Weekly Scam Roundup – 4/26/2012

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Here are the latest submissions for my weekly scam roundup. If you have received any similar emails, PLEASE post them in the comments below. By posting the emails, you will directly be helping other people by exposing scam artists!

If you’re researching a “job offer” and it is listed on this page, it is 100% absolutely guaranteed to be a scam. Stop talking with your “employer” AT ONCE. You are at risk of losing thousands of dollars and your identity. You could even end up with a criminal record if the authorities get involved. Do NOT do work for them and click on the links below to find out what to do next.

Click here for more details on these scams and how they work.

Click here to find out where to report these scams.

Scam Email #1

Cnooc Oil Base Group Limited
Address: No.25, Chaoyangmenbei Dajie,
Dongcheng District, Beijing, China 100010
Direct Telephone: +12064959910
www.cnooc.com.cn
www.cnoocltd.com

Good Day,
Your response are well received,find below a brief introduction about this company.

The company (CNOOC) was established in 1982. We specialize in
Oil exploitation, technical service, chemicals, fertilizer production, refining, natural gas, power generation,
financial services, logistic services and new energies development with our age old tradition of Gmek system.

Since its establishment, CNOOC oil company has been excellent in nation building and impeccable in meeting
with today’s standard. We will be glad in employing your services to work as an Agent(s) on our behalf for
goods and raw materials we supplied to our customers in the United States of America/Canada ,Australia,Uk,
Dubai and you receive first hand payment from our customers in the region on our behalf in which you receive
a 10% (Ten Percent) payment in every transaction done on our behalf. Most payment (dealings) ranges from
$20,000.00 to 100,000.00 US Dollars.

lastly you are to provide us with the following particulars in other to commence with
work immediately:

#your name:
#Full address:
#Country:
#state:
#city:
#Zip code:
#Cell phone number:
#age:
#occupation:
#Valid identification(Attached or number)

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Henry Morgan

Scam Email #2

Hello There.
I was checking on craigslist and i came accross your post. I’m Robert Lawrence and My wife’s name is Emily Lawrence. We are relocating to your neighbourhood from England. I recently got a contract with a company on a private research job with minimum of two years contract and possibility of extending the contract. However, I need someone who will help me to take care of the house by doing some house work while am off to work. Someone that will also help in running some errands and babysitting.

I will be offering you $500 weekly payment, i will be needing your services for 6 hours at any suitable time of yours, Tuesday and Saturday. If you believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable, responsible and good person, I have a financier that is based in the States and he will be handling the payment and some other expenses. I will instruct him to pay for the first two weeks before my arrival so as to secure your service.

My financier will be making out a check to you before our arrival, you will be receiving an overpayment bank check which you will deduct your pay for the first two weeks and you will be using the remaining to buy foodstuffs, art galley, home appliance and other things needed in the house. You will be getting this foodstuff on the day of our arrival which will be the 30th of This month. Actually our flights from England will arrive at nights so you will be getting the foodstuff in the morning and making all other preparations.

I just bought the house and as soon as all the paper work is finalize and i will instruct my estate agent to mail the keys of the house to you so that you can do all other necessary preparations before we arrive, I will also email you the shopping list after you received and cashed the check okay..

You have to get all this shopping before our arrival so that we wont have to start running around when we arrive, So my financier would be needing the following Information to make out the check.

Full Name:
Full address with zipcode & Apt Number:
Age:
Gender:
Phone number:
Acceptance of offer:

All I need from you is total honesty and sincerity. I know you will be committed to the work, You will also have a nice period of time working with my wife. I will be waiting to hear from you.

Regards,
Robert Lawrence
Robert Lawrence@theplate.com

Scam Email #3

Subject: United Nations Internship
From: “United Nations Intern Services”
Reply-To: intern@un-uncrd.org

The United Nations provides opportunities for students enrolled in a
graduate programme to undertake an internship at its Headquarters in New
York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Bangkok,
Beirut,Santiago,Arusha and The Hague.

Eligible candidates interested in doing an internship at the United
Nations Headquarters in New York or any of the mentioned countries can
apply.

The objective of the Internship Programme is threefold:

To provide a framework by which graduate and under graduate students from
diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to United Nations Offices
where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work
assignments.

To expose them to the work of the United Nations.

To provide UN offices with the assistance of highly qualified students
specialized in various professional fields.

The United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme is offered on a
two-month basis three times a year:
• Mid January to mid March (Spring Session): The vacancy announcement is
posted mid May, the deadline for applications is end of September.
• Early June to early August (Summer Session): The vacancy announcement is
posted mid September, the deadline for applications is end of April.
• Mid September to mid November (Fall Session): The vacancy announcement
is posted end of January, the deadline for applications is mid May.

To qualify for the United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme, the
following conditions must be met:

1. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school
(second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during
the internship; or

2. Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education
is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages must have completed
at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent
institution towards the completion of a degree.

3. Development-related fields such as economics, international relations,
anthropology, sociology, public or business administration, or
environmental studies. Other fields of study may be considered depending
on the type of assignment;

Any work produced by interns during their internship within the framework
of the duties assigned to them should be used for academic purposes
exclusively. All economic and moral rights (copyright) pertaining to such
work will remain the exclusive property of the United Nations.

Interested undergraduate or graduate students should write via EMAIL ONLY
to the :

Ad Hoc Internship Coordinator,
Human Resources Operations Section,
Human Resources Management Service,
United Nations Office

enclosing:

Applications (in English) should include the following:

a) A covering letter stating the grounds for their application;
b) Recent curriculum vitae (CV);
c) Copies of their university degrees or a list of courses attended or
attending;
d) Abstracts of academic papers they have written if any.

All applicants must be currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate
programs. No phone calls, please.

After careful consideration of all documents submitted, only successful
candidates will be notified of their selection.

Kindly send the requested applications documents to the following email
address: intern@un-uncrd.org

Scam Email #4

I am Paula Humphreys. I am employed as a HR Manager.

Company we work for is quite recognized in IT Outsourcing market
which is situated in the United States. Main aim is to achieve
simpler communications between US outsourcing IT services with
international market in this area.

We are in need of part-time independent contractors countrywide.

These are some of the job requirements in brief:
-Availability, both online and on the phone, for 2-3 hours a day Mon-Fri.
-Confident and competent PC use
-24/7 Internet and e-mail access

Our firm’s initial incentives are:
– Payroll with a monthly gross of $2,300 – $4,500, including both base salary and commission
– Training and support
– Standard benefits for salaried-exempt employees, including
health, dental, life insurance and disability insurance

If you would like to learn more, please provide us your contact
information at lamarllc.gr@gmail.com.

Best regards,
HR Recruiter
Paula Humphreys

Hello,

Here is more information about the job position with LAMAR LLC.

Our company creates a positive outlook and prosperity of businesses and individuals across the world. Managing Information Technology Outsourcing lands a great possibility for growth and development.

The position being offered is for Financial Forwarding Coordinator.

Job requirements:
– Minimum 18 y.o.;
– constant internet access;
– home or mobile phone number;
– regular bank account (checking/savings) or a Verified Premier or Business PayPal account.

Employment benefits (upon completion of 30 days trial period):
– Paid holidays;
– Dental and Health;
– Professional development programs

Refer to the links below for additional information: http://www.lamar-llc.com/job/finance2?lang=us

Frequently Asked Question: http://www.lamar-llc.com/job/finance/faq

Key points:
– No investment of funds on your part;
– Not a sales position, base pay along with commission is guaranteed;

For further information and inquiries you may contact us at job@lamar-llc.com

Limited Time Offer with a Sign On Bonus! Please follow the link: http://www.lamar-llc.com/job/finance-bonus?lang=us

Thank you for your time and interest with our company.

Best Regards,

Paula Humphreys
Phone: 1-585-286-3374
Fax: 1-585-410-6049

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13 Comments

  1. Lance Jones says:

    From: Robin Cherin
    To: Recipients
    RE:Payment Information
    ————–
    I called you office number, but no responds Kindly Check why the invoice you sent to us has different Bank details, after you sent invoice to us, we receive another invoice with different Bank details in a revised invoice,also cc to this email.
    jamaalfoodsupplies@theplate.com

    Your soonest reply will be appreciated

    Attached TTcopy.com

    Robin Cherian

    **********Bad Engrish would you say:-)**************

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  2. Raman Kapoor says:

    I have recieved a similar mail…check below

    Dear Sir,

    Thanks for your response although I have not been able to respond to you
    due to busy work loads.

    My proposal is basically personal as I am interested in a credible
    fruitful business relationship with you and I hope you would acknowledge
    this business cooperation with the best of your understanding. I need your
    collaborative partnership to invest with you and I will like us to have a
    very comprehensive discussion regarding the investment plan and further
    detail.

    I am interested to set up a private investment with you and I need your
    understanding as this is a personal intent without the involvement of my
    company CNOOC. I also want to let you know that I am a person of high
    integrity who will not involve in any illicit or dishonest business if
    there is no reality.

    Having worked with both the government and major companies in China, I
    have now determined to set up my private business life as the main reason
    why I have contacted you through this medium. I am pleased to let you know
    that I have acquired a very extensive portfolio which is impressive and
    indeed a great asset from the oil and Gas sector, and it takes special
    dedication, commitment and perseverance to acquire or get through such a
    demanding course of achievement and have now decided to settle down to
    establish my private investment.

    I have the available fund for the investment of which I believe will be
    substantial to handle the areas I have suggested bellow. However, my
    definite reason to set up a private investment in a foreign country
    (outside China) tarries with my years of social commitment and
    contribution to CNOOC and many other Chinese companies hence I am now
    approaching towards retirement and I would not invest such a larger scale
    of business and money here in order to protect my identity.

    Having this established in your country we both can maintain meaningful
    rights in our business cooperation as shareholders I have no problem with
    that in as much as we abide by the obligation.

    I have the following ideas for this investment;
    *****
    1. Real Estate Business: Apartment/building, Hotels with modern
    facilities.
    2. Cement Plant/Industry (Manufacturing and supply)
    3. Fuel/gas Stations in different cities, regions/locality,
    Biofuels, etc
    4. Energy and lighting Solutions, Mining Corporation, Construction
    5. Highly skilled services in Oil logging (Upstream and downstream
    operations, Exploration and discovery)
    *****
    Let me know if you have any experience in the above sectors. Another
    Option is this: I may be interested to invest in your present company as a
    shareholder, or we may set up a separate Joint Venture company.

    If you consider my ideas to be viable and profitable in your country, or
    you have other ideas to recommend. Please advise so we may have a
    particular focus and proceed with the formalities for this investment
    accomplishment.

    Sincerely

    Yuan Guangyu
    Executive Vice President and
    General Manager of CNOOC China
    Limited Tianjin Branch,CNOOC Ltd.On Wed, March 9, 2016 5:17 am, Iamwith
    wrote:
    Dear Yuan Guangyu,
    Greetings of the day, I have received this mail from you which I am sure
    you have sent with best of your intentions however, it’s very clear that
    you don’t even know me or the nature of business that I am in as your
    mail is not addressed to me . Instead you refer to me as “mate”so it’s
    very clear that it’s a generic mail that you have sent to many people.
    Kindly specify your intent and the nature of work and most importantly
    let me know how you got my mail id Thank you

    Sent from my iPhone

    On 09-Mar-2016, at 6:10 AM, Yuan Guangyu wrote:

    Dear Mate,

    Kindly confirm your interest.

    I wish to propose for an investment Cooperation with you. I will also
    like to introduce myself by the way: I am Mr. Yuan Guangyu, Vice
    President and
    General Manager of China National Offshore Oil Cooperation (CNOOC)
    China.

    I want to discuss to see the possibility of a Joint Venture and
    Investment
    cooperation with you and I will explain my investment plan in detail on
    hearing from you.

    Moreover, I want any of my business cooperation with you to be carried
    out legally and transparently.

    Awaiting your response

    Sincerely

    Yuan Guangyu
    Executive Vice President and
    General Manager of CNOOC China
    Limited Tianjin Branch,CNOOC Ltd.

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  3. here’s another from CNOOC. They got the name of one of the Exec’s right, but that’s about it.

    1) I Have lived in China for 3 years – this is not how they write emails.
    2) suspicious signature
    3) wants to ensure legally and transparently – hahaha

    From: “Yuan Guangyu”
    Subject: letter of intent,
    Date: 22 February 2016 at 22:57:06 Z
    To:
    Reply-To: 1951580230@qq.com

    Dear Mr.James,

    Kindly confirm your interest.

    I wish to propose for an investment Cooperation with you. I will also like
    to introduce myself by the way: I am Mr. Yuan Guangyu, Vice President and
    General Manager of China National Offshore Oil Cooperation (CNOOC) China.

    I want to discuss to see the possibility of a Joint Venture and Investment
    cooperation with you and I will explain my investment plan in detail on
    hearing from you.

    Moreover, I want any of my business cooperation with you to be carried out
    legally and transparently.

    Awaiting your response

    Sincerely

    Yuan Guangyu
    Executive Vice President and
    General Manager of CNOOC China
    Limited Tianjin Branch,CNOOC Ltd.

    Reply
    1. Dear Mate,

      Kindly confirm your interest.

      I wish to propose for an investment Cooperation with you. I will also like to introduce myself by the way: I am Mr. Yuan Guangyu, Vice President and General Manager of China National Offshore Oil Cooperation (CNOOC) China.

      I want to discuss to see the possibility of a Joint Venture and Investment cooperation with you and I will explain my investment plan in detail on hearing from you.

      Moreover, I want any of my business cooperation with you to be carried out legally and transparently.

      Awaiting your response

      Sincerely

      Yuan Guangyu
      Executive Vice President and
      General Manager of CNOOC China
      Limited Tianjin Branch,CNOOC Ltd.

  4. my brother got a fed ex overnight envelope that only contained a check made out to his name for 2500$ and change nothing else was in the envelope. he then receieved a text confirming that his check had been overnighted concerning the “job offer” which he never requested or applied for. but chemical abstract services colombus ohio seems to be a worldwide pharmaceutical company that has tens of websites for future conferences newsletters for past conferences etc. i know some scams are elaborate but he hasn’t even received any instructions like your normal overpayment check scams. why does this have me wondering if the check is authentic and maybE a mistake?

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  5. This email seems very similar to one above. What throws me about this one is the use of seemingly (from what I can find) legitimate information. It must be the gmail address for the president (suspicious in itself that he would contact me) that is erroneous.
    Any comments? Isn’t this impersonation or something slightly worse than just a scam?

    DESK OF: President Shuitsu Fujii

    Good Day,

    This is a letter from ADTEC Plasma Technology Co. Ltd., you can visit our corporate website: http://www.adtec-rf.com/
    We know you may be surprise on how we got your email address,your email was picked out by our Gmek System which
    we use to randomly select the right candidate for this position. We want to make you our payment agent there in your location
    and your reward for this position is 10% from each payment you receive from our customers please contact me for more information.
    We hereby assure you that you will not regret working with us our company (ADTEC PLASMA TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.)
    was established in 1982. We are interested in employing your services, to work with us as our payment agent there in your location
    our north America customers will make payment to you on our behalf for goods and raw materials we supplied. Most payment ranges
    from $10,000.00 to $500,000.00 US Dollars. Please if you are interested in working with us kindly fill the following information listed
    below and forward directly to my Email: shuitsu.fujii@gmail.com

    1. Your Full Name:
    2. Payment should be made to:
    3. Your Full Contact Address(Postal Address):
    4. Phone/Fax Number:
    5. Occupation:

    Please note that I will file up your datas and we will get back to you with further information regarding the service.
    Thanks for your understanding, we are expecting your reply as soon as possible.

    Yours Sincerely,
    President Shuitsu Fujii
    ADTEC Plasma Technology Co. Ltd.
    Head Office : 6-10, 5-chome, Hikino-cho
    Fukuyama City, Hiroshima, 721-0942, JAPAN
    TEL : +81-84-945-1359
    http://www.adtec-rf.com/
    Email: shuitsu.fujii@gmail.com

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  6. I just received Email Scam #2 this morning, but the most surprising scams I see
    are from all the scammers claiming to be working with the FBI !! I have a whole folder of scams with FBI headings ! Some threatening arrest, believe me people if the FBI wanted to talk to you they would come to your home !!!!!! One of the first signs of a scam is if the email is not directly addressed to your name it should be immediately suspect !!

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  7. I just received the the email from Robert Lawrence. If they are trying to give you money, in check no-less, 15 words into the email- just hit the delete button! My website is real and it is scams like this which make all online jobs seem questionable. The first thing to do is goggle the job in question. I had my doubts and this was the first web site I came across.

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  8. Got this one today;
    _____________________________________

    Here is Paula Humphreys. I work as an executive search.

    Organization we work for is quite recognized in IT Outsourcing market which is situated in the United States. Being an IT Outsourcing company, we aim to help relieve the company on the IT department and staffs from the day to day maintenance activity to allow them to focus on delivering strategic value back to their business by developing a scalable strategy and infrastructure.

    We are in need of part-time independent contractors countrywide.

    Requirements for the successful applicants:
    -Availability, both online and on the phone, for 2-3 hours a day Mon-Fri.
    -Confident and competent PC use
    -24/7 Internet and e-mail access

    Here is the offer:
    – Payroll with a monthly gross of $2,300 – $4,500, including both base salary and commission
    – Free training
    – Standard benefits for salaried-exempt employees, including health, dental, life insurance and disability insurance

    If you would like to learn more, please send us your contact information at lamar.hr.dpt@gmail.com.

    Respectfully,
    HR Assistant

    Reply
  9. My wife got this email recently. It sounds familiar to the 4th email. Oh well, we’ll keep trying.
    —————————
    Greetings

    Our HR staff looked through the resume that you recently posted online. After an initial review of your skills, we suppose that you might be a good candidate for a position in our company.

    If you are interested in obtaining new experience, starting a new career, or simply receiving better pay, we would be excited to take you on. Now we are offering the part-time position of Financial Forwarding Coordinator.

    Company we are representing is small but respectful in IT Outsourcing market which is situated in United States. Our system is perfect for managing IT networks and corporate IT organization who are interested in reducing complexity and increasing productivity.

    Your compensation during the training period will be $2,300 per month, plus 8% commission after each transaction. Your total income will be around $4,500 per month. After the probationary period, your base compensation will increase to $3,000 per month, plus 8% commission.

    Our goal is to spark your interest. In the present economy, our vacancy offers on-line training, support, and a pay scale comparable to entry-level positions that normally would require a regular 40 hour work week. I hope you will get back to me with your questions.

    If you are interested in an agent or management opportunity, please contact us at lamarllc.gr@gmail.com to schedule an interview.

    Our recruiting managers will contact you within 2 business days.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Respectfully,
    HR Recruiter
    Paula Humphreys

    Reply
  10. i’m in the process of doing herbalife and i came across steve message because i was starting to wonder if i was getting scamed because they accidently let me into the “backdoor” of the program where all the pages were where they read the lines where they hook line and sinker people like me and i was literally reading the next phone call i was going to get from my coach where i was going to have to decide if i was going to invest another$1100 inmy future to become “supervisor” som i could make more profit, after already paying $500, $100, $50, And that’s not even covering the upcoming advertising charges i wil be having to pay in the next couple of weeks! I ‘m so glad i found this page before i went ahead and invested any more money in this, i just wish i knew more on what this was about. i’m stuggling so much and i need a way out. me and my husbind are almost going to be evicted and every bill is on its last notice…he works so hard, but i’m disabled and it’s enough…i’m flying on a wing and a prayer on this on..i trust that the great one has brought me to this site for a reason. thaats all i have to go on and ao for now..warm wishes to all….kady..

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  11. Job scams are the focus of this site and they’re much more believable than winning a random foreign lottery or inheriting millions of dollars from random African kings.

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  12. Joan Marshall says:

    The offer of jobs on line is old hat now. I have sent you e-mails of lottery wins, Beneficiary millions, and money found in Iraq which you shoul be publishing. Publish the various ways scammers operate. One scammer has even had the nerve to ask for my Bank Pin number so that they can transfer the millions and only greedy people will fall for it. Nobody says that we would not all like to have millions but, do it the Legitimate way, not the Illegitimate way. I even get threaths that if I do not comply with Bank details I will be arrested, what a laugh! and yet there will be people who will fall for it. God save us from the Greed of people.

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