This is one of the longer spam scheme emails I have seen in a while. All the typical elements are present:
I think that the last point is important and a true indication of a scam. Why would any legitimate company have funds sent to you, in your name, only to have you forward these funds on to a third party? Why don’t they simply ask their “clients” to sent the funds directly by Western Union? They would save the 10% they are offering you for your services.
The answer is simple; one of two things will occur if you handle the transaction; the funds that you receive in the form of checks or money orders will bounce and you are out the entire sum of the transaction or you will be participating in the illegal activity of money laundering.
“James C GIlbert”
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
Received-On: Today 6:32 PM
Subject: Message From James C Gilbert
Would you like to work online from home and get paid without affecting
your present job if you have one?
James C Gilbert, UK.. needs an individual in the United States of
America/Canada who will be working for the company and I am willing to pay
for every transaction, which wouldn’t affect your present state of work.
Someone who will receive payments on our behalf from our customers in the
United States of America/Canada. These payments are in form of Money
Orders or otherwise and it will be made payable to your name, so all you
need do is cash the Money Orders deduct your 10% percentage and wire the
rest back to me via Western Union money transfer.
We presently run a Premier Furnishing Company sited in the United Kingdom
and we need someone to work for the company as a
representative/bookkeeper in the USA/CANADA.
We specialize in making different kinds of furnishings,demonstrating
creative ideas, colors, textures and styles for every room, orthopedic
chairs and high seats. We offer a high degree of personal service, on
everything from an individual item to a complete interior design scheme,
which has really expanded that we furnished overseas now. Our reputation
as a premier furnishing store has been achieved by searching throughout
the UK and Europe for the best ranges available. We have found unusual and
original pieces from traditional French farmhouse furniture to clean
Scandinavian design plus leading UK.. brands to suit every lifestyle. We
have been selling our furnishings for the last four years. We have sold in
showrooms and to private collectors from all around the world. We are
always facing serious difficulties when it comes to selling our
furnishings to people in the United States of America, some of our
customers offers to pay with UNITED STATES POSTAL MONEY ORDER OR
OTHERWISE, which is difficult for us to cash here in United kingdom.
So we need someone in the USA/CANADA to work as our representative and
assist us in processing the payments from our clients and we will pay on
1. Receive payment from Clients
2. Cash Payments
3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed.
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to our office in the
United Kingdom (Payment is to be forwarded by Western Union Transfer).
It wouldn’t cost you any CHARGES, you are to receive payments which will
be sent to you via FedEx courier services or UPS from my clients, which
would come in form of a Money Order/Certified Cashier’s Check in US
PAYMENT then you are to cash it and send the cash to the Company via
Western Union Transfer , all transfer fees should be deducted from the
capital you are sending so you have nothing to lose.
If you are interested, respond immediately by sending:
(I) Your Full Names:
(II)Your Residence address:
(VI)Phone or fax numbers
What is your preferred mode of communication Phone/e-mail
so that our clients will start making payments to you as the company’s
representative in the USA.
I WILL E-MAIL YOU A LETTER OF EMPLOYMENT FROM OUR COMPANY WHICH YOU HAVE
TO REPLY WITH AN ACCEPTANCE LETTER.
AS SOON AS WE CONFIRM ANY PAYMENT COMING TO YOU, I WILL LET YOU KNOW AND I
WILL GIVE YOU THE INFORMATION TO SEND THE FUNDS THROUGH TO THE COMPANY VIA
WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER.
I AWAIT YOUR PROMPT RESPONSE.
James C Gilbert
Human Resources Manager,
NB: Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you took the time to read through this one or something similar you should be ready to Flush it ! Its a scam.