Job Scams: Alex Cooper at the Business Pack Company

Job and Recruiting Frauds and Scam Emails:
Alex Cooper at the Business Pack
Company

Have you received an email like the one below, claiming to be from

  • Alex Cooper, manager of the Customer Assistance Department of the Business Pack company.

It is almost certainly a scam. We're currently investigating these.  Notice that there is NO contact information, no website at all; no address, no phone numbers, and the email address is a free Yahoo account.  This all screams "SCAM". And why would a company ship goods to you to repack and ship out?  What are these "goods", stolen items? Most likely, there are no goods - it is an identity theft scam.

CFR RECOMMENDS THAT YOU DO NOT REPLY TO THEM NOR GIVE THEM ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION UNTIL WE CAN CONFIRM MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THEM! IT LOOKS LIKE PHISHING FOR IDENTITY THEFT!

Do you have a resume posted online? We'd like to hear from you about your experiences recruiting emails that turned out to be scams or misleading - click here to write us. We suspect these are possibly a new wave of identity theft attacks.


Actual email received:

-----Original Message-----

From: Alex Cooper [alx_businesspack@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 8:22 PM
Subject: Job from Careerbuilder -- Home Mail Processors needed.

Good day!

My name is Alex Cooper, manager of the Customer Assistance Department of the Business Pack company.

Our company is engaged in correspondence managing, distributing different goods worldwide, buying and reselling these goods.

Our company is involved in correspondence managing, distributing different goods worldwide and buying and reselling these goods.

Description of Goods :

- Consumer electronics of different kinds;

- Sport equipment;

- Luxuries;

- Home computers and computer components for desktop systems, notebooks, PDAs;

- Office equipment;

- Mobile equipment (cellular phones, pagers, GPSs etc.);

- Car parts (small car parts);

- Clothes;

Requirements for packages processing manager:

- Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word;

- Home Computer with e-mail account and ability to check your e-mail box at least twice a day;

- printer;

- Adults only accepted (we cannot hire underage people);

- 1-2 hours free during the day (mainly in the evening / non-business hours) for communication and for packages processing;

- Ability to handle packages weight up to 20 pounds(get them to the post office).

Job description:

People who get this job will have to follow these instructions:

1. Receive the correspondence from our company to his/her home address.
2. Report to our manager (every candidate will be included on the manager list)
3. Repack received items following the instructions which our manager will send to you.
4. Receive money from our company for shipping and payment for each shipped out package. The Money transfer method is described below. We offer $24 for each shipped out box. We'll sign a contract for a long-term partnership (6 or 12 months), by mail. You will receive prepaid USPS labels so you are not responsible for s/h fees.
5. Fill in the forms and papers which will be shown in our managers instructions (you will receive an e-mail instruction for each box).
6. Ship the package out using the specified shipping method (at this time we use mainly EMS. Every USPS office can ship it with EMS Global Express. 7. Check your e-mail 5-6 times per day (every hour is welcome)

You will be paid bi-weekly by the check.

You will receive 8-12 parcels per week during 28 days trial period.

After that we will send over 50 packages per week to your address

(50 x $24 = $1200 per week).

For registration please email me this information :

1. Your age (>18 (we cannot hire underage people))
2. Your shipping address for receiving packages (po box not accepted)
3. Your alternative address (optional)
4. Your Contact phone namber
5. If you want also partnership with paypal exchange service please email me your paypal email
6. We need a scanned copy of your documents to verify that you live at current street. There are two simple reasons for this:

Could you describe educational background and professional experience, and your current position.

Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have.

Thank you,

Alex Cooper,

Business Pack

 


Technical Investigation

Email headers with AdminSolutionsGroup, which sends out nearly identical emails, show there is a connection with www.kasambacareers.com, which is also accused and suspected of being a scam data miner. The only information that is publicly available is from the registrar for their website that shows "Vanthom Designs" as the owner of the website, which was registered on November 14, 2006, and uses an anonymous registration.  The ebandsearch.com registration is a private registration, so they've disguised the name and contact information for the true owners / operators.


Comments from visitors and victims:

From Mark, Febryuary 23, 2007:

I got hooked into this one big time. I received the email from joyce tomlinson yesterday afternoon, went to the site, entered my info & also told them I'm interested in higher education opportunities. I declined to get more information from each individual school. Ultimately, there was no clear conclusion, so I just closed the entire browser window.

I feel so stupid now. Anything I can do to help out, please let me know. If you have any suggestions on how to proactively defeat any potential attempts on their part, please let me know - I would greatly appreciate it.

CRF responds: Yes, write to these agencies:

  1. The Federal Trade Commission: spam@uce.gov  and contact your State Attorneys General. Your state Attorney General or local office of consumer protection is also listed in the government pages of your telephone book
  2. Contact the U.S. government Internet Fraud Complaints Center

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