Recently, I received an email, supposedly from firstname.lastname@example.org (the email address of Arizona State University):
We have a customer service survey assignment in your location and we will pay $200 per assignment which would come in the form of a cashiers check for you to perform your assignment.
The job Entails an Evaluation process such as visiting Wal-mart/K-mart,e.t.c
Send below information to get started If you are still Interested Applicants are to forward Information below:
Address (No PO BOX):
Gender & Age:
Thank you for participation.
The MS Evaluator
Sending a reply reveals this address as the recipient: Project_real@gmx.coM
DESCRIPTI0NS JOBS :
You will be assigned to visit a shop.Attempting to reply to this message reveals the intended recipient to be email@example.com and accounts associated with the domain job4u.com have been widely associated with spamming and scams posing as job offers.
You need to "pretend" to be a normal potential customer who is looking for a particular service or product.
You will then finish an on-line questionnaire to share with us your customer experience.
19 years old or above.
Can read and write english.
No experience needed like shopping.
You will get $25O for each assignment.
Most of the time you will only need to spend 20 minutes on the visit.
__Zip Codes :-
I will be looking Forward to your Response.
Agent of Managers
Greet America, Inc
Notice that both emails were of the same type in that they were offering jobs as "mystery shoppers", which are typically bogus and even the legitimate mystery shopper jobs only pay, at most, about $20 per job and assignments are few and far between.
Using a spare email account, I sent replies to both firstname.lastname@example.org and Project_real@gmx.coM but have received no reply. I'm guessing that they will only reply to email accounts that they have previously contacted, making them immune to potential scam baiters.