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.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A verly clearly explained "money mule" job. The domain name they've used doesn't seem very enticing, though.

Domain Name:                                 DIVEWITHSHARKS.BIZ <-- "deal with sharks", more like
Domain ID:                                   D15683032-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar:                        REGISTER.COM
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID:                9
Registrant ID:                               1675359E9797B494
Registrant Name:                             Domain Discreet
Name Server:                                 NS1.WORLD-WR.COM
Name Server:                                 NS2.WORLD-WR.COM
Created by Registrar:                        REGISTER.COM
Last Updated by Registrar:                   REGISTER.COM
Domain Registration Date:                    Tue Dec 19 16:14:13 GMT 2006 <-- not as new as some, but still very recent
Domain Expiration Date:                      Tue Dec 18 23:59:59 GMT 2007
Domain Last Updated Date:                    Fri Jan 26 00:58:53 GMT 2007

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Andrew Malkovich <Martin[@]>
Date: Feb 1, 2007 4:39 AM
Subject: Underworking with Good Salary
To: [redacted]


We hope you are reading this message in a fine mood.

I'd like to welcome you on a very interesting opportunity.
We supppose you will be very interested in a home job in which you
could get about AUD4000 per month.

This job will not affect your present career, it will only take a small
part of your free time. The only things you will need to have to start
running your business with our company are reliable Internet/E-mail
access and checking/savings bank account. And your decency, of course!

Your part of the job is to receive the funds which we will send directly
to you through one of our money transfer methods from our company and/or
our partners. After that you should re-send the money (less your commission)
to us/our customers via one of chosen money transfer agencies. The job is
rather simple and you won't need any special knowledge to become our partner!
You will also stand the chances of being a part of our future and the
excellence of a team in which you will be highly respected - just think about
this amazing opportunity! We will be hoping to hear from you soon.

Please fill our application form. No fees are asked, just leave your
contact details:

We will contact you soon. Thank you!

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