Most of the spam I receive gets caught by spam filters, and pushed into the separate spam folder. I check the folder once in a while for false positives.
A recent message in my spam folder, with the subject ‘Mystery shopper needed’ caught my attention:
Mystery Shopper needed
We have post of Mystery Shopper in your area. All you need is to act like a customer, you be will surveying different outlets like Walmart, Western Union, etc and provide us with detailed information about their service.
You will get $200.00 per one task and you can handle as many tasks as you want. Each assignment will take one hour and it wont affect your present occupation because it is flexible.
Before any task we will give you with the resources needed. You will be sent a check or money order, which you will cash and use for the task. Included to the check would be your assignment payment, then we will provide you details through email. You just need to follow instruction given to you as a Secret Shopper.
If you are interested, please fill in the details below and send it back to us to email@example.com for approval.
City, State and Zip code:
Cell and Home Phone Numbers:
Hope to hear from you soon.
Head of Operations,
I can’t resist going shopping — and being paid for it! Posted this here in case anyone else missed this email due to “bad” spam filters. We don’t have Walmart here yet, but we certainly do have Western Union.
PS: If you’re interested in treasure hunts: can you spot who’s actually sending these messages?
Return-Path: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Delivered-To: <redacted> Received: (qmail invoked by alias); 28 Nov 2012 04:07:23 -0000 Received: from dns.hsps.ntpc.edu.tw (EHLO dns.hsps.ntpc.edu.tw) [188.8.131.52] by mx0.gmx.net (mx002) with SMTP; 28 Nov 2012 05:07:23 +0100 Received: from dns.hsps.ntpc.edu.tw (localhost [127.0.0.1]) by dns.hsps.ntpc.edu.tw (Postfix) with ESMTP id C5BD97DF740D; Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:34:02 +0800 (CST) Received: from dns.hsps.ntpc.edu.tw (localhost [127.0.0.1]) by dns.hsps.ntpc.edu.tw (Postfix) with ESMTP id 7DA667DF7379; Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:34:02 +0800 (CST) From: "John Paul." <email@example.com> Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Mystery Shopper needed. Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:34:02 +0800 Message-Id: <20121128023012.M26524@rapanuiviaggi.redacted> X-Mailer: OpenWebMail 2.52 20060502 X-OriginatingIP: 184.108.40.206 (web2) MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1 To: undisclosed-recipients: ; X-NetStation-Status: PASS X-NetStation-SPAM: 0.00/5.00-8.00