I have to admit that this is one I invited in. I’ve been applying to various research groups in an attempt to make money, some of them pay pretty good and you get fed to top it off. This one actually seemed pretty legit until I got the following email from them. Do yourself a favor and avoid Tidak Global Research

From: Tidak Global Research Inc.

To: A Carvelli <acarvelli@rocketmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2012 5:53 PM
Subject: Re: Research project

Dear Applicant

Thank you for your recent online application on Craigslist to join our Focus Groups. We appreciate your quick response as it reflects a good sense of responsibility and efficiency. The position you applied for is already occupied, but we have another survey that pays he same $200 Per survey.  Only few candidates are required for this survey, so kindly go through the information below and get back to us if you are interested.

We are a result-oriented Development and Management Consulting firm involved in helping Companies to achieve market leadership and Improve connections between professional service firms and their client organization. Our company is currently conducting a survey on Walmart MoneyGram Outlets to help measure and improve the effectiveness of the services they provide.This is as a result of complaints from some reliable customers about their unprofessional approach to work in most Money Gram centers.

The survey involves you patronizing a Walmart MoneyGram Outlet in your area  as a customer and give us a feedback on your overall customer experience by filling a simple online questionnaire. Each survey takes a maximum of 50 Minutes to complete and you’ll be paid $200 for every survey completed, No Sales Involved and this will not inconvenient your present job.

Some of the simple questions in your Survey Report will be:

…    How well were you treated?
…    Were the employees friendly and courteous?
…    Did you receive prompt service?

The answers to these kinds of questions are extremely valuable to any business – You’ll be providing important information that will be used to improve the quality of businesses everywhere.

You do not require any special skills for this opening, however in order to apply for this job you must ensure you have access to your E-mails two (2) times a day and must read and respond to all notifications within 18-24hrs.

If you would like to be considered for this survey, please fill out the Application below as we hope to Welcome You to Opinion Outpost?

Application Form
Full Names …………………………………..
Address……………………………………….
City, State, Zip Code……………………….
Cell phone number ………………………….
Please answer the question below with a YES or NO
Are you a citizen of the U.S and if not are you eligible to work in the U.S?
……………………………………….

I am content that the information above is correct and accurate. Am aware that false information may lead to my disqualification.
Date …………………………………

Mr. Jeff Walker
Marketing Research Manager
El Paso  TX
(915) 502-0625
Tidak Global Research Inc.
http://srgglobal.sharepoint.com/

 

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Another dishonest bank employee

 This one couldn’t even include a name to address it to and he liked me so much he sent it twice.


From: Danladi Yousuf
To: .Dear <.Dear@yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, May 4, 2012 7:31 PM
Subject: I NEED YOUR URGENT REPLY.

 

Dear,
I know that this letter may come to you as a surprise, I got your contact address from the computerized search. My name is Mr Danladi Yousuf, I am the Bill and Exchange (assistant) Manager of Bank of Africa Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In my department I discovered an abandoned sum of eleven million five hundred thousand United State of American dollars (11.5MILLION USA DOLLARS) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer Mr Kurt Kuhle from Alexandra Egypt who died along with his family in Siber airline that crashed into sea at Isreal on 4th October 2001.
Since I got information about his death I have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we can not release it unless somebody applies for it as the next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines, but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him in the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don’t want the money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.
Am contacting you because our deceased customer is a foreigner and a Burkinabe can not stand as a next of kin to foreign customer. The banking guidelines stipulate that the fund should be transferred into the bank treasury after 10 years if nobody is coming for the claim. I have agreed that 33% of this money will be for you as foreign partner in respect to the provision of your account for the transfer, 2% will be set aside for expenses that might occurred during the business and 65% would be for me, after which I shall visit your country for disbursement according to the percentage as indicated.
Please I would like you to keep this transaction confidential and as a top secret as you may wish to know that I am a bank official.
Yours sincerely,
Mr Danladi Yousuf.
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Found money = dishonest bank employee

From: Mohan Das
To:
Sent: Friday, May 4, 2012 5:12 PM
Subject: urgent please read and reply

Dear friend,
I am Mr Mohan Das a staff of Banque Internationale du Burkina Member
of United Bank for Africa (BIB/UBA) here in Burkina Faso / Ouagadougou
. In my department I discover an abandoned sum of (US$18.5 Million US
Dollars) in an  account that belongs to one of our foreign customers
who died along with his family in a plane crash.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I have  decided to make this
business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of
kin or relation to the deceased for the safety and subsequent
disbursement since nobody is coming for it.
I agree that 40% of this money will be for you, and 10% will be set
aside for expenses incurred during the business  and 50% would be for
me. Then after the money is been transferred into your account,  I
will  visit your country for an investment under your kind guidance.
You have to contact my Bank directly as the real next of kin of this
deceased account with next of kin application form which I will send
to you immediately I hear from you.
I am waiting for your urgent response to enable us proceed further
with  the transfer.
Yours faithfully
Mr Mohan Das

 

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Phishing

And here is a nice one from a credit card company. It would be nice if they even got the company name correct.

Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 3:48 PM
Subject: Important Message Regarding Your Account.
Dear Customer,

Due to recent phishing attack and identity theft associated with Chase customers we have temporary deactivated your account access. This security measure is to protect your account against unauthorized transaction.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but we believe that it is a necessary precaution to protect your account information.

To Re-activate and secure your account PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Please do not reply to this message. In order to keep your account information private and secure.
Sincerely,
Chase Security Department

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Now this attempted scam is just lame, if you are going to try to insult my intelligence maybe you should put a little more effort into it. Would this one work on anyone?
—–Original Message—–
From: Mrs Marie
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 6:48 AM
You have a cashier’s cheque of $800,000.00 USD which awaits outstanding
payment of $50 USD. Contact Mr. Hemant Singh Email:
pfdxdelivery@yahoo.com.hk
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 Today’s spam is a duplicate of the one I posted on 4/29 Deceased Client Scam.  The only difference is the email subject and the date.
—–Original Message—–
From: Joseph Onalia
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 8:46 AM Subject: Hoest Cooperation Needed.
I am Joseph Onalia, an Attorney by profession from Republic of Togo, Senior Advocate of Togo, (S.A.T).
It might interest you to know that I have a deceased client that bears the same surname with you.
Mr A I. came to Togo in 1988 and was working with Shell Development company, Lome Togo.
In 1996 Before his death, I assisted him in making a 15years fixed deposit worth $9.5M which has now Matured to USD$21M payment by the financial institution.
The bank has notified me to provide the next of kin or have the account Confiscated within the next 60 official working days.
I am contacting you for two reasons. Firstly, you both have the same last name, which makes the claim most credible. Secondly, I strongly believe that the financial firm does not deserve to inherit the funds.With your permission, I wish to  proceed to establish you as the next of kin/Beneficiary to my late client.
Do not be afraid as I am his representative attorney and stand the capability to provide all the necessary paperwork to back up this claim until the funds are released to you, We will split.
As it is currently valued at US$21M USD. I intend to split the total US$21M USD with you equaly 50%/50%, after deducting any expenses that comes up during the process of this transaction and thereafter i shall invest my own share in real estate business in your country. Let’s work this out for I have all the documents to prove you as the heir to my deceased client.  If this is against your principles, I do humbly apologize and please do keep very secret.
Kindly get back to me with your;
Full name…………………
Age……………..
Country……………………
Telephone number……………….
Profession……………………
I look forward to hearing from you if you are ready to proceed on this transaction.
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