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, March 23, 2007

Costa Coffee Exports (impostors)

Vague, but I'm guessing this is a check-processing (money mule) scam. The from address is SPF-verified, so not redacted. The company is real enough; the person sending the mail is an impostor who does not represent the company, however.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mrs Katie Allen <info_red07@bellsouth.net>
Date: 23-Mar-2007 21:23
Subject: REPRESENT OUR COMPANY
To: [redacted]

COSTA COFFEE EXPORTS
212 Lambeth Palace Road,  London SE1 7EW United Kingdom.
http://www.costa.co.uk/coffee/


We export Coffee  for world trade . We need representatives who can
help us establish a medium of getting to our costumers in U.S.A ,Canada

If you are interested in representing  Us, Please contact our
Recruitment  officer Mrs Katie Allen
email:(costacoffee_product1@yahoo.co.uk)
Phone No:+447024099965

With the following information
1) Your Full name
2) Your Mailing address
3) Your Phone and Fax Number
4) Your Age & Your business experience

Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity to
negotiate your mode of which we will pay for your services .
For more information visit.
http://www.costa.co.uk/coffee/

Very Respectfully,
COSTA COFFEE EXPORTS
Mrs Katie Allen

3 comments:

Country9 said...

These fools sent me a check for $30,000 and told me to deposit it in my account. Keep 10% for my commission and send them the balance. The phone calls were supposed to be coming from Ontario but my personal electronic equipment told me that they were actually coming from an overseas country not Canada. These fools believe that we are stupid Americans, wrong. Give me 2 minutes in a room with these fools and I'll make it interesting.
If they were in service with us they wouldn't be coming home.
The Inforcer

Anonymous said...

I am expecting a $36,000 check but still not here!!! 3 years later the crooks are still using the same scam... I am on THIRD MILLION of fake checks. just last week gave into bank $5000 fake check and $2000 to post office.

IF THE CROOKS WANT YOU TO CASH INTO YOUR OWN BANK ACCOUNT THEY ARE SCAMMERS

William Colman said...

Yeah, mine came from a Robert Smith. Same company though.