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.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

I have to admit that I'm a bit baffled by this job ad. It seems to have arrived in my inbox due to my scam-bait resume on, but it's not the usual no-qualifications-required job scam. Could it be that these people are primarily seeking to obtain email addresses of targeted individuals for spamming purposes, or is it just another money mule scam?

The email address, "" is the only data point in this spam I really believe. The reply-to address may be for real, since it would be unusual for a spammer to bother with a false reply-to address. The reference to "CyberCoders Sales & Marketing Specialists" is almost certainly smokescreen: I don't believe the senders are at all related to CyberCoders (an organisation with which I am not familiar).

If anyone has actually corresponded with these spammers, please let us know what they say.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: 29-Apr-2007 23:12
Subject: Job Offer

This position is open as of 4/26/2007.

Financial Consultant Retirement Advisor - Stock Broker

Financial Consultant - Registered Rep - Money Management - Retirement Planning

We're looking for established money motivated reps. Huge payouts! 100% Commission.

We're an independent Financial Services and Investment Services firm looking for the next great member of our team. Our Financial Consultants provide Investment, Insurance and Financial Planning services tailored to meet the needs of business and individual clients. Are you ready to step away from the micro managed environment of the larger firms?

Would you like the freedom to actually give objective advice? If so, Keep Reading!

What's in it for you:

~ A professional work environment. We are passionate about what we do!
~ The freedom to do what's right for your client. No pressure to sell the monthly special!
~ Solid earning potential and benefits package. Strong Commission Structure.

What we are looking for:

~ You must be registered with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)(required)
~ Bachelors degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Communications or related field
~ 3 + years experience as a Financial Consultant, Registered Rep or Broker
~ NASD Series 7, 66 & Life Insurance License
~ Exceptional communication, presentation, and relationship-building skills
~ We're looking for proven producers with an entrepreneurial streak!

So, If you are a talented and experienced Financial Consultant or Financial Advisor, with a Bachelors degree and 3 or more years experience . . . Apply Today!

Salary:   $350,000.00 - $600,000.00 /Year

Required Skills

Financial Consultant, Retirement Planning, Stock Broker, Estate Planning, CFP, Relationship Management
If you are a good fit for the Financial Consultant Retirement Advisor - Stock Broker position, and have a background that includes (and/or):

Financial Consultant, Retirement Planning, Stock Broker, Estate Planning, CFP, Relationship Management and you are interested in working the following job types:

Sales, Business Development, Marketing

Within the following industries:

Banking - Financial Services, Accounting - Finance, Mortgage

About The Rewards

Work hard, perform well, and you'll be rewarded with a dizzying number of benefits including:

Competitive base salary
Bonuses and commissions
Medical and dental coverage
401k retirement plan
Paid vacations
Tuition reimbursement
Paid training programs
Comfortable work environment
Business casual dress

This offer will remain open until 04.30.2007.  If you decide to accept our offer, as we hope you will, please sign the enclosed copy of this letter in the space indicated below and return it to us as soon as possible.
Should you have any questions regarding this letter, our offer of employment or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are excited to have you join our organization and look forward to working with you.
Our email is:

                        Sincerely Yours,

                       CyberCoders Sales & Marketing Specialists


In response to the above offer of employment (INITIAL ONE ONLY):

______  I accept.

______  I do not accept.

Dated: ___________________, 20___

[Insert employee name here]

P.S. If you accept this offer We would be glad to invite you to your personal interview.


Anonymous said...

Cybercoder is a legitimate firm. I am very much familiar with them


Manfred said...

I got exactly the same e-mail, EXCEPT that it came from a "".
If you go to the Murray State University (a legitimate university in Kentucky) website, and do a Directory search for Janessa Morton, OBVIOUSLY there is no Janessa Morton at Murray State.
Furthermore, how in the world can they promise 350 to 600K in commission income??

From: janessa.morton [] Sent: Wed 5/9/2007 6:09 PM
To: Hamilton, Tara Marie
Cc: Dix, Manfredo A
Subject: New job offer from monster