Another deployed soldier scam

Once again, a “deployed soldier” has reached out for my help.  When will these crooks ever learn?


From: Capt. Kate Car Lee (

Subject: Reply Asap

I know you will be surprise to read my email  Please dont be skeptical to reply me. My name is Cpt Kate Carr Lee Carr Lee. I am a member of the US ARMY medical team deployed to Iraq because of the current ISIS problems. I discovered trunk boxes containing American dollar bills. I have deposited two of these boxes with a security company here in Iraq. Am looking for a trust worthy individual who will assist me to receive the funds in his country before l will come over and join the person. Please, I want this to be between you and me since I am still in the service. To prove my sincerity, you are not sending me any money because most of these scams are all about sending money.
For reference click the link below
Please send me the following below.
1. Full Name…
2. Address….
3. Occupation…
4. Age……….
5. Your Telephone Number.
As soon as i received these information i will get back to you.
Best Regards
Cpt Kate Carr Lee



Yes, she will get back to you to request more of your information before she steals your money.

Be safe.



Our debit cards were cloned

We were having a regular Saturday.  We’d just finished breakfast and were about to head out to tackle our usual weekend errands.  I logged in to our bank pay a few bills online and found our checking account empty.  Someone had cloned our debit card and cleared out all but a few dollars.  We felt sick, shocked, and angry.  We were careful with our card and only used it in shops we trusted.   It wasn’t enough.

The criminal withdrew the full amount allowed by law in two separate transactions in two different counties.

We called the bank to report it, but since it was the weekend, we had to wait until Monday for a full investigation. We called Costco because it was the last place we used the debit card.  Costco reps apologized and promised a full investigation.  We went to the police department to report it.  The officer took our report and told us we to report the second transaction to a different county because the crime occurred there.  The second county tried to blow us off, and the dispatcher taking the call seemed annoyed when we explained what the officer first police department advised.  When a detective called us back, he suggested that one of our children or friends took our card, used it, and returned it without our knowledge.  ‘It’s almost impossible for someone to steal your money without your debit card.’

We called every creditor we’d planned to pay that week and reported the fraud.  We needed extensions and unfortunately, late fees.

We did the right things and felt like no one cared or wanted to help.  Thankfully, we were not alone.  Several customers were robbed that same week and the bank responded with a quickness.  The bank returned our money, but the criminals are still at large.

We cannot always prevent fraud, but we can take steps to protect ourselves and at least recover our lost funds.

  • Check your accounts often
  • Do not use your debit card at an ATM or at checkout if the scanner does not look right
  • If fraud is discovered, report it immediately.  Call your bank and the police.
  • Do not let the person your report the incident to brush you off.  You are a victim and deserve full cooperation.

Be safe.

Twin job offers from Omar Ryan and Ulric Wade

I love it when the scammers get lazy.  It makes is so much easier to spot the fake offers for veteran and newbie scam email recipients. Both Omar Ryan and Ulric Wade contacted me, weeks apart, with identical job offers.  Only the contact information and job numbers were different; the job description, qualifications, and full email text were identical.   I guess even they have detailed scripts to follow.

From Omar Ryan (, Ulric Wade (

Subject:  Job opening (3725256870 from Ryan) (6617862194 from Wade)

Hi ! The mail forwarding corporation is looking for shipping/receiving Clerk.

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 mail 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.

If interested please reply with information asked below so as to check 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 held in our file for future consideration.
Thank you.

If you do receive a job offer after corresponding with these scammers, you’ll either end up shipping and receiving stolen merchandise or giving them your banking information only to have your account compromised.  It’s not worth taking the risk.  Red flags are everywhere.

Be safe.

An urgent proposal from Li Chen Huang

What is it about bankers and potential employers in Hong Kong?  Once again, a fake job offer arrived and I giggled and shook my head while reading it.  It disturbs me to hear that so many people still fall for these fake offers in the Digital Age.

Here’s the offer in all its wordy glory.

From:  Li Chen Huang (

Subject:  An Urgent Proposal

Attn: Sir/Ma
I am Mr. Lin Chen Huang, Manager Asset Management Department for the
Dah Sing Bank in Hong Kong.I am getting in touch with you regarding the estate of a
deceased client with similar last name and an investment placed
under our banks management many years ago.
I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail
confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a
result of this mail. I contact you independently and no one is informed of
this communication. In 2000 the subject matter; Mr.Thomas Costin came to
our bank to engage in business discussions with our private banking
division. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of $12.350
million (Twelve Million Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States
dollars) which he wished to have us invest on his behalf.
Based on my advice, we spun the money around various opportunities and
made attractive margins for our first months of operation, the accrued
profit and interest stood at this point at over $1.8 million United States
Dollars. In mid 2002, he instructed that the principal sum ($12.350M) be
liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash
payments in Hong Kong. We got in touch with a specialist bank in Hong Kong
the Dah Sing Bank (DSB) who agreed to receive this money for a fee and make
cash available to Mr.Costin. However Dah Sing Bank got in touch with us last
year that this money has not been claimed. On further enquiries we found out
that Mr.Costin was involved in an accident in Mainland China, which means he
died intestate. He has no next of kin and the reason I am writing you is
because you are namesakes.
What I propose is that since I have exclusive access to his file, you will
be made the beneficiary of these funds. My bank will contact you informing
you that money has been willed to you. On verification, which will be the
details I make available to my bank, my bank will instruct DSB to make
payments to you. You do not have to have known him. I know this might be a
bit heavy for you but please trust me on this. For all your troubles I
propose that we split the money in half. In the banking circle this happens
every time. The other option is that the money will revert back to the state.
Nobody is getting hurt; this is a lifetime opportunity for us. I hold the
KEY to these funds, and as a Chinese National we see so much cash and funds
being re-assigned daily. I would want us to keep communication for now
strictly by the above Email, Telephone and Fax numbers.
Please, again, note I am a family man; I have a wife and children. I send
you this mail not without a measure of fear as to the consequences, but I
know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and
riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have
learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we
can be of one accord, we should act swiftly on this. Please get back to me
immediately via the telephone, fax number or email address above and let me
know if you intend to assist or not. If you also do not want to be involved
kindly let me know so I would sever further communication with you.
I await your response.
Lin Chen Huang
Do not let desperation or greed overrule common sense.  Be safe.  Please.

A long one from Daphne Pugh

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

From: Daphne Pugh ( 

Subject: Job opportunity – (088389876) 


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 (

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.

Oh, goodie. Funds from Ml.lapointe.

Oy, is this one a doozie.  And it may hurt to read.  You have been warned.

From:  Ml.lapointe (


I am Ml.lapointe, I am a United State Citizen, 48 years Old. I reside here in Pennslyavnia. My residential address is as follows bev uding 762 E Northampton St Wilkes Barre,Pa 18702, am thinking of relocating since I am now rich. 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  United Citizen , trying to get my payment all to noavail.

So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents,And I was directed to meet Mr.Jean Castro, who is the 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 am the most happiest woman on  earth because I have received my compensation funds of  $1,500,000.00 Moreover, Mr.Jean Castro, showed me the full information of those that are yet to
receive their payments and I saw your details as one of the beneficiaries 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.Jean Castro.You have to contact him directly on this information below.

Name :  Mr.Jean Castro

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 fee that i paid to get my fund was $950 only for the fund release certificate…

Again stop contacting those people, I will  advise you to contact Mr.Jean Castro so that he can help you to Transfer your Fund into your account, instead of  dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction.

Thank You and Be Blessed

Do you have a headache now?  I do.  The red flags are all over this one.  Be smart and 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 (

Subject:  Personal Assistant

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
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
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:
Zip Code:
Phone No:
Work Status:
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.
$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.
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?

Fraudulent job invitation from General Transnational Shipper

One of the more time-consuming activities of a job hunt is research into every lead or invitation for an interview.  I see it as time well-spent, especially when the potential employer is actually a scam artist.  Any job offer or invitation from General Transnational Shipper is a scam.


From:  (

Subject:  Job opening_ID _(E326KNQQE5)…

Hello !

Please, have look at the following offer.

General Transnational Shipper inc has opened the position of a delivery employee. In case you have received this letter, that implies the online recruiting department managers have seen your resume on the web, because our recruitment department is searching for nominees on the web.

General Transnational Shipper inc is a European company which is situated in Poland (Warsaw). This firm is engaged in retail trade and forwarding of various goods (mostly modern electronics equipment) and realizing it to European customers. We have been rather prosperous in this business since 2005.

Your obligations will consist of receiving items and sending them off via United States Postal Service and many other agencies.

You do not have to put in any money from your pocket. The salary rate is $1,500 monthly minimum amount and it is derived from every task rate with unlimited peak.

The requirements will be the following:

– aged 18 years old minimum
– be located at designated address on a regular basis
– a computer equipped with the Internet option
– have daytime contact dial number.

You do not need to have any additional room for storing the items.

This letter will be regarded as a formal job invitation and it does not include any strange activities.

In case you are interested, please write us via email :


No good ever come from accepting a job offer like this.  You will receive stolen merchandise from a stranger to ship to another stranger.  J.P Morgan Chase just reported a major security breach and some of the merchandise you’d ship may be purchased with this stolen cash.  It’s not worth the potential mail fraud and receipt of stolen merchandise charges you could face if you went for the easy money.

Be safe and smart.

Fake ADP and Chase Alerts

I am popular this week. More lottery winnings, messages from potential love matches, and invites to
cam shows than I could ever ask for. Really. Just stop. Naomi, Caroline, and Friend Japan – happily married here and not looking. Not even curious.

The messages that really interested me this week are about money.  The potential of a breached account is nothing new to me.  I was one of the millions who had to get a new debit card after the TJ Maxx incident in 2007 and have concerns now about Barnes and Noble’s hack.  No stores in my area are listed as targets, but I’m waiting to see what happens.   No, my ‘scares’ this week involve my ADP and Chase accounts – I have neither. 

From: ADP Alert (

Subject: Transaction Report(s)

Your Transaction Report(s) have been uploaded to the web site:

https://XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (Note: Looks legit, but that’s not the real ADP login)

Please note that your bank account will be debited within one banking
business day for the amount(s) shown on the report(s).

Please do not respond or reply to this automated e-mail. If you have any
questions or comments, please Contact your ADP Benefits Specialist.

Thank You, 
ADP Benefit Services

scamFRAUDalert Reports and Luckiest Dude in the World posted warnings as well.

The second ADP message came from ADPClientServices ( with the subject line “ADP Urgent Notification.” Same email content, same fake link. They’re dialing it in.

The Chase message was interesting in itself. See, the scammer didn’t try hard at all.

From: Chase.Alert
Subject: Credit card report

This is an Alert to help you manage your credit card account.

As you requested, we are notifying you of any charges over the amount of ($USD) 200.00, as specified in 
your Alert settings. A charge of ($USD) 871.65 at UNKNOWN has been authorized on Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:31:24 -0430.

Do not reply to this Alert.

If you have questions, please call the number on the back of your credit card, or send a secure message from your Inbox on http://XXXXXXXXX (Note: another fake URL that looks legit)

To see all of the Alerts available to you, or to manage your Alert settings, please log on to (Note:  Sometimes scammers use the real institution’s url to instill a false sense of security and others they still point to their fake link.) 

The real message behind these typs of emails?  Log in using our link so we can stal your info and really steal your money.  I say no thanks. I’d rather spend it myself. From my own account. Everyone should know by now to type in the bank’s URL separately before logging in. No clicking links from emails or copying and pasting email links. That’s where the danger is.

I’ll have more goodies to share next time. The holidays are around the corner, so the Ebay and Paypal scammers are coming out of the woodwork.