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.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Crystal Consulting Inc.

This one is more than a week old already, and not from one of my more common spamtraps. I found it while doing a spot check. The sections of random text in a small size are an attempt to fool spam filters. It didn't work in my case: the message was correctly classified as spam. It's a money mule scam, and they have their own domain and website. No further comment at this time.

   Domain Name: CONSULT-CRYSTAL.COM <--scam
   Registrar: YESNIC CO. LTD.
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Updated Date: 15-feb-2007
   Creation Date: 13-feb-2007 <-- new
   Expiration Date: 13-feb-2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Eula Sears <272geordie[@]>
Date: 18-Feb-2007 09:30
Subject: Big paycheck Job Offer
To: [redacted]

Good day!

Crystal Consulting Inc. , one of the fastest growing financial group in USA. With over six
years of specialized experience has openings for "Financial agent" place
Company was established in 2000 year, currently is based in USA and provides mergers and
acquisitions consultation and policy consulting for all clients across the entire range of
wealth management and financial services businesses worldwide.
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We are seeking individuals who are interested in building a profitable and rewarding
business with our help and support, while achieving a balanced lifestyle that offers both
personal and professional growth. This job, if approached correctly is an opportunity for
almost unlimited income potential, and very fast-growing career.

And the Job itself is not that hard one may think, on a contrary it as easy as
one-two-three, as we already have mentioned the "Financial agent" is indeed one of the
main part of the company work-chain, and the "Financial agent" will have responsibility
for receiving company funds and dividends and sending them to the company clients. The
Crystal Consultng Inc. is growing and we again need an
open-minded people with the ambition to become successful and richer indeed.

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The ideal candidate has prior experience and familiarity with financial services.
o You must have excellent organizational as well as customer service skills.
o Teamwork Skill is a "must".
o Bachelor Degree is an advantage.

To accept this business proposal, please, fill out the registration form offered in
our website:

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Andrew McCain
Human Resource Department
Crystal Consultng Inc.
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