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, January 01, 2007

Dr. Wayne Davis

Money mule job [see link in sidebar for more info], targeting the UK. According to the spam, the money is paid by direct transfer, so this is probably done in conjunction with phishing.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dr. Wayne Davis <wayendavis1ss@yahoo.com.hk>
Date: 01-Jan-2007 04:10
Subject: Representative Job  Offer
To:


Dr. Wayne Davis
Nova Scotia Agricultural research Institute of Canadan
P.O Box 550 Truro
NS B2N 5E3

Dear Friend,

How are you doing. I would be very interested in offering
you a part-time paying job in which you could earn a lot.
My names is Dr. Wayne Davis and I am 58 years of age.

I just resigned my job as a research scientist for Nova Scotia
Agricultural research Institute of Canadan, and I now work as a
freelance consultant for the instistute which gives me very
much time to do my own work which is basically being a freelance
researcher who could be employed by research institutes to do
research projects anywhere in the world.

Currently, I have just been granted a funding to head a research
project in the tropical regions of Asia regarding rare and
vulnerable plant species and this would be commencing very soon.

This research program will be funded and sponsored by some of my
United Kingdom counterparts and Associates. But the only set
back is that my United Kingdom counterparts want to make payments
for the research in form of bank transfer only to any of the
United Kingdom banks.

Getting an accountant in UK or opening an account would have been
my best choice but I have a deadline to meet and taking any of those
choices would cost me time and a whole lot of other requirements
which I am not ready to deal with. This is where I need to employ
your assistance and service.

WHAT I NEED YOU FOR?
At this point, I will be glad if you could work with me as
my representative in UK. You will be working as my payment
assistant incharge of collecting the payments from my Associates.
Since they will be making the payment in bank transfers made
payable only to you in UK, you will be collecting this payments
and cashing them on my behalf. On agreement to been my
representative, you will receive a commission of 10% of whatever
amount of payment you receive from my associates.

JOB DESCRIPTION?
1. Recieve payments from My Clients/Associates through
bank transfers into your bank account.
2. Cash the Payments at your Bank.
3. Deduct 10% which will be your commission/percentage
on Payment processed.
4. You are to remit the balance via Money Gram or Western
Union Money Transfer according  to my instruction.

HOW MUCH WILL YOU EARN?
10% from each transaction! For instance: On receiving £6000
Pounds on my behalf, you will cash the payment and keep
10% to yourself before remitting the balance! At the
beginning your commission will equal 10%, though later it
will increase up to 15%!

ADVANTAGES?
You don't have to go out of your present daily activity in order
to engage in this Job(i.e. you can do this Work easily without
leaving or affecting your present Job).You will work as an
independent contractor right from your home /office. Your job is
absolutely legal. You do not need any capital to start(non of your
personal funds is needed).

REQUIREMENTS?
i) 18 years or older.
ii) Legally capable.
iii) Responsible, Reliable and Trustworthy.
iv) Ready to work 3-4 hours per week.
v) Able to check and respond to emails often.
vi) Easy telephone access.

I hope all is well understood. I would be glad if you accept
my proposal and I intend to commence as soon as you are
ready. Please, to facilitate the conclusion of this transaction
if accepted, do send promptly by email the following details below.

To indicate your interest in this pending project, i will
like you to provide any of ths following form of identification
and your Bank details e.g (Driver License or International
Passport).

NAME:
ADDRESS:
PHONE NUMBER:
AGE: SEX:
NAME OF BANK:
ACCOUNT NAME:
ACCOUNT NUMBER:
SORTCODE:

Once these information has been received from you, it would be
forwarded to my UK associates so they could commence the bank
transfer to you.

ALL REPLIES TO BE SENT TO : wayendavis1sst@yahoo.com.hk

Regards,
Dr. Wayne Davis

5 comments:

Spotter said...

What a coincidence! Dr. Kenneth Scott has almost exactly the same story!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dr. Kenneth Scott <project2thh@yahoo.com.hk>
Reply-to: project1thh@yahoo.com.hk
Date: 09-Apr-2007 22:14
Subject: Job Offer
To:

Dear Friend,

How are you doing? I would be very interested in offering
you a part-time paying job in which you could earn a lot.
My name is Kenneth Scott and I am 42 years of age.

I just resigned my job as a research scientist at Asia Agricultural
research Institute in Malaysia and I now work as a freelance
consultant for the institute which gives me very much time to
do my own work which is basically being a freelance researcher
who could be employed by research institutes to do research
projects anywhere in the world.

Currently, I have just been granted a funding to head a research
project in the tropical regions of Asia regarding rare and
vulnerable plant species and this would be commencing very soon.

This research program will be funded and sponsored by some of my
counterparts in your country. But the only set back is that my
associates want to make payments for the research in form of bank
transfer or Check only.

WHAT I NEED YOU FOR?
At this point, I will be glad if you could work with me as my
representative in your country. You will be working as my payment
assistant in charge of collecting the Funds from my Associates.
Since they will be making the payment form of bank transfers/Check
to you in your country, you will be collecting this payments and
cashing them on my behalf. On agreement to been my
representative, you will receive a commission of 10% of whatever
amount of payment you receive from my associates.

JOB DESCRIPTION?
1. Receive payments from My Client bank transfers or check.
2. Cash the Payments at your Bank.
3. Deduct 10% which will be your commission/percentage
on Payment processed.
4. You are to remit the balance via Money Gram or Western

ADVANTAGES?
You don't have to go out of your present daily activity in order
to engage in this Job(i.e. you can do this Work easily without
leaving or affecting your present Job).You will work as an
independent contractor right from your home /office. Your job is
absolutely legal. You do not need any capital to start (non of your
personal funds is needed).


To indicate your interest in this pending project, i will
like you to provide all this information before we can commence on
this pending projects.

NAME
ADDRESS
STATE
CITY
ZIP CODE
PHONE NUMBER:
AGE
GENDER
OCCUPATION

ALL REPLIES TO BE SENT TO : project1sst@yahoo.com.hk

Regards,
Dr. Kenneth Scott

Spotter said...

Well now... here's another strikingly similar story.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland <arini_recruiter@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 03-Jun-2007 08:08
Subject: JOB OFFER ! ! !
To:

ALL REPLY SENT TO: arini_recruiter@yahoo.co.uk
Independent Consultant,
Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland
Hillsborough, Ireland BT26 6DR


Dear sir/ma,
How are you doing.Please permit me to write you irrespective of the
fact we have not met before.
I came across your email address and your brief profile
through an email listing affiliated with the US Chamber of Commerce. I
would be very interested in offering you a part-time paying job in
which you could earn a lot.


My names are Wayne Campbell and I am 52 years of age. I just resigned my
job as a research scientist for ARINI(Agricultural Research Institute
of Northern Ireland) and I now work as a freelance consultant for the
institute which gives me very much time to do my own work which is
basically being a freelance researcher who could be employed by
research institutes to do research projects anywhere in the world.
Presently, I have just been granted a funding to head a research
project in the tropical regions of Asia regarding rare and vulnerable
plant species and this would be commencing very soon.


This research program will be funded and sponsored by some of my
American counterparts and Associates. But the only set back is that the
American counterparts want to make payments for the research in form of
US money orders/ travellers checks only and its a known fact that
money in such forms cannot be cashed outside the US.

Getting an accountant in the states or opening an account would have
been my best choice but I have a deadline to meet and taking any of
those choices would cost me time and a whole lot of other requirements,
which I am not ready to deal with. That is where i need your assistant
and service.


WHAT I NEED YOU FOR?
You will be working as my payment assistant in charge of collecting
and processing the payments from the Associates.

JOB DESCRIPTION?
1. Receive payment (inform of money orders/checks) from My
Clients/Associates.
2. Cash the Payments at your Bank
3. Deduct 10%, which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed.
4. You will then forward the balance via Money Gram or Western Union
Money Transfer according to my instruction.

ADVANTAGES?
You don't have to go out of your present daily activity in order to
engage in this Job(i.e. you can do this Work easily without
leaving or affecting your present Job).You will work as an
independent contractor right from your home /office.
Your job is absolutely legal. You do not need any
capital to start(non of your personal funds is needed).

REQUIREMENTS?
18 years or older.
Legally capable.
Responsible, Reliable and Trustworthy
Ready to work 3-4 hours per week.
Able to check and respond to emails often.
Easy telephone access.

IS THIS LEGAL?
Yes it is. As a matter of fact, my lawyer checked all legal provisions
to know if there is any domestic or international law against
businesses or deals in this manner. And he said its allowed by all
LAWS. So know that doing this work is safe and legitimate. Guess all
is well understood,I would be glad if you accept my proposal.
Mail me if you are interested. Please reply with the details stated
below:

NAME:
ADDRESS:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
PHONE NUMBER:
AGE:
SEX:
OCCUPATION:

I hope to hear back from you.

ALL REPLY SENT TO: arini_recruiter@yahoo.co.uk



Dr.Wayne Campbell
Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland
Hillsborough,
Ireland BT26 6DR.

NOTE: ONLY SERIOUS AND INTERESTED APPLICANTS/WORKERS SHOULD PLEASE
REPLY.

Spotter said...

This scam is still ongoing (and still using the last name mentioned above -- "Wayne Campbell"), but the scammer has now registered his own domain name. Perhaps he got tired of his Yahoo! accounts being nuked. The reply-to address is now "arini_recruiter@arinii.com".

Domain Name: ARINII.COM <-- scam
Registrar: AMERICA ONLINE, INC. DBA AOL AND/OR COMPUSERVE-AOL
Whois Server: whois.registrar.aol.com
Referral URL: http://www.registrar.aol.com
Name Server: DNS-51.NS.AOL.COM
Name Server: DNS-52.NS.AOL.COM
Updated Date: 29-may-2007
Creation Date: 29-may-2007 <-- new
Expiration Date: 29-may-2008

Spotter said...

The "Wayne Campbell" identity is still going strong, currently seeking victims at "waynecampbel1958@yahoo.com.hk" and "arinii_recruiter@yahoo.co.uk".

Timothy said...

I've got one from David Thomas. The E-mail addresses he is using is david.thomas12020@yahoo.com and bluedreamers10@yahoo.com oh yeah and one more thing, how can I track down where it is coming from?