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, December 12, 2006


This money mule job appears to be a one-shot scam. The company name is arbitrary and could just as easily have been something else entirely. All the contact points are freemail addresses.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mr. Robert Mcdowall <>
Date: 12-Dec-2006 14:49
Subject: Company Representative Needed.
To: "" <>

78-82 Sinclair road,
Duddingston, Edinburgh, EH15 3PX

This mail is serving as an invitation to treat with the above named
E.M.C was established on April 1, 2003. Our goal is to become an "excellent
company" in the 21st century by fulfilling our basic corporate mission of
"contributing to society with the world's highest technology." Steel
products possess excellent properties and for many centuries have played an
important role as a basic material supporting industry and society in a wide
range of applications. Because many of the
world's countries require significant quantities of steel to create a more
livable society and achieve continuing growth, a large increase in global
steel demand is expected well into the new century. This means that steel
products will continue to be necessary to society as a whole..
Due to the increase in demand of our products in America, Canada, Asia,
Middle east and Europe we have decided to move our products fully into the
above continent. By so doing, we are se arching for reliable
persons/companies who can act as a payment agent who can help us establish a
medium of getting to our customers in America, Canada, Asia and Middle east.
Note that, if finally approved as our payment agent, you are entitled to
15% of whatever amount you receive from customers who are making payments
for outstanding debt on behalf of the company. Our account officer will
convey to you the medium which you will use to remit any funds received on
our behalf.
If you are interested in being a payment agent in the above location and
your locality, please get back to me via my private email
with the following information below:

(1)Full names:
(2)Complete Residence/office address:
(3)Tele/cell numbers:
Please also let us know the best time to reach you on phone especially as
we have a
different time. Thank you for your time.

Robert Mcdowall
Chief Executive Officer & President.

1 comment:

Spotter said...

Received another copy of this today, complete with the same contact addresses.