A Monster Phishing Scam

I just received an email from an Adrianna -at- Monster.com with the subject “Monster.com suggests You the new job, Jonathan Franzone.” I do have an account at monster.com, but I have never received an email like this so of course I opened it up to see what was up. My first indicator that this email was… well… “phishy” was that the Reply-To header was set to some gmail email account. Finally with a quick glance at the content it was immediately recognizable as a phishing scam. Here is the email:

We have found your resume at Monster.com and would like to suggest you a “Transfer manager” Njl iN

vacancy. We have studied your resume and are happy to inform you that your skills ZTkx MT

completely meet our requirements for this position.
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This is a part-time position. Your job will be to transfer money between our clients.

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* Receive the check by mail ZTA yMjJ
* Cash the check within a business day, excluding days off NGR jM
* 8% of the amount are left for yourself as a commission. You take it immediately MWNh ZDF
* The rest of the sum is to be sent via western union to us to the address which will be OWE 0O

mentioned in the e-mail. Transaction fees shall be paid out of the same sum.
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Your schedule will be flexible. You will need to spend on average 1-2 hours per day, Monday-Friday.
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This is a work-at-home position. All communication will be online.
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This job will allow you to:
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– Get additional free time; MG FkZ
– Efficiently work at home; MGF kZ
– Increase your income; MGFk ZTU

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– Prior customer service experience is a good benefit; Yj RjZ
– Internet and e-mail skills; Experience in online work; Yj RjZT
– Good communications skills Ym YzN2
– Honesty, responsibility and promptness in operations;ZWIx YmV

During the trial period you will be paid $1,500 per month. You will also be keeping 8 percent commission
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from every check received from our customer. With the current ammount of clients your average
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income will be about up to $2,000 USD per month. After the trial period your base salary will go up to
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$2,250 USD per month, plus 8 percent commission.After the trial period you may ask for additional hours or
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proceed full-time.

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If you are interested in this position, and would like to know more, please e-mail me
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We will contact you within 2 days

This obviously is a scam and please anyone who is reading this… nobody is going to pay you to transfer money for them. The funny thing is I didn’t even notice all of the weird character strings littered throughout the message (MG FkZ) until I pasted the contents here. They are apparently font-colored so as not to show up to the human eye. I guess perhaps they help get past the spam filters.

Anyway, this is just me with a friendly phishing heads up!

  • Chris

    Exactly. The scam is this:
    1. They send you a fake check.
    2. You deposit the fake check, you keep some of your “earnings” and take the rest to Western Union (or similar money wire service) to transfer to someone else.
    3. The check bounces a few days later (remember, it is fake.)
    4. You’re out the money you used to send the wire because it is pretty much untraceable. You can’t get a refund.