A piquant little spamlet to ring in the new year:
Subject: Ad Request…
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2011 21:07:50 +0700 (ICT)
Our company is interested in placing the below employment ad with your Newspaper today. We want you to get back to us with the cost to run our ad= for 3 weeks in Newspaper and print.
OUR AD COPY AS TO BE PLACED:
WE ARE SEEKING DYNAMIC RECEPTIONIST ORIENTED INDIVIDUALS WITH GREAT COMMU
TYPING SKILLS NEEDED TO WORK ON BEHALF OF COMPANY THIS SERVICE REPRESENTA
TIVE WILL EARN UP TO
$2000 MONTHLY ANY JOB EXPERIENCE NEEDED.EMAIL US AT: resume20111@hotmail
.com IF INTERESTED
Also, let me know if you do print category such as Yahoo Hot jobs, Monster,Carrier-builder OR ANY JOB SITE you have.Do you accept Visa or Master Credit Card, identify the type you accept.
I await the above quotation asap.
I’ll be sure to pass this on to my Carrier-building friends, “Jami”! They’ll get back to you very soon about conventional versus nuclear power, aircraft complement and so on.
The only real question in my mind is whether this spammer and his how-dare-you-suggest-it-might-be-stolen credit card number is really trying to place these dodgy job ads, or whether it’s just another attempt to get suckers directly, by waiting for replies that say “actually I’m not a newspaper, but boy, that job sounds sweet!”
Could be both, I suppose. Either way, the jobs themselves will surely turn out to be the usual money-mule or “deposit this fake cheque and then send us some real money” sort of scam.
The “if you do print category” word-salad also reminds me of the odd use of the word “do” in many African spam-scams, such as the immortal “and if you do accept credit card“.