It’s safe to say that there are as many ways to scam as there are scammers.
Dear Sir or Madam
Would you like to work for the Government organization and participate inthe development of the United States?Perhaps it is your talent the country needs at this moment.Requirements – U.S. citizenship and minimum age 21We invite you to work closely, anyone who does not care about the life of the state.If you are a student, military, businessman, retired – we’ll be happy to listen to the opinions of everyone and take help from you.Please send a brief summary to the human resource assistant on the firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be assigned to interview
Naturally I never responded to this illicit offer, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the response would have somehow involved wiring funds via Western Union to someone in Africa for “interview fees,” or perhaps lead to a mail forwarding scam.
In the 1st quarter of 2015, spam accounted for almost 60% of all email traffic, according to this excellent article from SecureList. Have a look at the very top of my Spam inbox:
Even if these emails are not directly criminal in nature (that is, loaded with malware or phishing attempts), my rule of thumb is this:
“If a company spams you, avoid them at all costs.”
It’s a virtual certainty that their “offer” is fraudulent or, at the very least, a bad deal for you and a good deal for them.
Be careful out there.
The Old Wolf has spoken.