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#1 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 04:47 PM

So I got contacted through Mandy.com for a job, which is normal, and everything seemed fine, until I got this e mail:

Hello Andrian



I'll also like to inform you that your deposit has been prepared and issued out by my associate in the Us and it will get to you in few days .

I was told that the payment you will receive will be more than your deposit.The reason for this is beause my travelling expenses and proposed videographer's fee has been issued out in a single payment while doing the budget for the project and I wouldn't want it to be altered .

All you will do for me is that you will deduct your deposit from whatsoever you received and assist me to send the balance down to my travelling agent here so that I can come over to commence work as earlier scheduled . I will give you the payment tracking number when I have it with me so that you can monitor the movement from your end .

I will send you more details on any additional information you need to know and the specific location prior to my arrival .

Write back to comfirm that you got this email .


Regards
Sean Conrod
SEAN WILDLIFE RESEARCH INSTITUTE , UK .
8, Old Hall Street
Liverpool
L3 9PA
UK



Figured I would let you all know that it seems some of these money laundering scams of bogus checks/money orders is proliferating. I, of course, reported it to my E mail provider, but I wouldn't want any wide eyed hopeful (read : people like me) to go through with any of this.
Appalling, really, that for all our inventiveness, it so often goes into the altar of greed; even more so when it prays upon the hopeful, and those just trying to start in such a completive industry.

Best,
~Adrian
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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 06:08 PM

Conrod?

That address is an apartment block.

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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 08:27 AM

Well I'm definitely not going to help them pay rent!
I'd've never thought one of these scams would target freelancers. It just seems odd.
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#4 Hal Smith

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 09:56 AM

Right up there with the eBay scammer whose return mail address was a coffee house on Charing Cross Road about four doors down from the famed 84 Charing Cross Road of the book and movie. Scotland Yard got interested in that crook since he was trying to steal a few thousand dollars for an alleged Arri 2C kit and was stupid enough to use a public house for a money drop address. I figure the SOB was an employee there.
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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 09:59 AM

What gets me the most is that the original job sounded quite legit; a research DV project on a wild bird species in conjunction with UPenn?
Granted, UPenn is well known over here, but it's odd that it was so similar to other video-research things I've been offered/done.
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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 03:41 PM

Not odd that it was similar if he simply copied a legit ad and changed the details.

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#7 Michael Lehnert

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 01:13 AM

Indeed, Phil!
I have recently come across two oddly similar job descriptions in Switzerland, but formulated in English to convey an international background. They were identical apart from the company registry (supposedly UK based but not existent at Companies House, as I found out) and address details and the subject matter at hand.
Funnily or worringly enough, both texts featured an identical sentence that had a grammatical error in it - this is how was able to bring this to the authorities' attention.
So these schemes are operated cross-border, too, even (or particularly?) outside the EU zone!
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#8 Onno Perdijk

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 03:33 PM

Hello all,

When doing business abroad I always check/google names and company's.

this company name has only 1 hit leading to here, his name only leads to some musictitles, no wildlife research, no film.

I would have my doubts, serious doubts!!

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#9 Paul Keyserling

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 07:40 AM

I just received, nearly verbatim, the same email. Very similar to fraudulent emails I have received for "investment opportunites" or help with "immigration". They invariably have poor grammar/spelling/use of language, lack of details, some degree of urgency, and an inability (or unwillingness) to provide relevant information. Google searches nearly always produce results which fail to give them any legitimacy.

I try to keep them going as long as I can just for sport. I like to see how far they will carry it before they stop replying. In "Sean's" case I'll ask for a form of payment they're unlikely to send, i.e. certified check from major bank, PayPal, wire transfer etc. Sometimes I throw in comments to make me look like a bigger "phish". Maybe I have too much time on my hands.

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#10 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 12:49 PM

Oh no, scambaiting can be a fine sport for days off!

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#11 Scott Fritzshall

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 02:16 PM

This is actually the next evolution in scams. Instead of carpet-bombing the masses with generic emails, scammers are now starting to send out specific, targetted, highly customized scams. They've figured out that you're going to automatically ignore ads for fake viagra, but if they know you're a shooter, you're going to pay attention to "Hey I saw your reel online and I'm interested in hiring you to shoot a music video."

Be on the lookout.
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#12 Zander Kroon

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 03:09 PM

Maybe it is just me but that email didn't even make sense.
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#13 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 04:13 PM

That one didn't, some of the previous ones were very plausible.
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#14 David Wheeler

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 02:09 PM

The same scam found it's way to me, I reported them to the FBI.
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