Email Scam Alert

April 2008 – Fraudulent employment / visa scam Emails referring to SAMSUNG

We have been alerted to the fact that a number of people are currently receiving fraudulent emails linked to and/ or stated to come from SAMSUNG Electronics, advising they have been hired by SAMSUNG. Please be aware that these emails do not originate from SAMSUNG Electronics and are examples of 'Phishing' for personal details for the purposes of fraud.

For example, fraudulent emails are being sent claiming to be from SAMSUNG Electronics stating that a person had been appointed a position at SAMSUNG Electronics. Together with a job reference number, they are sent an appointment and contract papers, on behalf of SAMSUNG Electronics Co. Ltd. They are also asked to submit an entry clearance form for the UK.

Please note that these emails (and the employment referred to in them) have no association to SAMSUNG Electronics and should be treated with the utmost caution.

We strongly recommend that you do not respond to these messages but instead forward them to SAMSUNG Electronics' UK communications team using this email address - ukmarcoms@samsung.com. In the meantime, this matter is being investigated.

SAMSUNG Electronics is committed to providing the best possible products and services to its customers at all times.

Examples of fraudulent emails & documents

Emails / correspondence with content like the ones below, claiming to be from SAMSUNG EMPLOYMENT UNIT, Samsung Employment Agency, Recruiting officials from SAMSUNG Electronics, are fraudulent:

SAMSUNG EMPLOYMENT UNIT < career-samsungemployment@rock.com > wrote:
From: "SAMSUNG EMPLOYMENT UNIT" < career-samsungemployment@rock.com >
To: fermin_14272003@yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 23:45:36 -0800
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT..

The Desk Of The Chairman
SAMSUNG Employment Agency
Recruiting Officials Of
SAMSUNG Electronics Co. Ltd ("SEC")

Dear ,

This is an affirmation that you have emerged successful and being appointed for the position stated above. The mode of selection was based on the following;

  1. 1. CV and qualification
    2. Mode in which your data is being presented on the employment data sheet.
    3. Work experiences.

  2. We employ staff based on four core values namely Productivity, Talent, Ambitions and Character and we expect all our staff to exhibit these Core values. Also we ensure that all our staff especially our International employees are comfortable. Attached here which is your

  3. 1. Appointment Letter
    2. Terms of agreement that you are to read very well, accept by Printing and signing it and sending to us via email attach.
    3 Filled the Work permit Visa form

The resident work permit clearance certificate that is needed for any Employee to work in UK should come from the UK Immigration here in UK. Therefore attached to this mail is U.K work permit form that will be filled in capitals and submitted.

We will take care of the expenses and the provision of work visa to UK, work and resident permits. Employees would have to provide a Scan copy of their international passport to enable us undertake the Processes of processing your work and resident permit in your favor.
Due to past experiences the company has had with international staff that absconded when they got to The UK the Company now makes it mandatory for every International Staff to summit an Affidavit of Guarantee from the British High Court in UK. This ensures that any staff coming to work with us will not leave the company on getting to the UK...

You are required to contact the attorney if you accept the terms and conditions of work to enable and assist you procure an affidavit of guarantee which must be presented to us within one week of receipt of this offer letter so that we would commence the processing of your travel papers. Below is the contact information of the immigration attorney whom you are to contact immediately to obtain an Affidavit of Guarantee from a British High court.

Barrister Mike Hanks
Designation: attorney and solicitor
Telephone: +447031822599
Email: britishhighcouncils@lawyer.com
Address: crown chambers and solicitors,

Unit 2 Atcham Industrial Estate Upton Magna
Shrewsbury Shropshire SY4 4UG
UK.

Contact the Attorney if the terms below and attached are suitable with you. Indicate your telephone numbers and resident Address while contacting the attorney. Note that failure to provide the affidavit of guarantee within the 2week of getting this appointment means an automatic termination of Appointment.

Note you are to bear the cost of the fee for the affidavit of guarantee and on the confirmation of the affidavit from the British high court you are to submit the affidavit to us along with an account information on where you will be reimburse on the expense you incur as regards to procuring the affidavit. You are advised to write a letter for reimbursement Addressed to the Chief Accountant Mrs.Jennyfer Parker Showing a Scanned Copy of payment receipts, approval Letter from the immigration Attorney here in UK, letter for the 75% advance salary of the First month and account information where the reimbursement will be Paid. Note this reimbursement will be made on the confirmation of the affidavit of guarantee.

Mr. Ferdinand Wilson
Chief Recruiting Official
SAMSUNG Employment Agency
TEL: +447024028617

The images below show examples of the fraudulent documents that are currently being sent stating they are from SAMSUNG:
1. Example of fraudulent NOTIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT doc:
2. Example of fraudulent OFFICIAL CONTRACT APPOINTMENT LETTER doc:
3. Example of fraudulent UK VISA FORM pdf:
September 2007 - Fraudulent Promotions and Emails

We have been alerted to the fact that a number of people are currently receiving fraudulent emails linked to and/ or stated to come from SAMSUNG Electronics (or SAMSUNG Electronics Bonanza), offering various cash prizes. Please be aware that these emails do not originate from SAMSUNG Electronics and are examples of 'Lotto Fraud' or 'Phishing' for personal and bank details for the purposes of fraud.

For example, fraudulent emails are being sent by gentlemen claiming to be called Floyd Johnson and also Mark Nakata, who claim to work for SAMSUNG promo dept based in Middlesex or London and informing recipients that they have each won a large amount of money and just need to provide personal and bank details in order to claim their prize. These individuals do not represent SAMSUNG Electronics and should not be trusted with any personal data.

Please note that these emails (and the promotions/ prizes referred to in them) have no association to SAMSUNG Electronics. It is rare (if ever) that any SAMSUNG Electronics' promotions offer cash prizes or cash alternatives to prizes. As such, any message referring to any such prizes should be treated with the utmost caution.

We strongly recommend that you do not respond to these messages but instead forward them to SAMSUNG Electronics' UK communications team using this email address - ukmarcoms@samsung.com. In the meantime, this matter is being investigated.

SAMSUNG Electronics is committed to providing the best possible products and services to its customers at all times.

Example of fraudulent emails:

Emails with content like the one below, claiming to be from Floyd Johnson from SAMSUNG Electronics Bonanza, are fraudulent:

Dear SAMSUNG Electronic Promotion Winner,

I am Mr.Floyd Johnson,SAMSUNG Electronic licensed and accredited agent assigned to your case to help you in the claims process of your funds. I wish to congratulate you and to say you are a lucky person to have won this SAMSUNG Electronics Promotion. All the winners in the Promotion were selected by an advanced automated random computer ballot search from the internet as part of our international promotions program which we conduct every year.

You are required to fill the below Winners Payment Verification Form to facilitate the processing of your claims which will lead to the payment of your prize to you as required. You are also to send a copy of your International Passport or Drivers License via E-MAIL ATTACHMENT along with the filled form. If you do not have any of these, you can send a valid Identity card of yours as a form of Identification.

You are to choose only One (1) from the Two (2) given options on how to claim your prize. For any option you choose, you are to fill in the necessary information .

1. Transfer of your funds to your local bank account by Telegraphic Bank transfer and your funds will be in your account within 48 hours.

2. You employ the services of our affiliate courier/diplomatic service to deliver your prize Funds to you in form of Consignment to your physical mailing address.

You will be totally responsible for the Telegraphic Bank Transfer Charges OR Courier Charges. When we receive your Filled Form, we will send you more information about any option you choose.

Note that your funds (710,000.00GBP) have already been insured to your winning E-mail address by SAMSUNG Electronics Inc. and no deductions of any kind can be made on your funds.

Below iS the SAMSUNG Electronics Promotion Winner's Data Form. Do fill and return as soon as possible.

SECTION A

First Name.:.........................
Middle Name.:...........................
Last Name.:............................
Gender.:.....................
Month Of Birth.:.......Day:.......Year:...
Marital Status.:.........................
Nationality.:....................
Natioanal Id Card NO..............
Occupation.: ....................
Mobile phone No.:..............
House Phone No.:..............
Fax No..................

OPTION 1 TELEGRAPHIC/SWIFT BANK TRANSFER

Account Number:.........................
Account Name:...........................
Swift code:.............................
Bank Name/Country:.......................

OPTION 2 COURIER DIPLOMATIC DELIVERY SERVICES

Address 1.............................
Address 2.:...........................
City.:................................
State/Province.:.....................
Zip Code.:..........................
Email Address.:........................

WINNING INFORMATION

Batch Number.:.......................
Refrence Number.:...................
Amount Won(In Pounds).:.............

You are adviced to act fast about this information soonest for further correspondence.Congratulations on behalf of the SAMSUNG Electronics Inc. Company and our promotion agents all over the world.

Yours faithfully,
Floyd Johnson.
SAMSUNG Electronics Bonanza
London,United Kingdom.
Phone: +44-704-570-6121
Fax: +44-709-287-6054.