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.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Royal Crown Ltd (

Scam de la mula del dinero. :-)

   Domain Name: ANTIQUES2ROYAL.COM <-- scam domain
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS2.MASTERHOST.RU
   Name Server: NS1.MASTERHOST.RU
   Name Server: NS.MASTERHOST.RU
   Updated Date: 27-Nov-2006
   Creation Date: 27-Nov-2006 <-- very recently created
   Expiration Date: 27-Nov-2007 <-- minimum registration length

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Chase Doran <[redacted]>
Date: 29-Nov-2006 22:52
Subject: earn 1000E UR per week!
To: [redacted]

Es usted una persona responsable y esta buscando un trabajo de medio tiempo  muy bien pagado?

Somos una compania familiar especializados en varias operaciones con antiguedades y joyeria Antigua, somos "ROYAL CROWN ltd" , y estamos buscando gente honesta y responsable para que se nos una..

No te pierdas esta oportunidad – somos exactamente lo que estas buscando!
Ganaras mas de EUR 1500 por mes,  utilizando solo 3-4 horas de tu tiempo. Es real con nosotros!.

Nosotros no hacemos conversacion de venta que requiera que pagues cargos de inscripcion o inscribirte a una lista de correo. No queremos que inviertas dinero. Este trabajo requiere solo un monto limitado de tu tiempo..

Te pagaremos en la primera semana de trabajo

No requerimos ninguna experiencia ni habilidad especial. Trabajaras como un contratado independiente desde tu hogar.

Si estas interesado, por favor sientete libre de pedir informacion adicional y las provisiones generales.

Escribenos ahora, te responderemos al instante.
Por favor responde a este mail:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Noemi Cain [redacted]
Date: 01-Dec-2006 01:03
Subject: Additiona learnings

Are you a responsible person and looking for a part time job very well-paid?

We are a Family Company specialized in various operations with
antiques and antique jewelry; we are "Royal Crown ltd" , and we are looking for honest and responsible people to join us.

Do not miss this opportunity - we are exactly what you’re looking for!
You will earn more than $2500 per month, spending only 3-4 hours of your time - it is real with us!

We do not make sales gimmick that requires you to pay setup fees or sign
up to a mailing list, we do not want you to invest money. This job will requires you only limited amounts of your time.

We’ll pay you during the first week of employment.

We do not require any experience or special skills . You will work as an
independent contractor from your home.

If you are interested, please feel free to request further information
and the general provisions.

Write us right now, we will answer you at soonest.
Please reply on this mail:


Suzie said...

I replied to asking for more information about the job.

I got a response from (with "Reply-To: Support Antiques []") asking me to download an application form from -- yet another clone of the Royal Antique Stores!

The most relevant excerpts of the follow-up message:
Our company is the spreader of jewelry articles on entire Europe and small part of Asia. Companies - the buyers of goods do not want to overpay because of special tax assessment in our country of the treasures of those sold abroad.... we use our financial agents for reception of remittances from our partners.

Agent obtains 5 from the sum of each transfer. Thus, after carrying out transfer into 5000EUR, you will be able to hold to yourselves 250EUR!

Be introduced to the working conditions in our company:

* Receiving money transfers from our clients.
* Withdrawal of the money and further transfer to the account, specified by our manager through MONEY GRAM or Western Union....
* Accepts and checks money transfers as instructed.

Nice standard money mule scam.

Spotter said...

Nice standard money mule scam.

I concur. Be careful with downloading .doc files, though: there's a security hole in Word at the moment that an evil person could use to compromise your computer if he can persuade you to open a maliciously crafted Word document. For increased safety, use Open Office instead of Microsoft Office.