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
> Subject: Re: Bookkeeper/Office Worker – Craig’s List
> From: David Whitehead
> We have a job opening for Versa Check Processor in Printing, Packaging &
> Mailing Out, you can work full time or part time, this is a straight forward
> employment opportunity and does not require any special skills. You will be
> working solely as a Processor Dispatcher. Its require no experience and you
> will be working from home office to do this job. Pay $1300 Monthly
> You must have at least 2 boxes of VersaCheck Paper Business Form #1000 to
> purchase at any OFFICE MAX close to you. Computer with internet Printer for
> the Versacheck printing.
> If interested fill below info:
> First name……………….
> Middle name………………
> Last name………………..
> Address Line 1……………
> Address Line 2……………
> Zip/Postal code…………..
> Home phone……………….
> Cell phone……………….
> Time/Day (Work Hours) You prefer………
> Full Time Or Part Time……
> YAHOO MESSENGER ID (COMPULSORY)………….
> And also come online immediately on your yahoo instant messenger to chat
> with our rep for the next step and further instruction. If you don’t have a
> yahoo messenger you can download one and sign up for a user name then add us
> on this user name (firstname.lastname@example.org).
> Waiting to read from you.
> David Whitehead (Accounting Dpt.)
> Fill the Application and E-mail It back to get started Asap!!!
Scam Email #2
We are happy that got your reply letter. I am acting as a hiring coordinator in U. P., my name is Tina Allen and my main current task is to deal with all applications for the position of Administrative Office Coordinator.
I will be glad answer all questions you have, anytime they arise. Please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail to find out any information about the position, which was not mentioned in the offer.
You will have to do the following things:
– deal with business communication and correspondence with our company’s partners, you will have to make all the replies and keep records ordered
– make reports for the internal use and deal with classification of tax information (including all stages: starting from data collection up to the way how this tax information is organized)
– deal with paper formalities: processing of direct payments from company customers to our programmers
– opening the branch of our company (research and analyze current situation, be able to provide diverse help)
You will work from home.
As soon as you make a decision to work for us you will be assigned a corporate account, because it is necessary to accomplish all your assigned tasks. During the probation period (first two weeks) you will be using your personal account – this is done for training purposes only, all taxes and expenses for that period are covered by our company.
During the training period you will receive 1,800USD as a compensation (for 2-weeks time) and working as a full-time employee you will be paid 4,500USD per month.
Payment scheme is the following: money you receive is directly deposited to your bank account 2 times per month.
You may find the Employment Agreement in the attachment, please read through it carefully. If something is unclear we will clarify it through e-mail. If you agree with all mentioned conditions, then please print out the document, fill it in (please use block capitals), scan the signed document and send it to us via e-mail or fax (the number is +1-718-5320339).
You are also asked to attach a scanned copy of your document (i.e. Passport or DL).
Unfortunately we are not able to hold a face-to-face interview, since the company headquarters are located in Australia. This is the main reason why the current position is home-based.
Waiting for your response. Sincerely,
Scam Email #3
Thank you for your reply.
> We would like to explain to you in detail the entire process that will
> possibly be the best job you will ever have.
> You will work from home until we open our US branch. This job is possible
> because our company has its headquarters
> in London, United Kingdom. As such we do not yet have our offices in the
> US. Until we do we will always need representatives
> in the USA to take care of some financial matters. At this time we cannot
> accept direct payments and orders from our clients
> and customers. Due to the local and international law the only way we can
> sell our insurance products internationally is to open local sales
> offices/branches (our 1st US branch will be opened in New York by the end
> of May 2011) or use a company representative
> for these purposes. That is why we are hiring you as our Key Account
> Manager. You will also assist our company in all collection efforts from
> non-paying customers in the USA. You are a part of our team and you have
> full rights, authorized to negotiate, execute any agreement on behalf of
> our company.
> The problem we are facing is the time necessary for our company to receive
> the funds from bank transfers paid by our US customers
> after they have received our insurance services. Bank-to-bank wire
> transfer is considered the safest international payment method. Please
> note that we do not deal
> with the cheques due to the safety reason and to protect our associates.
> The reasons why a bank to bank is a very safe method are because every
> holder must show proof of identity which will be thoroughly checked. But
> it takes approximately 2 to 3 weeks to clear these funds in UK.
> Being our Key Account Manager you would speed up the process tenfold. We
> have already made a signed agreement with US officials and
> we are paying all the necessary taxes for our business.
> We do make background research on all our US customers before we sell our
> insurance products and/or services. In some rare case of any issue
> arising we guarantee to cover all the fees. This way you can feel
> absolutely protected and safe.
> $725.00 per week is your guaranteed basic salary, plus you will receive 8%
> from each transaction you process.
> I would like to confirm once again that this is a unique job offer from
> our company and this position is limited. So do not waste your time, join
> us, you have nothing to lose.
> Please visit our web site to find more about our company
Scam Email #4
We are glad to receive your response. Our enterprise is entitled MS Company http://www.ms-apc.com My name is Mary Kay and I`m a hiring coordinator. Thus, if you have any issues regarding our opening or hiring process, please contact me via email and I would answer you at the earliest convenience. Since I travel a lot, you could be got in touch with some delays, please don`t worry about them.
So here are the job particulars:
You would be working at home. No traveling is involved.
Your major responsibilities include: keeping up the connection with the local customers, elaborating some internal and tax reports (you would receive the examples), timely distributing the payments from the customers to our free-lancers, opening a new office branch in your area. All the details would be clarified during the training process.
At first, you would have to walk through the 2-week training period that would be covered by the company at the rate of $1800 for 2 weeks. Afterwards, you would become our full-time employee and you would be paid $4500 per month.
To distribute the payments you would get access to our corporate account as soon as you become a full-time employee. While you go through the training, you would have to use your personal account.
Hours of work: 9am to 3pm Mon-Fri (while you are training); 9am to 6pm Mon-Fri (full-time).
If you agree with the conditions, please find attached our employment agreement. You should print it, fill it with a pen, scan it and forward to me via email. Also we need a copy of your ID (driver`s license or passport).
Looking forward to hearing from you,