I’ve been offered a dream job as an Account Rep for a reputable charity foundation! And for at least $4000 a month to boot! Sounds great, huh? Well, I thought I’d better do some checking and here’s what I found…
I received a job offer via email (always a bad sign, have you ever gotten a job that way?) and it looked too good to be true so I decided it should be the subject of my next investigation.
From: DR.RICHARD MILLER To: email@example.com Sent: July 18, 2009 12:05 PM Subject: lucrative job offer Hello , Hope this message meets you in great spirit. Firstly,i would like to congratulate you on this offer.I viewed your profile and hereby decided to offer you a job of an Account Rep of our firm in which you will earn at least $4000 per month. This is a very limited offer in which I will require your immediate response.I will be hoping to hear from You soon,since its a job that can enable you to work from home. You'll also stand the chances of being a part of our future and the excellence of a CHARITY FOUNDATION in which you will be highly appreciated. Thanks and God bless. Hope to hear from you soon. Dr.Richard Miller Medical Director ActionAid International www.actionaid.org.uk
As you can see, the message was from a “Dr. Richard Miller”. Very impressive. Even more impressive was what jumped out at once from the email: I says that I will earn “at least $4000 per month”. I will earn, not I could earn or I may make up to... Wow! That sounds great! It also sounds like I’ve already got the job
Another thing I noticed was that I would be working for a charity. That makes them seem legitimate doesn’t it? Unfortunately I also noticed the many errors throughout the email such as the improper capitalization, incorrect spacing and the use of the word “firstly”. These are mistakes that I would not expect to see from a doctor.
Since there was a website given in the email I took at look at that first. It definitely appears to be a legitimate charity foundation. I decided to contact the company to verify the job offer. Here is what I sent:
From: Sharon Davis [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: 18 July 2009 20:16 To: Supporter Services Subject: Job Offer email from your organization Hello, I received an email from someone claiming to be with your organization. It was a job offer. I've pasted a copy of the email below. Can you please verify the identity of this person. Thank you, -- Sharon Davis, Editor 2 W O R K - A T - H O M E .com
While I waited for a response I decided to see whether this “job” was posted on their job offers section. Take a look at the notice posted there. This is what is posted there:
HOAX JOB OFFER EMAIL WARNING
ActionAid is issuing a warning over poorly-written hoax emails claiming to offer the recipient a job with ActionAid. The emails request personal information and discuss wire transfers and working as an ‘Account Representative’ and ask the recipient to reply to a Yahoo, AOL or Gmail email address.
The next day, I received this email from ActionAid:
From: Supporter Services To: Sharon Davis Cc: report-phishing-email Sent: July 19, 2009 3:00 AM Subject: RE: Job Offer email from your organization Dear Ms Davis, Unfortunately as suspected this is indeed a scam email. I have forwarded it to our IT department in order that they can investigate further. Kind regards Debbie Baker Development Team Administrator ActionAid
So, as it turn out this is yet another way that unethical people are using real organizations to make them appear legitimate. Their goal is to obtain your personal information for identity theft and/or use you to help them do illegal wire transfers.
Remember: If you participate in illegal wire transfering or money laundering, even if you don’t know it’s illegal, you can still be sent to jail and held responsible for the stolen money.