February 8th, 2013

Reshipping Scam Email

Reshipping scam email
I can’t help but chuckle sometimes when I  get one of these scam emails. This particular variety has been around for a while, a basic reshipping scam:

Hello, Will you be interested in being my personal Assistant? below are the the
details of the job :

Responsibilities
1. Receive my mail and  Drop them off at the post office or shipping center.
2. Pay my bills on my behalf and sit for delivery at home.
3. Pick up my items at your nearby post office at your convenience.
4. When you get my mail or package, you would mail all items to where I want
them shipped.All expenses and shipping charges will be covered by me.

The contents of the packages are mostly art materials and paintings. In
addition, there will be clothing I need for business and personal letters. No
heavy packages is involved,I would love to meet with you to discuss this job in
more detail, but I am currently away on business in China. If you decide to
accept the position, please read the employment requirements listed below.

EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:

A. You are an honest and trustworthy citizen.
B. You will be required to work between 15 and 20hrs a month
C You need to be able to check your EMAIL 3 to 5 times daily.

THE PAY IS $800 WEEKLY and you are entitle to a brand new car after 1 Month if
you are hardworking and honest with me, WHICH IS NOT A BAD OFFER.

In closing, I have a couple of questions for you.
First, If I were to mail you money to do my shopping plus an upfront Payment for
your service, where would you want it mailed to?

Second, how would you like for your name appear on the Cashiers Check Or Any
other Payment option?To start kindly provide you’re details

Name :
Phone Home & Cell :
addres :
city :
zip :
state :

————————————————-
Thank You…..

When you know your scam basics, it’s pretty obvious. Unsolicited job offer, oddly high pay for the type of work, typos, plus, what legitimate businessperson would need help getting his or her mail while out of the country? The reply-to email address is also different from the visible one, which could well be a legitimate company. The reply-to is an address from a free email service, easy enough to get, and quite disposable for a scammer.

It’s not so difficult as all that, if you really need it. This one adds in the cashier’s check scam, which is where they have you cash a cashier’s check, probably for a too large amount, and then you send the excess back. At the very least, they’re having you spend the money on clothes you’ll be shipping to them, which means you will be out that money when the check turns out fraudulent, and you have to pay it back.

You can report email scams and other online scams to iC3 or the US Department of Justice.

Edited to add:

I got another email of the same type! *snicker* So similar.

I produce ART WORKS,I wanna meet with you to talk about this job but I am away on a business trip. I will return to the States April

I will have My mail diverted to your home as some would need immediate attention and some would be payments from clients which you would be required to process on my behalf. If you would prefer not to receive most of the mails at your house, I can have them shipped to a post office near you and then you can pick it up at your convenience But I would prefer any mail containing payments from my clients delivered to your front door.

When you get my mails, you are required to mail them to where I want them mailed to. You don’t have to put money out of your pocket, all you have to do is receive packages at your house and do my shopping at times. You are allowed to open the packages to reveal its content. The contents will mostly Art materials. All expenses will be covered by me.You will work between 10 and 15 Hours a week. pay is $800 as weekly payment.

I’d certainly meet up with you when I return and then we can talk about the possibility of making this long term.

send your info to get started

Full Name:
Full Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Home Phone:
Cell Phone:
Sex:
Age:
Occupation:
Email Address:
Bank Name : ( Just to make sure you have one)

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November 30th, 2012

Work at Home Scam Phone Calls

Got a call last night that really cracked me up. Now I’m not saying this was definitely for a scam, but contacting me in a manner that is against the law isn’t what I call a great introduction to your business opportunity. You see, this “work at home opportunity” called my house, using a recorded message. Very simply, robocalls are illegal.

This call  gave me a website to go to to learn to make money from home. Given what I do, I found the whole thing hilarious. I’m reeeeally not their target audience – I know too much to trust that easily. I did a simple site: search on the domain in Google to get past the initial sales page to see what was really going on.

Basically, they’re selling information on doing internet marketing and the ability to earn money by selling the same information to others. It’s expensive – anywhere from $667 to over $20,000. I’m not judging the quality of the information, but that’s quite a risk to take at even the lowest level. I personally think there are better ways to get an online business going than by spending that kind of money right off the bat. Doubly so when they’re ignoring the law in the initial contact. Just an awful sign for the quality of the opportunity.

Honestly, I hope the company running the opportunity as a whole kicks out the person running the robocall campaign. If you have a company, you can’t afford people promoting it illegally. Talk about a way to get law enforcement to look at your business!

And yes, I did report the call to the FTC through the Do Not Call website, which also takes complaints about recorded calls. If you get a call like this, you may be glad to hear that it’s really easy to report.

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October 26th, 2012

What Are the Top Words Used in Fake Emails?

I subscribe to the Internet Crime Complaint Center’s email list to keep up on scams going around the internet. Most times, it’s not that interesting, but sometimes good stuff pops up. Such as this alert, which included a list of the top words used in fake emails. It originally came from Net-Security.org. You’ll have to scroll down the page a little to see that part, as a couple other alerts come first, but it’s interesting.

This is just a screen shot of the top 11 – it goes to 20 and I suggest you visit the page if you want to read more. They also discuss a type of phishing called spear phishing, which is where they know a bit about you from social networks, and use that to make their emails more legitimate to you. There aren’t a lot of details on the page, but then much of how you deal with scams is knowing that they exist. The details usually change so fast that by the time you learn how one scam goes, there’s a new one coming in. Still, it helps to know the symptoms.

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October 22nd, 2012

Don’t Fall For the Detective Shopper Scam

I’ve written in the past about secret/mystery shopper scams. They aren’t as uncommon as I would like, not by a long shot. I received an email the other day, calling it a detective shopper position. A small change in name, but the same old scam.

You have been selected for assignment as a Detective Shopper in your area,
and You will get $200 being a Detective Shopper.Your employment packet
will include funds for the shopping. We want you to participate because
it’s fun & rewarding.
You will have access to training materials.

Provide the following details if you interested:

– Name (first/last):
– A d d r e s s:
– State, City, Zipcode:
– Num. Phone/cell:
– A g e:
– S e x:
– O c c u p a t i o n:
– Alt. E-mail:

As a Detective Shopper You work and shop together for pleasure,
and You only work 2-3 hours twice in a week.

We wait your good response, Thank You !

Regards,
Hiring Manage

Now, I haven’t contacted them personally, but I think I know where this one is going. The usual routine on these is to offer a high rate of pay, then have the supposed detective shopper cash what appears to be a perfectly valid cashiers check or money order at their local Walmart. It isn’t, however, although these are generally well enough faked to fool the employee at the bank cashing it. You might even be told to make a few purchases at the store while you’re at it.

You’re supposed to keep your pay and send the excess back (a few thousand dollars, usually) to the person claiming to be your employer for this job. They’re probably in another country, of course, as that makes them really hard to prosecute when the scam is revealed.

Here’s the big problem for anyone who falls for this. You end up responsible for the money when the check or money order turns out fraudulent. There’s no way to get the money back, but the bank expects you to pay it back.

There are plenty of clues in the email alone. First and foremost, I never applied for such a position. Employers don’t just tell you that you have an assignment when you never applied with them for one of these jobs. They don’t even know my name yet, never mind the most basic of contact information any place you’ve applied with would already know.  That goes on most applications, after all. Second, the rate of pay is WAY too high. Legitimate mystery shopping jobs don’t pay that much for so little work. Most don’t pay all that well, and they’re absolutely picky about where and when you do your shop.

If you’re interested in mystery shopping, there are places to find legitimate employers. My list of mystery shopping companies is one place to start.

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September 21st, 2012

Beware Amazon “Package Shipped” Email Scams

Just thought I would quickly share one of the scam emails I got today. It claims to be from Amazon.com, about a purchase being shipped. They even include a shipping address in the email, so that you can see that it’s not going to your address. It’s not too hard to spot as a scam, however. Just take a look:

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This one didn’t bother to disguise their email address, for one. It’s very clearly not from Amazon. Their URL also isn’t particularly sneaky. Some do a much better job of making the URL look like something that comes from the company they claim to be from.

I blurred out the supposed shipping address on the off chance it’s someone’s real address, but I couldn’t resist leaving the “Appartments 4C” typo visible. It’s not the only typo on the page, which is another hint for the scam.

The most important thing to remember when you get an email you have any doubt of, whether the source is Amazon, your bank or any other site you deal with, is that you can type in the domain name or use your bookmarks. Don’t use links to visit a website when you doubt the source. Go to the domain in your usual way and check your account on your own, or even contact the company. It’s much safer than clicking on a phishing email.

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