October 2016

Time really flies!

I did not realize it had been so long since I’d posted.  You know how life gets in the way, right?

More posts are on the way.  Now that the holiday season is getting close (I know, I know), expect scammers to come out even harder than usual.  As I’ve said before, there are real home-based jobs out there, but you have to do your homework.

If you have questions on how to find something, reach out.  I’m around, even when I’m quiet.

More fake mail forwarding positions

Same scam, new “employers.”  This batch included emails from Nathan Mcgowan, Tanek Alston, and Xander Clark. These scams steal your information (like your email address, home address, and phone numbers), money, or financial information (by wire transfer or bogus checks).

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From:  Nathan Mcgowan (or  Tanek Alston or Xander Clark)

Subject:  Job opportunity – (19115533654) [or (9577971033508) or (3801778145518)]

 

Hi ! The mail forwarding corporation is seeking shipping/receiving Operator.

No enrollment fee. The average monthly income is $1500.

Job Duties and responsibilities:

– Must be able to work on flexible schedules – the position is home-based
– Receive and mail incoming packages. Auditing incoming packages for damages.
– Complete all paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.

Qualifications:
– 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.

When interested please reply with data asked below so as to check we have your name and other data 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 saved in our file for future consideration.
Thank you.

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These positions are also called shipping/receiving agents.   Keep in mind that anytime you are asked to receive and forward any goods through the mail, you are receiving stolen merchandise and a link in the crime chain.  Delete and ignore any messages like these.

Until later, be safe.

Fake Facebook, YouTube, and Skype missed notifications

My inbox is full lately.  The spammers are ramping up their efforts through the holiday season because they think we’ll fall for the strange offers and notifications because of holiday brain.  Let’s prove them wrong.

In addition to the usual lottery and job scams, missed Skype, YouTube, and Facebook messages are the main topics.  The messages are short and include a link to the fake site the scammer wants you to log in on.

Here are some of the ones I’ve received.

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From:  Skype Team (dissentsyq71@schesslitz.de)

Subject:  Delayed mails bagged

Delayed mail.

View mails (link removed).

Cordially,

Skype team

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From:  YouTube Notify (globh@proderm.de)

Subject: You have deferred mails embodying

You have deferred mail.

View mails (link removed).

Warm wishes,

Youtube Team

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From:  Youtube (drh@styl-pack.fr)

Subject:  You have missed notifications proved
You have missed notification. 

View notifications (link removed)

Very truly yours

Youtube service

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From:  Facebook Notify (drh@styl-pack.fr)

Subject:  Hi.  You have deferred mails underlining.

View mails (link removed).

Best regards

Facebook service

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If you receive a similar message, please don’t click the link.  Open the site in a new window and login there.

Be safe.

 

 

 

 

 

Something new – unsolicited resumes

I expect to find unsolicited job offers with attached files, but this is the first time I’ve received a resume attachment.  No, I did not open the attachment and, for safety reasons, you shouldn’t either.

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From:  Sulema Rosaro (sulemajvwtg@rambler.ru)

Subject:  My Resume

Hey.
I noticed your website today Tue, 24 Nov 2015 and found it very attractive.
I was hoping there was any possibility of internship or unpaid trial period, just to prove my competence.

As you will see in my attached resume, I am very qualified and have a very large experience in this type of work. I am very confident it will be worth your time reading it, and I am even more confident you will find me very adequate in your corporation.

Please see my attached resume.
I am very much looking forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely,
Sulema Rosaro

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Rambler.ru is hosted in Russia.  That aside, the vague wording of the email does not compel me to download anything, but someone else might.  Be careful.  Tis the season for intensified scamming.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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?

Fake: Customer Service Coordinator position with ATT Global Transportation Co., Inc.

This one almost looks legitimate.  It has the format of a corporate job description and vacancy posting.  It has a legitimate sounding job title.  Let’s see if you can spot the red flags.

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From:  Nigel Vecinal (tayladawsonub@aol.com)

Subject: Start Working Now , ID _ J59727. 

Job Announcement:
Reference Code: 08-75-450
Position title: Customer Service Coordinator;
Industry: Transportation Services;
Job Status/Type: Full Time Employee;
Salary: $68,000/year;
Medical and dental benefits are available. 401(K) plan.
Location: USA/All states;
Open period: July 21, 2014 – August 11, 2014

On this position you will be responsible for helping with the overall management of a project or a specific aspect of larger project under the direction of the Head of the Project. May assist or lead, under the supervision of the project manager, any of the project management responsibilities including: proposal development, client management and project close out to ensure the goals, objectives, and standards of the project are adhered to and that the client’s expectations are met and exceeded.

Key Requirements:

– Over 3 years of Client service;
– Over 2 years of Project Scheduling;
– General understanding of transportation principles an asset;
– Coordinate project plans across co-workers;
– Excellent computer skills Xactimate*, DASH ;

– Candidate musthave prior hands-on experience performing Tasks listed;
– Manage project plans across teams;
– Report on cross project dependencies;
– Assist managers with the development of work plans;
– Excellent organizational skills;

If you are interested, please reply to : Pelymtsova.Nadezhda@gmail.com with your resume.

For any additional information please contact HR Department 10-00AM – 6-00PM EST hours.

Our representative will contact you for further consideration.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Sincerely,
Steven Evans,
Human Resources Department

ATT Global Transportation Co., Inc.

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So, which red flags caught your attention?  Email from one person, directions to email a resume to a second person, and a third person’s name as the HR person does not ease my mind.  Neither do the vague job description or task list.  The salary level isn’t exactly consistent with the minimal experience level, either.  A search for ATT Global Transportation Co. Inc. was a wash.  These scammers decided to create a mashup of well-known companies in the attempt to throw the email recipient off guard.  Jerks. 

I’d rather keep looking than fall for this sort of thing.  They either want your contact information or identity so they can make quick cash by selling it.  

Be smart and be safe.