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 24, 2007


This scam is very short on details, but the paragraph I've highlighted has also appeared in the SDF Motors scam (which was similarly short on details). If anyone has been tricked into working for these scammers, please spill the beans on the details. I surmise from their website (which is very slick, by the way) that it is a money mule job, under the usual guise of handling "customer payments".

   Domain Name: FLYHORSETRAVEL.COM <-- scam
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS57.1AND1.COM
   Name Server: NS58.1AND1.COM
   Updated Date: 30-apr-2007
   Creation Date: 30-apr-2007 <-- recent
   Expiration Date: 30-apr-2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Todd Robbins [redacted]
Date: 24-May-2007 09:14
Subject: Respone to your resume
To: [redacted]


Dear ladies and gentlemen,

The "FlyHorse" Company is working in business tourism sphere for more than 13 years and is among leaders of the MICE market in USA, Europe and CIS. It is positioned as Destination Travel Management Company (DTMC) and Professional Conference Organizer (PCO).

We are happy to offer you the vacant position of "Customer oriented account manager".

Type of job: Distance work

The mentioned employee will have to fulfill the following duties:

-       Contacting our clients via email or phone.
-       Processing of correspondence
-       Follow all instructions(indications) of the company
-       To monitor payments for hotels and other prepaid services
-       Give the report to the company about all work tasks

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

-     Interpersonal skills
-     Accuracy
-     Response to orders ("can do" spirit)
-     Skills for Internet surfing, e-mail usage and cooperation with postal companies

You will mainly conduct negotiations by means of e-mail and phone. Our company will reimburse the cost of international long distance calls and Internet access costs.

If interested, please send a letter of application along with a resume of experience and accomplishments. Include the name, address, phone number, and e-mail address of four people whom we can contact as references.

Candidates without previous experience are also welcomed.
You may also keep working in your main office.

Please, e-mail your CV to

To find more about our company and present vacancies and our partners, please visit our web-site

Simple  resume:

Yours faithfully
Todd Robbins
The Head of personnel department
FlyHorse Travel

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