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.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Larry Potterss

Money mule scam involving fraudulent cheques/money orders.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Larry Potterss <>
Date: 05-Nov-2006 22:19
Subject: Job Offer..........

I am Larry Potterss by name and I am an artist. I have
acquired your email address as a person who is actively involved in or
is looking for an online business opportunity or looking for a part
time job to compliment current earnings.
I live in United Kingdom,with my two kids, four cats, one dog and the
love of my life. It is definitely a full house.

I have been doing artwork since I was a small child. That gives me
about 23 years of experience. I majored in art in high school and took
a few college art courses. Most of my work is done in either pencil or
airbrush mixed with color pencils. I have recently added designing and
creating artwork on the computer.I have been selling my art works 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 Americans, cos they are always offering to pay
with a US MONEY ORDER/CERTIFIED CHECK, which is difficult for me to
cash here in United Kingdom.

I am looking for a representative in the states who will be working
for me as a pary-time worker and i will be willing to pay 10% 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, cause the
cost of coming to the state and getting payments is very expensive, I
am working on setting up a branch in the states, so for now I need a
representative in the United States who will be handling the payment
aspect. These payments could be in money order/check and they would
come to you in your name, so all you need do is cash the money order
deduct your percentage and wire the BALANCE back. But the problem I
have is trust as I have been burnt many times in the states by some

It wouldnt cost u any amount, you are to receive payments which will
be sent to you via FEDEX or UPS courier services from my business
patners, which would come in form of a Money order/Certified Cashier's
Check in US Funds then you are to cash it and send the cash to me via
Western Union Money Transfer or Moneygram Money Transfer, all transfer
fees should be deducted from the money you are sending so you have
nothing to lose. If you are interested, kindly get back to me ASAP for
further explanation.


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