Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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I would like to share with you an email I received recently because 1. I find it hilarious and 2. I want to expose schemes like this so kind, innocent minded people don’t somehow get scammed. The email came from a certain Mark Nelson, email address marknelson2471@aol.com – just in case you feel as though this is a valid employment offer you cannot refuse.
This is the email. There was no greeting:
Got your email through the google employment database.I am looking for someone who can handle my personal and business errands during his or her spare time.I need your service because I am constantly traveling abroad on business. I own an Art Gallery that specializes in international art.
At this point, I am second guessing my sanity and wondering if I ever entered my email address in any databases while I was too tired to know what I was doing. It continues:
Your Responsibilities are.
1. Receive my mail and Drop them off at the post office or shipping center.
2. Pay my bills on my behalf and sit for delivery at home.
3. Pick up my items at your nearby post office at your convenience.
4. When you get my mail or package, you would mail all items to where I want them shipped. .All expenses and shipping charges will be covered by me.
Of course, now I know that it is a scam. However, these shady job responsibilities make me curious as to what compensation will be promised. After all, even if this were a true job offer, the questionable duties sound as though I would be somehow involved in smuggling drugs or worse- might as well get paid handsomely for it. It goes on:
The contents of the packages are mostly art materials and paintings. In addition, there will be clothing I need for business and personal letters. No heavy packages are ever delivered!
Is cocaine heavy? I don’t know… Some more interesting info:
I am currently away on business in China. If you decide to accept the position, please read the employment requirements listed below.
1. Honest and trustworthy citizen.
2. You will be required to work between 15 and 20hrs a month
3 You need to be able to check your EMAIL 3 to 5 times daily.
Sweet! So I totally qualify, as do both of my toddler children and possibly my dogs and cats. Finally, the compensation is discussed:
THE PAY IS $500 WEEKLY and you are entitle to a brand new car after 1month if you are hardworking and honest with me, WHICH IS NOT A BAD OFFER.
OMG, I’m going to make a killing doing nothing AND I’m getting a free car?!? Even if this is a scam, I should go for it! This really is not a bad offer. I mean, what do I have to lose, right? Let’s see what else Mark needs from me:
In closing, I have a couple of questions for you.
First, If I were to mail you money to do my shopping plus an upfront payment for your service, where would you want it mailed to?
Sure, I’ll just email you my mailing address. After all, who would turn down being sent money?
Second, how would you like for your name appear on the money or check?
Of course, I would like my name to by printed on said money. How else would I possibly want it?
Maybe you can provide me with the following details below
What is your bank Name:
And that’s the end of the email. What a fabulous opportunity! Maybe I’ll just send him that info as well as my account and routing number. Hell, I should just post it to the blog so you’ll all be able to send me money more easily!
Just to be clear: there are lots of schemes like this around- some are obvious like this one, some are really professional scam artists. They must have people who fall for them or else they wouldn’t bother sending emails like this around. Please, dear readers, always use your common sense and be careful. If something is too good to be true, it usually is. Nobody gives away free money.


  1. An aol email address! Totally legit!

    1. Leslie, I am sorry but, I hope you don't get that email because you are totally Naive!

    2. Randy, "seems legit" is an ongoing internet meme-like joke, that clearly you're too old to get. it means the total opposite of 'legit' in fact. looks like the naivety is all on you...

  2. I got the email too! Totally a scam but was tempting. :)

  3. I had one asking for me to scan my passport!!!!! :O
    Talk about cohones.

  4. Thank you. I got this exact one this very week. when I saw all he wanted, I was thinking yeah all that woud have been provided in an employment site. Does google even have one?

  5. I just got the same email lol. What's wrong with people?

  6. Just got the email. So glad I googled it first. So tempting

  7. I have gotten several emails like this one, from "Mark Nelson", the first saying that he's away in China(from an aol email address), & the most recent saying he's in Australia(from an aim email address). Hopefully people are not naive enough to give such personal information away this easily.

  8. I just got the same email. And I am so glad I found your information, since I was very tempted too. Thanks a lot. I hope more people attempt to check this idiot out before they go and send him any nformation. Thanks again

  9. If you read it on the internet then it must be true, right??? I got a lovely email from him today letting me know that the first payment has been sent and delivered to me... Hmm, someone else must have received my money!!

    ** just to be clear all of the above was sarcasm except for the part where mark nelson claims he mailed me a payment that has already been delivered. he/she should invest more time into making an honest living like the rest of us :) **

  10. thanks for your research & posting. I got the email earlier today. Your efforts saved me a couple of minutes before I click the spam button.

    Thanks again,


  11. I replied to the guy asking for his tax id information and valid employment papers. I also told him to send them to a mail station and send money through a paypal account so it is linked to my personal accounts. "his reply" was the job is no longer available. HA ...

  12. I sent him the link to this site. ;)

  13. My response to his first email was "I would love to handle your package!" I knew I was baiting the second followup email, but it was just too fun

  14. Lol that email crazy but it has tO be drugs involved its no way

  15. Just got 2 fake checkes from him today taking them along with emails to USPS. Hope this helps

    FYI If I had cashed them I would have went to jail!!

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  17. HAHA! I got the exact same email just under "Robert Garman" email: robertgarman25@yahoo.com.

    Thanks for sharing. I totally just had to copy paste the entire first line of the email and found your article.

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  18. Thanks for sharing, I just recieved this email this morning, from a Robert Garman. Thank Goodness for google and smart people like you.

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