How to spot scam emails - Tip #01

Created by Shane Boothe, Modified on Mon, 11 Sep 2023 at 01:25 PM by Shane Boothe

Below are a few ways to spot possible scam emails.

First look:

Items of interest:

1. In the case the email address is from a non-CBS domain. 

2. The address field is blank. The sender is hiding the list of recipients to help hide that this is a scam/spam.

3. The body of the email is blank. The content is in the attache Word file. This is concerning for a few reasons:

  • Since the rest of the email is suspicious, the attached Word document could be infected with malware.
  • Scammers often use an attached document to help bypass the antispam tools. 

The content:

When we look at the content of the attached document

I am <NAME REDACTED> and I work as a Clinical Counsellor for the Department of Disability of United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). I am sharing Job Information to students and staff who might be interested.

I provide individual and group therapy, coaching, assessment, and academic screenings to support students with disabilities (Physical, Chronic, Psychiatric, & Invisible) registered with UNICEF. A large percentage of the students served by the mental health unit have psychiatric disabilities or co-morbid psychiatric disabilities and need mental health support to be successful at the university.

In addition, many University Students with academic difficulties and no prior diagnosis are seen and assessed through the academic screening and assessment process. I also am the director of supervision, training and coordination of counselling psychology and clinical psychology graduate students of the United States who have practicums at UNICEF and APA-accredited school psychology pre-doctoral interns. You have received this email because you have an offer from the University Office for Students with Disabilities to work with me while we help Students with disabilities frustrated with ignorance and lack of services as my temporary personal assistant.

I care about Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Children, Civil Rights and Social Action, Education, Environment, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Social Services, and lots more. This is a very simple employment. You will only help me purchase some Items when needed. This employment only takes an hour a day and 3 times a week for
$500 weekly.

I am unable to meet up for an interview because I am currently away and helping the disabled students in Australia. You will be paid in advance for all tasks and purchased to be done on my behalf. Upon my arrival we will discuss the possibility of making this a long-term employment if I am impressed with your services while I am away.

My arrival is scheduled for 27th of September 2023. I got your email through a short list from the Human Resources department to give out jobs to few students in your university. To Apply, kindly email your Full Name | Age | Address | Alternate Email (different from school email) and mobile number to my email below
If you are interested in this position, kindly provide me with a non-Edu email address and mobile number where I can forward job details, hours, and pay. Ensure you reply via your personal email (Gmail, yahoo, Hotmail etc.) and mobile number to my email ( <redacted> )

Note: It is mandatory to contact me on this email ( <redacted> ) if you are interested in this job.

Dr Michael Kenneth
Professor Humanitarian Relief.
E-mail: <redacted>

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