Thursday, May 24, 2012

Phishing, Herring and You. Part 2.

For part one, click here.

So, yes, I responded to that wonderful, too good to be true, job offer:

Hello Patrick,

The "proposition" sounds simply wonderful. 

Just a quick request to you before I fill out the form. I don't see your information on the email; no company name, no phone number. Even your email doesn't reference a company.

Please provide that information and I'd be more than happy to proceed. Honestly, I have never seen such mystery before so let's clear that up first before I provide my information.

I'm also mystified by the fact that while I do have an account on, my profile is 0% complete; therefore I'd like to know what criteria was used to base your selecting me for this opportunity.

Many thanks.

I never expected to hear from Patrick Brown again. But I did:


Here is more information about the job position with IT-Prime Ltd.

Our company creates a positive outlook and prosperity of businesses and individuals across the world. Managing Information Technology Outsourcing lands a great possibility for growth and development.

The position being offered is for Financial Forwarding Coordinator.

Job requirements:
- Minimum 18 y.o.;
- constant internet access;
- home or mobile phone number;
- regular bank account (checking/savings) or a Verified Premier or Business PayPal account.

Employment benefits (upon completion of 30 days trial period):
- Paid holidays;
- Dental and Health;
- Professional development programs

Refer to the links below for additional information:

Frequently Asked Question:

Key points:
- No investment of funds on your part;
- Not a sales position, base pay along with commission is guaranteed;

For further information and inquiries you may contact us at

Limited Time Offer with a Sign On Bonus! Please follow the link:

Thank you for your time and interest with our company.

Best Regards,

Patrick Brown
Phone: (phone # with a Michigan area code) Fax: (phone # with a New York area code) 

Whew! Sigh of relief! There’s links, email addresses and phone numbers. Now, they’re only asking that you have a bank account or PayPal account because they want to direct deposit your pay, right?

Financial Forwarding Coordinator; sounds important. And it’s a company that manages IT outsourcing. Wow. They must be making some money then since that’s a growing trend (one that I’m not big on supporting, but nevertheless, it all sounds legi). The website looks professional, though some of the copy appears to be written by someone who is not native English speaking.

And here is a highlight from the job description from their website:

In an everyday situation, once the money is deposited into your account via internal bank transfer system, your responsibility would be to withdraw the funds right away, subtract your commission, and send the remaining balance to the appropriate recipient as directed by your supervisor.

If you haven’t been convinced by now that this is a scam, seriously folks, the paragraph above better clinch the deal! If you truly want to be a Financial Forwarding Coordinator and you have money in your bank accounts, kiss it goodbye!

It appears to be a new twist on the Nigerian lottery or the long lost relative leaving you millions. Don’t be suckered into this one. 

Have you seen anything similar to this scam? Probably not, so let this serve as a warning. 

Millie Small sang about suckers, well, lollipops, but this one isn’t tutti-frutti or cherry flavored, it’s more like the chilly seas of Norway (not the Norway in Michigan). 

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow - I thought I had seen them all! A "Financial Forwarding Coordinator" right? To forward your own money!!! Tim