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, November 02, 2006

Mr Hastrup Edward

This is a typical Nigerian modus operandi: the name of "Mr Hastrup
Edward" is a ludicrous fiction, and the cheques and money orders in
question are forgeries. Due to quirks of the USA banking system,
depositors can draw on these cheques and money orders after a couple
of days, although it may take a month or more to discover that the
item is a forgery, at which point the bank will take the money back.
The fraudster gets the victim to wire back money during this window of
opportunity, and the victim is out of pocket at the end. A significant
number of Nigerian fraud gangs operate out of the UK (as well as the
Netherlands and Spain).

Feel free to accept cheques and money orders from such fraudsters, but
don't bother banking them. Frame them and put them up on the wall as a
talking point for your guests. Warn them about the scam. Some of these
forgeries are really good.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: chucks brown <>
Date: 02-Nov-2006 06:35
Subject: Hello!
To: undisclosed-recipients

Good Day,
How are you doing today? My name is Mr. Hastrup Edward, I am an artist
based in Manchester (United Kingdom),with my lovely wife Jenne and 3
Kids and our wonderful dog,Cleo.I would like to know if you like to
work at your spare time and get paid weekly?.Note,this will not affect
your present state of work.
I have recently added designing and creating artwork on the computer,
I have been selling my art for the last 3 years and have had my work
featured on trading cards, prints and in magazines, I have sold in
galleries and to private collectors from all around the world.
I am always facing serious difficulties when it comes to selling my
art works to North Americans; they are always offering to pay with
MONEY ORDER OR CASHIERS CHECKS, which is difficult for me to cash here
in the United Kingdom. All i am searching for now is a reputable
company or capable individual that will help establish a medium of
customer service/relations in United States/Canada and I will be
willing to pay 15% for every transaction, which wouldn't affect your
present state of work, someone who would help me recieve payments from
my customers in the States.
I mean someone that is responsible and reliable, because the cost of
coming to the States and getting payments is very expensive.Most of my
transaction and sales are done on phone to ensure the best customer
care/relations and i will be refering my North American customers to
you and they will send Payment to you first before the onward shipment
of artwork to the customers.
These payments are in money order or cashiers checks and they would
come to you in your name if you are willing to assist as a
representative. So all you need do is cash the money orders/cashiers
checks deduct your percentage (15%) and Western Union Charges then
wire the rest back.
NOTE: All charges will be deducted from the balance after deducting
your 15% so you are rest assured that you wouldn't send a dime out of
your personal money. All I need from you now to start up this is your
sincerity and the details as stated below,
(1) Your full name that the Money order/Cashiers Check will be issued
(2)Your address where my customers will send the Money order/Cashiers
Check to for you to go and cash.
(3)Your cell or direct phone number for easy communication.
(4).Age and marital status Get back to me via this email
Mr. Hastrup Edward
CloackArts UK.
301 Greenside Lane,
Droylsden, Manchester, M43 7RZ
United Kingdom.

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