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 10, 2007

British Petroleum (as if)

Here's a clue: British Petroleum use the domain name "". Their HR department does not spam out vague job ads, and they do not use Norwegian Yahoo! freemail addresses. Who cares what the details of the scam are when it's this obviously bogus?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: British Petroleum Company PLC < >
Date: 10 May 2007 09:25:37 -0700
Subject: British Petroleum Job Alert!!

British Petroleum Company PLC (UK)
Human Resource Department
1 St James's Square London, SW1Y 4PD
Ref: 01/007/HRD/BPPLC
Date: 07/05/2007
                      JOB ALERT!!
Could you be the right person for this job offer? What if our judgement
was wrong? You might want to try your hands on it but unfortunately we
are only looking for professionals with exceptional expertise, highly
spirited individuals who are ready to take up a rewarding challenges in
the oil and gas industry.
BP,a well established and reputable oil/gas company with rapidly
growing wide network of outlets around the world, seeks
to attract resourceful individuals craving for a refreshing
opportunity yet characteristically possesses the skill and uprightness
to excellently deliver amidst limited assistance.
- South-Africa
- Europe
- U.S.A
- All interested candidates should reply via mail with updated
Resumes (CV).
- Interested applicants must specify job location.
- Only applicants who possess the required qualifications will be
short-listed whence consequently contacted.
All Resumes should be fowarded to:
HR Department
Recruitment Section


Anonymous said...

I received this mail and I replied to it giving all my details. I wasnt aware of this spam at that time. Will they misuse my details? What do i do now...

Anonymous said...

your screwed!!