Here are the latest submissions for my weekly scam roundup. If you have received any similar emails, please forward them along to Steve@IveTriedThat.com. I’ll post them here to help protect others from falling for these scams.
Scam Email #1
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2010 11:51 AM
Subject: Concerning Job Positioning from CareerBuilder.com
Our organization is an independent money manager
founded in New York, NY serving both institutional investors and
high net worth individual investors. We take an active approach to
portfolio management and believe capital markets are effective
discounters of publicly available information. Investment Publishing
features a high level of financial portfolio performance delivered on
a consistent basis. At Our organization we start with
the simple notion that supply and demand of securities are the sole
determinants of securities pricing and use this information to enhance
our portfolio performance.
Presently we are looking to hire talented individuals specifically
for the part-time Profit Monitoring Manager berth.
This job entails discussing venture’s services with prospective
clients, execution of all instructions received from supervisor,
control and monitoring of venture clients profit, processing and
execution of payments to venture clients.
This position is available for candidates living in the
United States (all states).
We offer the monthly salary of $3,000.00 and additional bonuses,
outstanding benefits and an environment that inspires great
To apply for this berth please submit your C.V. in confidence to
this e-mail. Please state “Job Application: PM Manager berth” in
In case you have any questions regarding this opening please
give response to this e-mail us at this e-mail address.
Scam Email #2
date Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 3:37 PM
subject Re: Call Center Representative
Detailed Job Description – Account Receivable Officer
The primary goal of the position is to provide local customer support to our clients within North America. This includes providing convenient payment options and informing them of shipping and the terms of sale.
You will be assisting our clients within North America, the assistance to be provided will include: payment collections and customer service via email.
Your duties will include:
– Collecting Local Payments
When a buyer in the US decides to purchase an item through an online auction from our sellers he has the following payment options: pay pal, international wire transfer, international check, local certified check or local wire transfer. The quickest option of these is local wire transferring. Local wire transfers and certified checks are the options that the sales support representative will provide to the clients.
– Managing Data
Along with the payments received from buyers you will be receiving details for these sales. These details will include items sold, price, and buyer’s information. You are to file and maintain these purchasing records and transactions.
– Forwarding of the Payments
Once you receive each payment you will be keeping 5% as commission and forwarding the rest to the seller or representative, whose information will be provided prior each transaction. It is crucial to complete forwarding of the payments in a time efficient manner.
You will be submitting brief reports, weekly reports, and monthly reports. Weekly and monthly reports are to be done in Excel format and are to summarize all transactions completed within the week, or month.
Here is an example of a brief report:
Date: June 20, ’10
Buyer: Force 3 Inc.
Item: Truck Parts
Price: $ 1,921.27
Commission 5%: $ 96
Fees: $ 75
Total Forwarded: $1750.27
Forwarded to: Benjamin Bean, Detriot , MI
Reference Numbers: 23497839
– Fees, and Transferring Procedures
All fees are covered by the company. The fees for transferring are simply deducted from the payments received. No client will contact you during initial stage of the trial period. After three weeks of the trial period you will begin to have contact with the buyers via email in regards to collection of the payments. For the first three weeks you will simply receive all of the transferring details, and payments, along with step by step guidance from your supervisor. You will be forwarding the received payments through wire service.
During the trial period, you will be paid 1,800USD per month while working on average 3hours per day, Monday-Friday, plus 5% commission from every payment received and forwarded. After the trial period your base pay salary will go up to 2,400USD per month, plus 5% commission.
You will receive a monthly invoice stating your total income. All applicable taxes are covered by the company.
– To Apply
Kindly fill out your personal information below for immediate consideration of this position so you can get started as soon as possible
Full Name :
Address(Not P.O BOX): (Include Apt # If Available)
Residential Phone Number:
The employee,acknowledged the Trial and Detailed Job Description and signed
(First Name and Last Name of Employee)
Scam Email #3
FW: [Bulk] LEGAL MATTER FROM MR. NEILSON E. HYLTON
From: Neilson E. Hylton [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 1:53 AM
Subject: [Bulk] LEGAL MATTER FROM MR. NEILSON E. HYLTON
N & E ASSOCIATES
LONDON – UK
My name is Mr. Neilson E. Hylton, a legal practitioner and the personal
Attorney to my late client who died along with his wife and his two sons and
one daughter on a ghastly motor accident over 3 years now August 13, 2007.
All the occupants in the vehicle lost their lives. I am convinced that it
was the grace of God that made me to locate you. My client was a successful
and accomplished family man, who made enough fortune before his untimely
Since then I had made several inquiries through your Embassy to locate any
of my clients extended relative but this exercise has proved unsuccessful.
After several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives
through the Internet to locate any member of his family but much progress
was not recorded. My late client was an influential wealthy businessman, an
oil magnate here in London, UK and he left behind a deposit of Ten Million
Two Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds only GBP10,200,000.00 in his bank
account with CUMBERLAND BUILDING SOCIETY UK here in London-United Kingdom.
After the death of my client his bankers contacted me as his Attorney to
provide his next of kin who should inherit his fortune.
The board of directors of his bank adopted a resolution and I was mandated
to provide his next of kin for the payment of this money within 28 working
days or forfeit the money to the bank as an abandoned property.
The bankers had planned to invoke the abandoned property decree of 1996 to
confiscate the funds after the expiration of the period given to me.
Despairing at the point of exhaustiveness, fortunately I came across your
name to my utmost amazement I discovered that you bear the same surname with
my late client and coincidentally you are nationals of the same country.
I am Convinced that you may be linked with my late client or that you might
provide clue to my search, I therefore, decided to contact with these facts
before me because of the similarities. By virtue of my closeness to the
deceased and his immediate family, I am very much aware of my client
financial standing and the bank account he operates.
I have reasoned very professionally and I feel it will be legally proper to
present you as the next of kin of my deceased client so that you can be paid
the funds left in his bank account hence I contacted you.
I seek your consent to present you as the Next of Kin to the Deceased since
you are at an advantage, so that the proceeds of this Bank Account valued at
GBP10.2m can be paid to you.
We shall both share the funds 50% to me and 50% to you. I shall assemble all
the necessary Legal Documents that will be used to back up our claim.
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. Please get in
touch with me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org to enable us discuss
Mr. Neilson E. Hylton.
Scam Email #4
From: Leonard Jackson
Subject: Re: Employment Opportunities
Re: Employment Opportunities
A new job opening in your area, it’s a work from home/office position and you are not required to pay any registration fee or pay for any application form before you get employed.
Our Company seeks the service of a payment processor who would act as a medium of reaching our customers. If you choose to work with us, you do not need to quit your present job, or have problems with your employers as this is on a part time basis
THIS IS WHAT IT ENTAILS:
1. Get/receive payment from clients/Customers.
2. Process Payments at your Bank.
3. Deduct 10% which is your commission/Payment on check cashed.
4. Forward the remaining 90% to the information that will be provided later on.
I will need you to provide me with your basic personal info such as:
1, you must have computer idea
2, full name
3, home address
6, zip/postal codes
Fill the above application so as to qualify you for the position.
Southern Electric Company
125 Gosbecks Rd
Colchester, Essex CO2 9JT, UK
REPLY TO: email@example.com
Phone Number: +44-703-5925-999