Category: fake jobs

Fake Recruitment Campaign

This scammer is pretending to be from Michael Page recruitment, but it’s a pathetic attempt

The sender’s email is indochinaholdings at a Vietnamese domain name.

The email starts with hello, as the scammer doesn’t know who she’s sending it to.

We have gotten a very impressive feedback about you based on your previous work experience in your current company”  i.e. she has no clue who I am.

The email continues with general statements about how wonderful I am and how impressed the ‘recruiter’ is and the great remuneration.

I have to click the link to see the job description and remuneration package.

I wont be doing that.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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Stupidest Scam of the Week – Mystery Shopper 111222

Mystery Shopper is one of those jobs that millions of people would like to have – get paid to go shopping at your local stores then write up a report of the experience.

Suitable as a second job for anyone struggling financially or as a main job for anyone who loves shopping and you get the products you bought of course.

There are just a handful of people who do this job but they are highly trained and it isn’t as glamorous as it can be depicted.

But you will see numerous adverts offering the job of mystery shopper.

These are scams – just a way to get your confidential information and get you hooked.

This latest one claims to be from Shoppers Bay Ltd but the email sender’s address is so it’s fake.

Some of the ads try to get you to buy a guide to becoming a secret shopper – always a scam.

Or to pay to join a list of secret shoppers used supposedly by the big players in the market – always a scam.

It may be an attractive sounding job but 99.99% of such offers are scams – so don’t give away your confidential information and do not pay for information which is readily available on the Internet.

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The Modelling Scam

Modelling is thought of by many as a glamorous industry to work in.  For some people, especially younger people it can an option to chase after.

One latest scam targets these people.

Are You Ready To Start Your Modelling Career?”

“New Faces Urgently Required”

“Male and Female”

The email promises to fast track your career.

It says:

Step 1. Take a picture of yourself

Step 2. Fill in the simple form

Step 3. Send in the form

Is this really a model agency looking for new recruits?


There are Marketing companies looking to attract a list of people which they can then send on to photographic studios telling them these people want a professional photoshoot or to agencies telling them these people are keen to sign up and so on. That one list gets sold many times for many reasons.

Some of the messages are pure scam of course – they want your personal information to sell on the dark web to criminals and identity thieves in particular.

If you want a life in modelling – research how to get that and never reply to such emails.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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Be an exclusive Product Tester

An email from “Luxury Opinions”

Title says “Join an exclusive community for free to test new to market luxury goods”

That’s a good ‘hook’ – who wouldn’t want to test luxury items for free.

It goes on to explain

“We’re looking for the most discerning members of the UK public to join our exclusive luxury research community. Our clients (major global banks and luxury companies) are looking for luxury minded people like yourself to join in order to help them better understand the UK’s most affluent consumers”.


“discerning” and “luxury minded” are good phrases – used in this case to make me feel special.

“Members of LuxuryOpinions participate in occasional online luxury/wealth surveys in exchange for amazing incentives (up to £100 for a short survey).

On top of that:

  • Earn your first £20 just for signing up today.
  • 100% Privacy protection
  • No marketing / sales, just honest market research”

Sounds too good to be true because of course it’s just a scam.

£20 just for joining – so you have to give bank details for the payment.

OOPS – that would be your bank account emptied.

Don’t be fooled by wonderful offers – they are always a con.

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Fake Job Offers

An email arrived from apply.a4lfw3lno45 which is a meaningless email address.

They – whoever they are, wish to offer me a job.

“Good day!

We considered your resume to be very attractive and we thought the vacant position in our company could be interesting for you.”

OK, so who are they and what’s the job?

“Our firm specializes in online services in the matter of business administration.

We cooperate with different countries and currently we have many clients in yours region.

Due to this fact, we need to increase the number of our destination representatives’ regular staff.

Part-time and full-time employment are both currently important.

We offer a flat wage from $1500 up to $7000 per month.”

Well, $1500 per month sounds pitiful but $7,000 per month sounds rather better.

This is all far too vague to be true.

They want me to click on a link – don’t think I’ll do that.
After all, anyone who makes job offers to people they don’t know and have never met is extremely dodgy.

The link is actually to which is the not the correct web address for an online service in business admin.

Their email doesn’t even name the company or the person who sent the email – not very friendly people but then they are criminals.

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Re-Shipping Scam

This scam takes advantage of the many people desperate to find a job working from home.

You search online and find what appears to be an ideal opportunity.

It involves accepting parcels from an overseas company then putting a new delivery label on and sending the parcel off to its intended destination. Sounds straightforward.

There is a convoluted story about why this is necessary rather than the company shipping the items to the desired destination themselves.  The story makes no real sense but you are so keen to get a job working at home that you accept the premise.

The scammer promises to pay per item or maybe a flat monthly salary.

You are then happy to accept the incoming items, attach pre-paid postage labels and send them off to a new destination – likely to be in a different country.

For some victims, things progress smoothly receiving and sending out packages. For others things go wrong straightaway. The problems can start with the first delivery you receive. Seems a normal small package and you add the delivery label you’ve been sent and drop the package off at the Post Office.

But then it is returned you to because the delivery label was a fake.

You email the scammer and are told it was a mistake and she sends you another label to use. Maybe that works or is another fake and so on until one does work.

Sometimes the package receiving and sending goes on for a month then you expect to be paid but of course that doesn’t happen – the scammer has disappeared.

The worrying part is that the packages may well be illegal and the Police may get around to investigating your part in this re-shipping scam which is of course illegal.

The package may contain anything from drugs to weapons.

You then have to prove you were duped or face being prosecuted for a criminal offence.

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