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.

Monday, October 16, 2006

MRC International Auto Broker Company

Legitimate job offers are not sent via spam. This is spam, so this is
a scam, not a legitimate job. The domain "mrcbroker-australia.com" was
registered on 31-Aug-2006, less than two months ago.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tom Danson VBw [address redacted]
Date: 17-Oct-2006 05:48
Subject: Part-time employment with MRC International
Auto Broker Company
To: [address redacted]


Hello,

Maybe you will interested MRC International Auto Broker Company want
to offer you a part time job!

New Vacancies is available in Australia and New Zealand.

If you interested to have an additional income it's a good chance for you!

Please visit http://www.mrcbroker-australia.com/vacancies.html for job
description and requirements.

Please do not reply to this email, use Contact Us section on our site.


Best regards,

www.mrcbroker-australia.com

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17 comments:

Spotter said...

Oh for Pete's sake. I'd forgotten about this one until I received another spam, did a Google search on the company name, and found my own blog on the first page of results. The same scam is now using the domain "mrcbrokers-au.com".

Domain Name: MRCBROKERS-AU.COM <-- scam
Registrar: ONLINENIC, INC.
Whois Server: whois.OnlineNIC.com
Referral URL: http://www.OnlineNIC.com
Name Server: NS1.SAUDIA-DNS.ORG
Name Server: NS2.SAUDIA-DNS.ORG
Updated Date: 28-mar-2007
Creation Date: 27-mar-2007 <-- new
Expiration Date: 27-mar-2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mel [redacted]
Date: 03-Apr-2007 09:41
Subject: Job in International Auto Broker Company for Australia residents
To: [redacted]

Hello,
Maybe you will interested MRC International Auto Broker Company want to offer you a part time job!
New Vacancies is available in Australia and New Zealand.
If you interested to have an additional income it's a good chance for you!
Please visit http://www.mrcbrokers-au.com/vacancies.html for job description and requirements.
Thanks.

Best regards,
www.mrcbrokers-au.com

Spotter said...

I received a minor deluge of these today, all using the domain name "mrcbrokers-au.com".

Spotter said...

It's come to my attention that the scam is also operating under the domain "mrc-broker.com".

Domain Name: MRC-BROKER.COM <-- scam
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.enom.com
Referral URL: http://www.enom.com
Name Server: NS21.ESERVER-DNS.COM
Name Server: NS22.ESERVER-DNS.COM
Updated Date: 11-nov-2006
Creation Date: 11-aug-2006 <-- not very new any more
Expiration Date: 11-aug-2007

Also, I've posted a snapshot of the website and some additional commentary over at the main iDeceive blog.

snailb88 said...

some more spam i received recently

From: Nathaniel Mcfarland (leonieshufflebargerel281@yahoo.com)
Sent: Thursday, 18 August 2011 12:04:32 PM
To: farimukandi@gmail.com

Hello,
After refering your resume from the Australian job seek site we have found that you are can be a suitable for us. I hope we may have a long partnership. International Auto Brokers company want to offer you a part-time job!
We are international company registered in USA. We need a representative who situated in Australia and will carry out about our deals in these region (this vacancy is for Australian citizen or resident only).
If you are interested to have an additional income it's a good chance for you!
This job completely legal and protected by the contract.
Approx salary is not less than $600 per month for several hours per week as total.
Please let me know if you are interested and I will provide you a detailed description.

With Best Regards,
A.Bremen

Jaso said...

I got this one today, googled the company and this blogspot came up, thanks for the heads up, thought it was too easy.

Anonymous said...

I got so close to being scammed bu the same ay hole.

Thanks for your interest!
My name is Alex Bremen I'm a director of MPC International Broker company.
We have 4 offices around the world: in USA, Germany, Latvia and Japan and
now expanding to Australia, where we need to have a representative.
I hope we may have a long partnership. It's not necessary for you to have
any special skills. You will carry out about our deals in Australia.
Your main duty will be - to receive correspondence,
to assist us with vehicle registration, receiving payments from our clients
and send the documents to our clients. Do not worry you will get the detailed
instructions each time we will need your help.
This job will not take much time, only a few hours per week! As you can see
from the contract, we offer $100 +2 from sum of each transaction. At this point,
I can guarantee the salary not less than $600 per month (for 1-3 hours per
week of your time). Our company makes use of the "Payment By Performance
System", which means that the amount of your reward will be dependent on
your performance. So if you will do fast and good job, your percent per
transaction will grow larger! You will get wire transfer, minus your salary and
forward it to us. Or, in case of any correspondence (registration documents, title,
new metal plate number of vehicle etc) you will forward it by mail to provided
address by FedEx or DHL. Certainly, we cover all transfer and shipping fees.
This job completely legal and protected by the contract. Please familiarize
with the contract http://www.mpc-broker.com/contract.pdf you can find
all information about your duties and responsibilities there. To apply for this
position please fill in the form on our site
http://www.mpc-broker.com/vacancies.html also you will find there information
about requirements. Do not worry, at first time you will get the detailed description
what you need to do, you will no need any money to start, also we will never ask
for any of you personal or account details.
If you will have any questions please feel free to e-mail me!

Best regards,
Alex Bremen
brok.bremen@gmail.com
http://www.mpc-broker.com

Anonymous said...

scammed alright!!
Thanks, we got the contract and ID. Now you will be our representative here! Also we plan to open a new office soon in this region, that gives me the chance to offer you a full-time job in future.
Now we can begin.
Please confirm your mailing address for all incoming mail (if you have a PO Box we can use it):
Also you will need to have a personal Pay-Pal account to accept the money transfers. Do not worry, we will never ask any of your account details. Account should be verified with your bank account so you can withdraw the funds there. Please let me know do you have one or you need to apply for a new account?

Best regards,
Alex Bremen

Anonymous said...

Thanks, address saved and noted.
Please be sure to verify your PayPal account with your personal bank account (this can be new empty account) so you can withdraw the funds there later. This will take 2-3 working days, you will find all instructions on their site. Let me know when you done.
Thanks

Best regards,
Alex Bremen

Spotter said...

Wow, these scammers have been around for ages. The domain "mpc-broker.com" was registered back in 2010, and their current website is using the same graphic it was using back in 2007.

Domain Name: MPC-BROKER.COM <-- scam
Registrar: WILD WEST DOMAINS, LLC
Whois Server: whois.wildwestdomains.com
Referral URL: http://www.wildwestdomains.com
Name Server: 1.NAMEDC.COM
Name Server: 2.NAMEDC.COM
Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Status: clientRenewProhibited
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 23-mar-2012 <-- recently updated
Creation Date: 14-jun-2010 <-- ...but hardly new!
Expiration Date: 14-jun-2012

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I know these kinds of emails...I spam them as soon as I get them simply because I haven't used any kind of job search website in like 6 months! Alex Bremnan has been the latest, he/she is not using the "MRC" part of the company name, just . "International Auto Brokers company". luckilly just out of curiosity I googled this company and found this blog page to be the first on the list of sites

Anonymous said...

These guys are trading under MPC not MRC now. Alex Bremen is still the alias being used. They aren't giving up.

Mitz Yao said...

i got the same email :( tehy got my real name too .
*************************

Dear Mitz* *** ***,
Thanks for your interest!
My name is Alex Bremen I'm a director of MPC International Broker company.
We have 4 offices around the world: in USA, Germany, Latvia and Japan and
now expanding to Australia, where we need to have a representative.
I hope we may have a long partnership. It's not necessary for you to have
any special skills. You will carry out about our deals in Australia.
Your main duty will be - to receive correspondence,
to assist us with vehicle registration, receiving payments from our clients
and send the documents to our clients. Do not worry you will get the detailed
instructions each time we will need your help.
This job will not take much time, only a few hours per week! As you can see
from the contract, we offer $100 +2 from sum of each transaction. At this point,
I can guarantee the salary not less than $600 per month (for 1-3 hours per
week of your time). Our company makes use of the "Payment By Performance
System", which means that the amount of your reward will be dependent on
your performance. So if you will do fast and good job, your percent per
transaction will grow larger! You will get wire transfer, minus your salary and
forward it to us. Or, in case of any correspondence (registration documents, title,
new metal plate number of vehicle etc) you will forward it by mail to provided
address by FedEx or DHL. Certainly, we cover all transfer and shipping fees.
This job completely legal and protected by the contract. Please familiarize
with the contract http://www.mpc-broker.com/contract.pdf you can find
all information about your duties and responsibilities there. To apply for this
position please fill in the form on our site
http://www.mpc-broker.com/vacancies.html also you will find there information
about requirements. Do not worry, at first time you will get the detailed description
what you need to do, you will no need any money to start, also we will never ask
for any of you personal or account details.
If you will have any questions please feel free to e-mail me!

Best regards,
Alex Bremen
mpc.broker@gmail.com
http://www.mpc-broker.com

Mitz Yao said...

any update what happened?

Mitz Yao said...

how did they get my real name form seek?

Mitz Yao said...

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Hello,
After reading your resume from the seek job site we have found that you are can be a suitable for us. I hope we may have a long partnership. International Auto Brokers company want to offer you a part time job!
We are international company registered in USA. We need a representative who based in Australia and will carry out about our deals in these region. This vacancy is for Australian citizen or resident only.
If you are interested to have an additional income it's a good chance for you!
This job completely legal and protected by the contract.
Approximate salary is not less than $800 per month for 1-2 hours per week as total.
Please reply if you are interested and I will give you a detailed description.

With Best Regards,
Alex B.

Spotter said...

Mitz, they probably didn't get your real name and email from Seek. The association of your real name and email address is more or less public knowledge unless you are very careful about keeping it private. The scammers just say that it came from Seek to give the scam an air of legitimacy. If, by chance, you have dealt with Seek, then all the better for the illusion of legitimacy, but I doubt that they have any way of targeting Seek users in particular: they just spam as widely as possible, hitting both Seek users and non-users alike.

Anonymous said...

I got a job offer few days before and I reply them as 'yes I am interested'. Then they send me another email with details. Then I checked in google I found it is a spam, it is surprising they have their own website for fraud. The following is the complete email which I got:

Dear Dinesh,
Thanks for your interest!
My name is Alex Bremen I'm a director of MPC International Broker company.
We have 4 offices around the world: in USA, Germany, Latvia and Japan and
now expanding to Australia, where we need to have a representative.
I hope we may have a long partnership. It's not necessary for you to have
any special skills. You will carry out about our deals in Australia.
Your main duty will be - to receive correspondence,
to assist us with vehicle registration, receiving payments from our clients
and send the documents to our clients. Do not worry you will get the detailed
instructions each time we will need your help.
This job will not take much time, only a few hours per week! As you can see
from the contract, we offer $100 +2 from sum of each transaction. At this point,
I can guarantee the salary not less than $600 per month (for 1-3 hours per
week of your time). Our company makes use of the "Payment By Performance
System", which means that the amount of your reward will be dependent on
your performance. So if you will do fast and good job, your percent per
transaction will grow larger! You will get wire transfer, minus your salary and
forward it to us. Or, in case of any correspondence (registration documents, title,
new metal plate number of vehicle etc) you will forward it by mail to provided
address by FedEx or DHL. Certainly, we cover all transfer and shipping fees.
This job completely legal and protected by the contract. Please familiarize
with the contract http://www.mpc-broker.com/contract.pdf you can find
all information about your duties and responsibilities there. To apply for this
position please fill in the form on our site
http://www.mpc-broker.com/vacancies.html also you will find there information
about requirements. Do not worry, at first time you will get the detailed description
what you need to do, you will no need any money to start, also we will never ask
for any of you personal or account details.
If you will have any questions please feel free to e-mail me!

Best regards,
Alex Bremen
mpc.broker@gmail.com
http://www.mpc-broker.com