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

Ostov Chemicals Ltd

A nondescript and weak money mule recruitment drive. Nothing fancy: just a big lie and a Yahoo! freemail address.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ostov Chemicals Ltd <info_web99@[]>
Date: 10-Dec-2006 02:50
Subject: Agent Needed
To: o@[]

Ostov Chemicals Ltd,
160-165 Miklukho - Maklay Street ,
Moscow , 117880. Russia .

We are a group of company that is based in Russia, we need individual
or company that would represent this company in USA, Canada, Mexico and
United Kingdom. As our Representative in your country, you shall
establish a medium of contacting our customers in your country and
shall also
receive payment from our customers.

If you are interested, forward all required information below to our
Enlisting Officer;

1.      Your Full Names:
2.      Contact address:
3.      Zip Code:
4.      Mailing Address:
5.      Zip Code:
6.      Country:
7.      Sex:
8.      Age:
9.      Present Place of Employment:

The above information should be forwarded to our Enlisting Officer;

Mr. Gazov Nikitich:


Mrs. Elizabethov Djukovic.

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