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, April 16, 2007


Money mule job. No company name given. The Gmail address is the only
credible identifier, and it doesn't tell us anything. The source IP
address was in a DSL pool of, France, and is probably just
another compromised Windows box.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: clearincome <[redacted]>
Date: 16-Apr-2007 10:38
Subject: Job Position Bank Courrier! 1-2 Hours a Day Only!
To: [redacted]

DEAR AUSTRALIANS! Want to make 2000-2300 AUD a WEEK!?

Really great opportunity, can't miss! Position called "Local Bank Courrier".
Successful company in Sweden offers Australians 2000-2500 AUD a week
spending only 1-2 hours a day, 4 times a week, Mon-Thu. You have to be 18+
y/o, be able to check your e-mail 3-4 times a day, you have to be
responsible. Very easy to learn. For more information reply to:
Currently hiring!

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