I received the following phishing email today. It’s a variation on the “your email inbox is too large” scam I posted in June. It plays on Habitat’s name, Haiti relief, and pure greed — it claims you can earn big tax-free commissions as a fundraiser. There are so many things wrong with this pitch. Fundraising (at least in the U.S.) doesn’t work this way — commissions violate the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ code of ethics. The income wouldn’t be tax-free just because it’s from an international charity. An organization like Habitat wouldn’t look for employees by sending mass emails to “undisclosed recipients.” And they wouldn’t use a Gmail address.
I hope no one falls for this.
Subject: Important Message(Job Offer)
Hello Prospective Employee,
At HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL, we work hard to improve and provide training, technical expertise and support in fund-raising to the national organizations in all the regions of the world. However, the actual work of HABITAT is carried out at the community level by affiliates that have been officially approved by the HFHI Board of Directors. The International Board of Directors (IBOD) are volunteers from around the world who share a deep concern for the problems of poverty housing.
This is demonstrated in our role as a corporate sponsor for the HAITI RELIEF PROGRAM with money raised going towards helping displaced and disabled children and their families.
We are an organization with a remarkable heritage.
You’ve got a chance to be one of our representatives and earn a commission for funds raised plus an ANNUAL UPFRONT ALLOWANCE paid at the beginning of the fiscal year in early January .This Could earn you an average of $500 – $1500 weekly and as much as $5000 (TAX FREE) in a month depending on how active you are.
You can be rest assured that you WOULD NOT be required to pay any fees upfront and this won’t affect your current job earnings or disability payments in any way and you can conveniently work from your desk at home.
Private donations will be made in your name from our esteemed Voluntary Donors in your region and other parts of the world and you’ll be allowed to deduct 10 percent (10%) of the total amount on these donations. This serves as your remuneration for the great service you would be rendering in support of saving lives in the third-world countries. Balances (after the 10%) shall be required to be forwarded to the Regional Co-ordinators of the various charitable projects we are involved in around the Globe.
Please Note: You won’t have to do any travelling and WILL NOT be required to pay any fees, this position won’t affect your present employment.
To apply, Kindly forward the following info: to our Human Resource Department at the email listed below for further instructions.
FULL NAME :
FULL ADDRESS :
ZIP CODE/POSTCODE: ..
PHONE NUMBER (S) :(must be valid) would be called to confirm.
GENDER : ..
AGE : ..
COUNTRY : …
Your prompt response is solicited
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL
Registered No. MHQLTH1084442
REPLY TO BE SENT THROUGH : firstname.lastname@example.org