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Do NOT click on the update link/button as this leads to a fake login page with the aim to obtain your login details. If you think your account details have been compromised use the reset password link on our site to create a new password.

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These spammers never stop! At the moment people are being inundated with ‘job offers’ from Wilfred at We have nothing to do with these scammers. We do NOT send out email. Period.

At little bit of sleuthing reveals that Chinese spammers seem to be behind all this. They registered this scam domain when the complaints started flooding in on the 16th.

The site is registered through, who have a Xiamen Cyber Police button on their website. If you can read Chinese, log a complaint with either of them. The chance that they will act is minimal as there are scores of complaints about them as well. They don’t seem to respond to any complaints.

It looks like ICANN is the only organisation that can stop this malarky as is accredited by them. Send ICANN a strongly worded message about this as they are responsible for giving their accreditation and have the power to revoke it.
For more info about fighting spam go to

You can also ask your email provider to implement the Sender Policy Framework, which should stop the majority of spam. This recognises if the sender realy is the one they claim to be. In this case the alleged sender is, but based on the ip address the message came from, it’s not. If that is the case SPF will simply bin the message as spam.

If you can’t read Chines, set up a filter in your email program for the content of the spam message. Enter ‘’ in the filter for the bodytext, set it to delete and forget about it.

Setting up email message filters in Outlook (Thanks to

The following instructions will allow you to create filters for your email client which will automatically move or delete incoming messages with certain characteristics. These instructions assume you have already set up your Personal Folders for local storage of mail.

From the Tools menu, choose Rules Wizard…

From the Rules Wizard window, select the New… button.

The default of “Check messages when they arrive” is fine. No need to change anything.
Select the Next button to continue.

Click in the check box next to “with specific words in the body.”
Next, in the lower part, under Rule description, select the link named specific words.
Type in or what ever appears in the spam message.

In the Search Text window, to the right of Add new, enter the exact words which are in the body of the messages which you want to filter.
Now select the Add button, and the words you entered should appear in the Search list area.

Select the OK button to continue.
Back in the Rules Wizard, your subject line string should be in the Rule description pane.
Select Next to contine.

Click in the check box next to “move it to the specified folder.”
Next, in the lower part, under Rule description, select the link named specified.

Select the New… button if you need to create a new folder for the messages. Otherwise choose an existing folder under Personal Folders or choose Delete it and skip the next step.

Give the new folder a name, then select OK.

Whether you created a new folder, or chose an existing folder, now select OK.

Back in the Rules Wizard, your folder name should be in the Rule description pane.
Select Finish. If you were to choose Next, then you could add some additional restrictions to the filter. But right now, we don’t need to do that.

You should now be back in the first Rules Wizard window, with your new filter in the top pane.
Select OK to finish. All incoming mail will now be subject to the new filter as long as the Outlook client is running and logged in. To filter the messages which have arrived when the client is off, you must manually execute the rule from within the rules wizard.

Working in China scam

China is rapidly becoming a destination for English teachers. This has resulted in loads of scammers trying to muscle in on the opportunity.

When you see an interesting teaching opportunity be careful. Many “companies” will offer to provide you with accommodation, meals, transport, and a good salary. The only thing you have to worry about is paying for your visa. And they will offer to sort that for you as well. You just have to pay them the required fee and they will do the rest. Yeah, really?

This is a typical visa scam. Offer you something you can’t refuse, so you’ll be more than happy to pay to overcome the small bump. And you pay. Complete radio silence there after. They’ve just gone off with your money. Oops.

How do you avoid these type of scams? Easy. Don’t believe everything they say. Don’t be greedy. Do your homework. Make sure they pay for the visa. Check for “company name” & scam. You’ll be surprised what Google comes up with. Check facebook, twitter, etc for comments. Get references from people who’ve been there, done that, got the T-shirt.

And last but not least, if it sounds too good to be true, as usual, it’ll be too good to be true. Don’t fall for it.

UK Police more focussed on PR than solving crime

On 12 February the UK police announced:

Police’s new £30m e-crime hubs ready to go live
Three regional online crime units to be set up in Yorkshire and the Humber, the north-west and east Midlands. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) has announced three new police hubs to tackle web crime are set to launch.

As I was dealing with another online scam I was rather interested to find out more about this. Using Google I typed in “e-crime hub”, found an article in a national newspaper that indicated that one of the three crime hubs was based at a neighbouring police force and decided to give them a ring with my findings about a particular scam I was dealing with.

The lady on the police switchboard was very polite and helpful, but had never heard about this e-crime hub thing. She rang various departments, but no one knew anything about it. The person who was apparently heading it up could not be found on their computer system and was clearly not working there. (Or had he assumed an under cover identity?)

The only option they gave me was to contact the high tech crime unit. She duly put me through. The police officer who answered the call again did not know anything about the e-crime hub, but was happy to answer my call and promised someone would call back. I left my details and that was that. One more crime statistic!

It makes you wonder whether the police is really interested in solving crimes or whether they are just paying lip service to popular headline grabbing issues and feeding the statistics. They appear completely lost when a case requires something slightly more complicated than the use of a word processor. (Or are they still using type writers?)

When we contacted them in the past we were always send packing as internet crime crosses borders and they haven’t got budget for that, the money involved per case is too small and therefore hasn’t enough PR value and it appeared too complex anyway for them to get their heads around it.

The police might not be interested in such “small value” cases, but when you realise that these scams are sent to hundreds of thousands of people it becomes a huge sum. €30 times a few (hundred)thousand cases adds up rather quickly to enormous sums. The SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) estimates that people in the UK alone lose about £3.5 billion every year to mass market fraud and had registered 27,000 fraud cases in the first quarter of 2010 alone. These numbers will only have gone up…

It’s a sad indictment that the police these days are more interested in Public Relations, statistics and getting stories out in the press, rather than actually taking up and solving cases.

It gives off completely wrong signals to criminals. If you’re clever, know how the internet works and are international, you can get away with the biggest scams without being caught. But it’s at least a job opportunity for the criminally inclined! Spam

We’re being inundated again by complaints about spamming.

We do not use email to communicate with our users or potential users, exactly for that reason.

An apparently Chinese spammer using,, or is abusing our return address to spam people. The domain is hosted on, a Chinese provider. You can complain via or get the Chinese Cyberpolice involved.

Using an IP tracer you will be told that the email came from somewhere in South America. The email headers we checked all had different origins in South America. They’re obviously covering up where they are really sending it from.

You can also do the following to block spam.

The spammer is sending out the following crap:

Take a spare three-hour work week in our clinic and get 580 dollars.

Good afternoon!
You already have a current job, but you are searching for ways to increase your income funds?
Would you like to make an additional income without investing even a single cent?

Our company is a leader in providing consulting services and financial support to privately owned investment organizations.
 And currently we are recruiting an additional personnel offering part time employment to all talented and professional individuals.
We offer a decent job which doesn’t confront with any moral or ethical principles.
It will not matter what gender, age, economic status you are – the main conditions for employment are conscientiousness and diligence.

For many of our applicants this work began with partial employment and was combined with their main jobs,
but after 2 weeks most of them decided to work for our company on a full time basis and earn up to 2000 EUR per month.
Are you still debating?
We assure you that we will exert every effort to discredit all your doubts and help you understand
the whole process in detail before putting you into work.

Should you find this interesting please contact us immediately and you will receive an application form
and more detailed information regarding this job offer.
Our experienced HR representatives will listen carefully to your employment needs and then work diligently to match your skills and
qualifications to the duties which will be assigned to you.

Whether you’re looking for temporary, temporary-to-permanent or permanent opportunities do not miss your chance and send us your contact details (e.g. Phone number, email address, first and last name ) to apply now.

Please send the request to our email work @,and I will answer you personally as soon as possible

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Job waiting for you…………..not! (Just a huge phone bill)

Of all the scams doing the rounds, I think the government job offer is one of the most cruel scams around. People are receiving letters or emails telling them that they can now access the latest government jobs in their area by dialing the number given in the letter/email often after they have been searching for ages to find a government job that pays well, gives you security and is nearby.

When they ring the number listed they are put on hold and wait, and wait and wait…… until they give up. They often try again and again, only to discover that they are put on hold every single time. They probably curse the inefficiency of the government by now and decide to forget about working for the government.

The real shock comes when the telephone bill falls on the door mat. Instead of the usual amount, the telephone company now all of a sudden charges you for hundreds of euros/pounds/dollars for calls to premium phone lines. The initial reaction is that no premium lines have been called, but on further examination it turns out that the so called “government” number were in fact extremely expensive lines to ring. It is now obvious why people were put on hold for a long period of time. The longer they were on line, the higher the bill would be.

These scammers are often based in Eastern Europe and are often beyond the reach of western police forces. Or the police deem it too insignificant a crime to waste resources on. They are totally ignoring the fact that thousands of people are affected and that the losses can be millions of Euros/pounds/dollars.

Telephone companies could easily put a stop to this, but are very reluctant to do so because they earn a lot of money through these scams. They can earn a big percentage per call and earn millions as well on these scams. So they stay quiet or claim that there is nothing they can do. When it would affect their profitability they would act swiftly, so the only way to force them into action is a shareholder revolt, signing up with another telco or simply not falling for these scams anymore.

This is easier said then done as these scams become increasingly sophisticated, but before you are tempted to ring you could check the government’s website/jobboard, check if it is a normal number or ring your local government on a number from the phone directory.

Remember the old saying: “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is (too good to be true).”


Eterna Refinery & Shenzhen Bank Scammers again

Hmm, these scammers keep on trying!

Just received a letter in the snail mail claiming that the Shenzhen Development Bank in China holds the estate of a long lost “relative”. When you read the letter it becomes clear quite rapidly that this is another scam. (Besides a major give away of the letter not being on a Shenzhen Bank letterhead.)

The letter is littered with weird expressions which are clearly not English. It’s probably literally translated from Chinese. “the money has been willed to you” Duh….

This person claims to have the KEY to many millions in the bank, but needs your surname to claim. He offers to go 50/50 on it. And then proceeds to claim that no one is getting hurt…. Yeah right. Wait until they tell you that you have to pay a certain amount to release the funds. Who’s hurting then? You won’t see that money back again. Ever.

Moral of the story: Don’t been too greedy as it will catch up with you.

The other scam the system just removed from the site claimed that the Eterna Refinery in Scotland has a job opportunity. The text then goes on to claim expatriates can work in fields like Engineers. Never knew that being an engineer was a field…. Is it not engineering? They have also gone through your CV/Resume. Huh, I thought this was a job advert? Why do they have to put up a job advert when they have gone through your CV? Sounds like a case of scammers not knowing what they are doing.

Other indicators this is a scam are (again) the weird language used, the long list of unrelated jobs and the fact they use a gmail account rather than a company account.
A quick search on Google reveals that there is no company website any more for the Eterna Refinery. It was probably removed from the servers by the hosting company after a deluge of complaints as it shows in Google that the site once existed.

Anyway, as always, be aware of scams. If in doubt, research the advertiser before you apply. And make sure you do NOT send copies of passports, diplomas, bank account details, etc. Anything that can identify you can be used by scammers to open bank accounts in your name, withdraw funds and leave you with an overdrawn account. Nice huh?

What to do when you’re caught up in a job scam

Most Effective Steps for Victims of Job Scams

Unfortunately, not everyone will escape job frauds in time. Jobseekers who are the victim of a scam are advised to take the following steps.

1. Close all bank accounts at the bank where the scam took place. It is a good idea to change banks to avoid “”social engineering”” attempts by the con artists to fool bank workers into giving out new account information.

2. Order a credit report from various credit bureaus every 2 to 3 months. Watch the reports for unusual activity.

3. Report the scam to your local police force or a national crime squad.

4. Report the company name, the job posting, and all contact names to the job sites where the scam was posted. Demand that the posting is removed and that the site reports this to the police. (Ask to be given a case number)

5. Permanently close all email addresses that were associated with the job fraud.Your IT department can do this or simply close your Google mail, Yahoo, etc account.

6. Keep a copy of all emails sent by the scammers as this will contain valuable IP address information about where the email was sent from. Check the extended header of the email.

7. Report the scam to your email provider.

8. Report the scam to various scam detection sites.

9. Report the scam to your payment provider. If you paid through PayPal or via a credit card you can generally get your money back.

10. If you sent your ID, report your ID stolen and replace it immediately.

There are numerous websites with a lot more information about scams. To name a few:

World Privacy Forum
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

Scam Busters

Hot Scams

Credit Bureaus to check your financial rating:



Ten ways to recognise online scams

There are numerous scams on job sites disguised as vacancies, job offers, MLM or work from home opportunities. Over the years we have seen some very well disguised scams, so I thought I give you an update as to how they’re trying to fool you into handing over your money.

Before you read further, remember:

1. Never hand over your personal bank account, PayPal, or credit card numbers to an employer you have not met nor work for.

2. Never agree to have funds or paychecks paid into any of your accounts by a new or untested employer.

3. Never forward, transfer, or “”wire”” money to an employer.

4. Never transfer money and retain a portion for payment.

Abuse of your bank details
Legitimate employers do not usually need your bank account details. One of the ways a fraudulent employer will try to get consumers’ bank information is by stating that they will only pay via bank transfer, direct deposit of a paycheck, or something similar.

While direct deposit of a paycheck is convenient, if that is the only option an employer offers, then you should be cautious about accepting the job unless you have carefully vetted the potential employer.

If companies want you to accept money on their behalf and transfer it through your own account, you will most likely be laundering drugs- or illegally gained money. The police will be onto you in no time and you could face a lengthy prison sentence. (And have to pay back the money you transferred. Double whammy!)

So, moral of the story: don’t get involved!
Warning signs scammers might be involved

Many scams contain some easy to spot “”red flags””. Indications that should alert you to the presence of a job scam include:

1. Request for your bank account, your social security number or a copy of your ID/passport. No real employer will ask for these details unless you’ve actually started working in their offices. Never, ever send them via email before you have met them in person and you trust them. All of these can be used in identity scams and could cost you a lot. You might end up with a mortgage in your name without ever having seen the money, but you might be liable for paying it back.

2. A contact email address that is not a primary domain. For example, an employer calling itself “”Omega Inc.”” should have an email address similar to their company name, e.g. and not have a Yahoo!, a Google or a Hotmail email address. Even if they appear to have an email address linked to their name it is worthwhile checking that the domain part of the address (the bit after @) actually works.

3. The domain name is owned by a person rather than the company. Check who owns the domain name. If the company claims for instance to be headquartered in Luxembourg, but their domain is registered to someone in a small village in the middle of nowhere in Russia, you know you most likely will be dealing with a scammer.

4. The person you’re dealing with seems not to exist on the internet. Google the name of the person who contacted you. If they’re legitimate you will find blog posts, references, an entry on LinkedIn, etc. indicating that you’re dealing with a real person. This is not a cast iron guarantee, but a start to confirm their identity.

5. Misspellings and grammatical mistakes in the job ad. Scammers often have a poor command of the language they write in.

7. There are a number of descriptive words in job postings that are tip-offs to fraud. These include “”package-forwarding””, “”money transfers””, “”wiring funds””, “”eBay””, “”PayPal””, “”payment clerk””, etc.

8. Their website does not contain any contact details or the contact details don’t work. They obviously don’t want to speak to you as it might give them away. A real company will enable you to contact them one way or another.

9. The job seems to good to be true. They’re offering thousands of pounds/euros for a very simple job. You could earn a brain surgeons’ income just to be a security guard for which you won’t need any qualifications. Scammers will prey on people who want to become rich without putting any effort in.

10. You receive a job offer (which might be totally irrelevant to your experience) before you have been interviewed or even before you have sent your CV. Employers generally check you out and don’t offer jobs on the spot. It is too costly and too difficult firing someone, so they are very careful when it comes to hiring people.

11. The charge you for getting a job. They’ll call it an admin fee, the cost of a visa or work permit or any other debatable cost. Normal employers absorb these ‘costs’ and you should not expect to pay anything. On the contrary, you should be reimbursed for your costs.

So, always check the employer if you don’t know/trust/recognise them. Put a little effort into discovering who you are dealing with. This will save you a lot of trouble and money in the longer run.

What to do about a job scam

Scammers use social engineering techniques to win people’s trust. They send out millions of scam email messages, pretending they have found your CV on a well known website, by pretending one of your friends recommended you or by using other information known to you to create an aura of trust.

There are a number of things you can do to bust their bubble.

1. Make sure your ISP has implemented SPF. We have written about this before.

2. Check the domain name they use.
– Do a whois check on a domain registration site. If the domain has been registered in a remote location compared to where they claim to be based, be very careful. Be especially careful when the ISP is based in Russia, China. the Netherlands, Nigeria or the USA. These countries are notorious for harbouring scammers. If you’re sure they’re a scammer, complain to the ISP.

3. Check the email address.
– The return email address should be linked to a reputable company. If they use gmail, ymail, rediffmail, hotmail or another free email provider, be very careful.
– Double check the domain name in the email address. They often use slightly different addresses from the address you’re familiar with. (E.g. instead of eurojobs, they use europjobs, eurojobbs, eurojobs-nl, etc.) If the domain name in the email address is different check if it is genuine.
– You could do a reverse email check to see where the email came from and complain to the ISP so they will be removed from their servers. You will have to email them the raw header of the offending email.

4. Email us the raw code of the email header so we can complain on your behalf.

5. Mark them as spam in your email program in order to bin their messages when they come in.