Recently, emails have been sent to members of the Rowan community from various addresses with subjects of “BOOKS OFFER” and "Student Opportunity" (among others), claiming to offer a job with “Bertram Books” or "being an intermediary between our suppliers and our agents" that pays around $300 a week.
These messages are part of a malicious scam.
Individuals who respond to the initial email may receive a message in response with a subject like “***WORK APPLICATION APPROVED*** or ***WORK GETTING STARTED****”. The victims of this scam may have been sent a check and accompanying instructions that, if followed, would result in the loss of funds from their personal checking account.
If you have responded to one of these messages and provided any personal information, please contact the Support Center immediately at email@example.com or call 256-4400.
Please remember, if you receive an email asking for ANY personal information, make sure that you are confident of its legitimacy before following links contained in it or responding in any way.
An example of one of the messages:
Their is an available part-time job which pays $300.00 per assignment and we are inviting you to participate. The time frame forthe job is very flexible and that implies that it fit into all school schedules. You will be the intermediary between our suppliers and our agents.You will be in charge of making orders for the supplies needed by our agents. The supplies are basically office materials. The details needed to make the orders will be provided by us and at no particular time will you be using your personal money to make any form of payment.
You will be paid $300.00 per task and you will be required to provide feedback.
The number of minutes spent on the task depends on how smart you are, but it an average of an hour per task.
Kindly fill the below information if you are interested:
Full Address (Not P.O Box):
Date of Birth:
Detailed instructions needed to carry out the assignment will be provided to you.
NOTE: I will like you to know that at no particular time will you be asked to pay for these supplies with your personal money or use your money to make any form of payment.
I await your response.