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 10, 2006


This is yet another money mule job scam which appears to be targeting Australians (payment is specified in "AUD", which presumably means "Australian Dollars"). It was sent directly to the contact address for this blog, however, so delivery is not particularly targeted.

The Spam

This is a plain text spam, no links, with only a contact email address for response.

Greetings Ideceive!!

We are small new firm engaged in export of goods to overseas
outside my country.We have won various small exports contract at one
time or the other, recently we were (engaged) contracted to supply
financial programs for market analyzing, management project software
in Japan which was successfully done.

Unfortunately we have faced some difficulties while receiving payment
for our software in our country as need 10-30 days to get a payment
from your country. We do not have so much time to accept wire transfers
and can't accept cashiers checks and money orders as well.
So we need your help to accept this payments in your country faster.

This is an entry level opportunity in the field of financial services.
Our financial professionals work with clients to help them achieve their
many financial goals such as saving on taxes.

- 18 - 80 years old
- basic computers and internet knowlege
- about 3 free hours per day

SALARY: (1000-3000 AUD per week plus 2000AUD monthly wage)

If you are interesting, please send your resume in e-mail our Managers.
Leonid Kozlov


Note that "" is some kind of Ukraine-based portal which also offers a free webmail service, so this is a fairly unsophisticated job scam in the overall scheme of things.

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