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 05, 2007

Starco Uk

This email suffered from broken formatting, and I've removed the excess line-breaks. There are lots of companies called "Starco", but in this case "Starco Uk industry" is just a name made up to create an excuse for a money mule scam. It's not clear where this one originates, or which variation on the scam they are conducting: I'm undecided as to whether this is cheque fraud or direct transfer fraud. If I can find out, I'll post a comment about it.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mrs Helen Rossini <admin[@]>
Date: 05-Apr-2007 21:28

My name is Mrs Helen Rossini Of Starco Uk industry.

Starco Uk industry is a Consortium of Export/Import
industries Based in the United Kingdom but with
Branches and Payment officers and offices all around
Asia and Africa,USA,Canada,Israel and Russia.
We are currently recruiting payment officers in your

Your responsibility will be to:
a.Process payments and disburse to payment officers
under you.

b.To maintain and update the payment website under
which you man.

c.To send weekly reports on status of payments of

Job Requirement:
a. You Must Have a Bank Account with any financial

b. You  Must have access to the Internet at least
twice (2) a Day to
enable you give us proper update on payments.

c. You Must have a Direct Cell Phone to enable our
customers call for verification before payments are
made in your Favor.

d. Your Loyalty and Anxiousness toward this Job would
attract increment in your Commission Charges.

If you already work and need something else to bring
more funds,this is
the offer too!

If you would like this send an email to the address
below stating your interest and possible
Hope to Read from you asap.

Mrs Helen Rossini.

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