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

Shanghai Toys (impostors)

The company name and description is shamelessly ripped off from, and the email address is the only provided point of contact. Other than that, it's a typical money mule job.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: < >
Date: 09-Jan-2007 21:37
Subject: Kindly Work With Us.

Good Day Friend,

I represent Shanghai Toys Imp. & Exp. Co.based in CHINA. And my names are Mr Li Husilin,My company is an enterprising company professionally handling toys and light industrial products import and export business and other products for world trade.We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in Europe and America as well as making payments through you as our payment officer to us.
It is upon this note that we seek your assistance to stand as our representative in your country. Payment from our America and Europe customers to us are very slow,and that is why i need your asistant as a representative, so that you will contact our customers on our behalf,and collect their payment.

Note that, as our representative, you will receive 10% of whatever amount you clear for the company and the balance will be paid into an account we will avail to you. Please you are to send me immediately the details below so as for me to forward to my customers that are ready to make payment this week to contact you directly,and make the payment to you.

1 Your Full Name
2 Residential/Postal Address { Zip Code Must Be Included }
3 Telephone Number{S} / Fax
4 Present Occupation And Position Held

We look forward in working with you, as you send your response back to us.

Very Respectfully,
Mr. Li Husilin President.
Shanghai Toys Imp. & Exp. Co.


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