WARNING – JOB SCAM / NIGERIAN SCAMMER
John Smith also uses the names;
The newest name is Norman Williams and he is roaming job sites http://www.seek.com.au www.buyandsell.ie www.adlists.net — I’ve posted all the emails in order from newest to oldest received.
Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2013 06:07:45 +0000
Subject: Re: Personal Assistant posting http://www.glengarriff.ie
Am still expecting your response regarding the email below, please advise.
On Saturday, March 9, 2013, norman william <email@example.com> wrote:
Thanks for the feed back to my message concerning the PA i need. Do take time to go through this introductory mail and feel free to pass any questions on my profile briefly:
I’m Norman Williams, 53 years old and a father of 2 wonderful kids, a successful entrepreneur and investor and co owner of Norman Williams & associates. I’m also a research journalist and I travel every now and then within and outside the United Kingdom and Europe working on various independent projects, this is why I need someone who can help keep up to date with all of my activities especially when I’m away and a midst my busy schedule.
I have had a previous Personal Assistant who has been very commendable in her activities and who has been part of my life for the past 6 months, she has since moved on with her personal life and it has affected me in a way. I found her previously on the craigslist website and I sincerely hope I will be able to find someone again who will be as efficient as she has been. Please note that you are being hired only on a personal level. All correspondences would be made and promptly reported to me personally. The position is part time and home-based meaning you can work most times from your home as long as you have a regular internet access. You are also hired on a trial basis for now until we are able to see how well we fit in, this however does not affect your weekly wage.Most of your activities will be carried out locally and most official packages will be delivered via posts. You will be actively involved in my personal, business and financial life. In summary, your activities as my assistant among other things will include;
Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence;
Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring;
Organizing and maintaining diaries, memos and making appointments;
Dealing with incoming email, faxes and post;
Carrying out background research and presenting findings;
A personal reminder for Schedules, programs, flights and keeping me up to date with them as they come up;
Arranging travel and accommodation
Carrying out specific projects and research;
Taking on some of the my responsibilities and working more closely with management and other staff related to me;
Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.
Handling and monitoring financial activities.
Processing and taking charge of weekly payments and purchases.
You will also be a part of my household and a helping hand to issues as they arise.
General clerical activities.
Basic wage is 500 euro per week.
Any extra personal expenses (transport, gas, etc) incurred by you while on an errand or otherwise will also be reimbursed by me at the end of each working week.This position is very flexible and it is difficult judging the exact number of hours you will be doing, just bear it in mind that there will be busier weeks than others with a steady pay. Working with me is basically about instructions and following them, my only fear is that I may come at you impromptu sometimes, so I need someone who can be able to meet up with my irregular timings. There is also a very sensitive issue on trust, dedication and accountability which I believe will resolve itself as time goes on.
> This is only an introductory e-mail, as time goes on we should be able to arrange a proper meeting to get things started officially. I’m currently in England now for a project, however, I do have a number of things you could help me with immediately, prior to my arrival.Due to the excessive number of responses to my Ad, do provide the following details about yourself for my personal record update and to filter applicants;
> Full Names:
> Full Contact Address ( Not P.O BOX)
> Zip Code
> Phone Number (H)
> Phone Number (M)
> Occupation (if any)
I hope you can be available for me immediately before I arrive, it certainly can act as a stable foundation to our impending working relationship.I will be waiting in anticipation of a good response from you soon.
> Norman William
> On Friday, March 8, 2013, <@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear Norman
>> Further to viewing your posting for a Personal Assistant on the Glengarriff website, I would like to request any further detail regarding this vacancy that you are happy to provide at this time. I would welcome the opportunity to submit a tailored response to your advert and look forward to hearing from you in due course.
>> Yours sincerely,
Nov. 23, 2012 EMAIL: Hello,
I’m John smith, 52yrs, and a father of 2 wonderful kids, a successful entrepreneur and investor. I’m also a research journalist and I travel every now and then within and outside the US working on various independent projects ( Artwork ), this is why I need someone who can help keep up to date with all of my activities especially when I’m away and amidst my busy schedule.
I would love to meet up with you to talk about this job but I am currently away on business in Australia , so there will be no interview.I will be back by the end of January . I will prepay you in advance to do my shopping. I will also have my mails and packages forwarded to your address. If you will be unable to stay at your house to get my mails, I can have it shipped to a post office near you and then you can pick it up at your convenience. When you get my mails/packages you are required to mail them to addresses that I will send you, and don’t worry, all expenses and taxes will be covered by me. I will be paying you $300 weekly. I need your service because I am constantly out of town.If you don’t mind I will meet up with you when I return and then we can talk about the possibility of making this long term.
I will email you the list and pictures of what to shop for when I am ready,no heavy packages is involved.You can do the shopping at Sears, Wal-Mart, Kmart and Best buy or any other stores. I will provide you my UPS account number for shipping. I will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need to be done as well as the funds to cover them. I will mail you money to do my shopping plus upfront payment for your service.
This position is home-based and flexible part time job,you can be in any location you will be working from your home doing all the activities.All you need do is to check your emails twice daily and keep your phone on most times in case I might need to call you from anywhere I may be.I do have a number of things you could help me with next week if you will be available to start.This can act as a stable foundation to our working relationship.
For proper review(since i am not available now to set up a face-to-face interview) supply out correctly the information below:
Salary: $300 weekly($1,200 monthly)
Also,there will be compensation for efficiency and hard working.
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SEPTEMBER 2012 EMAIL –
Subject Line: Personal Assistant!! $300 Weekly
From: “Smithson Smith” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I would love to meet up with you to talk about this job but i am currently away
on business. I am presently in Madrid Spain for a short business trip so there
will be no interview. I will pre-pay you in advance to do my shopping. I will
also have my mails and packages forwarded to your address. If you will be unable
to stay at your house to get my mails, I can have it shipped to a post office
near you and then you can pick it up at your convenience. When you get my
mails/packages; you are required to mail them to where I want them mailed to.
You don’t have to put money out of your pocket, all you have to do is have
packages shipped to your house and do my shopping. You are allowed to open the
packages to reveal its content.
The content of the packages are computer,electronics,clothing, bibles business
and personal letters. All expenses and taxes will be covered by me. You will
work between 10 and 15hrs a month. How much will you charge per week? I will pay
$300.00 weekly for this position.That is not a bad offer is it? I need your
service because I am constantly out of town. I work in real estate and i own an
Art Gallery in Madrid. I will return to USA November, 2012 so this process will
be going on till i get back in November. If you don’t mind, I will meet up with
you when i return and then we can talk about the possibility of making this long
Well, let me know if you are able to handle the position. Hope to hear from you,
i will email you the list and pictures of what to shop for when i am ready. No
heavy packages is involved, You can do the shopping at any nearest stores. You
will be shopping for Electronics and clothing’s. I will provide you my personal
UPS account number for Shipping. All you have to do is provide my account number
to UPS and shipping charges will be applied into the account. I will provide
clear set of instructions for each task i need done as well the funds to cover
If I were to mail you money to do my shopping plus upfront payment for your
service, where would you want it mailed to? How should your name appear on the
money order/Cashier’s check Maybe you can provide me with the following details
Thanks and please get back to me asap and
confirm this mail asap.
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From: “Smithson Smith”<email@example.com>
Subject: Personal Assistant!! $300 Weekly
John Smith <> firstname.lastname@example.org <> email@example.com
This scammer is also using the IP address 188.8.131.52 Location: Lagos Nigeria – FROM THE INTERNATIONAL POLICE AUTHORITY UNITED STATES SECTION (INTERPOL)
Name: Luis Williamson
184.108.40.206 – Leeds, Liverpool (UK)
MYSTERY SHOPPER (SECRET SHOPPER) – 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 which is a Lagos Nigeria IP location with a VERY bad IP that’s been black-listed on multiple anti-scam sites. Name: John Taylor – firstname.lastname@example.org> Message ID: ATHENAxnIVgEkzyTwrk00000521@athena.shepherdeurope.local (and) email@example.com
22.214.171.124 also lists starcomms which is a telecom operator company in Nigeria
According to Project Honey Pot the IP address of 126.96.36.199 (which isn’t the scammers real life location but is used to confuse potential victims.) is a dictionary attacker, spam sender and mail server – believe is list of spam/scam sent by the same IP address. If you get an unknown email from this IP, stay away!
|Example Messages Sent From 188.8.131.52|
|From: Western Union firstname.lastname@example.org
|From: Hajia Zainab Hassan email@example.com
Subject: Business Proposal Response Required
|From: Hajia Zainab Hassan firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Business Proposal Allah Afiz
|From: Hajia Zainab Hassan – email@example.com
Subject: Business Proposal – Allah Afiz
Subject: Security Alert .. Read Carefully And Respond ..
|From: Enquiry Notice firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Answer This Questions.
|From: ANDY LAU email@example.com
Subject: URGENT; DID YOU AUTHORISE LEE FUI FUI
|From: ANDY LAU firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: URGENT; DID YOU AUTHORISE LEE FUI FUI
|From: Dean Harry Associates – email@example.com
Subject: Will Execution
|From: Mrs. Grace Spencer firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: MESSAGE FROM GRACE SPENCER
|From: Alain Othman email@example.com
Subject: Inquiry for Investment
|Below are usernames used by spammer/scammers using this same IP address|
|Example User Names Used By 184.108.40.206|
Visit Project Honey Pot if you would like to check out a particular IP address. If there is no information on that address and you believe it’s from a scammer then report him and let PHP do the rest! 🙂
When I look up information from this scammers email header (which is a Nigerian location) – a previous phishing scam I’ve added on October 10, 2012 pops up. To view the phishing scam click: firstname.lastname@example.org FYI, this phishing scam emailed under 220.127.116.11 by webmail-d041.sysops.aol.com ( 18.104.22.168 ) – Additional email addresses and scams in the comment box of that post as well.