Job scam quick guide: it's a scam if...

  • they want you to collect and forward money in any way (a "money mule" job). You'll wind up engaged in money laundering, personally defrauded via expertly forged cheques, money orders, etc, or defrauding someone else who pays for goods that never arrive.
  • they want you to receive packages and reship them somewhere else. The goods will have been obtained fraudulently, and they're just using you to make the shipping address appear local. You will be aiding fraud.
  • they want up-front payment (either to them or someone else) of any sort for anything before you can get the job. This is advance fee fraud: there is no job -- it's just a big con to extract money from you.
  • they want you to buy any kind of "membership" or "kit" in order to start. Forget it -- it's not a real job at all: they're trying to sell you something, and they're probably making a bunch of other false claims about it if they're pitching it as a "job".
  • it's a job offer, and it's spam. There are LOTS of these scams about, as you can see.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Alison Wood, IDC Business Group

I've received half a dozen or so of these in the past half a day or so. They seem to be exactly the same scam as "David Samuels, Business Development", except that it's now "Alison Wood, IDC Business Group". Note in particular the similar email address used between the two scams. They are looking for mules to launder money for them, of course.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Alison Wood <[redacted (false, random)]>
Date: 2008/10/18 UTC
Subject: Best New Proposal!
To: [redacted (privacy)]


The  prospective commercial  society searches for new employees

If you  possess  4 free hours every week, a  minimal experience in  PC and free phone to which we can  contact you, you have  possibility to  start cooperation with us and  have more than 2000  $

If you are interested in our  vacancy, contact us by e-mail: businessdevelop@mail.ru and we will send you  further information.

 Respectfully yours

 IDC Business Group

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Look how quickly her contact email address has changed:

-----Original Message-----
From: Alison Wood [mailto:essantosd@ms-seg.com.br]
Sent: Friday, October 24, 2008 9:17 AM
To: xxxxxx@xxxxxx.com
Subject: Best Proposal!

The expanding business LTD searches for new employees

If you possess 4 free hours per week, a little experience in internet and free phone to which we can call you, you have opportunity to commence collaboration with us and get more than 2000 $

If you are interested in our vacancy, contact us by e-mail: lovesunfk1@bk.ru and we will send you additional information.

Best regards

IDC Business Group

Anonymous said...

Now she is using my email address. It has her name in the from box but MY email address. I did an IP search and she is from the Amsterdam area. What can I do???

Spotter said...

It's more likelyt that the mail was sent through some random compromised computer in the Amsterdam area, and the computer's owner is completely unaware that it's sending spam. Also, there's basically nothing you can do about the fact that some random scammer is using your address as the "from" address. They tend to either fabricate "from" addresses completely, or use random addresses from their list of "to" addresses as "from" addresses. This is why I always redact "from" addresses unless there's good evidence that the address is actually used by the scammer.

Zeus said...

New address

David Samuels
to me

show details Oct 19 (8 days ago)


Reply


The promising financial firm looks for new members

If you have 5 free hours each week, a small experience in internet and free phone to which we can join you, you have chance to begin collaboration with us and have more than 2000 $

If you are interested in our vacancy, contact us by e-mail: businessdevelop@megabox.ru and we will send you required information.

Kindest regards

The IDC Business Group

Spotter said...

"Alison Wood" is still spamming on a daily basis.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Alison Wood <[redacted]>
Date: 2008/10/28 UTC
Subject: Extra money!
To: ideceive@gmail.com


The growing commercial LTD searches for new members

If you possess 5 free hours every week, a minimal experience in PC and free phone to which we can contact you, you have possibility to commence work with us and have more than 2000 dollars

If you are interested in our vacancy, contact us by e-mail: lifeiscomplete@inbox.ru and we will send you needed information.

Kindest regards

Business Group

Anonymous said...

Wow! This blog is awesome! This is what I got from Alison Wood

from Alison Wood thenson259@putnam.com
to xxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.com
date Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 9:03 AM
subject New Vacancy Proposal!

The perspective commercial LTD seeks for new members

If you have 4 free hours every week, a minimal experience in internet and free phone to which we can contact you, you have opportunity to begin cooperation with us and have more than 2000 US dollars

If you are interested in our job offer, contact us by e-mail: lovesunfk@mail.ru and we will send you required information.

Kindest regards

The IDC Business Group

Anonymous said...

Here is another email address:

rom Alison Wood neonengd@copart.com
to xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.com
date Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 4:32 AM
subject New Proposal!

The expanding financial company seeks for new employees

If you possess 3 free hours each week, a little experience in computers and free phone to which we can join you, you have chance to begin cooperation with us and have more than 2000 US dollars

If you are interested in our vacancy, contact us by e-mail: businessdevelop@km.ru and we will send you required information.

Kindest regards

IDC Group

Anonymous said...

I got this in my GMail...

["Alison Wood" to me

The perspective financial firm looks for new workers

If you possess 3 free hours each week, a minimal experience in internet and free phone to which we can contact you, you have possibility to begin cooperation with us and have more than 2000 dollars

If you are interested in our proposition, contact us by e-mail: lifeiscomplete@list.ru and we will send you required information.

Respectfully yours

IDC Business Group]

I'm guessing they're using multiple compromised email accounts to send these messages.
"lifeiscomplete@list.ru" must be one of them.

Spotter said...

Still going.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Alison Wood <[redacted (false, random)]>
Date: 2008/11/2 UTC
Subject: Best New Proposal!
To: ideceive@gmail.com


The prospective business firm searches for new workers

If you have 3 free hours each week, a minimal experience in PC and free phone to which we can call you, you have opportunity to begin cooperation with us and earn more than 2000 US dollars

If you are interested in our job offer, contact us by e-mail: lifeiscomplete1@bk.ru and we will send you further information.

Respectfully yours

The IDC Business Group

Anonymous said...

This is what fucking i got:

Alison Wood [nswill@ndak.net]
to
Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 11:39 PM

subject :Extra Vacancy!

hide details Oct 31 (2 days ago)


Reply


The growing commercial firm looks for new members

If you have 4 free hours per week, a minimal experience in PC and free phone to which we can contact you, you have possibility to commence work with us and have more than 2000 dollars

If you are interested in our job offer, contact us by e-mail: lifeiscomplete@mail.ru and we will send you needed information.

Kindest regards

IDC Business Group

Anonymous said...

rson@wpg.org

Alison Wood skrev:

New Vacancy!
> The growing commercial LTD searches for new members
>
> If you possess 5 free hours each week, a minimal experience in internet and free phone to which we can contact you, you have chance to start collaboration with us and earn more than 2000 dollars
>
> If you are interested in our job offer, contact us by e-mail: lifeiscomplete1@mail.ru and we will send you required information.
>
> Sincerely yours
>
> Business Group
>

Dongsub said...

what a damn it.
all most everyday I got a email like this.

-------------------------------
보낸 사람: Alison Wood [craymer@nrcan.gc.ca] 보낸 날짜: 2008-11-04 (화) 오전 08:24
받는 사람: Lee Dongsub SEO
참조:
제목: Extra Vacancy!
첨부 파일:


The promising commercial LTD seeks for new employees

If you have 3 free hours each week, a small experience in internet and free phone to which we can join you, you have chance to commence work with us and have more than 2000 $

If you are interested in our vacancy, contact us by e-mail: lifeiscomplete1@bk.ru and we will send you additional information.

Respectfully yours

IDC Business Group

Anonymous said...

Here's another:

Tue 04/11/2008 6:56 PM

Alison Wood [cporteus@coxmowers.com.au]

The prospective financial LTD seeks for new employees

If you have 4 free hours every week, a small experience in computers and free phone to which we can contact you, you have chance to begin cooperation with us and get more than 2000 dollars

If you are interested in our job offer, contact us by e-mail: lifeiscomplete1@mail.ru and we will send you further information.

Sincerely yours

The IDC Business Group

poi12345@gmail.com said...

I replied to their email and received the email hereunder:

Dear XXXX,

The work is totally legal and to confirm this we will send you the certificate of our company according to which the company is registered in the USA (5200 West 29rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55416 – USA) and has been functioning for 4 years, obeying the international laws ever since. We guarantee you stable earnings of 2000 euros per month. We can send you the contract to fill in, but only after several trial transactions you will be given the information of our VIP clients.
Also we would like to tell you about a usual working day in our company: you stay at home or at work, checking your e-mail and keeping your mobile phone with you all the time,our client makes a transfer to your bank account and we send you all the instructions for the transfer via e-mail and make you a call. Then you simply go to the bank and make the transfer following our instructions. The instructions are quite simple - the main quality this kind of work demands is ability to use different payment systems. If you do not know how to fulfil some kind of transfer, you can make a request to your bank or send us a letter. The work will take up no more than 4-8 hours per week, depending on the quantity of transfers.

Anonymous said...

"Alison Wood" duhu@lww.de

The prospective financial company seeks for new members

If you possess 4 free hours per week, a minimal experience in internet and free phone to which we can join you, you have opportunity to start work with us and have more than 2000 dollars

If you are interested in our proposition, contact us by e-mail: lifeiscomplete@list.ru and we will send you needed information.

Kindest regards

IDC Business Group


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Headers of The Mail Sent

Return-Path: duhu@lww.de
Received: from e181032242.adsl.alicedsl.de [85.181.32.242] by ms1.worldwebleaders.com with SMTP;
Tue, 4 Nov 2008 13:14:00 -0700
Message-ID: <000601c93eb9$01062556$c7a9808d@gogbbiao>
From: "Alison Wood" duhu@lww.de
To: XXX@XXXX.XXX
Subject: Best Vacancy!
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2008 18:26:23 +0000
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain;
charset="iso-8859-1"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2720.3000
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2727.1300
X-SmarterMail-Spam: SPF_None
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--Regards

Anonymous said...

I just received two emails from a so called David Samuels. i have no idea why i keep getting these ridiculous emails.

I am glad i done a search on the name before i procedded. I so happy i found this site to let me know it was a scam.