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 02, 2007

A position called "bank courier" obviously means "money mule".

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: MRWaller <[redacted]>
Date: 02-Apr-2007 01:40
Subject: Successful Company Giving Away Opportunity! READ.
To: [redacted]@[redacted].au

DEAR AUSTRALIANS! Want to make 2000-2500 a WEEK!?
Really great opportunity, don't miss. Position called "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, you have to have your personal bank account, you have to be
responsible and be able to check your e-mail 3-4 times a day. For more
information reply to: Currently hiring!!!

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