Got a spam the other days asking if I'd like to work for Comcast. It had no job title, no information, and came from a live.com account (Microsoft's successor to Hotmail). I decided to reply, pointed out these things, and suggested the sender pull my other leg.
Today, I got this...
Dear Future Employee,
We are delighted to see that your interest in joining our team. In the beginning we would like to give you a couple of details about the the Financial Agent position. Filling in this position, you will be working around 1-4 hours per week, having the chance to adjust your own schedule, according your needs. You can work either part-time, or full-time. On the first month, you will be on probation, and you will be paid $2,500 (it'll grow up to $5,000 after the first month) working part-time, while full-time you will be paid $4,500 (it'll grow up to $7,500 after the first month). In addition you will also be receiving 5% commission from each payment that you receive and process.
Your duties as a Financial Agent will be to receive and process the payments coming from our clients. Your supervisor will supply you with detailed instructions on how to complete every task. The payments will be wired into your bank account, and after that you will have to go to your bank and withdraw the funds prior to send it back to our company. We are using this method because we can complete the payments faster and deliver the funds to our clients quicker. Please do keep in mind that you are handling a company's money, so you must be very responsible!
As a final note, we will not ask for any control or access into your bank account. There is no start up cost.
If you are interested in taking the job please reply with your cell phone and one of our agents will call you for more info.
Comcast Employment Dept.
1500 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
This is total bullshit. Comcast needs you to have payments wired into your bank account so you can withdraw them and send them to Comcast? Really? A giant American corporation that owns NBC, Universal Studios, and is most people's telephone and internet provider doesn't have a bank account these payments can be wired into?
At least when the scammers pretend to be a foreign company that needs you to accept payments because there are international transfer issues, it sounds halfway likely (even though that's bullshit too). But Comcast doesn't have accountants and banks ready to ask "how high" when they tell them to jump? They're willing to pay you fees higher than they'd pay for credit card cash advances? Really?
If you're long-term unemployed and you're desperate for a job, it's easy to miss these things in your excitement. But the "financial agent" scam is old. The only difference between this and the thousands that have come before it is that these crooks were stupid enough to pretend they're Comcast.
I actually live walking distance from a large Comcast office. I ought to take this down there and ask about the job just to watch their expressions. Then I'll ask if I can upgrade from the 9 year old DVR cable box model to something newer.