The spam and scams never end!

Howdy, y’all.

You’d think the criminals would take a little time off to celebrate holidays and such, but no.  They’re workaholics and they cast wide nets, hoping to snag someone.  Sadly, they usually do.

Take Mr. John David for example.  He thinks that a subject line screaming good news will entice me.  He thinks I’ll happily download the attached file without a thought.  I won’t, but someone else might.

Job scammers are busy, too.  They’re still stealing contact information from legitimate job search sites and sending job offers out.  Natalie Gittens (norts@optusnet.com.au and nataliegitten@gmail.com) contacted me about a job after finding my resume on Career Builder.

Subject:  Position available _ id – R348KC6535197.

Greetings,

By this email we would like to reply to your CV that you’ve posted with CareerBuilder and suggest you to apply for a vacant position with our Company. Our job is not related to any sales, MLM or similar companies that would ask you to pay entrance fee or subscribe to a kind of mailing structure. Working with us, you will be engaged in a real business issue that would require your part-time involvement. You can generate profit even staying at your home or office. This is a longtime job with salary guaranteed.

Vacancy: Turnover Manager
Payment Amount: $1650/month.
Type: Part-Time

Situation: the United States of America

Responsibilities: Forwarding packages

Overview:

– Possibility to work during 6-10 hours a week;
– You are a US citizen;
– High level of responsibility;
– 21+ y.o.;
– PC/Home office;
– Confident and skilled in using Microsoft office including Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint, email and Internet;
– Possibility to combine this job with other activities;
– You can accept packages weighting up to 10 kg;
– Legitimate shipping address is available.

For getting more information, please send your answer back.

When we verify your data and find it suitable, you will be contacted by our job manager.

Faithfully yours,
BTK-Sales Inc.

Sigh.  A part-time job paying $1650 a month should raise eyebrows, but sometimes people are desperate for just one of these offers to be real.  They’re not.  They’re either after your money,  making you an accessory to a crime, or both.  Seriously, it’s fake.  Please don’t fall for it.

Have you receive any interesting ‘job’ offers lately?  Share with the rest of us.

Telecommuting job posts are not always what they seem

Lately I’ve been stumbling across leads on legit job sites and my newspaper’s classified ad that are not always jobs.  Business opportunities are occasionally posted under employment instead of biz ops.  I personally think this is a little sneaky, but it’s not unethical as long as the one placing the ad explains that it is a business opportunity once contact is made.

Scam artists are also posting “jobs” in various places, but these tend to show up online on free classified sites or social networks.  These ads describe call center, data entry, or virtual assistant positions with hourly salary ranges from $10-15 or higher.  People respond and receive a message telling them to send payment for training materials “to prove that they’re serious.”

Again, no legitimate company offering a job will require payment for training materials.  Business opportunities usually do charge a fee of some kind, but that detail is made known from the beginning.

One of the scams I checked into required applicants to ‘sign a nondisclosure agreement.’  Guess what?  If the person is doing something that is illegal, then they cannot try to hold anyone to a legally binding agreement.

When I run across anything fraudulent I will share.  If you run across something and are not sure if it’s a scam or not, run a search.  Google the “company name scam” or “position title scam” and view the results.   Search the telecommuting moms board on wahm.com, too.  Members there have no problem calling out scammers and that’s one of the reasons I love it there.

Good luck in your search and be careful!  The start of summer vacation, beginning of the school year, and the holidays are scammer hunting seasons.  They’re hunting for us and we need to send them home with empty pockets.