are able to provide us with the dist certificate within 3 days from the country that authorized the transfer to certify that the funds that you are about to receive are terrorist/drug free or we shall have cause to impound the payment and subsequently prosecute you for cross border terrorist financial activites.
based on our findings, our investigative department wish to warn you against some miscreants, hoodlums and touts who go about scamming innocent people by claiming to be who they are not and thereby tarnishing the image of this wonderful country. By sending out fraudulent emails without our official logo and emblem we shall release your funds immediately we receive this legal document and we will ensure that you receive your payment without any further delay.
We decided to contact you directly by email to acquire the proper verifications and proof from you to show that you are the rightful person to receive this fund, because of the huge amount involved. Be informed that the funds are now with a top bank in the united state in your name and under the monitoring/custody of the FBI. At the moment, we have asked the bank not to release the fund to anybody that comes to them, unless we instruct them to do so, and only if we receive the dist certificate this is to enable us carry out a comprehensive investigation first before releasing the fund to you.
 hence, you are to forward your dist certificate to us immediately if you have it in your possession, if you do not have it, then let us know so that we will direct you to the appropriate authority to obtain the certificate then you are to send it to our office. And thereafter, we will instruct the bank holding the funds, to go ahead and credit your account immediately. If you fail to provide the documents to this office, we will prosecute you and take appropriate action against you for not proving the legality of the funds.
 Finally if you truly want to receive this funds without F.B.I troubles then Reconfirm your full name, occupation, age, contact address and telephone number to the above mentioned office either by phone or E-mail to facilitate the processing of your payment.
 Yours Faithfully
So, I could get in trouble for accepting the funds, but the FBI wants to facilitate the receipt of the funds.  Makes perfect sense.  And since when does an official letter signed ‘yours faithfully?’  And the reply to AOL email address just screams legitimate.
Same old scam with slightly different wording.

Fake Marketing position

Fake jobs ads and offers set my teeth on edge.  It’s hard enough to find legitimate home-based positions with so many scams muddying the waters.  It’s even more difficult for companies to believe that qualified candidates for telecommuting options exist when so many fake positions and unqualified candidates try to jump on every offer.  That’s a post for another day. Today’s post is about a fake job lead that’s potentially a scammy home business lead.


From:  Marketing Dept. (support@digitalbinaryoptions.net)

Subject:  Rare Job Opportunities


Unfortunately one of our valued team members have

recently left our team, this means we have a rare opening

in out corporation.

This position offers a starting salary of $250,500, plus

An outstanding benefits package tailored specifically to


Learn More Here … 

You do not need any experience or qualifications, only

a willingness to learn, a few hours out of your day, and

an internet connection.

Sound like you?

Apply Now!

There is only one space available and it will be filled

quickly, so we recommend applying today.




85026 Phoenix


First, there is no $250,000 position that does requires no experience or education.  This should be the biggest and clearest red flag in the message.

Second and third, all of the links included in the email point to different pages of Goldbar One, which offers small business software (lead generation, shopping cart software, merchant accounts, and the like) and an affiliate program.  Goldbar Enterprises, LLC is based in Florida according to the administrator information.  According to the email, Mary is based in Phoenix, Arizona.  According to a quick address search, the address at the bottom of the email does not exist.  1710 East Indian Road does exist, but not at that zip code.

The fourth red flag is the original email Mary sent the message from.  Digital Binary Options offers guides on binary options trading strategy.  There is no mention of Mary, the high paying position, or Goldbar Enterprises, LLC.

This scammer almost covered the bases for reeling in job seekers. but Mary – or whoever the scammer is – has no fear of potential victims who do their homework.  The scammers wants people who click quickly with minimal provocation.  Don’t ever click job or business leads with minimal provocation.  Keep your eyes open for inconsistencies and big promises. Listen to that voice that tells you to wait a minute.

Until next time.

Howard Buffett does not use AOL

Oh, boy.  I wonder if anyone uses AOL email anymore for anything other than coupons, newsletters, and scams?  I use mine for newsletters I think may be a little spammy, but that’s just me.  Apparently, CEO Howard Buffett does.  And he has something for me – or anyone who’ll write him back.


From:  Howard Buffett (info@padmaonline.com)

Subject:  Good day — get back to me ASAP

Good day,

I am the CEO and Chairman of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. A Charitable Foundation. I have decided to secretly give {$1,500,000.00} One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars, to randomly selected individuals worldwide. Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience, so I know your email address is valid. Send your Name, Address and Phone Number to howard_buffett@aol.com

Howard G. Buffett.


There is a real Howard G Buffett and he is the chairman of a charitable foundation.  The author of this email is not that person.  The author is just another scammer hoping that the touch of reality in the message will convince victims to ignore the warning signs and go for the cash.

This offer isn’t real.  I wish it and several others were.  I could use an extra $1,500,000.

Be safe

Just another Western Union Scam

They’re not even trying!


From:  Western Union Agent (johsonben@cantv.net)

Subject:  Dear E-mail owner,

Dear E-mail Owner,

We have deposited the check of your fund ($1.500`000`00USD) through Western Union department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to contact Western Union director Sir Kelven Clifford via E-mail:(w.unionmt628@hotmail.com)He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily.Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,
Receiver’s Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: _____________
Phone Number: _____________

Though, Mrs. Franklin Moore has sent $5000 in your name today so contact Sir Kelven Clifford or you call him +229 98762123 as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the Mtcn, sender name and question/answer to pick the $5000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund,

Best Regards.

West Union Agent


I don’t know Mrs. Franklin Moore, but if I did, I hope she’d let me know she had money for me.  I don’t trust random emails that don’t include my name and I hope you don’t, either.

Until next time.

Heads up – fake LinkedIn reminder emails

I’ve received three of these babies today and reported each to LinkedIn.


From:  LinkedIn Reminder (dhamilton_vm@scandec.no) (Note:  make note of the sender’s address)

Subject: LinkedIn Reminder sent you a direct notification


LinkedIn Reminder has sent you a message

Date: 6/29/2015

Random fake LinkedIn URL Note:  URL in message deleted by me


When in doubt, don’t click the link.  Open a new tab or window and go directly to LinkedIn.com and log in.