Once in a while, I like to take a glance through my spam emails and see what kind of work at home scam emails are running around. For the most part, they’re pretty obvious, but it’s nice to review what real scams look like. Let’s take a look. Asterisks indicate where I’ve removed information such as names, email addresses or URLs.
Email #1: Mystery shopper needed
Please a mystery shopper needed in your region, you can earn up to
$150-200 per week. To learn more, contact M**** D***** at
(****************) with your full name to proceed.
This one is a really basic mystery shopping scam. The poor grammar is one indicator, as is the lack of information. Job title and possible pay really isn’t a lot of information. Who’s the employer? They’re smart enough to start with only asking very basic information – your full name, but you can be certain it will proceed from there.
All these opportunities, of course have one major red flag in common – they’re unsolicited. Such basic work at home opportunities don’t need to send out emails – legitimate opportunities of that sort get plenty of applicants on their own – they don’t need to spam.
Email #2: new job
We offer the responsibility of the extra money earing for everyone who has USA citizenship.
If you are a student; on maternity leave; in retirement; not big salary or you just have a free time,then this work is for you!
The work takes about 1-2 hours every day, without any investment from your side, daily payment of worked bonuses,
and of course the career prospects in logistics blue chip company.
If you think of our offering – send your contact information on our e-mail address
viz. name and surname, country and place of residence, contact telephone number and e-mail address.
Yours faithfully, Recruitment Department
As you can see poor grammar is common to these emails. Spelling may may be an issue too.
Email #3: Job Offer
We have an open position in our team as a secret consumer and we are looking for qualified individuals to apply.
You can find more information about the position and what this job involves, also the registration form if you open the attachment file.
This one was particularly sneaky, as it claimed to come from Career Builder. The “job information” was indeed an attachment, which I didn’t open as you should never open an attachment from an unsolicited email. That’s a great way to get a virus. The run-on sentences are another clue that this is a scam. There is nothing in this to indicate that it could possibly be legitimate.
Email #4: Permanent Position – Work at your home
US based online service is searching for Postal Assistants. This opening requires no professional knowledge besides basic computer skills and capacity to handle mail and parcels.
Perfectly fit for stay at home moms, retirees and also business owners who stay in their private office during working hours.
– Sign for deliveries from major carriers at your location
– Repackage mail
– Inspect the packages
– Read and assign appropriate USPS labels
– Distribute letters and parcels to the nearest USPS branches
– Stay in contact with your support department through email, and phone
– In due course send results via website
– A resident of the United States with postal address
– Must possess communication and computer skills
– Must be able to demonstrate self motivation and knowledge of mailing services
– Be able to lift up to 35 pounds
– Valid driver’s license and available vehicle
This is a full-time job with a wage of up to $2,000 after tax per month.
If you are interested in this opening, go ahead and reply directly to this e-mail better with your resume, and we will contact you as soon as possible.
The repackaging scam has been going on for some time. Don’t fall for it.