Today’s scam email:
From: “Walmart .” <appstore_–firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Part time Job
Will you like to make extra cash, click the link below for more details.
Note: Do not reply this email follow the link if you are interested.
It should be painfully obvious that this email is not from Walmart. It comes from an address that is totally unrelated to Walmart; most large companies have their own domains, and never use mail aggregator services like Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail, Rogers.com, and the like. Not to mention that the English is poor: “will you like to make extra cash,” “do not reply this email,” etc.
But let’s see where that link goes.
One of the prime tenets of Safe Computing is that you never click directly on links in emails. My email client, the old but still-faithful Eudora 7, warns you if the link you’re clicking on goes somewhere else, like this:
Notice that this link redirects to somewhere called “moziawomensnetwork.com,” which is definitely not a Walmart link. If you type the link as seen directly into your URL bar, you get this:
In other words, 404: Not Found. Walmart has no such link.
If you are foolish enough to click the link, thinking that this is a real job offer, here’s what you get:
So, in addition to the noise about being a secret shopper, and giving your personal information to filthy criminals, the money shot is here:
- You will be mailed a cashier’s check for $1950. It will be bogus, and even though your bank might give you the money, it will bounce and then you will be in debt to your bank.
- You are being asked to buy a Green Dot Moneypak card, probably in the amount of $1750 or so, and send the PIN to the scammers. In other words, you are sending your own hard-earned cash to scum-sucking descendants of pigs, and you will be responsible to pay that money back to the bank.
DO NOT DO THIS!
Be very afraid of cashier’s checks, and never send money via Western Union, MoneyGram, Green Dot MoneyPak card, or any other untraceable, unrecoverable method to people you do not know personally.
Be careful out there.
The Old Wolf has spoken.