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, December 04, 2006

International Job Employee


Money mule recruitment scam. [See sidebar for information on money mules.] Advertised via plain text spam: all email addresses in the spam are believed forged, and no reply is possible; only the link contained in the spam points to the actual site. The one site may be hidden behind a large number of domain name registrations, since many spam filters keep track of links used in spam as a means of spam identification.

The Spam

The following is a representative extract of the spam. The text was followed by a number of line-breaks and some random "hash-buster" text.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Seek AU and MyCarreer announces the beginning of a new global
employment campaign offering you one more opportunity to earnextra
money workin gwith Int-Job Deals Company.
Illusively pencil stems verses extends. We are looking for honest,
responsible, hard-owrking people that can dedicate 2-4
hours of their time per day and earn extra 700-1000 AUD weekly.

All offered positions are ucrrently part-time and give you a chance to work
mainly from home. If you are interested, please go to click "REGISTER".

Since the above sample was posted, other spams pointing to the same "International Job Employee" scam have been received. If your spam looks different, don't be fooled -- it's still a scam.


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

scam website snapshot

Domain Names Involved

The following domain names have been seen in association with this scam. There may well be others that we haven't seen: please comment below or send us samples if you have seen others.

Whois query at around 2006-12-04 21:10 UTC.

   Domain Name: INJOBDEALS.COM
Registrar: YESNIC CO. LTD.
Whois Server:
Referral URL:
Updated Date: 22-Nov-2006
Creation Date: 22-Nov-2006
Expiration Date: 22-Nov-2007

Query at around 2007-02-06 02:37 UTC

Domain Name Commencement Date: 2007-02-04
Expiry Date: 2008-02-04
Name of Registrar: HKDNR
Account Name: HK1804659T
Name Servers Information:

Query at around 2007-02-21 14:57 UTC

Domain Name:                                 LIGHTJOB.US
Domain ID: D11927133-US
Sponsoring Registrar: MELBOURNE IT LTD
Registrant ID: F117174483475210
Registrant Email:
Name Server: YNS1.YAHOO.COM
Name Server: YNS2.YAHOO.COM
Created by Registrar: MELBOURNE IT LTD
Last Updated by Registrar: MELBOURNE IT LTD
Domain Registration Date: Sat Feb 17 20:40:58 GMT 2007
Domain Expiration Date: Sat Feb 16 23:59:59 GMT 2008
Domain Last Updated Date: Sat Feb 17 20:41:01 GMT 2007


Suzie said...

Other sites with the exact same template:

Anonymous said...

I just received this email. Clearly a scam.


We have seen your profile on the of the employment website seek com au.
World Duty Free Int. is opening vacancy for the Payment Handling Manager position.

Company Overview

World Duty Free Int. serves as an exclusive benefit to customers all over the world by renderring the assistance in transferring operations with minimum expences. Hundreds of people who have decided to have a well-paid job with flexible working hours are enjoying their work with us.
Payment handling managers are providing an excellent service to our clients in various countries as valuable employees of our Company.

Job Description and Requirements

Payment handling manager is responsible for receiving and transferring the payments from our customers.
The detailed instructions are provided before each transfer is received.

Our Payment handling managers are required to:
- Handle and resolve issues involving member accounts.
- Provide contact information to their personal managers.
- Open a banking account (or if it is already existing account - make sure it is active and ready to use) and provide the information on it to the personal manager.
- Answer the telephone calls from the personal managers.
- Maintain a thorough knowledge and understanding of the working instructions before every transfer.
- Sending detailed report after each transfer via e-mail to their personal managers.
- Provide efficient work in completing forwarding the transfer once it is received on their account not later till 11 a.m.

Base Payment

Payment handling managers receieve 10 percent value of the total handled payments amount withing the time period.
The salary is transferred to the provided banking account every 10 days or can be received the day the transfer was completed.

If you ready to apply, please reply. You will get all necessary information regarding this position.

Looking to hearing from you soon!

Yours faithfully,
WDF International.