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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

International Company Filling Internet Related Vacancies

 

I've just received masses of identical spam e-mails.

This is one.

International Company filling Internet related vacancies: 500USD/week

Our company seeks employees for doing online Internet jobs linked with finance/ multiplayer online games (MMORPG).
We have many vacancies to fill, since its a young direction of business, specific expirience is not required.
If you feel this interesting - email us for details and check out our site: www.rpgwork.com

They are all the same and I can't really fathom them, but as they are coming in such numbers they are ringing bells on my Fraud-o-Meter. Note the spelling of experience.

I should say that I've clicked the link and the site doesn't really say more.

If anything knows more please let me know.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Tim Trent said...

This one's an easy one, James. It's one of two things, and the first is the most probable:

1) Simple bank fraud. You receive papers allegedly worth money (banker's draft, cheque, etc), deposit them in your account, keep a "commission" and forward the fraudster the rest.

After a while the papers are found to be forged or stolen. The money is clawed back by the bank from your account, but you, since you are an adult, are judged to have known what you were doing, and lose your money. The crooks keep the money because your transfer to them was lawful

2) money laundering. Bad money goes in to your accoint, good money comes out

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 10:36:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, agree with the above - but I tried registering with false details and it kept spitting out the email address saying it was already registered. Tried a few more with same effect. Looks like it is trying to collate a list of valid email addresses to me.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 11:42:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I googled for the address and found this post (no way I was actualy going to go there).
Interesting about the form collecting emails I wonder it it's worth putting in a few false ones and polluting their DB.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 6:00:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah I googled the name and came to this. I resgistrered with an account that I use for this kind of stuff. And it made an error, but after i could login with the username and password, and the only thing it says is that Thanks for registration! Our manager will contact you next 24hours. I received a mail in the spam and it was in russian.

I also communicated with them via mail and this is what they say.

First email:
At the moment we have 3 positions to fill : 1) Online currency trading in
MMO games- you have to buy ingame money online, on specific web sites, and
get 10% profit from total.
2) Shipping assistant agent- you have to receive packages with
hardware/software stuff on your address and resend them to us. We pay you
40$ for every package you process.
3) Finance manager- you have to receive money and help us to transfer them
internationally, because there are limits for transfering, and to keep in
legal we need more people to do it with
smaller amounts of money. We pay you 8% from the amount transfered, plus
cover all fees.

Online currency trading and Finance manager positions requires that you
have a verified paypal account. Its also good if you have paypal to get
your pay for
Shipping assistant agent.

Please let us know which position may look interesting and suitable for
you and we will email you futher details.


Second email:
...we will send you money by paypal... its allowed by US laws to transfer 10 thousand USD per
month freely. If you transfer larger amount, you have to send
report/contract to your local tax service. We will not ask you to transfer
more then 10000$ per mont so its fully legal....We are sorry for the spam,
but its a working advertize method...

Friday, June 15, 2007 11:53:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dear, I may have got suckered in, as i thought. well, if its a scam, i dont lose anything. The only think I gave them is my shipping address.
What should I do?
What will they do?

Sunday, July 15, 2007 7:16:00 pm  
Blogger James Miller said...

You're probably OK.

But don't give them your bank details. If you have tell your bank now.

Sunday, July 15, 2007 7:29:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No I havn't. I would never do that!
Its qiote strange. they said, They send me 5-10 parcels a week, and I have to post them on to them. and for each one, they refund the shipping amount, and pay me my "Tip" of $40. All I have to do is provide my shipping address, and the email address to send the paypal funds to.
I really cant see what they would get out of this.. apart from an email address, but they already had mine!

Also, Ive noticed, the website has dissapeard now!

Heres the last email they sent me, explaining how it worked


Hi. You give(confirm) your shipping address to receive packages. -> We
> order items on your address. -> You receive it. -> Then send it to our
> address we will provide you. -> Give us tracking number for the
> shipment.
> + shipping cost. -> We will send you money by paypal which is 40$+
> shipping cost. Approximately 5-10 packages per week.
> Mostly its small packages about 300 gramms containing software
> products for MMORPG games or electronics/computer parts. 40$ is your
> tip, we will cover your shipping charge.
> We are sending lots of packages directly and some of goods we need
> doesnot ship to Russia directly. You give us a tracking number and
> then its postage service responsibility to deliver without missing.

Sunday, July 15, 2007 8:50:00 pm  
Blogger James Miller said...

If they send them to you for posting, then has it occurred to you that what they are asking you to post is illegal?

Sunday, July 15, 2007 9:00:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, good point! it would be a great front for them to send anything!
I think ill stay well clear! thanks for your help.
I thought they could want legit addresses from the UK, so if i have any probs, ill know where it came from!

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Sunday, July 15, 2007 9:33:00 pm  
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