Job scam quick guide: it's a scam if...

  • they want you to collect and forward money in any way (a "money mule" job). You'll wind up engaged in money laundering, personally defrauded via expertly forged cheques, money orders, etc, or defrauding someone else who pays for goods that never arrive.
  • they want you to receive packages and reship them somewhere else. The goods will have been obtained fraudulently, and they're just using you to make the shipping address appear local. You will be aiding fraud.
  • they want up-front payment (either to them or someone else) of any sort for anything before you can get the job. This is advance fee fraud: there is no job -- it's just a big con to extract money from you.
  • they want you to buy any kind of "membership" or "kit" in order to start. Forget it -- it's not a real job at all: they're trying to sell you something, and they're probably making a bunch of other false claims about it if they're pitching it as a "job".
  • it's a job offer, and it's spam. There are LOTS of these scams about, as you can see.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Anonymous said...

My husband received one of these this morning; offering a unique employment opportunity with ebay (I bet they're thrilled). Anyway, it all looked a little suspicious to me, and so here I am. If something makes you go "hmmmm", well it is probably bogus.

Spotter said...

Any job that sets you up as a middle man, either forwarding money or goods, is a recipe for trouble. Usually such jobs are offered because the incoming money or goods have been obtained fraudulently, and the crooks want you to be the fall guy.