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, October 24, 2006

Bid-alot.Inc (Impostors)

This is yet another money-mule recruitment drive. The sender is
pretending to be "Bid-alot Inc" (a real company), but there is no
reason to think it's true. Furthermore, the sender has been very
careless with the reply address: the specified domain of ""
does not exist. The UK branch of Yahoo! is "", but in
Australia the address is "".

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <[address redacted as probably false
and irrelevant]>
Date: Oct 24, 2006 9:59 AM
Subject: New career begins now ref: 9134
To: [address of submitter redacted]

We are happy to introduce our new project.

Our Online Bargain Association, Bid-alot.Inc has begun successful
cooperation with Australian auction customers.
Due to the importance and security measures required for the entire
processes to be legitimate and successful, different Australian
Financial institutions assist Bid-alot.Inc during the initial bargain

Our international bargain association is very popular with those
willing to sell or purchase from different parts of the world.
That's when we are happy to offer different vacancies to those
interested in becoming a part of the Online Bargain Company.

Available jobs:

Client manager
Schedule: 8 hours per day.
Salary: 2500 AUD per month.
Requirements: PC, mobile phone, online access.
Job description: Assist customers from Your regions with full time
Internet and personal support.

Remote manager
Schedule: 3-5 hours per day.
Salary: From 4000 AUD per month + commissions for successful
completion of weekly duties with no delays.
Requirements: online access, mobile and land line number, bank account
with one of Australian Banks to process initial funds transfers from
Australian clients to worldwide customers of Bid-alot.Inc
Job description: Assist customers from Your region with funds
processing from the initial bidder to the seller himself. Become the
initial third party between the seller and the bidder from Australian

Carting manager
Schedule: 6-10 hours per day.
Salary: 3000 AUD per month.
Requirements: car, online access, cell and home phone, punctuality and
Job description: Transport the initial wares to the post office and
International postal service companies. Maximum carrying capacity of 3

Obligatory for everyone applying:

Age limit from 18y.o to 65.y.o
Check email correspondence daily
Contact customers from one's region by the email and by the phone


1. Individual career growth variety

2. Work successfully and get weekly commission besides monthly salary
for outstanding performance of one's duties.

If You wish to apply for any of the positions above or would like to
get more info, please confirm Your interest and reply to this email.

Sincerely Yours
Victor Moritz
Senior Staff manager

Under the circumstances we agreed, by a questioning look and answer,

Tying these two anchors here, Flask, seems like tying a man's hands

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