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.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Stat-Oil Group (impostors)

It seems that impostors at are ripping off the identity of The clever idiots at the .ie registry don't publish the creation date of their domains, so I can't tell you when this scam came into effect, but judging by the domain expiry date it was around 11-January-2007. The real Statoil site has been around for over ten years, in contrast.

Other than that, what can I say? Same old boring money mule scams. Probably Nigerian or Russian. Probably involves fake cheques.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rose Wealth <>
Date: 11-Apr-2007 05:39

Dear Friend My name is Rose Wealth (Manager, PR & Public Affairs, Stat-oil Group), I am looking for a trustworthy representative in the United States that will aid as a link between me and my clients over there. I saw your RESUME and I would like to know if you are interested. Please reply only if you will like to work from home part-time and get paid weekly without leaving or it affecting your present job. (PAY IS GOOD) please do get to me ASAP through the email for further inquires. You can learn more about us at Thanks.. Warmest Regards Mrs Rose Wealth Stat-Oil Group +447958113554


Spotter said...

This scam is still active. This time they wanted me to contact them via the email address "".

Spotter said...

Still active at the same email address. Most recent instance received less than 24 hours ago as of this post. Spam no longer includes a phone number, but is the same in all other important respects.

Spotter said...

According to a correspondent, this scam is still around and operating under the same domain name. The scammers are actively recruiting through Craigslist. Please not that the scam involves forged checks and money orders which your bank will happily accept and then bounce weeks later when they discover the forgery. Here's a sample of the correspondence.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Good Day ,

We highlly appreciate your respond. we are glad to offer you for a job position at our company, STAT OIL GROUP CONPANY We need someone to work for the company as a Representative/Book keeper in the USA. This is in view of our not having an office presently in the USA.
You dont need to have an Office and this certainly wont disturb any form of work you have going at the moment.Our integrated yarn and oil operations use state-of-the equipment from the world's leading suppliers. Order processing,production monitoring and process flow are seamlessly integrated through a company-wide computer network.

The average monthly income is about 4000.00 USD.* No form of investments from you.* This job takes only 1-3 hours per dayAbout the job: We have sales representatives all over the world to distribute our products. You know, that it's not easy to start a business in a new market (being the US). There are hundreds of competitors, close direct contacts between suppliers and customers and other difficulties, which impede our sales promotion.We have decided to deliver the products upfront, it's very risky but it should push up sales on 25 percent. Thus we need to get payments for our products as soon as it possible. Unfortunately we are unable to open Bank Accounts in the United US without first registering the company name. Presently with the amount of Orders we have, we cannot put them on hold. For fear of loosing the customers out rightly.

Secondly we cannot cash these payments from the US soon enough, as international Checks take about 14 working days for cash to be made available.We lose about 75,000 USD of net income each month because we have money transfer delays* Your task is to coordinate payments from customers and help us with the payment process.You are not involved in any sales. Our Sales Representative makes direct contact for sales of products. Once orders are received and sorted we deliver the product to a customer. The customer receives and checks the products. After this has been donethe customer has to pay for the products. About 90 percent of our customers prefer to pay through Certified Checks and Money orders based on the amount involved.

YOUR TASK We have decided to open this new job position for solving this problem.Your tasks are;1. Receive payment from Customers2. Cash Payment at your Bank3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to.(Payment is to be forwaded by Western
UnionMoneyTransfer) Local Money transfers take barely hours, so it will give us a possibility to get customer's payment almost immediately.For example you've got 3000.00USDyou take your income: 300.00 USDSend to us: 2700.00 USDFirst month you will have 15-20 transactions on 3000.00-4000.00 USDso you may calculate your income.For example 10 transactions on 3500.00 USD gives you 3500.00 USDPlus your basis monthly salary is 1000.00 USDTotal:4500.00 USD per monthAfter establishing a close co-operation with us you'll be able to operate with larger orders and you'll be able to earn more.
Our payments will be issued out in your name and you can have them cashed in your bank or other Cashing Services.Deduct your weekly salary and forward the balance to the company via western union money transfer or money gramme money transfer We understand it is an unusual and incredible job position. This job takes only 3-7 hours per week. You'll have a lot of free time doing another job, you'll get good income and regular job.But this job is very challenging and you should understand it. We are looking only for the worker who satisfies our requirements and will be an earnest assistant. We are glad to offer this job position to you. If you feel that you are a serious and earnest worker and you want to work for STAT OIL GROUP CONPAMY,kindly feel this...
First name :
Last name :
Full contact Address :
City :
State :
Country :
Zip Code :
Tel numbers :
Sex :
Date of birth :
Nationality :
You Should Reply to Our Email and feel the employment form after which you would be contacted by a staff of the company on phone,after which you would be ready to start working.So I
would be expecting to hear from you.
Warmest Regards,
you can learn more about us at

Anonymous said...

Yeah I actually recieved it today as well and the guys name was "Danny Macoy". It was .ie as well not .com. Thank goodness you can google these scams. Surely too many people wouldnt fall for this.

Anonymous said...

Fri, 15 Feb 2008 23:50:34 -0800

Good day, my name is ROLAND COOPER (Recruiter, HR Department, STATOIL
Of Company). I just reviewed your email through my email search and I
would be
very interested in offering you a part-time position in our company. I
wish to
offer you a position as a Cash / Service representative for Statoil
Group of
COMPANY, in the United States/Canada.This position is designed for you
to help
us handle our cash, cheques and other money transfer related
transactions of
our clients in the North American region.

I would also like to bring to your attention that this is a contract
commissions based part time job, therefore you are only allowed to
deduct a
totalof 10% after completing each transaction. I trust you understand
that we
can only offer you a part-time position at the moment and that the
terms and
condition of payments would be based on commission only.

we're offering this position because we have had problems cashing
coming from US(American region)...when ever we receive
30-48 working days to have them cashed out and despite the fact that
time is much...25% would be deducted as tax due to the law governing
currency in we decided to place a job offer in US for those who

reside in US,by offering 10% since they can get them cashed without tax
much more faster...they could be cashed instantly.

I hope this idea of ours is been considered by you and get you
convinced in
working with us...this job would get started immediately and have it in
that all your informations are kept safely at our hands.

You'reto receive funds purchased in your name by the company from a
client ....and you'll have them cashed,deduct your 10% commission and
send the rest to us anywhere we might want you to.You are also to
seminars every quater of the year in (San Diego,California)...more
would be
told in subsequent emails.

However, keep in mind that this is a part position that could lead to a
time employment at Statoil Group in the future, provided that you are
to relocate. More importantly, no experience is required; everyone will
considered. Information will be made available to you on what to do.
information will include how to handle and send our funds. With this
position, you are guaranteed a minimum of $300 per week. However, you
can also
maximize your pay or commissions, if you are efficient and make a
delivery to us. I advise that you put this into consideration.

Additionally,this is a high risk job that involves a lot of trust and
honesty; you will be dealing with cash, cheques, bank transfers and
orders for Statoil Group from our clients in the North American region.

Lastly, this job has been designed not to affect your present job or
employment, nor will it bring about any form of stress onto you. If you
be willing to include a good paying, part time job to your daily list
activities, please reply back as soon as possible. Keep in mind that
this offer
is for a limited time only.

For more information about our company, please visit us at and also get back to me via my direct
If you are interested in this position, please complete
the following information below.


PHONE NUMBER (S) ...............Cell
Phone preference
GENDER............. MARITAL

In any events, rest assured that I wish you
luck. Thank you for your time and kindest attention. I am

Very truly yours
ROLAND COOPER {+447031846069}
Statoil Group
ASA Ireland

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how this check is sent, Is it in a UPS Package...???

Spotter said...

I doubt that the scammers limit themselves to one mode of delivery, but most of the instances I know of used FedEx.

Anonymous said...

Hello ,


How do you do, My name is DANNY MACOY (Manager, PR & Public Affairs, Statoil Group). I just reviewed your email through my email search and I would be very interested in giving you a part-time paying job as a cash representative for STATOIL GROUP, in USA, in which you could earn a lot This job would be based on contract and commission terms, it is a part-time job and it would involve quite a lot of trust and honesty. This project has also been developed not to affect your present job nor bring about any form of stress but in order to help take care of those extra costs,and you could make a minmum of $3,500 a month,
Meanwhile there is no start up cost required I took time to make this explanatory enough so you could understand what the job entails. Presently, we have just been granted a funding to head a research project in the tropical regions of europe regarding Oil Drainage Planning and Management and this would be commencing very soon. However the funding would be made mostly in the Usa,as regards the source of funding of this project. Your willing to work as a Payment Representative now will help and save time so that this project can be concluded as soon as possible and I am ready to get you started All you need to do is on getting the payment on behalf of the company, cash at your bank and take 10% of the money cashed as your commission and you would have the rest fund wired to me via western union money transfer.
The main reason I would be needing a pay rep in UNITED STATES is because i am presently in London and even though I can get the wires here from USA, I would have to wait 30days to clear in my bank,25% would be deducted as tax and even if I were to set up an american bank account, it would take much more time and stress. So I talked to the company accountant, and it was a good idea to hire someone trustworthy who could recieve money orders/cheques, and being in the untied states, you could get the depsoits efficiently in your account, then go over to Western Union and have the cash sent in cash to me wherever i might be at that point in time, and I would recieve it in cash, and this happens to be a good idea. Having read your resume and 'assuming' you would be able to deal with cash, I would be willing to employ you on contract basis to be our payment representative back in the United States, this way I could issue and make these money orders out to you, you could then cash them easily, withdraw 10% of the total amount on the bank depsoit as your commission and then send the rest back to me through Money transfer. Bear it in mind that we would be dealing with quite a handful of cash and would require honesty and dilligence I intend to commence on starting as soon as you are ready you'll be starting soon and it could be twice a week depending on your approach ...if you approach so fast,it'll be more than twice,till you're okay about it. . If you are interested pls fill in the form below this message, edit and reply back as soon as possible.
you can learn more about us at
FIRST NAME-------------------------- LAST NAME------------------------------
HOME ADDRESS (NOT P.O. BOX)---------------------------------------------------..
CITY------------------------------.. STATE-------------------------------------
ZIP CODE--------------------------.. COUNTRY------------------------------------
PHONE NUMBER (S)--------------------------------
GENDER------------------------.. MARITAL STATUS---------------------------------
NATIONALITY------------------------- ID NUMBER----------------------------------
(Information included in this application form is confidential between you and me, and the full name and contact info should be included as it should be written on the payments being issued over to you, you should also include a valid phone number for easy contact) ATTESTATION According to how you have been briefed earlier by me. You are required and mandated to receive payment on behalf of the above mentioned firm. You are to deduct 10% of all funds processed on a particular order and forward the balance payment via WESTERN UNION as I would be instructing you on receipt of my payments. You will notify me a week ahead if eventually you want to discontinue this job so as to terminate all payment coming your way to avoid conflict. In agreement to this kindly append signature below ……………………………………………………………….
statoil group


Anonymous said...

Danny Macoy is still at it. Received the same emails. For the hell of it I said sure. Just received a cashiers check from a person in nj but written on a bank in ks. What a joke.

Anonymous said...

this scam is still active and i almost fell into it the sent me the same old letter about the part time and representative in usa.

Anonymous said...

This scam from Danny Macoy is active and looking for idiots to get involved.

Received same email (posted in this blog on 1:26 AM, August 12, 2008) today.

What a joke.

Anonymous said...

Theres a new twist on the Statoil scam. Look for job postings from Statoil UK, PLC Pelham Bell Pottinger, 4th Floor, Holborn Gate, 330 High Holborn London, WC1V 7QD, England from Joseph C. Cole with an email of

Anonymous said...

Yep, Joseph Cole actually offered me and another person a job today - IN LONDON. I wish I would have checked this site before - I had sent them ALL my information.

Anonymous said...

Caution they are now posting jobs on legit websites but here's what your going to get after filling out your application

Dear Sir,
EMPLOYMENT OFFER LETTER With reference to your application, we are pleased to offer you an established appointment as an – O&M MAINTENANCE MANAGER. The appointment will be subject to your approval and acceptance of the conditions set out below and also instructions which are notified between now and your arrival for work. We will state some of the conditions about which you may like to have information before accepting the appointment. The appointment will be at the StatOil Plc UK Establishment, Central London – England. The salary scale applicable to your grade is £7960 per month, rising annually, subject to satisfactory service. The salary scale quoted is applicable to a Five day week of 35hours excluding meal breaks. The normal hours of work, representing either day shifts, at present are from 08.41am to 05.05pm daily with lunch breaks from 12:45pm to 1:45pm (Time represented is G.M.T). For any extra hours you put in, you will earn accordingly.

If its too good to be true it usually is !!!!!

Anonymous said...

they are still active today.... their email id is