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 13, 2007

Mount Royal Hotel (impostors)

"Canadian hotels" is one of the classes of job scam I see fairly regularly. I believe that these are advance fee fraud: they con you into paying up-front expenses for a job that doesn't exist. However, to be sure, I've sent in an expression of interest, and I'll post the response below with comments as needs be.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: mount royal hotel <>
Date: 13-Jan-2007 15:53
Subject: Workers Urgently Needed


   I am Ms. Sandra Brown, Manager of Mount Royal Hotel.Ottawa, Ontario
We are on the second phase of recruiting workers. We are currently looking
for about eleven {11} energetic young individuals to join our working team
under the following positions:

1 Cook with not less than 2 years cooking experience
2 Secretary and assistant
3 Attendant
4 Car washer
5 Cleaner
6 Security men/women
7 Accounts Clerk
8 Warehouse Supervisor
9 Computer operator
10 Marketing manager
11 Men/women who can host people on stage.
Our salary is very attractive as we pay what is obtainable in every 5 star
hotels in Canada and other developed Countries. If you are interested to
work for us, send your application attached with your CV details/pass-port
photo to the hotel management through the recruitment officer:
Name:Tina Tuner
Every response will receive answers within 24hrs.
We shall help you to process your documents and pay for your flight ticket
with your one-month visa as a tourist to enter here in Canada and work with
Note: All expenses incurred to bring you to Canada MUST be dully deducted
from your monthly salary while working for us here. {Though
Bye from,
Ms. Sandra Brown.
{Hotel Manager.}

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Realizt said...

Wow, Tina Turner

Who wouldn't want to work this job!!!
With any luck, we can see ike too :p

Anonymous said...

If you get offered a 'job', prepare for a long commute! The Mount Royal Hotel is real - in Montreal, about 200 km / 120 miles from Ottawa.