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Scam Email #1

Dear Applicant,

My name Maria Friedman,
I am happy to let you know that there are few administrative
assistants vacancies offered by our company.
Please review this email closely and check whether you are the right
candidate for this job.
We are a reputable food manufacturer that was established in Europe,
possesses divisions in Costa Rica and Canada and sells their product
all over the world.

– Complete or incomplete higher education
– Basic acquaintance with MS Office applications such as Microsoft
Word and Excel
– Means for remote work via Internet.
– Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
– Over 25 years of age
– Bank account

Main responsibilities:
– Processing payment transactions performed by our customers
– Delivering a thorough record of settlements made
– Generation of financial reviews
– Managing your own client base

– Base pay of $2100 (after a month of probation period)
-5% bonus for every completed transaction
– All expenses connected with transactions and Western Union are
covered by the company.

NOTE: This job position can be applied solely by the US residents.

If you are willing to get more information about this position, feel
free to email me at
Hope to talk with you soon.

Scam Email #2

Dear Friend,

Good day and compliments, I know this letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine my future and continued existence.Please allow me to introduce myself.I am Sgt. Charles Moore, a US Marine Sgt.serving in the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment that Patrols the helmand province, Afghanistan. I am desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you.

I am presently in Afghanistan and I found your contact particulars in an address journal. I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of $14.5m (Fourteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to you,as far as I can be assured that it will be safe in your care until I complete my service here. This is no stolen money and there are no dangers involved.

Some money in US DOLLARS was discovered and concealed in barrels at a location in helman province when we conducted a foot patrol and it was agreed by all party present that the money be shared amongst us.This might appear as an illegal thing to do but I tell you what? No compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our lives in this hellhole.The above figure was given to me as my share and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a Canadian contact working with the UN here (his office enjoys some immunity) I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an American who died in an air raid, who before giving up trusted me to hand over the package to his close relative.

I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of Afghanistan for you to pick up. I do not know for how long I will remain here, as I have been lucky to survive 2 suicide bomb attacks by Pure Divine intervention. This and other reasons put into consideration have prompted me to reach out for help. If it might be of interest to you then Endeavor to contact me immediately and we would work out the necessary formalities but I pray that you are discreet about this mutually benefiting relationship.

Sgt. Charles Moore,
United States Marine Corps. Afghanistan

Scam Email #3

We received your curriculum vitae at CareerBuilder online. That’s why we are glad to propound you a position of «Mystery shopping» with in Mystery Shopping Providers Association. Your resume was learnt thoroughly by our HR department and they were satisfied. Therefore you fit this job absolutely. Necessary requirements for the applicant:
Age: from 28
Internet access
Time: should have 3-5 hours of free time daily in order to do all the operation
There is no criminal offense
Mystery shopping is a great way for clients to make money while supplying valuable feedback to organization It’s a WIN-WIN position for both business and patrons.
Patrons are workingas « Mystery shopping » have an opportunity toget payments doing things they like to.For example:
make shopping in grocery, retail, and online stores
Eat in restaurants
watch films
stay at apartments andsalutarium
You may make up to $2,500 – $3,500 per month
We advice you to hurry up wit your settlement as far as there are many applicants for this job.
If you realize that this vacancy is interesting for you, please reply us back detailed information : 1) Full name
2) Contact phone number
3) Your age
4)Valuable address Street , City, Zip code
To become the member of our company, you need to click on this link and register yourself. Signing and downloading a contract is compulsory as well.
This application for membership into The Mystery Shopping Provider’s Association MSPAmeans an agreement between both sides
By submitting of this application it is stated that you accept the the MSPA partnership application process and waives any complaints against MSPA and all its management

About Mystery Shopping Providers Association
Our company is the worldwide association which operates to improve service quality by using anonymous resources. We have more than 300 companies in partnership worldwide, our main work includes market search and merchandising companies, private investigation firms, training organizations and other firms that deal with mystery shopping services. Our member firms work with their clients to establish process in order torefine levels of turn.
Regards, Best wishes,

Scam Email #4

from Brennan Murray
date Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 7:53 AM
subject For real candidate!

Company: All Goods Trading
Job Title: Purchasing Manager
Employee Type: Full-Time, Part-Time or Contractor
Base Pay: USD 25.00 – USD 42.00 /Hour
Occupations: Supply Chain; Customer Service; Import – Export; Consumer Products
Career Level: Entry Level
Industry: Supply, Customers Services, Logistics, Retail/Reselling, Product Planning & Buying
Relocation Offered: None
Location: Nationwide
Job Category: Work at Home
Relevant Work Experience: Experience is privilege
Education Level: Not Specified

My client is a family owned retail company with continuous growth plans in nationally and internationally retail business. It’s a marketing and distribution company, operating in different consumer goods categories. Its portfolio ranges from sale and trade sales of electronic and electrical products, equipment and machinery, related materials along with household goods.

They are looking for Purchasing Managers ideally with experience in the retail industry as well as those of you with buying experience to join a supply team. The main purpose of the role is to be in control of the effective management of the supply chain function for the supply department. This role would ideally suit a candidate looking for a challenging role in an ever changing environment.

Your obligations will include:

– Fulfillment Purchase Orders in a timely manner
– Work to resolve purchase order issues and deadlines
– Build and develop relationships with key suppliers and customers
– Monitoring supplier performance and making recommendations for improvements
– Manage direct and indirect reports

You will possess:

– Excellent Project & People management skills
– Team player, self driven, taking initiative, enthusiastic
– An understanding and interest in delivering supply chain best practice
– Previous experience including management of third party manufacturers, purchasing and stock management.

We recruit people from every background and from all walks of life. What’s important is the desire to work. There is NO required fee or investment of money and time to apply.

If this sounds like your area of expertise, then we’d love to hear from you via e-mail All information collected will be treated confidentially and the form is simple and intuitive. We are looking to interview candidates as soon as possible.

Due to the high numbers of candidates applying for roles, it is not always possible to give individual feedback for candidates who have not been selected.

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  • Steve

    Of course not.

    No one pays out $25 (technically $35 if they’re a referral) just to sign up for a website.

    They’ll make a killing off of ad revenue then ban you from the program just as you request your money.

  • james ndichu
    james ndichu

    I came across the site by the name which claims to be an online payment processor being built from scratch and it is offering $25 to join, $10 per referral and upto $20 daily for participating in their activities as an early bird user. Is there anyone with the truth about this site?

  • fred

    I really believe I could make honest money from the internet with the right information. My problem is that most of the genuine website I visit always require me to be a resident of USA or some European countries. Unfortunately, I am from Nigeria, cheating is not my style; I would have considered the use of proxy.

    So please kindly help with sites where an honest Nigerian like me can make honest money to assist my school fees and up keeping. Thanks a lot. Hope to hear from you very soon.

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