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, December 10, 2006

Naugra Export Limited (impostors)

This is an obvious money mule job. Modus operandi looks Nigerian to me, so expect it to involve forged checks or money orders. A brief search suggests that there is a real company by the name of "Naugra Export", but this scammer is just fraudulently abusing the name. The domain name looks like it was registered by the scammer for the scam. There is no elaborate website to back up the scam: it's just a "Microsoft Live" place-holder page.

   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS2.OFFICELIVE.COM
   Name Server: NS1.OFFICELIVE.COM
   Updated Date: 20-Oct-2006
   Creation Date: 21-Sep-2006
   Expiration Date: 21-Sep-2007

A search for the domain name results in several 419 reports from reputable sources.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [olivetree]@[] <[olivetree]@[]>
Date: 09-Dec-2006 23:38
Subject: Company Agent Needed.

6148/6, Guru Nanak Marg,
Ambala Cantt, Haryana, India.

Dear Prospective Representative,

I am Mr. Ahmed J. Balraj, the Executive Director of a group of business Persons, from India who deals on World Class Scientific Instruments and Raw Materials. Products we export include Biology Lab Instruments, Physics Lab Instruments, Microscopes & Accessories, Medical Disposable, Surgical Instruments, Laboratory Plasticware, Laboratory Products, Chemicals, Testing Instruments, Glassware, etc. We export into America/Europe/Asia and Africa; my office with a Procurement officer is presently based in London, England. This is because, alot of people complain of not being able to make long distance call to India, we are contemplating on setting up office in one of the European countries.

Meanwhile, because of the heavy nature of business that we went through in our last month`s fair, some Companies and Individuals are indebted to us, ranging between $10,000 to $300,000 making a total of USD$22.5 million, being total credit. We wish to employ you to be our payment agent, which means Creditors in your region can make payments through you to us. Please, we would like you to consider this position we have offered to you, by Representing us in your Region.

This puts you in the position of transacting business (payments) between us and the Creditors. Bare also please bear in mind that you are only entitled to a 10% of any payment made through you to us.

Please fill this space below;
1. Full names:
2. Full Address:
3. State/Country names;
4. Tel/Fax number:
5. Present Occupation:
6. Age:
7. Sex:
8. Name of company (If any);
9. Your working experience:

For inquiry into this position, all correspondence and your information should be addressed to the Procurement office in London through the procurement officer there, MR. TAN MANPOONG;

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Ahmed J. Balraj
CEO & President

Be informed that this proposal is only open to you within the next 96 hours, if we do not receive any reply from you within this time, it is considered you are not interested in this offer.

Copyright Naugra Export © 2006 All Rights Reserved.

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