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

"Elite Stars" Model Agency

It's hard to say whether the sender of this spam is actually associated with "Elite Stars" or not. What I can say for sure, however, is that it's a money mule scam.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: < >
Date: 03-May-2007 15:19
Subject: Part-Time job from CAREERBUILDER.COM

"Elite Stars" Model Agency is temporary hiring for a Work-At-Home job!

A Elite Stars Model Agency have recently started a large-scale expansion in Europe and USA. We are looking for people, having some free time and eager to earn some extra money. Your job will consist of helping our models to finalize their American contracts.

Since its establishment in 1989, Elite Stars Model Agency has been a major industry presence in the Western Europe. With a select roster of only 100 models we are able to remain committed to our goal of developing high quality models and talent to best meet the needs of our clients.

Our company doesn't have an office in US, so due to the increased number of transactions with US citizens and companies we have to hire some agents before we will establish an office in US.
So we are looking for honest, responsible people to provide services to us and to our customers.
We would like to offer you a position of Payment Processing Manager. This job is suitable almost for everyone, for students, for house wifes, for people who work but have some free time during the day. You don't need any high education, special courses and entrance fees.

"Elite Stars" Model Agency Vacancy:

Position: Payment Processing Manager;


- Fluent in English (spoken and written);
- A PC user (MS Office, MS Windows), Internet and e-mail skills;
- High communication skills;
- Aged over 21;
- US Citizens;
- An hour of free time daily;
- Honest, active and operative;

Employment Terms:

- Part-time (up to 20 hours per week); a permanent contract;
- Competitive salary ( $30,000 - $50,000 per year);

Job Description:

- Great career opportunities;
- Part-time, in-home position on a permanent contract basis;
- Competitive salary ;
- Flexible working schedule;

If you are interested please send your resume and questions to Please wait 12-48 hours for reply.

50, Leninskij pr., Office 200;
Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Phone: (812)-336-43-20
Fax: (812)-336-43-21

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