Scammer Information Details of Scam Report
I am currently quite desperate for a second job; about a month after posting my cv and resume on Career Builder I got an email from story-cs43@Cbeyond.net that offered a secret shopper position in my local community if I met a list of physical and age requirements and then provided my physical and email address. Nothing about this initial email seemed overtly suspicious, so I provided the information, noting to myself that this was the ONLY info I would give any employer via email. A day later I received an email response from a recruiter named Sophie Austin with the Customer Service Network who said that by replying "ok" I would get more information. I was very skeptical, but I replied "OK" just to see what "Sophie's" response would be.
Just to provide a little more information, The Customer Service Network (www.customernet.com) actually exists. I don't know if the people behind this scam are affiliated with customernet.com, but the website has a good WOT rating and looks like a legitimate company. I am assuming that customernet.com has no affiliation with the scammers.
I soon received another email stating that I would be shopping a Western Union bank in my town, and that when I was ready I should respond "YES I AM READY". At this point I just decided to err on the side of caution and assume this was a scam. I don't really remember any spelling mistakes or sentencing structures that tipped me off; I really just decided I wasn't interested in the whole thing.
Two days later I received a written check and letter via first class mail. The amount was for a little more than 2k, and the letter told me to deposit this check in my bank account. I shredded these papers, and filtered all emails from "Sophie Austin" and "firstname.lastname@example.org" as spam.
But the emails keep showing up in my inbox, although now mostly from Alfa Pita and email@example.com. I have not received any more letters yet, but if in the event that I do they are going straight to my shredder.
The very first email I received was from an unnamed source from story-cs43@Cbeyond.net. After I provided my physical and email addresses, I did not receive any more emails from this address. The two emails used afterwards (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) have been sent via two entities (Sophie Austin and Alfa Pita) from two server addresses (slaskiepcv.nq.pl and srs.kundenserver.de), interchangeably. In addition, when I searched my gmail inbox for \"sophie austin\" the email address firstname.lastname@example.org shows up in the search box even though I don\'t see that any of the emails were sent via this address. The first message sent by Sophie Austin included her phone number (412-206-1047).
(412-206-1047 412-206-1047 first western union check account deposit job employer career response customer service sent bank bank account union bank email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org spam box (www.customernet.com) (email@example.com an... (sophie austin and alfa pita) (slaskiepcv.nq.pl and srs... (412-206-1047) beyond.