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

Magnus Cocoa and Coffee Co

West African money mule job, probably majoring in forged cheques and/or money orders.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: magnus cocoacompany <>
Date: 14-Jan-2007 08:39

Magnus Cocoa and Coffee Co.
Ave 10 Rue 5 WilliamsWille,
Abidjan.Cote d Ivoire.
Tel: 00225 08197495.
Fax:00220 20385843.
Attn: Dear,Respectful one,
We are small new firm engaged in export of goods to overseas outside my country. We have won various small exports contract at one time or the other, recently we were (engaged) contracted to supply cocoa, and dried natural rubber to tire manufacturing companies in Peru, US and Europe, which was successfully done.
However, in as much as we are able to successfully carry out these supplies, we experience difficulty remitting our proceeds from the sale of these products home. This is due to the fact that the fiscal policy in my country is very stringent and not favorable. Small firms like ours are not allowed before six months of operation, to open and operate a domiciliary account in foreign currencies abroad through which we would have been able to remit our proceeds home.
To this end we seek a foreign company or individuals who we can nominate as our partners to receive our payments in their business/individual accounts on our behalf and in turn send the money directly to us. Thus we are willing to pay the individual or company 15% of the total sum for their assistance. This 15% will not be a loss to us instead we hope to incorporate these costs in our future charges to our prospective customers overseas.
Currently we are not able to bring back home our funds totaling USD$ 3,000.000.00 (Three  Million United States Dollars) only in Peru , US and Europe from export we just made.  We therefore solicit your assistance to help remit this money by sending your account details via: bank name, account number and account beneficiary to us so that we can instruct our customers to remit these monies directly to your account, or alternatively the checks will be mailed to you.
We also require that you send us urgently your telephone and fax numbers for proper communication prior to any transaction. We are also hoping to build a long time business relationship with you should you be interested. Once we have built our trust on you, we will continue to straighten the Business Relationship. We hope you can be of assistance to our company. We are very much aware of various scams going on all over, and as such we are assuring you that at no time you will be required to pay or transfer funds that you have not received from our customers to us. We are sincerely a legitimate entrepreneur seeking for a trustworthy foreign partner.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Mr. Thamrin Sarudji

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