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.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Luxury Travel Shop

The testimonial in this spam claims that the person in question has been working for "Luxury Travel Shop" for two years. This is rather unlikely, given that the domain name was only registered last month. Although it doesn't give any detail as to the kind of work involved, I confidently predict that it involves receiving money in one form, and forwarding it (minus a cut) via Western Union. This is what we call a money mule job, and the people behind them are crooks.

   Domain Name: LUXURY-TRAVEL-EXOTIC.COM <-- scam
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.BLUEDOMINO.COM
   Name Server: NS2.BLUEDOMINO.COM
   Updated Date: 27-mar-2007
   Creation Date: 19-mar-2007 <-- new
   Expiration Date: 19-mar-2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Zhenggang Chen <[redacted]>
Date: 27-Apr-2007 07:20
Subject: Jobs in AU
To: [redacted]

It's Zhenggang Chen from Luxury Travel Shop, LLC.
And we are looking for people to join our team with part-time or full-time position.
This opportunity requires nothing from you in advance, moreover we are giving real chance for anyone not only to gain solid additional income but also to travel all over the world.
To be honest, anyone would love to travel and earn money meanwhile, if only they have choice.
Who wants to get up early at 6 a.m, prepare for the kids and husband, send the kids, clean up the mess, rush to work as early as 7:30am and come home at 7:00pm, then continue the house chores and the same routine everyday?
Well, nobody right? But we are all greed about a better future and easy profit, and that's how we fall in their pits.
I tell you my story. Before I joined the Luxury Travel Shop, LLC and made an excellent career I was once at a very desperate stage of life, jobless for few months after being retrenched, struggling financial difficulties (loans, repayments, credit card debts...) and naturally end up arguing with spouse because of our favorite issue "money".
While browsing for jobs ads in newspaper and internet, I've found "work at home" proposal from Luxury Travel Shop, LLC.
Now two years passed after working part-time I've joined full-time position. I've become a good specialist in financial services, travel management, sales etc.
But the main thing I've travelled all over the world and improved the life of myself and family.
Besides now I'm working in office I remember those times when I've started my career with Luxury Travel Shop, LLC.
We offer not only compehensive salary + sales fees but also 20% priced travel tours for all our employees and their families only after a single month working with us.
Join us now and you will see that you success story starts now and you will remember this moment for the rest of your life.
Please send your messages of interest to:

Sincere regards,
Zhenggang Chen
Luxury Travel Shop, LLC

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1 comment:

Susan said...

They copied the web site's content and design from -- everything except the job offer page, of course...