Update: I didn't look closely enough at the site, I discovered that arkbureau.com is also fake, as is this email. See more below. This is still trying to recruit people for money laundering though.
From: Odette Holcomb [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]An alternative version uses the email address of email@example.com. The two samples that I have seen have originating IP addresses of 220.127.116.11 (Comcast, US) and 18.104.22.168 (NCNET, Russia).
Sent: 03 December 2012 12:32
Subject: Help wanted.
POSITION: Customer Assistant
ARK Bureau has served hundreds of clients in the United Kingdom, Poland, France and Germany since 1998.
The firm was created by Lorinda Rogers, a young architect of Canadian origin. From its inception, ARK Bureau.s vision for design and construction was based on system approach, incorporating both building and landscape design. That philosophy has always meant the highest quality for our clients. That.s probably why ARK Bureau enjoys a strong loyalty from the past customers.
Now we have open vacancy in the U.S.: Customer Assistant
- Process payments from customers;
- Filing invoices, statements and associated documents;
- Meet and exceed performance and time management goals;
- Other duties as required.
- High communication skills;
- Strong problem solving and planning skills;
- Experienced computer & internet user.
To apply please: firstname.lastname@example.org
You should give this fake company a wide berth unless you want to end up in serious trouble with law enforcement.
Update: I had originally assumed from the amateurish spam email that arkbureau.com belonged to a genuine company. However, a search of UK company records shows no such company, the domain was only registered a month ago to an address which is actually consistent with the one on the site:
Domain Name: ARKBUREAU.COM
Allen Hart (email@example.com)
108 Broadwick Street
Creation Date: 16-Nov-2012
Expiration Date: 16-Nov-2013
Their site is full of stock images (like the one below) which can be found in many other places, most of which appear to be in the US (where they don't have an office).
These contact details are presumably also bogus:
Int'l Customer Care: +1 646 583 0506Well, a quick Google of "108 Broadwick Street" indicates that it probably doesn't exist. If we get down on the ground with Google Streetview we can see that Broadwick Street only goes up to number 76 which is a bank of cash machines. Also, the quoted postcode of W1F 8MT is wrong, that belongs to somewhere which is quite a walk from Broadwick Street.
Our head office is located in London, UK:
108 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 8MT, UK
Phone: +44(0) 20 3290 1280
Fax: +44(0) 871 528 3620
Since 2010 we also run a branch in Warsaw, Poland:
Pl. Pilsudskiego 3, 00-078 Warszawa, Poland
Phone: +48 22 208 4722
Emails to firstname.lastname@example.org bounce, there is no such user configured on the server.
arkbureau.com itself is hosted on 22.214.171.124 (HostNOC, US). There are several other sites on the same server that look dedicated to either fraud or fake pharma. I would recommend that all of these sites are avoided: