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, February 06, 2007

Acorn Exports Ltd UK

Job offer for "payment officer", also known as "money mule", or "sucker".

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Acorn Exports Ltd Uk <>
Date: 06-Feb-2007 23:36

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mr.Lawson Walker, managing director of Acorn Exports Ltd UK. we are a group of business men who deal on machinery and export into the Canada/ America and Europe.We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in the canada/America and Europe as well as making payments through you (as our payment officer) to us.

It does not matter whether you are in full employment or self-employed. This is a Part-time position that would become permanent based on your effort. It will certainly not affect your current job or business as the position is on part time basis. No payment or financial contribution at your end, whatsoever is required of you. The only requirement is for you to have a Line Of Credit (LOC) or Equity

Line of Credit as a guaranty, in case there is a misappropriation of funds and as proof that you are capable of acting as our company representative. Without it, our clients, corporate and individual would not be comfortable dealing with you.Please if you are interested in transacting business with us, we will be very glad. Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity to negotiate your mode of which we will pay you for your services as our representative in Canada/America and Europe. Having a functional bank account to receive payment (Company account is an advantage)

Note, there is no financial obligation required from you, and this transaction is 100% risk free.If this proposal is accepted by you, A swift acknowledgement on the receipt of this mail will be appreciated, furnishing me with your

(1) Your full names,
(2) Age and Sex
(3) Contact address and, Phone/fax numbers.

Please Reply me through this
or my fax number:+44-87-1715-1289

Thank you for your time and anticipated cooperation.
Respectfully Yours,

Mr. Lawson Walker.
FAX NUMBER: +44-87-1715-1289

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