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.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Henan Hongye Chemical Company (impostors)

These scammers churn through company names at an incredible rate. How many chemical companies are there in China to impersonate? I've lost track of them. The real Henan Hongye Chemical Company does seem to use the domain name, but the person sending this email has a freemail address and not much else. This is a money mule scam, probably involving forged cheques.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: < >
Date: 03-Apr-2007 20:12

Henan Hongye Chemical Company Ltd
Address: Puyang City, Henan, China.
International trade department:
Tel: +862156030910
I represent the above named Company based in China. My
manufacture, supply and export Chemicals Products for world trade.
We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a
of getting to our customers in Europe and America as well as
payments through them as payment officers.
Most of our customers pay out in cash, cheques,money orders,wire
transfer and we do not have an account in U.S.A And Canada
that will clear this money. It is upon this note that we seek your
assistance to stand in as our representative in your country.
Also, as our representative, you will receive 10% of whatever
you clear for the company and the balance will be paid to the
account officer.
Please reply through the email address below and use for further
correspondence with us. Best Regard,
Mr Frank chang

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