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August 19, 2009

A Cautionary Tale–Part 1

Filed under: Outrageous,Scams — Anne Cloward @ 5:32 pm
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As a job seeker, I find it disheartening that there are many people putting forth all of their efforts to make money from desperate people. These next few posts will deal with scams that I have found in my Inbox lately.

Obvious Scams

Dear Cloward Anne,

My Name is Azim Bin Abdullah ,a legal practitioner with Azmi Norah & Associates in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.I found your contact/profile some where over the internet and it gave me the greatest joy,that you are the one I have been looking for.Whom I strongly believe could execute this transaction with me.And being more positive that with your capability,that this transaction of transferring (US$19,000,000.00) Nineteen Million United States Dollars will be successfully accomplished.

My purpose of contacting you is for you to help secure the funds left behind by my late client,to avoid it being confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank.Where this fund valued (US$19,000,000.00) Nineteen Million United States Dollars deposited by my client before his death.

This Bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin or the account will be declared unserviceable and the fund diverted to the Bank treasury,So far all my efforts to get a hold of someone related to this man has proved abortive.Hence,I have contacted you. I am actually asking for your consent to present you to the Bank as the Next of Kin/beneficiary of my late client’s fund,since you have the same last name,so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to your account,then we can share the fund on a mutually agreed,based on percentage.

All the legal documentations to back up your claim as my client’s Next of Kin I shall provided them.All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us achieve this transaction.

The intended transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any infraction of the law.However,if this business proposition offends your moral ethics,do accept my sincere apology.If on the contrary you wish to achieve this goal with me,then kindly get back at me with your interest immediately for further details.

Kindest Regards,
Bar.Azim Bin Abdullah (Esq)

When you see something like this, you hit Delete immediately. At least that is what I thought until I heard from an American in Africa who has a background in security who had to rescue some guy who came over to claim his money. The man was badly beaten for all his troubles.

Fake Jobs and Phishing Scams

These fake jobs often look legit. They even come with a logo from a major job board. But they only exist to lure you into revealing your banking information.

Dear Sir/ Madam

Would you like to work online from home and get paid weekly?

A T AND T WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION needs a bookkeeper in the United State,Canada europe and some part of Asia,so we want to know if you will like to work online from home and get paid weekly without leaving or affecting your present job? A AND T WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION run a Telecommunication and Accessories firm here in Hong Kong and we need someone to work for the company as a representative/book keeper in the United State of America, Canada,Europe and some part of Asia

Our company produces various Telecomminications equipments,and Internationally envied of which we have clients we supply weekly in the United states, Canada ,europe and some part of Asia

Our clients make payments for our supplies every week in cheques and via bank transfer, so we need someone in the United State of America and Canada. to work as our representative and assist us in processing the payments from our clients and will be entitled to a renumeration.

All you need to do is to receive payments from our customers in the United States,Canada,europe and some part of asia.deduct 10% commission and send the balance to us.

Do let us know if this is of any interest to you by responding via CEO personal email address:
with the following details.


Warmest Regards,
Mr. Daniel Lee,
International Sales

The scam is simple:

  1. The scammers wire money to you with a stolen or fake check.
  2. You deposit it into your personal bank account.
  3. You wire 90% of the money to them.
  4. By the time the bank notifies you that the check is stolen, they are long gone and you are on the hook for the money.

Note: I used to work for Wells Fargo documenting their International Wire Transfer computer program. That is the way legitimate companies transfer money.

Next: Other schemes to part job seekers from their money.


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