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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

European Financial Concern

Vague job ad spam, which looks very much like a money mule job. The "reply" link is to

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Pedro Flores <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 14:17:26 -0060
Subject: Important for everyone over 21
To: [redacted]

European Financial Concern is looking for new employees and business affiliates in the USA and Canada.

We offer 24-48h loan grant service to our customers in Europe and due to the forthcoming establishing of our offices in North America, we are looking for earnest individuals ready to assist us and our customers at an early stage of our business in North America.

We have 2 vacancies for all North American residents matching the following requirements:

Age limit: over 21
Internet access 2-3 times per day
Mobile or land line phone number

Minimum salary: 4000 USD. Possible career growth.
No investment or any fees and charges.

If You are interested, please reply with "loan grant processing vacancy" subject

Thank You very much for Your time and attention



Anonymous said...

I was searching for jobs & found the lsting. Its for "Processing courier" for winners of "Discover New Genius" competitions supposedly run through the Tokyo Institute of Medicine. I've emailed back and forth a few times asking questions, but I'm not quite sure if its legit or am I being sucked into a scam? How can I really check it out? They're asking the same questions though that I've reviewed as scams....Name,address, bank account to transfer funds into for the winners & salary,etc..

Spotter said...

Don't waste your time checking it out. I have never heard of a legitimate job opportunity as a "processing courier" or whatever the hell else they want to call "money mule". The only reason to hire private individuals for this sort of work is because the money involved is dirty. We have a global banking system in place that is quite capable of getting money from A to B in a timely manner. There is no need to hire money mules except for money laundering.

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