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, March 21, 2007

Adams Kids (not)

"Payment Representative" means money mule, which means fraud. This spammer used the survey service to transmit the spam. There's no obvious way to report abuse at, so any mail systems administrators who read this blog may want to consider blocking their outgoing mail servers. The sender address will be in a subdomain such as "" (as it was in this instance).

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dean Murray <>
Date: 20-Mar-2007 14:21
Subject: Adamskids(Job Opening)

Hello ,
My name is Dr. Dean Murray, CEO, ADAMS KIDS. After going through your profile online affiliated to the UNITED STATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, am pleased in offering you a part time paying job. ADAMS KIDS needs a Payment Representative in the states. This project has been developed in a way not to affect your present job nor bring you any form of stress but in order to help take care of those extra costs in the area of Financial Independence, and also empower you by providing the keys to controlling your income and quality in life.
This is a very limited offer in which I will require your immediate response. I will be hoping to hear from You soon,since its a job that can enable you to work from home.
You'll also stand the chances of being a part of our future and the excellence of a CHARITY FOUNDATION in which you will be highly appreciated.
Hope to hear from you soon
Thanks and God Bless
Dr. Dean Murray,
Adams Children's wear Limited,
..........Building a better tomorrow.

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