Thursday, July 29, 2010

More Feckless Bastards Gone Phishing

Usually I have some semi-humorous take on these things, but I'm not feeling terribly creative today, and I've got lots else I'm trying to do. I received this at my Cujo359 email address the other day. It appears to be a new form of phishing scam, and it's a particularly aggravating one:

From: John Mathews
To:
Subject: Part Time Employment Opportunities
Date: Jul 27, 2010 4:16 AM

Re: Employment Opportunities



Honeywell International Inc.
101 Columbia Road
Morristown, NJ 07962
EMAIL; xxxxxxx@zing.vn.invalid

ABOUT US

Honeywell International is a diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. With roots tracing back to 1885, Honeywell employs more than 100,000 people in 95 countries. Under the leadership of Chairman and CEO John Mathews, we focus on our Five Initiatives: Growth, Productivity, Cash, People and the Enablers, Honeywell Operating System and Functional Transformation.

JOB POSITION

We are currently seeking part or full time employees for our ever-growing Accounts Receivable Department. Through extensive demographic research, we have discovered a wealth of untapped human resources that, for one reason or another, need the freedom to work from home. If this sounds like you, please read on, and consider becoming part of our company family. as part of our ongoing Multi Level Marketing Network, we seek capable individuals to work for us as our representative. You can easily make $700-$2000 or more in a week by working for us as Sub-contractor in your geographical location, you will be in charge of collecting payment on behalf of our affiliates and Small business organizations that are registered under us. Does it sound like your dream job? Well, it certainly for 10,000+current members who are making $700- $2,000 weekly online with this system. Note that no form of investment of is needed from you and this job will take only 1-3 hours
of your time per week.

THIS IS WHAT IT ENTAILS:

1. Get/receive payment from clients/Customers.
2. Process Payments at your Bank.
3. Deduct 10% which is your commission/Payment on check cashed.
4. Forward the remaining 90% to the information that will be provided later on.

I will need you to provide me with your basic personal info such as:
Full Name:
Contact Address:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Country:
Phone Number:

Fill the above application so as to qualify you for the position.

John Mathews
Chairman and CEO
Honeywell International Inc.
101 Columbia Road
Morristown, NJ 07962
EMAIL; xxxxxxx@zing.vn.invalid

This is a bit different from the run-of-the-mill "Nigerian" scams. The English is good. It is at least somewhat like a request for employment applications that appear in newspapers and other want ads. Unfortunately, it's not to be trusted. My e-mail provider was able to recognize this as a spam e-mail. I don't know if everyone's would, hence the warning.

As times get worse, I suspect we'll be seeing more of these. There are several reasons to distrust this e-mail beyond that it was sent to the address of an Internet entity who has never demonstrated any talent for this sort of work. Those are:

  1. The email addresses of the sender and the reply-to address are not in the Honeywell domain. This letter purports to be from Honeywell.

  2. Neither Honeywell nor any other company is simply going to solicit such things via blind e-mails. They no doubt have plenty of applicants for every job of this sort. If they were looking for design engineers, or some equally rare specialty, this might be reasonable, but I wouldn't trust such a thing then if it weren't addressed specifically to me.

  3. The CEO of a company the size of Honeywell won't be soliciting low skill workers via e-mail under any circumstances I can think of.


As I said, this sort of thing will become more common as the world's economy gets worse, which thanks to the feckless assholes who are largely in charge of it, it certainly will. The sort of bastards who sent this letter will be trying to take advantage of people who need work. So don't be fooled. Often times, things that are too good to be true are really not true.

I assume, as should you, that no name on this letter is an actual name of the people responsible for this e-mail, including the supposed author of it.


4 comments:

lawguy said...

I thikn that you clearly have a better class of spamer/phisher than I have.

Although my friends in Nigeria have started to contact me again, so perhaps my fortunes are on the upswing (I'll let you in for a small down payment).

Cujo359 said...

S'OK, lawguy. If you check the scam artists keyword, you'll see I have quite a backlog of offers that are going to come through any day now...

Suzan said...

I've gotten this one, too, by the way.

In addition to all the others from more questionable return addresses.

As I was actually recruited by Honeywell in a past lifetime, it caused me to do a double take before I noticed the scam aspect.

Ha!

They are getting smarter, aren't they?

Love ya!

S

Cujo359 said...

Yes, they seem to be Suzan. As with the previous article I wrote on e-mail scams, what they say about how our society is changing is interesting, too.