When Someone Sends You Too Much Money – It’s Probably Too Good To Be True! – Photography Over-payment Scam –

You’ve been asked to be the photographer at an event. You’ve signed a contract stating the details, and are eagerly awaiting your payment. However, when it arrives, it’s almost QUADRUPLE the amount you were to be sent! Questioning, you’re told it’s an accounting error and to send the rest to the wedding caterer. You send the money, only to have the deposit/cheque BOUNCE, leaving you out thousands of dollars!

This sounds like something out of a horror film, but what’s truly terrifying is that it’s been happening all across BC the last little while!

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre recommends that people protect themselves “protect yourself by knowing who you are doing business with and never accept a cheque for more than your selling price,” when it comes to the overpayment scam.

The BBB also warns that a legitimate company will never ask someone to forward money.

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Be aware friends!!!!

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Dear friends:

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This rumor is nothing new, and is thought to have originated on MSN messenger back in 2008. I’ve received this message countless times through the years, and hope by posting this I can save someone a few spam messages.

It’s not just the fact it’s an annoying message, it’s the fact some of them can be harmful, and could be capturing your username, password and whatever other info it’s programmed to gather. You the receiver have a responsibility to ensure you don’t spread on a potentially malicious attack!

For more information and tips in preventing rumors from spreading or malicious attacks from occurring, click here.

Ill-gotten Emails – staff sourcing.com

Fair warning to all you scammers and spammers out there – You don’t want to email me unless you want to be blown WIDE OPEN. All spams, scams and marketing schemes sent to me are researched and detailed within this blog.

My latest frustration lies with my personal work email, which while it is for a public company, the email lists are private. They can be easily guessed however, if one was to use my Linkedin Profile, using my name and place of employment. This appears to be the newest marketing scheme in an effort to get people to buy into their training, and while these emails looks ‘legit’ the ill-gotten means by which they retrieved my email is unacceptable. This isn’t the first time this has happened, each time with a different email address, so click HERE to read up on previous Ill-Gotten emails.

Hi Sarah,
 
Hope you are doing great! I am following up to see if there are any potential opportunities for me at this time? We are very much interested in speaking to you to discuss our service offering in more detail. Please advise what day and time suits you the best for a quick 30 minutes call this week or early next week?
 
We are a Staffing Company and our main business is to provide IT, Engineering, Light Industrial, Non IT & Professional talent. We are very much familiar with the process of VMS and MSP as we are currently working with MSP’s like Randstad Sourceright, Tapfin, Kelly Services, Guidant Group, etc. through VMS like People fluent, Shiftwise, IQN, Field glass, Beeline, etc.
 
We are filling below positions for our current clients (GE Healthcare, Humana, Retirement Concept, BJC Healthcare and many more) all over Canada and US.
 
Light Industrial & Functional: LPN, RN, Respiratory Therapist, Clinical Service Technician, Patient Service Technician, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Bio-Medical Facility Coordinator, Certified Nursing Assistant, LVN, Cath Lab Tech, Clinical Coordinator, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Laboratory Technician, Scientist, Cardiac Cath Lab Technician, Speech Language Pathologist, Biologist, Pharmacy Tech, Dietician, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pharmacist, Radiology Technician, Sleep Lab Tech and many more.
 
Engineering & Technology: Network Analyst, Software Engineer, System Programmer Analyst, IP Network Architect, Network Engineer, Information Security Specialist, Digital Analyst, Applications Support Analyst, Financial Analyst, Credit Risk Analyst, System Analyst, Business Analyst, IT Project Manager, Software Engineer and many more. 
 
 
Look forward to hearing from you.
 
 
Thanks & Regards,
Angela Smith
Business Development
Office: 647-849-1318

Angela Smith angela.smith@staff-sourcing.com

First off, if you come across a major company, you don’t message a random person within the company, you go to the head of the departments. So, after getting the second email, I decided to reply via my own personal email as I don’t risk my company being exposed to spam and scams.

Please stop sending emails to *****@***.com/ca. I shouldn’t have to REMOVE myself from a set of emails you wrongly got my email address from.

I have reported you as spam, as you should have never ever ever found this email, as it’s not posted to any external site, so you either have a staff directory that you’re just testing emails, or have somehow got your hands on our email lists. 

I find this to be extremely frustrating, annoying and mildly scary, let alone bad business practice!  

Fair warning, depending on your response, I will be making a blog post about how your company disregards privacy, sending out automated emails wanting information. 


Please think about your business model and consider contacting the head of this company, whose information is SUPER easy to find online without testing random emails.
– Sarah
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In conclusion, I hope bringing forward this information will help keep my friends and family safe, and once again a fair warning to all you spammers scammers and underhanded marketers, don’t send me your junk.

Ill-gotten Emails – MoltenFray

Fair warning to all you scammers and spammers out there – You don’t want to email me unless you want to be blown WIDE OPEN. All spams, scams and marketing schemes sent to me are researched and detailed within this blog.

My latest frustration lies with my personal work email, which while it is for a public company, the email lists are private. They can be easily guessed however, if one was to use my Linkedin Profile, using my name and place of employment. This appears to be the newest marketing scheme in an effort to get people to buy into their training, and while these emails looks ‘legit’ the ill-gotten means by which they retrieved my email is unacceptable.

First email sent
From: Rachel Bryant | MoltenFray [mailto:rbryant@moltenfraystaffing.com
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2019 11:24 AM
To: ‘****************’
Subject: Contingent & Permanent Staffing
 
Hi Sarah,
 
I had come across your company and wanted to reach out. Here at MoltenFray we partner with organizations of all sizes in the different industries to find the talent they need on a contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire basis. We help our clients meeting their manpower requirements.
 
We are hoping to help you by catering your company’s current workforce needs for Engineering, IT, Accounting/Finance, Admin/Clerical, Professional, Retail, Life Sciences/Biotechnology, Manufacturing/Distribution, Logistics or Light Industrialcategory.
 
Our core objectives while submitting a candidate are Quality and Turnaround time.
 
We would love to chat with you further to understand how we can partner with you to serve your company’s contingent or permanent staff requirements
 
I look forward to your response. 
 
Best Regards,
 
Rachel Bryant
Business Development Representative
 

MoltenFray Systems Inc.
Office: 306-988-0147
rbryant@moltenfraystaffing.com
www.moltenfray.com
 
CANADA: 1400 B Rothwell St, Regina, SK S4N 2B3
Canada: ON | QC | SK | MB | BC | AB | NB | NS
US: 300 E Business Way, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45241
 
This email was individually generated by an employee of MoltenFray Systems and is not part of a mass marketing campaign.
DISCLAIMER: If you are NOT INTERESTED to get any such mail from the sender of this mail then just reply back with REMOVE in subject line. 
Confidentiality Notice: This email is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, or disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender immediately and destroy all copies of the original message.

Content expires Feb 8, 2019.
Options for recipients to forward, copy, print, or download this email’s contents will be disabled.


Hi Sarah,

I’m writing to follow up on my below email. We would love to chat with you further to understand how we can partner with you to meet your company’s contingent or permanent workforce requirements. 
                                     
Are you available for a quick call? Just let us know what date and time works best for you.
 
If not you, can you please put me in touch with the right person? I appreciate the help!
 
Here’s a quick view of why we’ll be great together:
·         Experienced team, providing staffing support to companies like SYNTEL, General Electric, The Coca Cola Company, CNH Industrial, PPG Industries, Voya Financial and many more through various programs and directly.
·         Managed approach & proven framework for candidate search, screening, submittals to placement
·         Client-centric model with dedicated teams
·         Domain and skill specific recruiting
·         Consistently achieving high rate of candidate retention
 
I look forward to hearing from you!
 
 
Best Regards,
Rachel Bryant
Business Development Representative
MoltenFray Systems Inc.
Office: 306-988-0147
rbryant@moltenfraystaffing.com
www.moltenfray.com
 
CANADA: 1400 B Rothwell St, Regina, SK S4N 2B3
Canada: ON | QC | SK | MB | BC | AB | NB | NS
US: 300 E Business Way, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45241

This email was individually generated by an employee of MoltenFray Systems and is not part of a mass marketing campaign.
DISCLAIMER: If you are NOT INTERESTED to get any such mail from the sender of this mail then just reply back with REMOVE in subject line. 
Confidentiality Notice: This email is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, or disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender immediately and destroy all copies of the original message.

First off, if you come across a major company, you don’t message a random person within the company, you go to the head of the departments. So, after getting the second email, I decided to reply via my own personal email as I don’t risk my company being exposed to spam and scams.

Please stop sending emails to *****@***.com/ca. I shouldn’t have to REMOVE myself from a set of emails you wrongly got my email address from.

I have reported you as spam, as you should have never ever ever found this email, as it’s not posted to any external site, so you either have a staff directory that you’re just testing emails, or have somehow got your hands on our email lists. 

I find this to be extremely frustrating, annoying and mildly scary, let alone bad business practice!  

Fair warning, depending on your response, I will be making a blog post about how your company disregards privacy, sending out automated emails wanting information. 

Please think about your business model and consider contacting the head of this company, whose information is SUPER easy to find online without testing random emails.

– Sarah


I got another email a few days later from a different company:

CAUTION: This email originated from outside of *************. Do not click links or open attachments unless you recognize the sender and know the content is safe.

View this email in your browser    www.smartworkplace.ca

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Need a solution? Have a question? Email or call us and speak directly to one of our health & safety communications specialist, we’re here to help.
Call 1-888-655-4800 or email info@smartworkplace.ca 

www.smartworkplace.ca
Ontario Office: 2010 Winston Park Drive, Suite 200, Oakville ON L6H 5R7
British Columbia Office: 101-196 Wade Ave W, Penticton, BC V2A 1T6
United States Office: 50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 1400, Buffalo, New York 14202 
Work Smart & Stay Safe!

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You are receiving this email as a past contact of Skilven Publications. This is a notice advising of a name change from Skilven Publications to Smart Workplace Inc.

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First off, I’ve NEVER communicated with them, this generic lie seems to be printed more and more on many automated emails. He then proceeded to try and solidify this lie that I was a ‘previous client’.

On Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 10:12 AM Stefan Dreesen <stefan@smartworkplace.ca> wrote:

Hi Sarah,

Sorry for the intrusion, we just sent out a notice to our previous clients and contact list.

I have made sure you are off the list.

Best Regards,

Stefan

Customer Service

Smart Workplace Inc.  

(A division of Skilven Publications)

1-888-655-4800

Ontario Office: 2010 Winston Park Drive, Suite 200, Oakville ON L6H 5R7

British Columbia Office: 101-196 Wade Ave W, Penticton, BC V2A 1T6

United States Office: 50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 1400, Buffalo, New York 14202

Work Smart & Stay Safe!

Once again, I’d like to point out that I don’t communicate with people outside of the company with that email address, so the only way this address could have been discovered was by ill-gotten means. So I responded back, letting him know this.

(My Reply) – Feb 5, 2019, 10:19 AM (2 days ago)

Once again, that email address is a private company email, and should have NEVER been used. Not sure where you got it from, but you should probably check that these were gotten legally.

In conclusion, I hope bringing forward this information will help keep my friends and family safe, and once again a fair warning to all you spammers scammers and underhanded marketers, don’t send me your junk.

**SPAM/SCAM** 17023595643

When I said hello, they immediately hung up, red flag 1.

When I called them back on POPTOX I got this message:

“Thank you for returning our call regarding your property. To speak to a representative press 1, to be removed from the mailing list press 9.”

I pressed 1, it immediately replayed the message. I pressed 1 again, it repeated it, then when I pressed it a third time it hung up. Red Flag 2.

I used Z-reverse look-up, and supposedly this number is not in service, Red flag 3.

Then this number phoned me back and wouldn’t hang up, no noise in the background at all, so I hung up to avoid any charges or data capture they were trying to achieve. Red Flag 4.

Be safe friends!!

Newest Scam – Requests you leave behind your name and phone number for more info

Got a call from phone number 16176589070, but instead of an automated call, dead air. Intrigued, I tried to call back on PopTox, but it said it was an invalid number. Using their reverse phone lookup, I found out it was a number in Boston Massachusetts.

Using a public phone, I dialed it and was instantly greeted by an automated message, I’ve put the best quotes below for anyone doing scam research.

“Hi I’m Mark and thanks for calling, I’m going to do you a favor and cut right to the chase.”

“Here’s the truth, i’m being working from home for over 16 years – bragging about kids never seeing me leave for home…”

He then goes on to say you shouldn’t have to and how he went from making barely minimum wage to bragging about his last 8 years where he pulled in a 6 figure income, and how in the last 2 year span he’s made way more and is ready to mentor.

He offers you mentor-ship promising he can help you get rich “In the cold market without pitching your friends and family” something about an “automated lead system that will deliver interested and qualified” promising that “you literally only talk to people that talk to this number”

He then goes on to say he can prove with documentation who he is, and is “looking to mentor people with a simple 2 step system
again no hype or gimmicks, just the facts.”

Now, here’s where the catch is – “Here’s all you have to do, you have to have capital. borrow it from your friends.” Huh, I swore you just said I didn’t have to pitch to my friends and family…

“You’re going to need at least 500 to get started. if you can’t get that money you may as well hang up now. If you agree with me it’s worth to invest a little bit of capital” He tries to press the point of needing money to make money, then provides the final almost seemingly innocent request.

“Give me your name and number after the tone so you can make your own decision.”

Well that sure sent shivers up my spine, I hung up and google searched! And while I haven’t been able to find this exact scam, I’ve found reference to closely related scams where the caller asks for a variety of information that they will then use as they see fit.

Other things I find wrong with this phone call was the lack of proof promised, l and inability to link this number to any actual person online.

Please see below for other scams closely related.

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