“Hello!” or “Greetings!” job scam email

These job scam emails appear to have come from compromised accounts at another Canadian university. Always evaluate whether the content of the email looks legitimate, even if it came from what would normally be a reputable source (even if it came from within UVic!).

This email has many of the typical signs of a job scam:

  • The email directs you to reply to an AOL email address from your personal email. If you are asked to apply to a job by contacting an address from a free email provider, in all likelihood it’s a scam. The request to shift to personal email is a tactic to shift the conversation to a place that UVic can’t monitor.
  • The salary is too good to be true.
  • There are no details about what the job involves.
  • There are grammatical errors including mistakes in capitalization.
  • The email claims to offer a job with the World Food Programme, but they did not send the message and the name of the contact person doesn’t match the name of the sender of the email.

If you replied to the scammer, contact the Computer Help Desk immediately for assistance.

Job scam email claiming to offer a generously paid part-time job with the World Food Programme

From: [redacted]@**********.ca
Subject: Hello!

I am sharing job opportunity information to anyone who might be interested in a World food programme Part-Time job with a weekly pay of $600.00. If interested, kindly contact Dr. Mattias on his email address. b******b@aol.com for details of employment.

You can contact him from your private E-mail address only.