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  1. #1
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    Beware of this "work at home" offer by email

    This one's doing the rounds - it's a fake cheque scam.

    Dear Friend,

    I am a representative of the PORTFOLIO ART WORK INC, owned by Scott Desmond the artist.We are based in the United Kingdom. Scott Desmond has been doing artwork since he was a kid and that gives him about 23 years of experience. He majored in art in high school, and took a few college art courses.

    Scott Desmond now owns his own business called PORTFOLIO ARTWORK INC, which started 3 years ago and it is progressing rapidly. Most of the art work is done in either pencil or airbrush mixed with coloured pencils. Recently added is designing and creating artwork on the computer. We have been selling art works for the last 3 years and have had our work featured on trading cards, prints, art galleries and in magazines.We have sold in galleries and to private collectors from all around the world.We are always facingserious difficulties when it comes to selling art works to the UnitedStates of America,they are always offering to pay with a US POSTAL MONEY ORDER / CHEQUE, which is difficult to cash here in the United Kingdom.

    We are looking for a representative in the states who will be working for the company as a part--time worker and we are willing to pay 10% for every transaction, which would not affect your present state of work, someone who would help us recieving payments from our customers in the states and get them processed at US banks. I mean someone that is responsible and reliable,because coming to the US, getting payments, and then go back to the U.K really slows the business in the U.K, We are working on setting up a branch in the states,so for now we need arepresentative in the united states who will be handling the payment aspect.

    These payments are in MONEY ORDERS/ CHECKS and they would come to you in your name, so all you need do is cash the money order deduct your percentage and wire the rest back. It wouldn't cost you any amount, you are to receive payments which will be sent to you by FEDEX or UPS from my business patners, which would come in form of a money ORDERS / CHECKS then you are to cash it and send the cash to me via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER all WESTERN UNION charges will be deducted from the money.

    Kindly get back to us as soon as possible if you are interested in this
    job offer with your:

    FIRST
    NAME.............................................. .......................................
    LAST
    NAME.............................................. .......................................

    ADDRESS........................................... .....................................

    CITY.............................................. .........................................

    STATE............................................. .......................................
    ZIP
    CODE.............................................. .......................................

    COUNTRY........................................... ....................................
    PHONE NUMBER (S)
    .................................................. ...........................................
    BANK
    NAME.............................................. ......................................

    GENDER............................................ ....................................
    OCCUPATION........................................ .................................

    AGE............................................... .......................................
    MARITAL
    STATUS............................................ ....................................

    PLEASE SEND YOUR REPLY TO

    [email protected]

    ATTESTATION

    According to how you have been briefed earlier by a qualified representative of this establishment. You are required and mandated to receive payment on behalf of the above mentioned firm. You are to deduct 10% of all funds processed on a particular order and forward the balance payment via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER and MONEYGRAM to any of PortfolioArtworks inc" Group regional warehouses that will be given to you later.

    You will notify the company a week ahead if eventually you want to discontinue this job so as to terminate all payment coming your way to avoid conflict. in agreement to this kindly append signature below.

    PLEASE SEND YOUR REPLY TO
    [email protected]


    MR. MARK MORRIS

    Signature

    Warm Regards,
    MR.MARK MORRIS
    PORTFOLIOART WORKS INC.
    84 Francis Court, Macarthur Close,
    Erith. DA81DQ.

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    New job opportunity sam

    Another version of the fake cheque scam - at the moment targeting UK residents but it will spread.

    The OFT is warning consumers not to respond to a new employment opportunity scam currently targeting the UK.

    The mailing from a business called 'Paid Surveys', states that it is a customer employment firm using 'mystery shopping' to assist companies in improving customer service. Recipients are told that they have been chosen as a secret shopper and will be paid £350 for their first assignment. This is said to involve posing as a potential customer at a number of retailers and evaluating their service. Recipients are asked to contact an agent for detailed instructions.

    A cheque made out to the recipient and allegedly backed by a reputable bank, is attached to the mailing to cover pay and other expenses. The victim is instructed to cash the cheque and then to immediately complete one of their assignments by posing as a customer of a money transfer agency and wiring £1,500 to a fake 'relative' at an address in Canada. However, the cheque is counterfeit and the money wired to Canada is collected by the scammer. Victims could be liable for any funds they spend while waiting for the cheque to pass through the banking system, and end up losing over £1,500. [...]
    Consumers can avoid falling victim to 'secret shopper' scams by following these easy steps:

    • never send money to a stranger using a money transfer service
    • do not take on face value the validity of a genuine looking cheque, and
    • do not be pressurised into sending your own money in any 'mystery shopping' exercise.
    http://www.oft.gov.uk/News/Press+rel...006/180-06.htm

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    Shell Recruitment Agency

    This nasty little scammer is pretending to be from Shell Oil company, He steals money by pretending to offer jobs and then scamming people out of fees for non-existent visas and work permits.

    From: [email protected]
    Subject: Job [email protected] Shell Petroleum Company In Uk

    At shell Recruitment we specialized in engineering career moves for
    professionals engaged in the E&P sector. Interestingly, most of our clients are not actively looking for a new job, but are keen to consider the right opportunity.

    We listen carefully to what is important to you with regard to career, family and lifestyle. We then use our connections and investigative skills to identify interesting opportunities that meet your criteria.Some of the moves we engineer are `in-country`, but the vast majority is international placements (world wide) with some of the best companies in the industry.

    DETAILS:
    shell Recruitment with the mandate to recruit expatriate services
    employees` for the fulfillment of the requirements of UK and Private Sector in UK, seek to write your consent after recommendation from our labour consultants based on recent expatriate vacancies with our client.The SHELL PETROLEUM COMPANY LTD tends to invite prime experienced individuals/expatriates capable of rendering expertise services in fields below:

    a) Petroleum Engineering
    b) Drilling Services
    c) Civil Engineering
    d) Production Engineering
    e) Project Management
    f) Computer Engineering
    g) Designing Engineering
    h) Electrical/Electronics, Software
    i) Network Engineering
    j) Software Engineer
    k) Financial Manager
    l) Assist Admin.
    m) Web Designer
    n) Financial Analyst
    o) Software Quality Assurance engineer
    p) District Manager.
    q) Computer Technician.
    r) Product Manager
    s) Agro Engineer
    t) Fishery and Forestry Managers

    PROJECT SHALL REQUIRE:
    A cooperate project management team, of hardworking applicants in any of the aforementioned offices .... A very attractive net salary paid in US$,Sterling or Euros equivalent depending on employee
    home country and currency preference. .... Quality single or family housing accommodation in company community. .... Free medical care in UK for employee and family. .... Excellent educational assistance benefits with family status employment. .... Paid airfares allowing full flexibility with holiday travel. .... Personal effects shipment and excess baggage allowa nces. .... Full access to some to some of the finest and social recreational facilities in UK

    CONTRACT DURATION: Level 1: 12 Months, (One Year)
    and renew ably only on satisfactory performance by employee. Level 2: Full time interested candidates must have
    not less than 2 years experience in any of the above
    listed fields Interested candidates should forward
    their resumes/CV with verifiable
    reference(s) as word attached document to:
    E-mail: [email protected],
    Note: Interested candidates are also required to
    contact our UK Local Office strictly for the
    purpose of this project.
    Best Regards
    Mr Alex MacDonald
    Hard of Employee Reletions
    (S.P.C.)
    +44-702-402-7151
    The yahoo email address is a giveaway! Also Shell have published a warning on their website:

    This is an important notice on fraudulent communications that have been made to members of the public which are purported to be on behalf of Companies within the Shell Group ('Shell').

    There have been recent incidents that have occurred with organisations falsely pretending to recruit on behalf of Shell or by people claiming to work for, or be affiliated to, Shell. These propositions notify individuals that their qualifications were found suitable to work as an employee (local or expatriate) for Shell and solicit the transfer of significant sums of money to pay for work permits, insurance policies, etc.

    Please note that Shell (nor any of the organisations that recruit on our behalf) never ask for any money or payments from applicants, at any point in the recruitment process. All individuals who are successful in gaining an offer of employment from Shell, whether directly or indirectly, are always required to go through a formal recruitment process.

    Please note that these communications are fraudulent. They do not originate from Shell nor are they associated with Shell's recruitment process.

    Salient points of such communications are that they come from non-Shell e-mail addresses (e.g. from a yahoo.com address); the use of English is poor; at some stage, money is requested. We recommend that you do not respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or offers from people with whom you are unfamiliar. Do not disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know. If you receive such proposals, we would advise you to contact your local police and provide them with all information you may have from the senders (email addresses, phone/fax details, etc.).
    http://www.shell.com/home/content/ca...tice_0608.html
    Last edited by leela; 11-18-2007 at 03:50 AM.

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