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 20, 2007


This is the LT Gold Finance money mule scam under a new name. I received quite a few copies of this spam, and note that they are using at least four different domain names for their fake company at this time. Rather than post WHOIS data for all of them, I'll summarise here. All were created on 04-apr-2007 and registered through OnlineNIC. All use NS1.SERVERSD.BIZ and NS2.SERVERSD.BIZ as name servers. Known domain names are as follows.
The following sample spam has been lightly edited to remove excess whitespace and a couple of identifying features.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted]
Date: 20-Apr-2007 07:43
Subject: Need job?      Part time and full time employees needed
To: [redacted]


      PyramidexTrust is a Moldavian company,     well-known in the US and European markets as a provider of various services like advertising and web design, programming and software support, organization of various courses and seminars, selling goods, etc. Our business is developing very rapidly and is spreading all over the world.    Consequently we need new people to work with us to offer convenient and reliable payment methods to our clients.  Currently we are looking for part-time Payment Managers to receive payments from our sellers and buyers and to redirect them according to our instructions.

   If you make a decision to work with us, you'll have to:
-work no less than 2 hours per day
    -check your e-mail box several times a day;
-open one or several bank accounts with one of well-known banks in your country;
-be a legal resident in the territory of the Australia, EU or USA;
-be of maturity age(21+).

     We need honest and responsible people with good business acumen, who can approach the target group of clients, follow all our instructions and have a wish to earn money. No special expertise or knowledge in any specific areas is needed.    All we are looking for is you commitment to the job and readiness to make the job on time and with good quality.

   We guarantee you sufficient money to be added to your main salary,     as you will have a commission from every payment operation.

We guarantee you 7%      commission from each sale/resale operation we make!(If you have a business bank account you will get 10% from each operation we make!)
All you have to do is to receive checks/wire transfers/money orders and to transfer them to other people    according to our instructions.

   You will enjoy working with us as you'll have a real opportunity to work as an independent contractor and to earn money right from    your virtual home office.

If you are interested in this offer , please visit our website:


       Our managers will contact you ASAP for instructions.
Looking forward to cooperation with you,

PyramidexTrust Company Administration

1 comment:

Spotter said...

A new burst of job scam spam associated with this identity has arrived. Here's a sample.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: RANDOM-SURNAME Random-Name [redacted address]
Date: 04-Jul-2007 22:02
Subject: =?windows-1251?Q?Need job? Part time and full time employees neededbHUXr?=
To: [redacted]


Just Sales Support for our growing company


Winning mind-set is a MUST!

All positions are home based.

Minimum 10 hours/week commitment required
Be your own manager-- set your own hours.
-Must have home computer and internet access.
-Ability to follow directions
-Uphold a high level of integrity and ethics. No criminal record.
$500 Bonus after 60-days of employment.If you work minimum of 10h per

Direct ongoing supervision from trainers and supervisors .
By providing customer support for our growing sales you will be able to
make extra money!
People who have experience in various professional fields are earning
$500-$2000 EXTRA per month working only 10-20 hrs/wk around their current

The earnings showed are valid for the individuals described and are not a
guarantee of your revenue. Each candidate's success will be determined by
his or her aspiration, devotion, effort, ability to follow instructions and
individual talent .

We are looking for a group of people looking for a change and who are
prepared to do what it takes in order to succeed on their job.
If you've got people skills and the willingness and dedication to
learn, we are definitely interested in hiring you !

All sales support specialist work from home based virtual offices, thus
any location is suitable as long as there is an internet connection.
No cubicles, no commutes, no office politics, and no 9-5 hours here.
You'll be able to work from home according to your schedule and your

Work when you like it!

Part time or full time positions are available

- Career Advancement Opportunities

- Highest commission and compensation rates in the Industry

- Access to support, 24/7 by email, web or by phone

NO Financial contribution required in order to start working with us. We
offer real job from home, not business opportunity!

To get A FREE INFORMATION PACKAGE About this exciting position please visit our main site:

we will contact you ASAP (24-48 hours after we receive your registration form on our site) by e-mail or by phone to provide you more information.

Registration(also available on our main site):

Make a change to your life! [random digits]


[Random NAME] [random characters]