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How to Tell if its Spam or Not – Article

Recently I revived a Job offer in my In-box that that said:

My name is Spring, I am a freelance modeling agent working for the Glamour Magazine in recruiting models, Make Up artist and Hair stylist for the upcoming 2010 Magazine edition. I need a photographer in your city to work with which i came across your profile while surfing the internet and i feel you will be good enough to work with. I presently have good offer for you. I want to know if you are interested in working with us in this End of the year upcoming edition of Glamour Magazine.
Please let me know if you are interested in this Job Offer. You stand a chance of making reasonable $1,000 in a day work from your studio or any studio around you and even a noticeable fame. Let me know if you are interested in my offer and I would give you further details.
Get back to me as soon as you can.

Best Regards
Spring Alex
http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk

Sounds Great Right? Well yes but it is obviously Spam for a few Resins:

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Grammar, “Let me know if you are interested in my offer and I would give you further details.” & “ I need a photographer in your city to work with which i came across your profile while surfing the internet and i feel you will be good enough to work with.” & “I am a freelance modeling agent working for the Glamour Magazine in recruiting models

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Why would a Magazine such as the one they refer to in the above message want to hire me.

Most Magazines have staff photographers that shoot there stuff for them. there is no need to hire someone in my City.

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Check the full headers of the email. Look for things Like:

Return-path: <amready2brich@yahoo.com>” or

(envelope-from <amready2brich@yahoo.com>)

Received: from [216.252.122.217] by n70.bullet.mail.sp1.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 25 Sep 2010

Why would they be sending a Business Email from a free Email service ?

EDIT: a friend of mine pointed out a good point that i did not consider when i was writing my post, here is what he has to say.

Emeritus: I need to point out that while it’s true that all these scams use hotmail/gmail/yahoo addresses, many legitimate companies do also for a variety of reasons. Also, while most magazines do have “staff” photographers, most also accept submissions from freelancers, or will commission non-staff photographers for shoots, especially if the shoot is in “your city” and not “their city”.

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If all else fails Use Google, Do a search for the Sender, I did a Quick search here for “Spring Alex scam” and came up with good information about this Scam email, If it sounds to good to be true 99.9% of the time it probably is :/

I hope this has been of some use to someone :) , until next time,

- David Friend

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4 Responses to “How to Tell if its Spam or Not – Article”

  • Ali says:

    I just got that email from him so i did a google search and came upon this and another from model mayhem.

    One from model mayhem said – She asked him for more info, everything seemed legit until i got to the part where he told her she will be sent a check and she will have to cash it, take her pay, then forward the rest to someone (supposedly the agent) – red flag came up at that part…

  • Kimberly says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this, David. I’ve started receiving these and it’s nice to have some tips to figure out the fakes from the real ones.

  • Leslie says:

    David, their pool of “fake” money must be getting very low as they only offered me $700 but still make the offer of “noticeable fame”. I am still trying to cash in my “fame” from previous photo work!

    It is very obvious from the header that this missive is totally fabricated. Yahoo will not do anything even though the response e-mail may be one from an actual account with yahoo since they will claim that it was not sent out of their system.

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    Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 07:13:22 -0700 (PDT)
    From: Spring Alex
    Subject: NEW CONTRACT
    To: amready2brich@yahoo.com
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    My name is Spring, I am a freelance modeling agent working for the Ed Hardy Comp. I am agent in recruiting models, Make Up artist and Hair stylist for the upcoming 2010 Magazine edition. I need a photographer in your city to work with which i came across your profile while surfing the internet and i feel you will be good enough to work with. I presently have good offer for you. I want you to know if you are interested in working with us in this End of the year upcoming edition of Ed Hardy Advert Magazine. You stand a chance of making reasonable $700 in a day work from your studio or any studio around you and even a noticeable fame. Let me know if you are interested in this offer and I would give you further details.
    Get back to me as soon as you can.

    Best Regards
    Spring Alex
    6205 melrose cv #B, Austin
    TX. 78727

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