Another shady delivery/courier position

It’s always interesting to see how scammers try to convince their marks that their offers are legitimate.  This attempt by Micah Emerson of  Best Worldwide Shipper amused me.

From:  Micah Emerson (yone@sugita.us)

Subject:  Equal opportunity (579306850)

Hello.

We would like you to look through the job offer described below. Best Worldwide Shipper company�has recently looked over the CV that you placed on the internet and wants to offer you a position as a courier clerk department employee.

Best Worldwide Shipper company was set in 2006 as a result of the merger of couple commercial postal services in Lithuania. Our current business sphere operates with many European clients to facilitate the ordering, paying and transfer of merchandise purchased directly from the North American market to them. Our organization approach by default aims the retail sphere.

The duties of your position are considered strictly for residents of the US. As a shipping employee your duties will consist of: tracking, receiving, combining, consolidating and transferring merchandise purchased from big United States web firms overseas to the corporate headquarters and secondary office facilities. The job does not demand going to any type of office work places and can be generally done from your home and the local post office. Our organization provides all the needed materials and instructions for doing the job, a clear job agreement (with other paperwork) and plenty of bonuses. We demand no start up costs from our workers. Merchandise that our clients buy are primarily popular electronics such as Apple products, different computers and other electronics, so there is nothing heavy or bulky involved (and no need for a big storage place). We offer a $1,800 monthly stable and base salary with an added bonus provided for every task performed on time. There is a possibility of higher wages and expanding careers for our most successful employees.

Our requirements:
– 18 years minimum age
– Maintaining a working street address
– Being able to surf comfortably on the  internet and with a printer
– Having a working telephone number (and willingness to add other or additional numbers)
Best Worldwide Shipper company is happy to show you this official invitation letter. We purposely avoid any attachments or links to keep web security at the the best level.

In the event you are interested, do not hesitate to let us know about it via email.

Purposely avoiding attachment and links somehow make this offer seem legitimate.  Not even, but nice try.  You can’t even capitalize the entire ‘company’ name.

Of particular note is the use of three different email addresses – one sent it, one the reply to address, and one it was addressed to.  Usually when a message is addressed to one party and received by another, the one it was sent to is included as a blind carbon copy.  This is not how a prospective employer contacts and prospective employee.

No legitimate company hires random individual third parties to reship merchandise, including those dealing with Apple products, electronics, or anything of the sort.  Including specific brand names does not make the offer any less shady.  At best, this is an attempt to steal your information.  It could also make you an accessory to a crime.

Be safe.

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A long one from Daphne Pugh

Since the fake job offer email is so long, I’ll get right to it.

From: Daphne Pugh (wy2008@vip.sohu.com) 

Subject: Job opportunity – (088389876) 

Hi.

We want you to look through the job offer written below. Rush Delivery service�has recently got acquainted with the resume that you posted on the internet and would like to offer you a free vacancy as a courier clerk department member.

Rush Delivery service was set in 2006 as a result of the merger of couple commercial postal services in Lithuania. Our current business sphere works with many European clients to facilitate the ordering, purchase and deliver of goods bought directly from the North American market to them. Our enterprise approach by default targets the retail field.

The duties of your vacancy are reserved only for residents of the US. As a delivery employee your duties will include: following, accepting, putting together, accumulating and transferring goods ordered from big US internet firms to Europe to the corporate branches and secondary office locations. The position does not demand attending any kind of office work places and can be primarily performed from your home and the local post office. Our organization provides all the required materials and instructions for doing the job, a clear job contract (with other paperwork) and plenty of benefits. We ask for no start up costs from our employees. Products that our clients order are majorly modern electronics such as Apple gadgets, different computers and similar electronics, so there is nothing heavy or too large being shipped (and no need for a warehouse place). We provide a $1,800 monthly stable and base salary with an extra bonus paid for every task accomplished on time. There is a very good chance of higher salary and expanding careers for our most successful employees.

Our requirements:
– 18 years minimum age
– Having a working street address
– Being able to work comfortably on the  internet and with a printer
– Having a working phone number (and willingness to add several or additional numbers)
Rush Delivery service is happy to show you this official invitation message. We purposely do not include any attachments or links to keep web security at the highest point.

If you are interested, do not hesitate to let us know about it via email.

I told you it was long.  Daphne is pretty thorough, but that doesn’t change that this is a fake offer.

Be safe.

An interesting offer from Damon Walton

I save my spam and fake job offers to share here.  There are quite a few saved since my longer-than-expected hiatus.  It’s been busy over here between projects, doc and physical therapy appointments, subscription experimentation, and more.

Anyway, this one is a doozy.  It’s hard to read without editing because it’s just that bad.  I want to respond with a grammar-and spelling-corrected copy of the offer.  Damon Walton apparently does not have spell-check on his email platform.

From:  Damon Walton (pa@alice.it)

Subject:  Well-paid job / (78665082162)

Good day! I have found your curriculum vitae in CareerBuilder database and you look to be a suitable person for the job we are offering.

The position is pretty easy with a monthly income and social welfare benefit. We need those employees who are able to maintain business cooperation between customers of another state. You mustnďż˝t any particular knowledge; our colleagues will send you detailed position obligations and help you telephonically. To begin you’ll have to have an account created with one of the local banks in order to effect the transactions from our customers and conclude a contract. You will get your first salary in around 5 business days.

In case this job opportunity is of interest to you, please don�t be shy to reply via email.

This is one reason I have a love/hate relationship with Career Builder.

Be safe and delete this stuff.

Fake personal assistant position from John Wiley

Ah, the great art gallery owner John Wiley.  No, I haven’t heard of him, either.  Not before he sent me this message, anyway.

From:  John Wiley (enriquezmary@aol.com)

Subject:  Personal Assistant

Hello,
 
My Name is John Wiley,and I own an Art Gallery, This time of the year
is exceedingly a busy time for me,and I find myself constantly
travelling out of
the Country for exhibitions,auctions, deliveries et all as such I sort
the services of a Personal Assistant to handle my business errands.
I do not require that you resume to an office,leave your current
employment or levacuate your convenience.
 
I am looking for someone that can handle my business errands during
his or her spare time.
Here are a list of responsibilities that I would require you bear on my
behalf:
 
1. Receive my mail and drop them off at the post office or shipping
center.All expenses and shipping charges will be covered by me.
2. Pay bills on my behalf.I would be providing funds for this.
3. Sit for delivery at home or pick up items at a post office near you
at your convenience.
When you get my mail or receive packages on my behalf you are free to
open them to check contents in order to gurantee your safety and
security.
 
The contents of the my mail and the packages are specifically art
materials and paintings as well as personal letters. No heavy packages
are involved.
If you decide to accept this position or you are able to offer me any
of the responsibilities I have listed above, Please provide me with
the following details
 
Full Name:
Full Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Phone No:
Age:
Work Status:
 
EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:
 
A. Being honest and trustworthy.
B. Ability to 15 to 20 hours a month
C. Ability to check your EMAIL 3 to 5 times daily.
 
REMUNERATION:
 
$350 Weekly.
 
Please note that this job DOES NOT require any financial obligation of
any sort from you as I would be catering for all expenses.
 
I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Regards,
John Wiley

It seems innocent enough, right?  It is just a part-time position and he’s going to cover all job-related expenses.  And the salary is pretty decent.  Why do I think this is a fake?  For starters, the duties include shipping and receiving packages.  He gives permission for you to open them and he’s going to pay all expenses.  You might think that doesn’t sound bad, and it might not be.  But why would a gallery owner have art shipped to an assistant instead of to his gallery?  That smells funny.

Another red flag under job duties is that he’ll send you money to pay his bills.  Is he sending business checks or a company card for paying said bills, or is he going to send the assistant a check for deposit into the assistant’s account for the assistant to write checks? Or does he want the assistant to wire cash to his creditors?  This is pretty shady stuff and not worth talking to him for additional information.  Especially when his email address does not include any variation of his name.

What do you think?  Did you see the same red flags I did?  Have you received this email?