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

Tokyo Science and Medicine research Centre (not)

Probably just another money mule job scam, but I'd be interested in seeing exactly what further information is sent to applicants, so post it if you have it. Reply-to address (in hyperlink) is

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Emily Irving <[redacted] >
Date: 19-Mar-2007 12:24
Subject: Career growth in any European Union country
To: [redacted]

Attention to all European Union and North America Residents!

Asian Based Science and Medicine Research Centre is looking for new partners in Europe and North America.

We run monthly "discover new genius" competitions in different European Institutes and Universities with the main purpose of bringing the brightest of all talented and promising minds to our Research Centre for further improvement and development of their genuine talents.

We look forward to have them introducing new bio-chemistry and medicine, agricultural and environmental epoch-making discoveries for the sake of our common future.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals in Europe and North America to help our program.

The position we have available is the "Processing Courier".
Monthly salary: 4000 EUR

Minimum requirements:

Age limit: over 21.
Knowledge required: PC, Internet, Communication ability.
Recommended: mobile and land line telephone number.

Assist our brightest winners in making their way to our Research Centre with the help of our European and North American sponsors.

For further information about our program and possible employment with the Company, please reply to this email and specify the country You are from

Tokyo Science and Medicine research Centre
"Discover new genius" Department

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