Topic: General politics
Someone claiming to be with a movie production company emailed me hiding behind a Gmail account.
The email pretends they are doing a made for cable TV documentary about patriots.
Problem is, scammers love to hide behind Gmail accounts. Persons who work for legitimate companies have corporate email accounts on their corporate domain.
heres the email, with headers:
Casting a new television show that may be of interest to your members...
|X-Apparently-To:||email@example.com via 126.96.36.199; Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:26:11 -0800|
|Authentication-Results:||mta1236.mail.bf1.yahoo.com from=gmail.com; domainkeys=neutral (no sig); from=gmail.com; dkim=pass (ok)|
|Received:||from 127.0.0.1 (EHLO mail-ee0-f67.google.com) (188.8.131.52) by mta1236.mail.bf1.yahoo.com with SMTP; Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:26:11 -0800|
|Received:||by mail-ee0-f67.google.com with SMTP id t10so110483eei.6 for <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:26:10 -0800 (PST)|
|X-Received:||by 10.14.194.4 with SMTP id l4mr68509469een.12.1360707970540; Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:26:10 -0800 (PST)|
|Received:||by 10.14.215.131 with HTTP; Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:26:10 -0800 (PST)|
|Date:||Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:26:10 -0800|
|Subject:||Casting a new television show that may be of interest to your members...|
Jeff Bornfree <email@example.com>Add sender to Contacts
My name is Jeff. I’m a Casting Director at Firecracker Films, a television production company in California. We are currently producing a new show that we think will be of great interest to your members/readers and I was wondering if you’d be willing to help us spread the word or maybe even might be interested yourself or know somebody who may be interested. Basically, we are looking for Americans from across the country whose strong belief in the constitution sometimes requires them to live interesting lives.
This is the national casting call for the project. Feel free to post it or email anywhere you want. If you have any questions, or ideas on how best to find people to feature, I would love to talk to you. We plan on being as discrete, respectful and sensitive to privacy concerns as possible at this early stage. But we’re looking for some great and true Americans with passionate beliefs and interesting ways of life that could help us show a different way of life that is often underrepresented or skewed by the media.
CALLING ALL PATRIOTS….
Santa Monica-based Firecracker Films is casting an important new documentary series for a major cable channel that will chronicle the lives of people who love America as its Founders intended and live like it.
Do you or a family member belong to a militia? Believe strongly in the second amendment and/or your right to self-preservation? Live in interesting or unique circumstances because of those beliefs? We want to talk to you about your way of life.
If you are interested, think you might be a fit or have any questions, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. And if you know someone who fits the above description, please pass this message on to them.
There will be compensation for those stories that are selected to be filmed for the pilot. All information shared will be kept confidential.
Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide!
Santa Monica, CA
I looked up Firecracker in CA Secretary of State records, they exist, they have a website.
That's where it gets troubling. I called the number on the website and a woman answered who claimed she had only worked there 2 days, didnt know what it was about, and that so called Jeff must be a freelance.
The email claims hes a CASTING DIRECTOR at the company. Read it right above here.
MANAGERS HAVE CORPORATE EMAIL ACCOUNTS. "Director" is a management position.
She hung up on me when I challenged that if she didnt know what's going on, that there must be someone else besides her there to ask.
I called back and a man who claimed to be Jeff answered.
I told him the Gmail account looked fishy and he proceeded to explain thats their procedure for contacting multiple people on a project.
False premise, because ANY corporate domain can have multiple email addresses, all they have to do is BUY them. Many corporate domain accounts have hundreds of email accounts available.
The idea he tried to float is that he needed a Gmail account for each OTHER person he corresponded with. Thts false, all thats needed is one Firecracker address per PROJECT. VERY slick pivot play.
It doesnt take an individual SENDERS email to correspond with a hundred people.
When Gmail is used, monkey business can be pulled behind the Companies back. Beware of car dealers who have salesmen that use Gmail, if they actually work for the Dealer, why dont they have a DEALERS ADDRESS? (joe_schmoe@car company.com)
I told him that I would consider discussing this with them is he FORWARDED INFORMATION VIA THE US MAIL
Then he started changing subjects and engaging in ad homimens.
The problem with 'sending via the mail' is that exposes a scammer to COMMITING A FELONY of mail fraud should their communication be fraudulent or illegal. That exposes them to prison time.
Things put in writing constitute CONTRACTS.Scammers and the dishonest LOVe to use email because they can make promises then refuse to keep them, and it becomes "he said, she said" when theres nothing in writing.
I stopped a phone phisher a couple years ago that was phishing info from a Federal contractors database, who called me and demanded I send personal financial information by phone or email, because they didnt have access to POSTAL MAIL.
I told her the same thing as I did these people - go to hell.
I called the Santa Monica P.D, they didnt know of any scam activity going on with regard to Firecracker, but Google them and read for yourself, especially the LACK of anything to claim as production except for You tube, and the Ripoff Report:
Notice the rebuttal, as usual, evades the topics and claims, its attack the victim. Notice their claims of "a great production" that went nowhere.
I can post BS films to Youtube...
Quite a LACK of produced work of such a STELLAR company.
Reader, ALWAYS demand they use the Mail, that separates the honest from the scammers. beware, in these down economic times, there are plenty of employment scams floating around Email.
There may be no connection, but firecracker is based in the U.K, and over the last couple years with the economic turn-down, there has been an abundance of Identity Theft emails floating around from the UK claiming that you can work for them as an accounts manager etc and get paid remotely.