Another posting about spam.
This time, it wasn’t an actual phishing spam, although I’ve had plenty of those in the last few months. This one was probably the other side of the scam: a money transfer agent recruitment “job offer”.
It says “Honest workers needed!” and “we need an official representatives(sic) in New Zealand”. It claims to be from an outfit that sells plasma TVs over the Internet direct to customers in New Zealand. They say their customers can’t pay them directly, and so:
Your work will consist in accepting on your bank account payments for the goods bought from us and send payment our agents via Western Union or Money Gram. The payment for your work will make 5% from the sum which have sent to you […], you should to send other part to our agent via WU or MG.
It sounds too good to be true, and of course, it is. The money I would be transferring, if I accepted the job offer, would be hot money belonging to other New Zealanders who had fallen for phishing scams. The BBC has a good explanation of how it works here.
So Olga Slabikova and Igor Kazakov won’t be getting a reply from me.
The email I received is below.
From email@example.com Sat Mar 27 22:59:54 2004
Received: from fep12 (fep12-yellow.clear.net.nz [192.168.16.113])
by local-daemon (CLEAR Net Mail) with ESMTP id <0HV600I4IT4G6D@local-daemon>
for ******@clear.net.nz; Sat, 27 Mar 2004 02:19:30 +1200 (NZST)
Received: from 126.96.36.199 ([188.8.131.52])
by mx3.clear.net.nz (CLEAR Net Mail)
with ESMTP id <0HV60016SSZBSY@mx3.clear.net.nz> for ******@clear.net.nz; Sat,
27 Mar 2004 02:19:29 +1200 (NZST)
Received: from unknown (HELO localhost) (127.0.0.1)
by localhost.suprexk.com with SMTP; Fri, 26 Mar 2004 10:12:31 +0000
Received: from 184.108.40.206 (220.127.116.11[18.104.22.168])
by 22.214.171.124 (IMP) with HTTP for <******@clear.net.nz>;
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 10:12:31 +0000
From: Algernon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Honest Workers Needed!!!
To: Noll <******@clear.net.nz>
Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
User-Agent: Internet Messaging Program (IMP) 3.2.2
Honest Workers Needed!!!
Are you a college student with odd class schedules impairing regular work time?
Are you blessed with a new child yet unable to attend work?
Well you are in luck!!!
Jump start your career today!
We are looking for honest and smart people for business co-operation.
1. computer with e-mail;
2. New Zealand resident;
3. Adult people only (we cannot hire people who don t reach the adult edge);
4. 2-3 hours free during the week (mainly in the evening /
non-business hours) for communication;
5. banking account
Also it is all!! You will need no money to start!!! This is a business requiring only limited amounts of your time.
Plasma Connection is your direct connection for plasma TV and displays. Our
plasma TV sales staff work with plasma manufacturers and specialized
distributors to provide you, our customers, with the broadest selection of
plasma TV, plasma displays, LCD TV and accessories at the most competitive
pricing. Our sales consultants are trained experts in plasma TV and display
technology and will help identify the right products for your application. If
your needs are for a plasma TV, plasma display, LCD, LCD TV, or simply need your
questions answered, our friendly sales staff are here to help you.
Plasmaconnection , corp. is engaged in sale of plasma TVs via Internet. 3 years
we sell TVs worldwide, and at the given stage of work we want to offer you
co-operation. As against that you heard earlier, this real business offer
advantageous for our company and you. And the most important, for this business
from you is required a minimum of efforts.
The essence of our offer is those: recently clients from New Zealand began take in
interest in our products, but the majority of them is not want to pay the goods
in a e-currency (such as e-gold or webmoney) or by money transfers such as
Western Union (WU) or Money Gram (MG), because do not trust this kind of payment
methods or simply are not able to use them. Thus for the majority of our clients
Wire transfer remains a priority kind of payment. We, in turn, cannot open bank
accounts in all countries of the world. That s why we need an official
representatives in New Zealand.
About your activity
Your work will consist in accepting on your bank account payments for the goods
bought from us and send payment our agents via Western Union or Money Gram. The
payment for your work will make 5% from the sum which have sent to you (on the
average the prices for our production is 1500 - 6000 USD), you should to send
other part to our agent via WU or MG. All transaction fees is paid also by us!
We will inform you about the payment which have sent on your banking account by
e-mail, or by phone (as you will wish). Information about WU and MG transfers
which have sent by you we ask to mail us. The quantity of our agents in each
country is limited, therefore it is possible you late to conclude the contract
with us. Fill the form with your personal information and send it to us.
Two simple steps to do business together with us
1. Fill the form with your personal information and send it to us. Every
completed form will be reviewed and our manager will contact you same day.
2. Wait for confirmation letter .
Also it is all!! Since this moment you start to make a money, not spending for
it is a lot of time. Simple as 1-2-3.
Mail to us if you were interested with our offer and we shall send you the form
of the agent for filling.
Persons who will be accepted for this job will follow these simple instructions:
1. Receive the money transfers on banking account
2. Take 5% from the sum which have sent to you
3. Send other part of received money to our manager via Western Union or Money
4. Report to our manager via e-mail (to email@example.com) transfer
What can be easier??? This is not a sales gimmick requiring you to pay setup
fees or sign up to a mailing list. As you see, you can lose nothing, working
Spaces are limited so act now for this great job offer.
DO NOT TURN THIS OFFER DOWN!! GREAT OPPORTUNITY!!!
Please, be free to ask us any questions you will have.
Thank you for reading this document. Good luck.
Plasmaconection , corp.
Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org or to one of our managers,
Olga Slabikova - email@example.com
And Igor Kazakov firstname.lastname@example.org