Warning! JavaScript is turned off or disabled! Some features on this website will not work.
« »
»

Beware of "MSA-Agency" Recruitment Mystery Shopper Phishing Emails

2018-07-05T10:07:45 -  +
Beware of "MSA-Agency" Recruitment Mystery Shopper Phishing Emails

The "MSA-Agency" unsolicited email message below, which claims the recipients can earn extra money by becoming an online mystery shopper, is just one of the many fake and phishing email messages sent by cybercriminals or online scammers to trick their potential victims into sending them their personal information. Therefore, recipients of unsolicited email messages like the one below, which ask for personal information, are asked to delete them and not follow the instructions in them.

Please continue reading below.

A Sample of the "MSA-Agency" Online Mystery Shopper Phishing Email

From: fredrik.johanssonk@wvu.edu <fredrik.johanssonk@wvu.edu>

Sent: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 3:06:29 PM

Cc: fredrik.johanssonk@wvu.edu

Subject: [BVA]/[Network-2018]

Welcome to recruitment shoppers

We have a customer service survey assignment in your location.

We would like you to participate and complete the assignment.

Once you sign-up, you will be given access to training materials from us.

Should you interested, we will pay you $450/ assignment , (available two assignment /weeks).

Please enter your detail information below for register;

1. Full Name:

2. Gender,Ages:

3. Address Line:

4. State,City,Zip:

5. # Phones:

As soon your application has been accepted for processing.

We will send you details about the next step.

Thanks

Head of Recruitment

Copyright @ 2018-2019 MSA-Agency

Scammers steal personal information from potential victims using bogus emails like the one above. Once they are in possession of their potential victims' personal information, the scammers will contact them and attempt to scam them or sell their information to other scammers.

Victims of these scams usually blame their banks, utility companies, ISPs or even the government, claiming they sold their information to the highest bidder, when in fact they were the ones who unknowingly gave the scammers their information when they fell for their phishing scams.

This is why online users are asked to be careful of messages which ask for personal information, especially the ones that promise quick money with little or no work. Scammers use the promise of quick money and get rich schemes to help lure potential victims into their traps.

Many of the mystery shopping scams that we have come across usually send potential victims fraudulent checks (cheque) and ask them to deposit them. The scammers will then ask the potential victims to take their share of the money from the fraudulent checks and send the balance to them. But, the checks will bounce and the potential victims will be responsible for paying the cost for processing the checks and paying back the money they have sent to the scammers; they may even get arrested.

Persons who have received the same checks are asked not to deposit them and report them to the police, and those who have already done so are asked to contact their banks immediately and let them know that they may have been a victim of the online mystery shopper scam.

Please share what you know or ask a question about this article by leaving a comment below. Also, check the comment section below for additional information, if there is any.

Remember to forward suspicious, malicious, or phishing email messages to us at the following email address: info@onlinethreatalerts.com

Also, report scams, untrustworthy, or fraudulent websites to us. Tell us why you consider the websites untrustworthy or fraudulent.

If you want to quickly find answers to your questions, use our search engine.

Remember to help us, help you, by donating. 🎁Click here to donate

Please continue reading below.

Comments, Questions and Reviews ✍
(Total: 3)

To help protect your privacy, please do not post or remove, your full name, telephone number, email address, username, password, account number, credit card information, home address or other sensitive information in or from your comments, questions, or reviews.

Show More of the 3 Comments

Write Your Comment, Question or Review

Write your comment, question or review in the box below to share what you know or to get answers. Please revisit after an hour or more to view reponses or answers to you questions.

Your comment, question or review will be posted as an anonymous user because you are not signed in. Sign-in.


The comments or reviews below do not necessarily reflect the views of Online Threat Alerts.

  • Posted: Sep 19, 2018 at 3:25 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: c.lazzarini@lynx.wroc.pl
    Sent: September 19, 2018 9:35 AM
    Cc: abuse@jmdi.pl
    Subject: `JOB OFFER`

    Hi Dear,

    We have a customer service survey assignment in your location and
    we will pay $450 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
    W-MART/K-MART,etc. Send information below to get started.

    -F.u.l.l N.a.m.e_
    -F.u.l.l A.d.d.r.e.s.s_
    -StAte/City/Zip_
    -Current-Job_
    -P.h.o.n.e.s_
    -Gender_

    Thanks for registering in our service!

    Thanks
    Head of Recruitment
    Copyright @ 2018 MSA-Agency LLC"

    delete


  • Posted: Sep 17, 2018 at 12:05 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: 22@structbio.vanderbilt.edu <22@structbio.vanderbilt.edu>
    Sent: Sunday, September 16, 2018 11:42:54 PM
    Subject: National Shopping LLC

    Welcome to recruitment shoppers

    We have a customer service survey assignment in your location.
    We would like you to participate and complete the assignment.
    Once you sign-up, you will be given access to training materials
    from us.
    Should you interested, we will pay you $450/ assignment ,
    (available two assignment /weeks).

    Please enter your detail information below for register;

    1. Full Name:
    2. Gender,Ages:
    3. Address Line:
    4. State,City,Zip:
    5. # Phones:

    As soon your application has been accepted for processing.
    We will send you details about the next step.

    Thanks
    Head of Recruitment
    Copyright @ 2018-2019 MSA-Agency LLC"

    delete


  • Posted: Sep 13, 2018 at 7:37 PM by an anonymous user from or near: San Diego, California, United States

    I too got a scam letter, from today:

    Sender: Position.Opening01@administrator.vodafone.ie

    With about the same wording,

    Should you interested, we will pay you $450/ assignment , (available two assignment /weeks).

    Ends with:

    Copyright @ 2018-2019 MSA-Agency LLC,..

    delete