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, November 13, 2006

Norden United Ltd

Summary

This money mule scam (see sidebar for more information) appears to be a reincarnation of Bronsard Advantage under a new name. For a while now, we've seen related scams running in parallel: last month's major scam was Israeli Brokerage Services plus the minor Bronsard Advantage. This month we have Athens Financial Group Ltd, and now the minor Norden United Ltd.

The Spam

As in past cases, the message is presented in a GIF image, accompanied by "filter buster" text coloured to be invisible against the background.

Representative image

Names used as signature

  • Elsa Svitborg

Sender names encountered

Capitalisation may vary.

  • Norden United LTD
  • Norden United

Links encountered

Listed in order of encounter during November 2006.

  1. http://norden-industries.biz/html/jobs.php
  2. http://norden-united.biz/html/jobs.php
  3. http://norden-united.net/html/jobs.php
  4. http://uninord.biz/html/jobs.php

Encountered in December 2006.

  1. http://united-nord.com/html/jobs.php
  2. http://norden.hk/html/jobs.php
  3. http://norden-info.biz/html/jobs.php
  4. http://united-nord.biz/html/jobs.php
  5. http://norden-company.biz/html/manager.php

Encountered in January 2007.

  1. http://united-nord.info/html/jobs.php
  2. http://norden-info.net/html/jobs.php
  3. http://nord-ltd.info/html/manager.php

Active but not yet encountered in spam

If you discover other domain names being used as part of this scam, please notify us.

  • norden-ltd.com

Also suspicious

These domains are suspiciously similar, but were not found to be actively hosting the scam website when tested. I expect that they will be so used at a later date (or were used, but taken offline).

  • norden-united.info
  • norden-ltd.biz

Website

Here is a snapshot of their website, taken at the time this blog entry was first posted.

The following text is from their description of the "manager" position, and clearly shows that the job involves forwarding money (a money mule job). The other positions are largely decoys, but all link to the same online job application page.

Manager of support to supervise operations concerning investments and securities

Responsibilities include: Reception of payments from Norden United LTD clients (individuals) with the personal bank account. Withdrawal of money from the account and further transfer through express payment systems* to our brokers in one of the countries, where the shares and securities are bought on behalf of Global Iceland Syndicate clients. All fees due for services from express payment systems* are charged to the company. Through this scheme we considerably reduce the time of payment, while our client receives securities immediately after you confirm the fact of acceptance of money with your account. It is definitely positive, that this work may give you additional revenue as a part-time job, because you don't have to spend all your working day for this assignment.

Requirements:

  • 80 y.o. or younger;
  • Bank account available (ability to open a new bank account);
  • E-mail available;
  • Several hours a day to spend for this job;
  • PC confident user;
  • Internet skills;
  • Independence, responsibility, initiative Ability to learn and to achieve goals, extensive communication skills.

How to Start: To start the job of manager of support to supervise operations concerning investments and securities dealing with private persons, it is necessary to fill out the job application form in our site.

Wages: Wages of the Support Manager of Norden United LTD equal a certain % from the amount of each transfer made to his bank account (the sum is different in each case and calculates individually). Feel the privelege of this job when the wages are defined by the employee. The more transfers he processes, the bigger wages he gets.

* The transfer should be done by Western Union or Moneygram services to fasten the process. The salary you get is a certain percent of every transaction made to your account( average percent is 7 to 10 % dependable of the money amount).

Domain Information (for experts)

Limited WHOIS information is provided here, primarily for the purposes of trend analysis. I do not include most of the registrant details, since these are invariably false and may point to innocent third parties.

norden-united.biz

Query at around 2006-11-13 12:19 UTC.

Domain Name:                                 NORDEN-UNITED.BIZ
Domain ID: D14843913-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar: CSL COMPUTER SERVICE (D.B.A. JOKER.COM)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 113
Name Server: NS2.READY-HR.COM
Name Server: NS1.READY-HR.COM
Created by Registrar: CSL COMPUTER SERVICE (D.B.A. JOKER.COM)
Last Updated by Registrar: CSL COMPUTER SERVICE (D.B.A. JOKER.COM)
Domain Registration Date: Fri Oct 13 01:33:00 GMT 2006
Domain Expiration Date: Fri Oct 12 23:59:59 GMT 2007
Domain Last Updated Date: Thu Nov 02 01:11:46 GMT 2006

norden-industries.biz

Query at around 2006-11-13 12:19 UTC.

Domain Name:                                 NORDEN-INDUSTRIES.BIZ
Domain ID: D14843915-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar: CSL COMPUTER SERVICE (D.B.A. JOKER.COM)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 113
Name Server: NS2.READY-HR.COM
Name Server: NS1.READY-HR.COM
Created by Registrar: CSL COMPUTER SERVICE (D.B.A. JOKER.COM)
Last Updated by Registrar: CSL COMPUTER SERVICE (D.B.A. JOKER.COM)
Domain Registration Date: Fri Oct 13 01:33:12 GMT 2006
Domain Expiration Date: Fri Oct 12 23:59:59 GMT 2007
Domain Last Updated Date: Thu Nov 02 01:10:53 GMT 2006

norden-united.net

Query at around 2006-11-13 12:44 UTC.

   Domain Name: NORDEN-UNITED.NET
Registrar: COMPUTER SERVICES LANGENBACH GMBH DBA JOKER.COM
Whois Server: whois.joker.com
Referral URL: http://www.joker.com
Name Server: NS1.READY-HR.COM
Name Server: NS2.READY-HR.COM
Updated Date: 01-Nov-2006
Creation Date: 16-Oct-2006
Expiration Date: 16-Oct-2007

norden-united.info

Query at around 2006-11-13 12:44 UTC.

Domain ID:D15010902-LRMS
Domain Name:NORDEN-UNITED.INFO
Created On:13-Oct-2006 01:58:21 UTC
Last Updated On:13-Oct-2006 01:58:27 UTC
Expiration Date:13-Oct-2007 01:58:21 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:MIT (R141-LRMS)
Name Server:YNS1.YAHOO.COM
Name Server:YNS2.YAHOO.COM

uninord.biz

Query at around 2006-11-19 13:14 UTC.

Domain Name:                                 UNINORD.BIZ
Domain ID: D14865122-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar: CSL COMPUTER SERVICE (D.B.A. JOKER.COM)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 113
Name Server: NS2.LLOOAADD.COM
Name Server: NS1.LLOOAADD.COM
Created by Registrar: CSL COMPUTER SERVICE (D.B.A. JOKER.COM)
Last Updated by Registrar: CSL COMPUTER SERVICE (D.B.A. JOKER.COM)
Domain Registration Date: Sun Oct 15 20:27:59 GMT 2006
Domain Expiration Date: Sun Oct 14 23:59:59 GMT 2007
Domain Last Updated Date: Wed Nov 15 19:26:49 GMT 2006

united-nord.com

Query at around 2006-12-14 01:07 UTC

   Domain Name: UNITED-NORD.COM
Registrar: COMPUTER SERVICES LANGENBACH GMBH DBA JOKER.COM
Whois Server: whois.joker.com
Referral URL: http://www.joker.com
Name Server: NS2.LLOOAADD.COM
Name Server: NS1.LLOOAADD.COM
Updated Date: 12-Dec-2006
Creation Date: 11-Dec-2006
Expiration Date: 11-Dec-2007

norden.hk

Query at around 2006-12-15 07:02 UTC

Domain Name: NORDEN.HK
Email: norden@Safe-mail.net
Domain Name Commencement Date: 2006-10-18
Expiry Date: 2007-10-19
Name Servers Information:
NS1.LLOOAADD.COM
NS2.LLOOAADD.COM

norden-info.biz

Query at around 2006-12-17 15:49 UTC

Domain Name:                                 NORDEN-INFO.BIZ
Domain ID: D15589127-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar: CSL COMPUTER SERVICE (D.B.A. JOKER.COM)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 113
Registrant Email: mcclychrs@yahoo.com
Name Server: NS2.LLOOAADD.COM
Name Server: NS1.LLOOAADD.COM
Created by Registrar: CSL COMPUTER SERVICE (D.B.A. JOKER.COM)
Last Updated by Registrar: CSL COMPUTER SERVICE (D.B.A. JOKER.COM)
Domain Registration Date: Mon Dec 11 23:02:07 GMT 2006
Domain Expiration Date: Mon Dec 10 23:59:59 GMT 2007
Domain Last Updated Date: Mon Dec 11 23:21:36 GMT 2006

united-nord.biz

Query at around 2006-12-26 01:06 UTC

Domain Name:                                 UNITED-NORD.BIZ
Domain ID: D15700439-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar: GANDI SARL
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 81
Registrant ID: O-1072438-GANDI
Registrant Name: Jay Bodney
Registrant Email: babcb97d4fb20f0f2bb4b947db7fa0fe-1074227@owner.gandi.net
Name Server: NS1.EXP-WOW.COM
Name Server: NS2.EXP-WOW.COM
Created by Registrar: GANDI SARL
Last Updated by Registrar: GANDI SARL
Domain Registration Date: Wed Dec 20 22:52:54 GMT 2006
Domain Expiration Date: Wed Dec 19 23:59:59 GMT 2007
Domain Last Updated Date: Wed Dec 20 23:05:14 GMT 2006

united-nord.info

Query at around 2007-01-07 09:10 UTC

Domain ID:D15645955-LRMS
Domain Name:UNITED-NORD.INFO
Created On:12-Dec-2006 00:13:07 UTC
Last Updated On:20-Dec-2006 22:27:31 UTC
Expiration Date:12-Dec-2007 00:13:07 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:CSL Computer Service Langenbach GmbH (R161-LRMS)
Registrant ID:CAFI-233710
Registrant Email:gabi_maillet@yahoo.com
Name Server:NS1.EXP-WOW.COM
Name Server:NS2.EXP-WOW.COM

norden-info.net

Query at around 2007-01-11 05:51 UTC

   Domain Name: NORDEN-INFO.NET
Registrar: COMPUTER SERVICES LANGENBACH GMBH DBA JOKER.COM
Whois Server: whois.joker.com
Referral URL: http://www.joker.com
Name Server: NS1.EXP-WOW.COM
Name Server: NS2.EXP-WOW.COM
Updated Date: 07-jan-2007
Creation Date: 11-dec-2006
Expiration Date: 11-dec-2007
email: mcclychrs@yahoo.com

norden-company.biz

Query at around 2007-01-15 02:38 UTC

Domain Name:                                 NORDEN-COMPANY.BIZ
Domain ID: D15717760-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar: GANDI SARL
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 81
Registrant Email: 417bc297f84610c5d136decaae453d43-1074642@owner.gandi.net
Name Server: NS1.EXP-WOW.COM
Name Server: NS2.EXP-WOW.COM
Created by Registrar: GANDI SARL
Last Updated by Registrar: GANDI SARL
Domain Registration Date: Fri Dec 22 05:18:28 GMT 2006
Domain Expiration Date: Fri Dec 21 23:59:59 GMT 2007
Domain Last Updated Date: Wed Dec 27 20:42:51 GMT 2006

nord-ltd.info

Query at around 2007-01-15 20:16 UTC

Domain ID:D15812081-LRMS
Domain Name:NORD-LTD.INFO
Created On:22-Dec-2006 11:49:21 UTC
Last Updated On:13-Jan-2007 12:45:21 UTC
Expiration Date:22-Dec-2007 11:49:21 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Gandi Sarl (R191-LRMS)
Registrant ID:O-1072996-GANDI
Registrant Email:db0010ca5f0efc53e7b175995359206d-1074785@owner.gandi.net
Name Server:NS1.EXP-WOW.COM
Name Server:NS2.EXP-WOW.COM

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

norden.hk and norden-ltd.com are also being used.

Anonymous said...

Norden SPAM has started appearing in Mailboxes now, I had one today, Monday 4th December.

Anonymous said...

Confirmed spam emails, one dated Dec 05, 2006.

Dominic said...

received it today...
the sender was : Norden United, ltd" tytrpyflu@free.fr

Anonymous said...

Received one today, sender was
zndatwrrux@gmx.net.
Dec 11
Rose

Anonymous said...

Is there anything I can do about these e-mails please?

Spotter said...

One of the most effective ways to stop spam is to get a new email address. Sign up for a GMail (GoogleMail) address, for example. Not only does it have excellent spam filtering, but the simple fact that the address is new keeps most of the spam out -- for a while, at least.

If a new email address is too inconvenient, then the only other option is to improve the anti-spam measures on your existing address.

Bolton boy said...

I received the same mail today with a senders deatils as follows:
Norden United, LTD [ssvqkqlwx@smapxsmap.net]

Bolton boy said...

BTW I have received several hundred of every one of the scam mails you mention in relation to this one, are they all linked? Whilst I am happy to post details on this blog is anybody actually doing anything with the info?

Spotter said...

The scams are almost certainly linked, given the overlap between them. They are the product of one gang, or maybe two. Not that this information helps us much.

I'm not really interested in the sender email addresses, since these are invariably false for this particular scam: if you sent mail to the sender addresses, you'd either get an "invalid address" bounce message or contact an uninvolved person. What I am interested in (for this scam) is the domain names they use. If you see one that isn't already reported here (on in one of the other comments), then please add it.

As to what anyone is doing with the info: some people search for it, and are informed that the job offer is a scam. Beyond that, it maintains a good historical record of the scam. I'm afraid it's too much to hope that we might actually neutralise the scammers at this point in time. It's possible to complain about individual domain names and get them shut down, but not rapidly enough to make it worthwhile in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I have just, today 17/12/06, had an email from this company in my spam mail folder.
It is from Norden United, ltd
And this is the email address it is supposed to come from!!!
cvgpebljl@walla.com
Also it is very interesting as you can't copy and paste the letter. The spammers are using another technique which makes that impossible at the moment.

Below is what you get if you try to copy and paste!!


He eyed it, then pulled it a bit closer to the jamb. do carbon  a week after she brought those oogy sundaes?

His limp would have been deeper and more pronounced if he had been walking on his own foot instead of a custom-made prosthesis. But  " He bent to his notes again. Oh what a long night this was going to be. ""Well. Where? Then he worked his way over to the wall, pushing the shards of broken bottle out of his way with the sides of his hands as he went. ("Virginia") Sandpiper's letter said, were all genuine, not reproductions and while Paul could not tell for sure, he guessed that it was the truth. compote

Anonymous said...

Hi Got this, along with other similar scams.

You can cut and paste BUT as it's not a text file you have to right click and copy the image.

Does anyone still fall for these obvious scams?

Anonymous said...

Just found an advert for Norden United Ltd on medicalworkers dot com

Anonymous said...

Yeah just got one as well from sender rogixxjptfiend@kichimail.com>.

These people need to be stopped.

Anonymous said...

I received one today and the link is norden-info.net/html/jobs.php

Anonymous said...

united-nord.info is also being used

Anonymous said...

http://www.norden-ltd.com/apply.php is also being used

Anonymous said...

Just got one today
Now operating under http://norden-info.net
sender was : norden united

Anonymous said...

Darn - just when I thought I was onto financial freedom. :)

Here are some interesting items from the e-mail header:

X-Originating-IP: [84.100.37.102]
Return-Path: yjynylm@kinki-kids.com

from=kinki-kids.com; domainkeys=neutral (no sig)
Received: from 84.100.37.102 (HELO 102.37.100-84.rev.gaoland.net) (84.100.37.102)

Received: from grungecafe.com [36.28.114.189]
by staryoskol.com with SMTP id CK35WBJ87P

X-Authentication-Warning: FAG77-conversation6.ZIZ301e.david.esthost.com (unknown [110.220.33.24]): ze953bryn set sender to wdagvgbmzzjptf@kellychen.com using -z
From: "Norden United" yjynylm@kinki-kids.com

Anonymous said...

received several today in my junk mail box in yahoo....

Anonymous said...

How is it that these emails get to me when it's not even my email address in the "To" field? My email address has 11 characters but only the first 6 match, the rest don't.

Spotter said...

The "From:" and "To:" address in an email don't have to bear any relationship to the reality of actual delivery. Spammers use this "feature" all the time to confuse matters.

Anonymous said...

http://norden.hk/html/jobs.php is being used as of 10 minutes ago... I'll givethem credit, it's better done than the nigeria scams... they might get a few people from it...

I'm sending this off to Phone Busters here in Canada. They deal with things like this up here.

Anonymous said...

Got one today 12/25/06 from zmwwjgkvic@grungecafe.com - Norden United, LTD

Anonymous said...

I receive 4 so far from different companies, norden united is the one, from elsa svitbirg, I replyed saying fuck you and your scam, they never replyed,my friend said I need more info, they bombarded with email with info, trying to get him to send him mailing address and so on.

Anonymous said...

http://norden.hk/ received today in Australia. I would love to know who cares at a political / police level, enough to stop these people.

Anonymous said...

"Norden United ltd" email address: xpfebavsc@freeserve.co.uk under the Elsa Svitborg. also had this url attached:
http://united-nord.info/html/jobs.php

Anonymous said...

Got one today,If you copy the letter
and then paste into Word, just a few lines appear, however if you "select all" and change the font colour (they must use white) I got this


let"" up to you. ""I never saw him again,»she said. Black stars rocketed through Geoffrey's head. I just meant that a lien isn't much compared to what they could do if you got seriously in arrears. He crawled through the door, expecting her hand to settle around his ankle again at any moment, but that did not happen. adjudicate

Gary said...

Vacancy from international financial company. :Sun, 31 Dec 2006 20:00:18 -0800...
Standard Header|Hide Pane
"Norden United, LTD" rhrimdq@tenchiclub.com
"Norden United, LTD" rhrimdq@tenchiclub.com...
AddSunday, 31 December, 2006 11:00:21 PM
To:
Cc:
billiard.gif (14KB)

i received this today please note the new e mail address being used in there e mails

and surprise surprise it takes you to there little scam site do thay rely think they can get web savvie people to do this the only ones that will unfortentley get hit with this is the not so savie i know the FBI and New Scotland yard are working on these scamers it is simerler to one run about 6 months ago out of Nigeria but that one was run through yahoo messenger and i believe msn as well so they are moving up a notch we will see

Anonymous said...

I have gotten several of these emails.. Here is the first one I got, this is what I get when I copy and paste.

I hope this helps...


"Norden United ltd" xmjnagxwbqt at aol dot com
View Contact Details Add Mobile Alert
To: Orion520000 orion520000@yahoo.com
Subject: Vacancy from international financial company. :Fri, 22 Dec 2006 11:19:27 -0800
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 13:17:27 -0600

So what was the truth? absorptive addison "Annie, how in God's name could I get upstairs?

the panicky voice screamed just the as the cop opened the door of his cruiser and stepped out, adjusting his Smokey Bear hat as he did so. She did it because I told her no and she had to accept that. She hadn't gone into the shed; she was going down cellar. She seemed pleased. The third was that Annie Wilkes was dangerously crazy. Followed by a child of three who had fallen down a well, sustained grievous head injuries, and been brought to Riverview in a coma. After all, it was her single hesitant suggestion about the bee-sting which had shaped the book and given it its urgency when Paul had firmly believed he could never feel urgent about Misery again. alphabetic

Anonymous said...

I have found what I think is a new scam that I thought everyone should know about..This is what happened when I tried to copy and paste;

From: Impex Consult Financial Consulting Group Wilkes.Tania@altern.org
Subject: earn with us! [Sat, 30 Dec 2006 02:56:23 -0800]

"I put down traps. amigo corpuscular ""The first time to get medication.

Again she bent over to check whatever it was she had at the foot of the bed; again he heard a faint dull clunk/clank, wood thumping against some metallic object, and then she turned back, brushing absently at her hair again. I said, "Dear God, Paul Sheldon may be dead when I get back. She'll be driving six white HORSES, driving six white HORSES. "Here's your book, Annie,»he panted, and his hand closed on more paper. Yes! Geoffrey's look did more than stun her, and again she heard the dim thunder of black thoughts somewhere back in her head. Paul knew that even an exhaustive analysis would turn up precious few traces of blood — his car had spent most of the spring with snowmelt running through it at flood-speed. contravention

orladylinda1 said...

Does any one know how too teel the scams from the real thing?? or are they all scams?? If you have any information please feel free tpo email me: orladylinda1@yahoo.com

Thanks

Spotter said...

You should suspect any unsolicited job offer that you receive via email of being a scam. Scammers need a lot of victims like this, so there are a lot of vacancies for suckers.

Anonymous said...

I got one too from "Norden United ltd" Best Job Offer – Don't Miss Your Chance! :Thu, 04 Jan 2007 18:30:00 -0800, and it's not even my email adress complett, under the name of Elsa Svitborg, tha same shit !

Anonymous said...

Recived email from:

"Norden United LTD" ulnozxwdzurk@purinmail.com

was ssent to another email than mine and still made it to my Bulk mail.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I have received scams like this a couple of times. In addition I received one last night I don't know but the content seems suspicious. Came from a company called Impex Consult Financial Consulting Group. They are looking for transactions Specialist and the task look similiar to the ones described at the Norden United.

Anonymous said...

O yeah by the way their url is http://imcons.info/e/index.php?p=p3

Anonymous said...

Sender info of today's version (Jan 14/07) is ezwsptxfkyskb@freeproblem.com

Anonymous said...

received spam email as described with gif and hyperlink to norton-industries.info

Anonymous said...

Norden United [qbfahxmihtpein@kellychen.com]

received email today. Also went to the website out of curiosity. What I am wondering is what actually happens when some one applies for a job? What is the scam other than annoying people with stupid emails? How do they make money?

Anonymous said...

Got one today 19/01/2007 from fgvbjfpi@computermail.net
URL http://norden.hk/html/manager.php

Anonymous said...

I've been getting several of these per day for a while now.

Anonymous said...

I've also got a scam from Norden United, domain name norden.hk, Sunday, January 28,2007.

Gordon said...

The most astonishing thing to me is that the extremely poor English, as well as the absurdity of an Icelandic government employee soliciting staff on behalf of a European company via a Hong Kong website, seems not to deter at least a few people from believing this might be legitimate. These people aren't even aiming to be plausible, when a small payment to a copywriter could actually improve their success rate enormously.

I think a useful browser mod would be to have prominently displayed the country name of the TLD, and also the domain registration date from a WHOIS lookup - conspicuously highlighted if relatively new. That doesn't sound like too difficult a technical challenge.

Similarly, mail readers should be able to easily spot invisible text (e.g. white on white) and alert the user to its presence and possible significance.

This kind of approach is needed because the technically savvy and naturally sceptical already have the tools to spot these scams, but people new to the web or casual, non-technical users will not - until it's too late.

Anonymous said...

I received this scam on 4/17/07. The from address was @chicofamily3.ni and the reply address was norden@yahoo.se. They are using the name Norden Textiles Limited. So sad, So sad...