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.

Thursday, April 26, 2007


Miscellaneous money mule job using a dedicated domain name and not much sophistication. The website attached to this domain name is a default template containing no information about this supposed company. This appears to be the fake cheque variant of the scam.

Domain ID:D143261039-LROR
Domain Name:K-ASIAONLINE.ORG <-- scam
Created On: 09-Apr-2007 07:35:53 UTC <-- new
Last Updated On:09-Apr-2007 07:35:55 UTC
Expiration Date:09-Apr-2008 07:35:53 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Melbourne IT, Ltd. dba Internet Names Worldwide (R52-LROR)
Registrant ID:C117609042833849
Registrant Name:K-Asia Company

Note: return-path is SPF verified, and thus not redacted.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Return-Path: <>
From: <>
Date: 26-Apr-2007 12:51
To: [redacted]

Pacific Place 124C Queensway ,
Admiralty, Hong Kong.


I am Miss Rosemary Phillips, I  represent the above named Company based in Hong Kong. My company deals on raw materials for the production of textiles and fashion accessories for world trade. We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to our small scale customers in Europe and America as well as making payments through them to us

As the British regional manager of this upcoming company, I have been directed to relate with any interested individual or organisation because of the communication problem as well as payment problems.

We make delivery of our products  upfront,though  it\'s very risky but it should push up sales on 25 %. Thus we need to get payments for our products as soon as possible because customers can just \"forget\" to pay or never do.
Unfortunately we are unable to open bank accounts in the USA, Canada and major European countries without first registering the company name. Presently with the amount of Orders we have, we cannot put on hold, For fear of loosing our customers  Secondly we cannot cash these payments from the USA, Canada and major European countries soon enough as international Cheque take about 21 working days for cash to be made available. We loose a good size of income as a result of this and this is bad for business.

Your duty is to coordinate payments from customers and help us with the payment process. You are not involved in any sales. Our sales manager sells products.

About 90 percent of our customers in Canada and USA prefer to pay through Certified Cheque and Money orders based on the amount involved. We have decided to open this new job position for solving this problem.


1. Receive payment from Customers
2. Cash or deposit Payments at your Bank to clear(mature)
3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to.

Our customers will issue payments out in your name and you get them cashed or deposited in your bank when funds have cleared, deduct your 10% and forward the balance to the company. We understand it is an unusual and incredible job position, You\'ll have a lot of free time doing your regular job as this will not take any of your time.
Above 18 years
Legally capable
Ready to work 3-4 hours per week
With PC knowledge
E-mail and internet experience (minimal)
NOTE: EMPLOYEES WITH COMPANY ACCOUNT WILL BE GRANTED PREFERENCE and please know that everything is absolutely legal, if you are interested in our offer, please reply immediately so that we can start doing business. Thanks for your anticipated action. And we hope to hear back from you.

This job is very challenging and you should understand it. We are looking for worker who satisfies our requirements and will be an earnest assistant. We are glad to offer this job position to you. So send us the following information If you feel that you are a serious and earnest worker and if you want to work for K-ASIA

1. Your full name or company name to issue on the payment.
2. Home Phone and Cell Phone to reach you.
3. Your mailing address(contact address)
4. Gender
5. Marital Status
6. Age
7. Occupation
8. Country

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation,
Best Regards,
Rosemary Phillips
British Regional Manager,
76 Granard Avenue, London SW15 8EJ, United Kingdom


Anonymous said...

What benefit the fake company/individual gets?In what way the exploitation will take place?
Who monitors such things?
What is the right course of action?

Spotter said...

Fake company sends fake cheque to "employee". "Employee" banks it, withdraws money, and sends some money to the fake company. The fake company receives real money for a fake cheque. The bank then detects that the cheque is fake, and takes the money back out of the "employee" account. "Employee" loses money.

The right course of action is not to get involved. If you are already involved, then don't bank any cheques. If you've already banked a cheque, don't send any money from it, since it will bounce later.

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