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More scam emails – Recently Posted Opening from a certain David Hunt

This one is tricky. Well written, sounds promising and has an apparently “real” email address.

It’s a scam.

  • it does not have your name in it. Think about it, it is claiming to have found you via an online CV firm. It does NOT know your name. Or your background (eg – your background in art and literature leads me to believe) etc…
  • it is using a GMail address, name sounds genuine, but does a real firm use a Gmail address as official correspondance. Of course not.
  • Any further doubts? Check scamwarners. Esp the part about how *you* will become a victim. I was surprised that Google did not send it straight to Spam hell, it is usually quite good.
  • and of course the money. Too easy for too much money? Don’t believe them, have you checked job offers in the UK recently, even in London you can find jobs @ sub 20K GBP/year. Of course this is a pile of manure.

<<We have received your lead from CV Central Staffing Agency (www.cvcentral.co.uk). Based on the information provided, we believe that you might be a good candidate for this part-time position.

Richmond Art Group Ltd are searching for independent agents who will represent our company in different regions. Two to three hours a day performing your duties over the Internet will be sufficient to fulfill the requirements of this position.

The main strategic aim of our company is to provide quick, easy, efficient and secure ways for art lovers to fulfill their dreams by helping sellers and buyers find each other locally, nationally and globally.

The goal of our company is to ensure both, the most reliable security level and simplicity of use and availability.

We are happy to offer you the Payment Processing Agent position.
Here are some of the job requirements:
– 18 years of age or older;
– Internet access to promptly reply to emails;
– availability by phone (1-2 hours a day);

We welcome competent and reliable approach to work, responsibility and initiative in search of the most efficient ways of job implementation.
At the beginning you will be hired on a probationary basis for 30 days. Given your performance is satisfactory you will have a choice to be employed full time and earn more.

Your salary during the training period amounts to GBP 2,300 per month plus 8% commission from each transaction completed. Total income, given the current volume of clients, could easily amount to GBP 4,500 per month. After the training period, your base salary will increase to GBP 3,000  per month plus 8% commission.

My goal is to spark your interest. In light of the present economy, we feel that our position is unique and desirable, as it offers training, support and a pay scale comparable to an entry level position that would normally require 40 hours per week. I hope you will explore, compare, and then contact me with your questions.

If you would like to learn more, please email us any updated contact information to: (richmond.serviceart@gmail.com) richmond.serviceart (at) gmail (dot) com
Our human resource managers will contact you within 2 business days.

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March 31, 2011   Comments Off on More scam emails – Recently Posted Opening from a certain David Hunt

Nice to Meet You – and please hand over your cash…

<<NICE TO MEET YOU
I am Amelia Dacu. I am 23 years old girl. From Sudan. I am also a member of Facebook. I saw your email address at (www.btmbeijing.com). I will appreciate your friendship if you tell me more about you. Could you please contact me at this my e-mail address ( (amelia.dacu@yahoo.in) amelia.dacu (at) yahoo (dot) in) for my picture and more information about me.
Amelia.

( (amelia.dacu@yahoo.in) amelia.dacu (at) yahoo (dot) in)>>

Once more we are confronted by SPAM/SCAM. The really annoying part is that this is actually human actuated – they have done (apparently) some research on you (btmbeijing) and are greatly moved by your “profile”. What they fail to say is that they have received a list of emails trawled from a website and are spamming all of them. Again, if they really knew you, they could say your name, or try and give a page on which your profile appears. Also the headers show that its a blind CC, so it’s sent to a whole bunch of people.

Finally why would someone from Sudan (!) use a Yahoo email in India (yahoo.in)? Smells scammy.

Typing the email address in Google quickly shows up many pages with this email address, usually email blacklists, so you know, don’t bother unless you like to take them for a ride or be taken for one. Have fun.

November 6, 2010   1 Comment

Project honeypot

I have installed some code from Project Honeypot to the website, not that much is necessarily happening but the amount of cleverer or manual comment spam is starting to get on my nerves, so I am hoping that a couple of changes will help keep the site cleaner.

Using Bad Behaviour and Comments Cleaner I hope will stop nearly all comment spam since either it cannot get there, or once it has, the links are removed anyways. So all the stupid ‘I love your site’ or ‘please explain how to add me to your RSS feed’ type of stuff will go away..

If you are really human and want to add a link – please just add the site name (mysitename.com/gohere) as plain text and I will then change the link manually. Sorry for the hassle but given a ratio of spam of something like 1000/1 real comments it is better to proceed like this.

PS for those of you in ZH – you will need to use a proxy to find the code to install the honeypot code – it is blocked. Maikefailapolis? 😕

June 15, 2009   4 Comments

Incredible – maybe I don’t need to kill myself and others with Gallery now

Now that version 2.5 of WP is out, it seems that we can integrate pictures into the pages. Finally!! This may prove to be the breakthrough needed 🙂

March 31, 2008   2 Comments