Recently, I listed "Looking For Work" on Craig's List http://fayetteville.craigslist.org/
I received an email from a Linwood Leroy, he claimed he was in Human Resources (HR) with a company called EC Plaza Global. I replied to Mr. Leroy, and sent me an Employment Application. Before I filled out all my personal information, I decided to Google (search for) EC Plaza Global. The company is real, but Linwood Leroy is not who he claims to be:
Subj: APPLICATION FORM FOR JOB OFFER (CRAIGSLIST)
Date: 10/6/08 7:22:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time
"this is Linwood Leroy" (Ecplaza Global)
Dear Don Kaminska,
This is EC Plaza Help Team.
It is a scam. Please be careful.
Also, could you please send us the message you received from them?
EC Plaza Help Team
I'm trying to find a job to support my family, not get scamed by some stinking Parasite who want's my bank account information so he can steal what little money my wife and I have!
Because this made me so friggin angry, I decided to go after people who distribute Lottery, International Money Transfer, Help Me Please, and Employment Scams, etc. I downloaded a trial program called eMailTrackerPro, which I am going to purchase. It may not give you the precise location where these bastards are hiding, but it gives you the network these people use to send their scams. So far, it has found people in Italy, Israel, Jordan, Africa, and the US.
Here is one such example:
Computer 126.96.36.199 has been found. It is probably located in or around Redmond, WA, USA as this is where the organization or individual who manages the system is located.
1. This email is sent from the computer identified on the Internet by 188.8.131.52. At the time of sending this computer claimed to be known as 184.108.40.206, but it does not currently have that name. Its name could have changed, but this is a common method used by hackers and spammers to misdirect users to their true location.
2. The sender claims to be Mr. Harry Johnson at address firstname.lastname@example.org
, but this is very easily forged and as such not necessarily reliable.
3. There have been no apparent attempts to misdirect you as to the true sender of this email.
4. This email originates from a computer with name BLU112-W48. This can be deduced from the fact that BLU112-W48 cannot be looked up on the Internet, so it is probably a private name, and therefore could provide you a clue as to the true identity of the sender of this email.
The network this Harry Johnson uses is MSN:
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
I sent the report to MSN in hopes that they can find this creep, or at least cancel his email use. I'm sure these people will never get caught, but hey, it's worth a try!
If you would like an email located, please let me know.