What makes this a phishing message?
This very simple, but effective, targeted phishing scam used a fake job offer to establish rapport with recipients and collect personal information.
There are a few clues that the message is a forgery:
- The criminal is sending from a gmail.com account instead of an @berkeley.edu address
- The criminal never mentions the name of the company she is offering the recipient employment in
Tips if Something Seems Off:
Double-check the email address before responding
Look to make sure the email address is correct. In Gmail hover your mouse over the sender name for the email to display. On a mobile phone or a touchscreen, press and hold the link (don't tap!) to reveal the actual URL. (Look in the bottom left corner of the browser window.) Don't click on a link unless it goes to a URL you trust.
Follow up with the sender separately
If you didn’t expect it, reject it. Or follow-up with the individual directly in a separate email or call/text to confirm.
Report and/or flag it
From: Linda MOORE <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 20:34:53 +0100 Subject: WORK AFTER CLASSES OFFER ($500 WEEKLY SALARY) To: undisclosed-recipients:; Hello, Are you currently in the US? Here is an opportunity for you to work part time after classes and earn $500 weekly. The job is completely done online and can be completed anytime in the evening/night at home and won't take much of your time daily, you don't have to be online all day and don't need any professional skill to do the job, all you need is just come online before going to bed to forward all order of the day made by agents to the supplier and you are done for the day. We have 12 Agents in the United States that are working for the company, they need materials like labels, staplers, envelopes, files and stamps to do their daily job. they will email you whenever they need materials and also state the type of materials they need and the quantity, it is now your duty to contact the supplier through email to place orders for the materials and also state the quantity that should be mailed to the agent address through the post, the supplier will then visit the post to mail the materials to the agent. We are a New Zealand based company that offers company registration services to clients all over the globe. Each agent will only order for materials once in a week, we are employing you just to reduce the workload for us, our supplier and for the agents. If you still care to proceed with the job, get back to us with the information listed below then we can proceed from there. 1, NAME: 2, ADDRESS, STREET NAME AND HOUSE NUMBER, NOT P.O BOX: 3, CITY: 4, STATE: 5, ZIP CODE: 6, MOBILE: You currently have to be in the United States and the address you will provide to start the job, the address we request for is for your weekly $500 check to be mailed to. You can try the job a week and see if it is what you can continue with or not, you can also quit the job anytime after a week but you need to notify us a day before. I await to hear from you ASAP if you want to proceed with the job. Best regards, Linda Moore