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.

Saturday, January 20, 2007


Just another random money mule job. It's short on details, and I don't know where the scammers are actually based. I'm confident that it's a money mule job which involves forwarding money via Western Union, however. The sender's name is a bit of a hoot: "Wankeng Zhang"?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 14-Jan-2007 12:52
Subject: Part time job offer !

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mr.Wankeng Zhang,we are a group of business men
who deal on import and export raw materials into the
Canada,America AND Europe.
We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a  medium of getting to our costumers in the Canada,America AND Europe as well as making payments through  you to us. Please if you are interested in transacting business with us we will be very glad.Please contact me for more information via
Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the
opportunity to Negotiateyour mode of which we will pay for your services as our representative in Canada,America  and Europe.
Vice President
Mr. Zhang Wankenge.

1 comment:

Spotter said...

Received same again with "from" address "" and "reply-to" address "". Still requests reply to "" in the body of the message.