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, May 03, 2007

Apple Italy

Undistinguished money mule job scam, backed by nothing more than a Gmail contact address and a desire to swindle people out of their money.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted]
Date: 03-May-2007 08:05
Subject: Australian Individual Needed. 18 y/o+
To: [redacted]

Dear Recepient! This is An Ultimate Job Offer From Apple Company!

You have a chance to make 2000-2500 AUD a week, making 10% comission! To
introduce you quick to the opportunity i will give you 5 facts:

1. 2000-2500 AUD a week! Yes
2. 18+ y/o, you have to be able to check e-mail 3-4 times a day
3. 1-2 hours of free time Monday-Thursday
4. Responsible
5. Enthusiastic

Successful company, representing Apple Inc production offers a great
opportunity from Italy. Currently seeking for Australian individuals ONLY
who can help us out. Very great opportunity and very easy. For more info
please contact:

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