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.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Red Heart

This is a money mule scam dressed up as a charity. More copies of the spam arrived even as I was investigating it. The story is the usual: receive money one way; forward it (minus your cut) another way. The money you receive is not "donations" as they claim, but fraudulently transferred. Forwarding such money is participating in a crime. Much of the website text is ripped off from World Children's Fund.

   Domain Name: RHEART.NET
   Registrar: ONLINENIC, INC.
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.SAUDIA-DNS.ORG
   Name Server: NS2.SAUDIA-DNS.ORG
   Updated Date: 07-feb-2007
   Creation Date: 22-sep-2006
   Expiration Date: 22-sep-2007

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [various] <[various]>
Date: 10-Feb-2007 10:13
Subject: You can help while working
To: [redacted]

Every day dozens of disabled appear in the world, they need our help from the day they are born.

How can you help?
You can join our company and work as a freelancer!

We are searching for people wishing to help disabled children, concerned with their fate and ready to work 2-3 hours a day and earn some money as well.
The main task is to receive donations in your region, and transfer them to rehabilitation regions for disabled.
You can register online for this vacancy here:

Thank you for your time.
Manager of Red Heart,
Michael Griffin


Anonymous said...

Attn: Prospective Staff, Romy B. Argosino

We are glad to confirm your employment with BHP Billiton Oil and Gas Company, Australia after reviewing and screening of your employment application, you have been listed among our new prospective employee coming to Australia to commence work with BHP Billiton Oil and Gas Company, Australia.

The management of BHP Billiton Oil and Gas Company, Australia wish to congratulates you as your appointment has been approved by the Company Board of Directors signed by the CEO after satisfaction of your CV's, Online questionnaires and filled employment forms which qualifies you to work with our company and hereby given you a 3 years contract appointment to work with us in due course stated in appointment, after viewing your data's.

Your Salary has been decided by the board of directors and it is stated in your employment letter, your employment documents soft copies are attached to this mail. documents attached as follow:
1)A soft copy of your employment letter,
2) An invitation letter.

As soon as your Work Permits/visa is approved we shall book for your air-ticket depending on when your visa is issued, your company accommodation receipt and our official face cap, T-shirt which you shall wear for recognition on the day of your departure, shall be sent to you via D.H.L Courier delivery service.

Please follow carefully all instructions given to you by the Australia Immigration Dept so as not to face any difficulty during the process. it is after their endorsement of your work permit that they can send the whole files to the Australian Embassy in your Country of residence, make sure all the information you supplied are very correct to avoid rejection of your entry visa to Australia.

Regards the request visa approval pin code number by the Australian Embassy, you should make this inquires as soon as you submit all the requirements and ask them the procedure how you can get your visa approval pin code number.

Good luck.

Karen Marcotte
BHP Billiton Centre
180 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Victoria 300.
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Gesan Ceags said...

i receive the same email like this.