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 09, 2007

Omni Hotels (impostors)

Once a month or so in the recent past, someone pretends to be recruiting for Omni Hotels, providing nothing but a freemail contact address. The lure is that the hotel will help you pay for tickets to Canada. The trap is that it's advance fee fraud: they ask for up-front payment, but there really is no job and no ticket -- they just take your money and run.

If you really want to work for Omni Hotels, see the employment section of their website. Don't expect them to pay for your travel, however.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Claire Smith <>
Date: 09-Jan-2007 22:59
Subject: Job Vacancy

I am Claire from Canada, am the Manager Of Hotel OMNI, Hotel Needs men and women who can work and Iive in Omni Hotel in Canada.
Hotel will help them pay for their tickets and assist them on how to get an approval from the canadian immigration, if you are interested contact me back with this email address:
Claire Smith

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