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.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Termz Development

I find no evidence that a company of this name exists. The domain name has been registered in the last few days, clearly for the specific purpose of this money mule scam.

Domain Name: TERMZDEVELOPMENT.COM <-- scam
Whois Server:
Referral URL:
Name Server: NS1.EDIT-CE.COM
Name Server: NS2.EDIT-CE.COM
Updated Date: 19-apr-2007
Creation Date: 19-apr-2007 <-- new
Expiration Date: 19-apr-2008

-------- Forwarded Message --------
From: Mike James <[redacted]>
To: [redacted]
Subject: Australian representatives required
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2007 23:07:02 -0300

My name is Mike James, I represent Termz Development company. We need representatives
in Australia for full and part-time jobs (2 positions are available). We do not ask for any money, we are reputable company operating in Europe.
You will get:
- 4000 AUD guaranteed monthly income
- Comprehensive medical and life insurance for you and your dependents. You
will be receiving an Termz Development Medicine card and all the paperwork in
2 weeks after successfully completing your probation period.
You have to be honest,loyal, responsible and hard-working.
You have to comply with all reasonable and lawful instructions provided to
you by our company.
You need 5-7 hours during the week for communication.
Residential address to receive correspondence (if any).
Computer w/internet connection.
Please, reply to if you are interested and I will send you job details.
Mike James
Termz Development

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