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# 177563 6-Aug-2015 21:03
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Hey guys, when checking my emails today, I got this E-Mail.

 

 

 

"Hi,

I`m Jaxon Mackinnon, manager of Designer Travelus  and I would like to show you to our new vacancy - Travel assistant. We have reviewed your resume on the site seek and decided to make you an offer.
To start as Travel assistant you must posses excellent organizational skills and be able to perform under deadline pressure, be of legal age and have an Australian and New Zealand citizenship or work permit. The Travel assistant responsibilities affect the performance of the company.

You don't need to have any extra skills. We provide Probationary Period with full support. So you will receive needed skills while working.

If you have an interest in our offer, please write us back for additional information.

Regards,
Jaxon Mackinnon
Designer Travelus"

 

I'm sure this is a spam, as if this was the manger of such a company, I'd advise to have him sacked, for his poor grammar, and spelling.

 

How did he know that I was looking for a jobs on Seek, fairly recently. 

 

 

 

To think of it, the amount of spam emails recently have skyrocketed, ever since I really started using Seek again, as the email address I use, is the email account registered to a Seek account.

 

 

 

What do you guys think?

 

 

 

Thanks

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  # 1360292 6-Aug-2015 21:17
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There are more sensible explanations about how they got your email that don't involve a security breach, for instance from one of the opportunities you applied to.

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  # 1360312 6-Aug-2015 21:38
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PaulZA: I'd advise to have him sacked, for his poor grammar, and spelling.


Amusing stance to take given your own.  

I agree with the previous post.  This is far more likely to be happening because you've been apply for roles and getting your address out there into the wider world rather than Seek being at risk.  

 
 
 
 


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  # 1360313 6-Aug-2015 21:39
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The number of people that have their emails compromised seems to be large.

I have changed my trademe address many times, and without fail within a month start to get spams coming in that are targetting trademe users after I have actually bought a few things.

I expect that seek users would be similar.




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  # 1360332 6-Aug-2015 22:54
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Just looks like it was done from a template - I wouldn't respond to that given the company is not even listed in the registrar

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  # 1360334 6-Aug-2015 22:58
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Most likely a blanket spam mentioning Seek. They hit gold because in your case you had looked at Seek recently. Someone else could have thought "hey, I was looking at Seek, this guy must be legit."

Same as some emails I receive that have a subject of "RE:...." and start with "I know you are busy and you probably forgot to reply to my previous email..." - in this case the spammer is betting that I will see this as a followup from a previous email exchange - some people don't remember who they emailed recently so they might fall for this.






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  # 1360335 6-Aug-2015 23:02
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gehenna:
PaulZA: I'd advise to have him sacked, for his poor grammar, and spelling.


Amusing stance to take given your own.  

I agree with the previous post.  This is far more likely to be happening because you've been apply for roles and getting your address out there into the wider world rather than Seek being at risk.  

Applying* :)





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  # 1360340 6-Aug-2015 23:18
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Surely must be a scam. Who would christen a child "Jaxon" FFS?

On the grounds of taste alone, he deserves not a moment of your time.





 
 
 
 


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  # 1360341 6-Aug-2015 23:20
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freitasm: Most likely a blanket spam mentioning Seek. They hit gold because in your case you had looked at Seek recently. Someone else could have thought "hey, I was looking at Seek, this guy must be legit."

Same as some emails I receive that have a subject of "RE:...." and start with "I know you are busy and you probably forgot to reply to my previous email..." - in this case the spammer is betting that I will see this as a followup from a previous email exchange - some people don't remember who they emailed recently so they might fall for this.




My faves (apart from "My name is Honest Mbabwe and I am the son of the Nigerian Defence Minister....etc) are the ones where they have obviously tried to guess which bank you use. 

Especially fun to be told "your account will be locked unless you click this link" when you do not have any accounts with the bank purporting to have sent the email...





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  # 1360383 7-Aug-2015 02:28
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I love those money mule ones. Yeah, I'd love to help you money launder by using my personal bank account to transfer funds around the world.

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  # 1360497 7-Aug-2015 09:18
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Geektastic: My faves (apart from "My name is Honest Mbabwe and I am the son of the Nigerian Defence Minister....etc) are the ones where they have obviously tried to guess which bank you use.

I had a brilliant one a couple of years ago from "ANZ" who I actually banked with at the time.  As well as the poor grammar...

 

  • It started with an ANZ logo copied from their website - including some abruptly cut-off border graphic.
  • It went on to say they had made some important changes to their online banking system and I had to log in by clicking the link in the email, and change my password.
  • In the middle of the email, the bank name changed to Kiwibank, and later it was Westpac.
  • It finished with a footer graphic they had copied from the ANZ online banking site that said "We will never ask you to click a link in an email... "
Very poor effort.  How can someone be smart enough to set up a fishing site to capture your online banking login details, but be too stupid to proofread their own email?

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