Scambusters, Preventing Internet Scams & Phishing Attempts

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Sunday, September 25, 2011


This is a really bad job scam as it can land you in prison.  Either State or Federal depending on who prosecutes first or even both, leave one to go to the other.   You are moving stolen money, stolen merchandise and using the Federal Post Office to move the stolen items.  

Local traffic of stolen goods, having stolen property or using the US Post Office for Wire Fraud and moving Stolen Property or Federal Criminal Enterprise.

Easy for people to fall for this scam, as they offer to pay you $300 a week for doing almost nothing. 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: james allen <>
Date: 2011/9/25

Hello  and Gooday to you , i am emailing you as  regards my advertisement
 submitted with the job seekers  and recruiters firm on the position of a
 PERSONAL ASSISTANT POSITION..I received your contact details  from the  firm

so as  to contact you directly , i would  really love to meet up with you to

talk about this job position but presently i am on a business trip, i would have

 loved  to put up a job test on you to see the capability, knowledge  and

 skills in you to be  able  to know how  you could be  a capable  and  diligent

personal assistant. i am in IRELAND  right now  and there would be no form of

interviews or aptitude test but i will like  you to answer some  questions  for both of us to really get acquainted

 1.Have you ever been a Personal Assistant ?

 2.If you have been a Personal Assistant before,how long and was it for a
 company or an individual person?

 3.Can you communicate effective and efficiently?

 4.Do you have a job as at  present?

5.Will you be able to run errands 2 hours per day for 3 days in a week?

I will prepay you in advance to do my shopping. I will also have my mails
and packages forwarded to your address. If you will be unable to stay at your  house

 to get my mails I can have it

 shipped to a post office near you and then you can pick it up at your

 convenience,When you get my mails/packages; you are required to mail them to

  where I want them mailed to. You don't have

 to make use of  your own personal money .all you have to do is have packages

 shipped to your house and do my shopping..You are allowed to open the


to reveal the content. The contents of the packages are computers , electronics, clothing's business

 and personal letters..All expenses and taxes will be covered by me. You will

 work between 15 and 20 hrs a month

 I will pay $300 per week.I need your services because I am constantly out

of town on business as I own a electronics and clothing store in ireland but i want

 to open another outlet in the US.more so i  shall be returning to the US in October, this process will be on

going till then. If you don't mind, I will meet up with you when I return

and then we can talk about the possibility of making his long term. Well, let me know if you would be  able  to handle

this possition

 I will email you the lists  and pictures of what to shop for when I am

 No heavy packages are involved! You can do the shopping at any nearest

 You will be shopping for Electronics and

 clothing's. I will provide you my personal UPS account number for Shipping.

All you have to do is provide my account number to UPS and shipping charges will

be applied into the account. I will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need done as well as  the

 funds to cover them.f I were to mail you money to do my shopping plus up

 payment for your service, where would you

 want it mailed to? Your full info for check,money orders or cash payment

    Full Name:

   Full Address:

   (NO P.O.BOX)



   Zip Code:

  Phone Number:(Cell):




 Present Job:

 The address of the nearest Post Office to you for receiving packages:>





   Post Code:

 I would l be expecting to hear from you soon in order to know if you will be

 willing to handle my business on my behalf before I return.Note that this

 job is 100% legitimate.You can open allpackages to confirm  the content therein

   Thanks so much and have a nice day.


 James Allen.


Anonymous said...

I recieved one of these emails and I did think about taking the job until people told me to check it out. Seeing this lets me know that it is not legit, and I am glad that i found out before I did anything illegal that I did not know about. Be very careful mone looks good when you dont have any.

Anonymous said...

What if the person wants you to open an account at a trusted bank?
What if they do send a cashiers check?
A cashiers check already promises the cash. And could be checked to verify it's validity.
How about, what if you are in communication and they will meet you in person later in the month?
Curiosity killed the cat but I'm trying to stay alive. Is it okay if the person has been verified?

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