What is and isn't Real in Mystery Shopping
Someone did a bit of online homework for once. Retail Active and Mystery Shopper are real mystery shopping businesses, and you can get a real job working with them. All they are really good for, though, is a bit of supplemental income. You would typically make no more than $20 or $30 per month, according to these videos about legitimate mystery shopping. The mystery shopping scammers claim you will make $200 to $300 per week, or about 40 times the going rate. They also contact you with a free e-mail address, and expect you to reply to them with a free e-mail address, maybe the same one, or a different one. For more infomation about what's real and what isn't with mystery shopping, see the videos (above) or Click Here, and please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You.
Did You Authorize This Transfer?
You supposedly have some "fund" awaiting your claim, but "your representative" says "you had an accident," and that's why you have not been able to "claim your fund." Now your representative wants to transfer your fund into his bank account, at which you are supposed to be outraged. This scam-mail wants you to confirm either way that you have authorized your representative to collect your fund for you, or not. They expect you to reply, "No, of course not." They will then expect you to provide your bank account number and routing number, in addition to other personal details used for identity theft. There was never any money to begin with, of course, so you should tell the scammer, that yes, the "money" is all his, and that he gets to keep all of it, in fact LOL. Do not ever provide them with any details about your personal bank account, or it will be depleted in short order. To see this entry, Click Here, and please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You.
Hmm let's see. The "British High Commission" has "received scam reports" from four different African countries, which I am assuming are part of the British Commonwealth. This "consulate" says he has sent scam victims' names and their e-mail addresses along for "your perusal." He didn't send them, but adds that they are supposedly listed with the "Nigerian Financial Intelligent Unit" (NFIU). Yes, not intelligence, but "intelligent" LOL. A "recompensation ATM Card," which does not exist, has supposedly been sent out to all victims, including you, but yours remains undelivered, of course. African couriers have been abolished due to corruption, so they have contracted with DHL and something called "EMS Speed Post" to "safely deliver" your nonexistent ATM Card to your doorstep. You should also stop contacting "fake lawyers and security companies" who "conspired to scam you," and you should contact this scammer's secretary. The irony in this scam, posted Here, is deeper than the Pacific Ocean LOL. Please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You.
Oh jeez, here we go. This is one of those scams that just breaks your heart all to pieces, and they are vicious with many references to religion. Her "rich husband" died, they never had kids, and she told him before he passed away that she wouldn't remarry or become a mother, so that she has no heirs. How convenient. They also agreed that she would use his fortune to build an orphanage for thousands of orphaned children, help the less fortunate, and "spread the Gospel" to remote corners of the world. And now, of course, she is dying herself, won't last another five months due to cancer and stroke, and yet she is still able to type up this scam-mail despite her "terminal illness" LOL. She makes supposed "quotes" right out of the Bible, doesn't want her "fortune" to be used by "ungodly people," and "Blessed is the Hand that Giveth." Yada yada yada. "I want you and the church to pray for me because the Lord is my Shepherd, Your Sister in Christ," and so on and so forth. These "religious dying" scams in particular make me want to puke because they're never, ever true, and yet they manage to hook lots of people. For more Dying Scams, Click Here, and please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You.
This is a Publishers Clearing House scam, a classic lottery scam that's older than the internet. These are easily fallen for, since everyone knows that PCH does give money away to real winners. The spam is in green, my comments are in yellow. If you actually did enter the PCH Sweepstakes, they are not going to contact you by e-mail. Someone from PCH would send you notice by snail mail, call you on the phone, and ask permission for the media to be there. Another great tipoff that this is a scam is that they want you to reply to a free e-mail address. These are always scams.
Not From Publishers Clearing House <email@example.com>
Reply-to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Free Chinese Yahoo e-mail address)
To: Recipients <email@example.com> (Meaning it was bulkmailed to numerous people)
Date: Fri, May 27, 2011
Dear Winner (Intended Victim)!!! This is to inform you that your email address has been emerged as the winner of ($10,000,000.00 USD) in the publishers clearing house Lotto. For details of claims, Send us your full name and home address asap. Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Do Not Reply to this free e-mail address until you want to scambait them :o)
Mr. Jose Mark
Scams R Us, Inscamerated. We Belong in Prison.
Genuine Investment Partnership
This guy is claiming to be the brother of the ousted Côte d'Ivoire leader, Laurent Gbagbo, and he wants your help transferring $85 million to your bank account, of which you would get to keep 30 percent. If such a sum were ever transferred to the U.S., of course, it would instantly be seen on the American Gestapo's, uh, I mean, the IRS's radar, and all of it would very likely be seized immediately. To see more of these obvious 419 scams, Click Here. There is also an ABC documentary which covers the 419 Nigerian scams, located Here. Please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You.
I've been getting one particularly abusive, insistent spam-mail for at least the past couple of months, every single day, sometimes more than twice a day. It tells us that we have a "package" arriving in a few days, and that we should open the zipped attachment to see what it's about. If you see this, do not download the attachment at all. I unzipped it to a flash drive, and my anti-virus software flagged it right away. It's a trojan.
The spam always claims to be from DHL, FedEx, UPS, and sometimes a company called "Express Delivery." I started posting about it on some other blogs and forums, warned other recipients about it, and told the spammers to stop. They have not stopped, and I began to report them to SpamCop. Every time a domain of theirs is shut down, they're right back again, e-mailing from another domain, whether it's in China, Russia, Singapore, Brazil, or wherever.
I'm not sure why, but these spammers are very insistent and aggressive in their bulk mailing spam campaigns. See more about it Here, and please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You.
I got this very same scam-mail, dated May 25, on April 17. It's already on my website in the upper right hand column, listed Here. Apparently the free Japanese Yahoo e-mail address they want you to respond to hasn't been closed down yet. That's going to change very shortly, assuming I'm not ignored this time. The "identification numbers" haven't even changed, not even the name of the "claiming agent." They claim that some "promotions company" bought your ticket and played for you, in your name. If you did not go out to purchase your own lottery ticket, then you did not win. Yahoo does not run any "lottery" in conjunction with anyone, and no one notifies "winners" by e-mail address or mobile phone. Also see a lottery scam video from the BBC, posted Here. Please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You.
These scammers are saying that you've "won" $1.22 million from Coca-Cola, in "conjunction" with the Canadian lottery. They even had a fancy Word document all drawn up with pictures of happy people and an "authorized" signature. All the images were downloaded from the internet, of course. "Your e-mail" has "been approved" as the "lucky winner." Just one of the problems with this is that it was bulk-mailed out to hundreds or perhaps thousands of people.
Yes, Coke might have some special promotions from time-to-time when they'll give away free bottles of Coke products, if you have a winning code under a bottlecap, or something like that. No corporation or company, big or small, however, has any "lottery," and they certainly do not choose "winners" by e-mail address or mobile phone number. It's just a big lottery scam.
In the United States, lotteries are strictly regulated by each State. There isn't any such thing as a business giving away "lottery winnings" unless it's been approved to do so. If a normal business like Coke or John Deere do give money away, it is an advertising gimmick known as philanthropy, and the money always goes to worthy causes, not to individual people.
If you did not drive down to the store and purchase your very own paper lottery ticket, then you did not win. There's lots more of these lottery scam samples located Here, and please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You.
This scam-mail is just like the ones from Abigail Johnson, Alice Hall, Angela Gordon, Betty Gloria Patrick, Cynthia Mershark, Debra Alavos, Patricia Morine Davidson, Roslyn Adams, and Susan Walter. All of those scam-mails read, almost word-for-word: "I am a US citizen and I am 34 years Old. I reside here in 1051 Site Dr., Brea, CA 92821 USA and i am thinking of relocating since I am now rich." Alice Hall claimed in one of them that she was 34 years old, and in another, claimed she was 48, but still at the same address in both of them.
"Henria" doesn't claim any address in the U.S., doesn't say how old "she" is, and doesn't even claim to be rich, but the story is still the same. She claims that she's "received her funds," and now she wants to tell you how to do the same. All you need to do is travel to Nigeria and talk to "the right people" LOL. This is the 419 "Compensation" Scam, and you can see a lot more of them Here. This page got a little messed up but all the information is still there. Please follow me on Twitter @inscamerated. Thank You.
My name is Gary, and I live in the Midwestern United States. This site is intended to expose the frauds and scams that are so pervasive on the internet, especially today. One hundred per- cent of the e-mails you get that promise you millions are never, ever real. They'll tell you they're "dying," trying to gain your sympathy. They're not dying, they're lying. Click Here for the "Dying" scams. Don't fall for it, and never send them any money, no matter what they tell you. Oh, and good luck hacking this website. It's got a nice strong password on it.