MY DESK: MADISON -

So, while the stock market rages on this summer, there are still a number of folks worried about their jobs and the overall economy. It's because of that uncertainty out there that emails like the one submitted by Nancy W. are so dangerous.

They play on people's vulnerabilities and promise the world in the process. I mean, there are a lot of people who would like a job that promises a salary of $762,800-$80,200 with "company paid life insurance and short-term disability benefits; Flexible Spending Accounts; Wellness Programs available; 8 Paid holidays (after 6 months of service); Paid vacation; Associate discounts (on vehicles, computers, cell phone service, etc."

All you have to do in this position is "carry out rules and practices to guarantee the most cheap movement of merchandise through the supply chain." 

Huh?

So, at our house, the couch is the gathering spot for "The Tickle Monster" (i.e. me) and my three kids always try to get on while avoiding the tickling. They've devised a strategy now to try to divert my attention away from the couch, so they can get on without being tickled. It's been quite clever albeit a bit devious.

"Mom needs you," said my 7-year-old.

"There's a cow riding a bicycle outside the window," said my soon-to-be 5-year-old.

"There's a dinosaur in the backyard," said my 3-year-old.

That's what's going on in this email sent by Nancy. The sender's goal is to take your attention away from the obvious red flags (e.g. the request for your credit score and the job requirement that states you should be able to "accidentally lift or move up to 45 pounds.")

When my kids do this, I find it quaint, but I'm starting to wonder whether I need to encourage them to tell the truth while trying to get me off the couch. Encouraging children to be creative and truthful is one thing. Trying to spam/scam adults is another.

If you get one of these, I'd just hit delete.

Before you do though, if you want to warn your neighbors about it, please forward them to me: mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com

Cheers,

Adam

-------- Original Message --------

Subject:

Varied Role!

Date:

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:14:50 +0200

From:

Job manager <YywagerMasergeutry@outlook.com>

To:

Nancy W.

 

To whom it may concern.
 
A new constant opportunity is obtainable!
 
Employment Status: Full & Part Time
Position Title: Procurement Support Manager
Salary Rage: $62,800.00 - $80,200.00 per year. Salary depends on experience and skills.
Benefits package available :   Company paid life insurance and short-term disability benefits; Flexible Spending Accounts; Wellness Programs available;  8 Paid holidays (after 6 months of service);  Paid vacation; Associate discounts (on vehicles, computers, cell phone service, etc.)