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, May 23, 2007


The text of this spam has been appearing in ads from phishing gangs seeking money mules for some time, usually under the name "I-Soldit" -- but such names are usually abandoned when they get a bad enough reputation. See in particular this case, dating back to August 2006. Now that they are targeting the USA, they may have changed their game slightly, since forged cheques are a major exploitable weakness in the USA.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: ArtSolution '07 id-192 <fedemur[@]>
Date: 23-May-2007 18:07
Subject: Make money with your bank account.        REF: 2786

We are happy to present you our new project.
Today our Internet auction bidding firm has finally begun successful collaboration with american bank authorities.
Our Online auction bidding system is secured with many american major financial organizations and this is why we as the official affiliate are proud to guarantee safety and security of every On-line auction transaction our firm processes in USA.
Existing Positions:
Client Support Assistant: 8 hours per day. 2600$ per month.
Requirements: car, PC, cell and home phones, Internet access.
Assist customers from your region with full time email and personal support.
Regional Assistant: part-time 2-4 hours per day. From 3300$ per month + weekly bonuses for successful completion of daily assignments with no delays.
Requirements: Internet access and be able to check your email several times a day, cell and home/work phones, personal/business checking bank account(s).
Age limit - from 18 y.o.
Be able to contact our managers and customers both with your cell phone and the email.
Assist customers from your region with funds processing from the initial bidder to the seller itself. Checking bank account is obligatory.
Become the initial third party between the seller and the bidder from USA region.
Transport Manager: 6-10 hours per day. 2300$ per month.
Requirements: car, PC, cell and home phones. Punctuality and responsibility.
1. Become our initial representative and a middleman between the seller and the buyer from your region
2. Gain authority with people from all parts of the world who really rely on your service
3. Possible career growth
4. Work efficiently with no holds and delays and get weekly bonuses besides monthly salary for outstanding performance of your duties.
For immediate and confidential consideration, please email the following APPLICATION FORM to HR Office
1. Your full name:
2. Your country:
3. Your full address:
4. Your mobile contact phone:
5. Your fixed/home contact phone:
6. Your work contact phone (*):
7. Your contact e-mail(s):
8. Are you ready to begin working with our company? (must be 'Yes')
9. Are you ready to receive money payments to your bank account? (must be 'Yes')
Sincerely Yours,
Mark Huettman
Staff Manager

1 comment:

Dinesh said...

This mail has come to me as a shock.
I had to check the origin and no one responded.
So this is a clear case of scam.
Please be warned.