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.

Monday, March 19, 2007


The line between job scam and 419 scam is a bit blurry these days. The promise of wealth beyond the dreams of avarice is usually associated with the classic Nigerian 419. Money mule recruiters usually settle for offering a middle-class income at little to no effort. If I were still updating "The 419 Files", I'd post this one there instead of here.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: adrian baker <>
Date: 20-Mar-2007 05:10
Subject: JOB OFFER

Good day,
It is our honor to write you this proposal out of the fact that you
have a
good and reputable personality and profile. Due to the fact within our
and your status which has shown a commendable one, we wish to inform you
this Job Offer which is based on contract terms.

Our company is investing in so many areas of business profits of future
prospects. By our grants and license in the creation of wealth and and
major necessities needed by every consumer of the world, we have in
an oil strip that can produce at minimum 20,000 barrels of crude oil per
In this development, the necessary products and materials for the
of drilling process has been set in place. Acquiring the oil strip has
achieved and legal documents are available for review.The oil strip is
approximately 7.6 kilometers long situated within the SPDC Onshore OML
28, the
route of which is shown verged in red in the company's plan no.
p0511850001.dgn dated June 2006.

Meanwhile, there are several investors who will be providing funds to
up for the commencement of production activities and purchase of
materials but
unfortunately, we not in the position to receive the funds at the moment

because as the C.E.O, I'm supervising the oil field as required by the
Due to this, we have been on loss for not operating and making sales and
will appreciate if you can assist us to receive the funds on the
behalf from our investors so as to start operation fully.

As to compensate for your effort to the establishment and production of
crude oil marketing, Our company is offering an 8% share of all returns
from the sales of exported crude in three quarters of the year. To let
know, crude oil is sold at $60.60 per barrel and 20,000 will cost
and you will benefit $96,960 per day for you helping us secure the
Also, you are entitled to a 7% from each funds you receive from the
before production and marketing commences in full.

If this offer is of interest to you, kindly contact us as soon as
possible so
that we can send you detailed information on how to go about transaction

Thank you for your anticipated co-operation

Human Resources


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