Scam E-mails Purporting to be from American Red Cross Target Internauts
Scam e-mails posing as messages from the humanitarian organization known all over the world as American Red Cross are presently circulating online while hitting unwitting inhabitants, published hoax-slayer.com dated October 6, 2014. The fake e-mail claims that the recipient can get employed to one high salaried post at the American Red Cross via completing one membership form, given in an attachment, along with paying an enrollment charge.
Apparently those employed will have to work within the Philippines where a typhoon disaster has hit while the remuneration will be $250/day. There's also one long list in the e-mail containing the so-called job vacancies while the e-mail emphasizes on immediate action by the recipient if he wants to get the job. But actually, Red Cross hasn't sent the e-mail while the so-called employment offers don't exist. In fact, it's one scam crafted for duping the e-mail recipients into transmitting cash in the name of 'enrollment charge' as well as personal information into the hands of online-crooks.
Further, the scam is simply one more incarnation of the notoriously spreading and very common "advance fee" fraud that not only extracts cash from the victim, but even garners financial and other personal data from him, in this case, via the above mentioned 'membership form' that the criminals would use for various fraud operations. And since the e-mail rushes the recipient to apply fast so as not to lose the so-called work offer; it creates an urgent feeling which may cause a few users for proceeding hastily devoid of taking necessary caution, security analysts examining the e-mail scam remark.
Hence, security experts advise Internauts getting the message to ignore it and not provide their private details. For, every month, scammers dispatch innumerable e-mails similar to the aforementioned one for getting potential victims to reveal own data and/or transmit cash. Consequently, one mustn't give personal information by way of answering an e-mail nor wire cash to any person who asked for it over e-mail.
Above all, agencies like the American Red Cross won't ever employ people in the way described above; thus anyone getting the message must just erase it from his mailbox.