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 17, 2007

North Atlantic Trade Company

Based on descriptions given on the website, the actual job duties offered by this organisation involve reshipping electronic goods. Contrast this with the description given in the spam itself, which makes no sense at all. This is not a company: it's a front for organised crime, and the goods received and reshipped are obtained fraudulently. You are likely to be charged with criminal offences if you participate in fraud of this kind.

Domain Name:                                 BIGREVIEW.BIZ <-- scam
Domain ID:                                   D17478471-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar:                        GO DADDY SOFTWARE, INC.
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID:                146
Registrant ID:                               GODA-030546054
Registrant Email:                  
Name Server:                                 NS47.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
Name Server:                                 NS48.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
Created by Registrar:                        GO DADDY SOFTWARE, INC.
Last Updated by Registrar:                   GO DADDY SOFTWARE, INC.
Domain Registration Date:                    Sat Apr 21 17:09:59 GMT 2007 <-- new
Domain Expiration Date:                      Mon Apr 20 23:59:59 GMT 2009
Domain Last Updated Date:                    Sat Apr 21 17:10:02 GMT 2007

   Domain Name: N-A-T-C.COM <-- same scam
   Registrar: ESTDOMAINS, INC.
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.ART-HOST.ORG
   Name Server: NS2.ART-HOST.ORG
   Updated Date: 26-mar-2007
   Creation Date: 24-jan-2007 <-- recent
   Expiration Date: 24-jan-2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: no_reply[@] <no_reply[@]>
Date: 17-May-2007 23:17
Subject: Vacancy: Inner Sales Manager

Company Name
North Atlantic Trade Company
Company site
Contact Person
HR manager
Job title
Inner Sales Supervisor


Job description
North Atlantic Trade Company announces a vacancy on the position of Sales Supervisor.
Being trained in sales area is preferable.
Knowledge of PC (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, mail programs, Internet).
Personal car.
Personal qualities:

Good communication skills
Managerial skills
Ability to interact with people easily

1. Providing high level of distribution inside the company
2. Fulfilling the volume plan.
3. Supporting topicality of the database.

$50-$100 per week
May 1 2007


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