Watch for recruitment emails from mail2recruiter.com. *Correction* mail2recruiter.com is a free email address provided by another vendor- no name mentioned because we are not going to do any free advertising here.
This scammer is impersonating bestmark.com – everything “appears” to be from “bestmark.com” but you are asked to communicate with him through the email address at mail2recruiter.com. This email isn’t from Bestmark.
And this is not a money mule scam, but a fake check scam. The scammer uses “bestmark” because of the nature of bestmark’s business, hoping that you will believe that its really a “mystery shopper” job offer.
Let me teach you how to spot this scam. Its highlighted in red below.
This is a quick summary so that it will get into your head:
1) Issue you a Check $2,500
2) Ask you to “keep” $245 as salary plus expenses.
3) Transfer Cash to someone else.
Other than this, the rest of the email about surveys are all BS.
Did someone say “You will never know until you’ve tried it?“
Well, there are people who have tried similar offers and are sharing their experience all over the web. It may not be from this exact email, but its so easy to modify the content and send a different version everyday. Its “Free”, the scammer paid almost nothing except for the scam domain name. They can change their names, their story, and their target (this time its bestmark). They have no overheads. They are the ones getting paid 100% at your expense.
From: BESTMARK [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 28 January 2010 09:43
Subject: (Mystery Shopper) Acknowledge this email and send your application
to Joyce Spring.
BESTMARKR is presently recruiting a “limited” number of MYSTERY SHOPPERS.
POSITION TITLE: Regional Mystery Shopper
START DATE: Immediate
COMMISSION: $200 Per Survey
Attention: Esteemed Customer,
Following the successful assessment of your application, you have been
selected as a Secret Shopper for your region. We strongly believe you have
got what it takes to carry out the various surveys in your regions and hope
we would not be disappointed. A cheque will be deivered to you in place of
the Credit card details as earlier requested. You are expected to re-confirm
the below applicatin for us to proceed.
YOUR IMMEDIATE RESPONSIBILITY:
To conduct a hidden survey on the nearest MONEY GRAM outlet in your location
by forwarding a fixed amount from the cheque that will be issued to you in
another 3-5 days to a mystery consumer in another region who is conducting
the same survey at the “RECIPIENT” end.
A cashier’s check of $2500.00 will be issued and should get delivered to you
via regular mail within the next 3-5 days.
Your income is 200 on the check.
You’re to deduct another $45.00 to cover the Money Transfer Charges at the
MONEY GRAM location to the Mystery Consumer.
RATINGS OF THE MONEY GRAM OUTLETS SERVICE:
You are to simply rate the MONEY GRAM outlets service on a scale of POOR,
FAIR, GOOD and EXCELLENT by simply observing and recording the parameters
You are to simply send us an e-mail with your rating of the store /depot
under the parameters above with the reference number of the funds sent.
NOTE: ITS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THE RECEIPT OF THIS EMAIL IF
YOU TOTALLY UNDERSTAND THIS PROCEDURE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ACCEPT THIS
Address Line 1:
Home Phone Number:
Cell / Mobile Phone Number:
Re-submit the above application to this email address and call this number
Tel: (914) 930 0439
Joyce A. Spring.
5605 Green Circle Drive,
Suite #200, Minnetonka,
BESTMARKR “THE LEADER IN CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE INNOVATION”