Email is dead – use RSS feeds instead

It is pretty evident why we don’t send out email campaigns anymore.

More than 90% of all email sent is now spam or some sort of scam. Email as a communications medium is almost defunct now. Email seems to be dominated by Russians, Nigerians and Thai trying to make a quick buck out of unsuspecting and desperate people.

We are now using social media, rss feeds and direct communication to communicate with our users.

We have mentioned this many, many times before: if you want scam and spam messages to stop make sure your ISP implements SPF (Sender Policy Framework). This will get rid of most of the spam and scam.

It’s still beyond belief why big ISP’s such as Yahoo and BT (in the UK) have not implemented this. Not doing so sustains the tidal wave of spam. Guess they’re earning from it, so they won’t do anything about it. And politicians don’t get it either. They’re neolithic and still use handwritten letters, so don’t expect anything from them anytime soon …..

The latest scam we came across goes as follows:

I would like to take this time to welcome you to our hiring process and give you a brief synopsis of the position’s benefits and requirements.

If you are taking a career break, are on a maternity leave, recently retired or simply looking for some part-time job, this position is for you.

Occupation: Flexible schedule 1 to 3 hours per day. We can guarantee a minimum 20 hrs/week occupation
Salary: Starting salary is 3000 EUR per month plus commission.

Region: Europe

Please note that there are no startup fees or deposits to start working for us.

To request an application form, schedule your interview and receive more information about this position please reply to ************** with your personal identification number for this position IDNO: 9120

This is another classical phishing scam. They’re trying to get to your personal details in order to scam you out of money. This can be used to open bank accounts, get loans, etc in your name.

They get the money, you get the bills. Not something you want to end up with.

Always check out ‘offers’ like this, or simply do not respond to them and bin them straight away.

If you do get one of these, please forward the email header containing the IP address of the sender to scamreport (at) eurojobs (dot) com so we can investigate who is behind this and shut them down.

2 comments on “Email is dead – use RSS feeds instead

  1. zoldar on said:

    Well, we have a problem with mass inrush of such messages on our servers in recent days. The SPF check didn’t help much – in most cases the senders actually passed it. The sender’s IP address also won’t be of much help. Most of them are parts of botnets which can be “hired” for a moderate fee – I suppose that benefits outnumber the costs by a good measure. The problem is that the contents of these mails are rephrased evey couple of days so that bayesian classifier won’t pick it out. Domains for emails are changed almost on a daily basis. All domains are registered through bizcn.com. When new domain starts to be used, the old ones have their zone configuration cleaned up (MX records included). The physical location of the servers under mx records also varies wildly.nnBelow is a naive regex for catching email addresses which appeared in scam mails until now:nn@(eurjobplus|webjobineurope|eurojoboard|eurojobbs|europa-career|europacareer).nnAnd here are unique examples (after a bit of processing and removing dupes) of their contents (3 versions up to today):nn——————————-nJob Category: u00a0Customer Support/Client CareReference Code: u00a0GENERIC_CODEJob Status: u00a0 Full Time, Temporary/Contract/ProjectGreat company represented in 32 countries worldwide is seeking a Customer Service Representative.This is a temporary position with the great opportunity of going permanent.The responsibilities are as follows: assist to work with existing clients, arrange and assure preparation,final inspection, timely implementation of orders as well as all related documentation and paperwork.Meet the deadline of orders which require certain time frames.Ensure all orders comply with customer routing guides and regulations.Obtain proofs of delivery from companies and track orders.Interface with our financial department to confirm deliveries and resolve discrepancies.Update corporate offices with order and delivery information, etc.u00a0MINIMUM REQUIREMENTSu00a0- Some college or equivalent u00a0- Previous customer service experience is a plus- Experience working in an office environment u00a0- Strong organizational, communication, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail u00a0- Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Internet and Email.SALARY AND BENEFITS- Fully paid training- Competitive salary up to 2300 Euro per month- Possibility for promotion- Friendly and professional work environmentIf you do meet the above preconditions and have a desire to know more about this position,please send us your contact details and our HR specialists will explain you everything in detail over the phone.Our contact: GENERIC_EMAILn——————————-nHello, We have an excellent opportunity for an apprentice applicant to join a rapidly expanding company.An at home Key Account Manager Position is a great opportunity for stay at home parentsu00a0or anyone who wants to work in the comfort of their own home.This is a part time job / flexible hours. This is in view of our not having a branch office presently.Requirements: computer with Internet access, valid email address, administrative skills.u00a0If you fit the above description and meet the requirements, please apply to this ad stating your location.You will be processing orders from your computer. How much you earn is up to you.u00a0Region: Europe only.If you would like more information, please contact us stating where you are located and our job reference number – GENERIC_NUMBER.u00a0Please only SERIOUS applicants.If you are interested, please reply to: GENERIC_EMAILn——————————-nI would like to take this time to welcome you to our hiring processu00a0and give you a brief synopsis of the position’s benefits and requirements.If you are taking a career break, are on a maternity leave,recently retired or simply looking for some part-time job, this position is for you.Occupation: Flexible schedule 1 to 3 hours per day. We can guarantee a minimum 20 hrs/week occupationSalary: Starting salary is 3000 EUR per month plus commission.Region: EuropePlease note that there are no startup fees or deposits to start working for us.To request an application form, schedule your interview and receive more information about this positionu00a0please reply to GENERIC_EMAIL with your personal identification number for this position IDNO:u00a0nnEdit: Disqus has removed formatting from paste, unfortunately

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