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.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Work at home

From: Jenifer Allred <>
Date: Sep 21, 2006 3:27 AM
Subject: Work at home

Please read this letter attentively!

Financial company is in search of representatives in the US.

- Age: from 18 till 60 years
- Have a skill to communicate and access to the Internet.
- You can speak english language above average
- You need to know how to use excel and word.

You will earn from 1500 up to 3000 USD per week, working only some
hours per day. You can work part time or full time.

If you are interested in our offer send the following data to our

- Your full name
- Your contact e-mail
- Your phone number

If you have any questions. Feel free to ask them


Anonymous said...

Yes, I got that email. I assume they just want people's name, email address, and address?

Spotter said...

Most of these solicitations are jeal jobs -- of a sort. They want you to receive money via direct transfer or cheque, and then forward it via Western Union or Money Gram transfer, minus your cut. The trap is that the incoming money is fraudulent: cheques and money orders are forgeries, and direct transfers are performed on compromised Internet banking accounts. You will wind up out of pocket and in trouble with the law if you accept a job like this, most likely.

Anonymous said...

Jenny are you the same Jenny that went to Beauty school in Woodland, Ca. If it is I'm looking for you. It's your friend Mandy. I'ld give you my number but I don't want to over the internet so call Marcie and get it she still lives with her mom. I really hope to hear from you and so does she.