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.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Penka Inc

I don't know if there are any real companies using the name "Penka Inc". This is just some random scammer using that name and nothing more than an AOL email address. No details are given regarding the job itself, but it has the usual smell of a money mule job scam, probably involving checks.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: venti3271985 <venti3271985[@]>
Date: 06-May-2007 00:40
Subject: Best vacancy, please write us!20
To: [redacted]
Cc: [redacted]

International system provider Penka Inc. searching for local managers.
Don't miss your chance to gain your life opportunities.
Job conditions
What we can offer:
- salary 1500 USD - 2000 USD per week!
- training courses (1 week)
- work 2-4 hours per day

If you want to join Penka Inc. read demands:
- age 21 years and older.
- Location: USA, Canada
- your email, cell phone, Internet available every day.

For more information send your profiles and CV and we will respond ASAP: Regards David Cornett , head coordinator Penka Inc.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your post, I receive an email (posted below) and although I wasn't interested in replying, I wanted to know more about WHY!! your post was very informative. thanks.

-----Original Message-----
From: ELCash Solutions Inc []
Sent: Saturday, 12 May 2007 9:05 AM
Subject: Re: Thank you
Hello, my name is Judy Walker.
If you are looking for 100% a legit job(Part-Time Position) where you have to work to earn
money not stay to earn money then this is the job for you.

Location: Australia, USA
Status: Opened
Employee Type: Part-Time Employee

Description of Job
Our company founded in France which main field of operation is financial services such as escrow services for buyers and sellers on online auctions worldwide, offered both on the closed commercial auctions (stock sales, business sale, etc)with the limited number of buyers and public online auctions such as,, etc.
This is a part-time position. Your schedule will be flexible. You will need to spend on average 1-2 hours per day, Monday-Friday. It is a home-based position. All communication will be done online.

Requirements: You need to have Internet access and email.

A position within our company on a trial period for one month starting from the beginning of the work will be offered to the successful applicants. During this trial period you will be receiving training and online support while working and being paid. Employees on a one month trial period are evaluated at least one week prior to the end of their trial period. The supervisor can recommend termination, during the trial period. At the completion of the trial period, the supervisor can recommend continued employment, extension of trial period, or termination.

During the trial period you will be paid 1500 USD per month. You will also be keeping 8 percent commission from every payment received from a client. With the current volume of clients on average your overall income will add up to 3000 USD per month. After the trial period your base salary will go up to 3000 USD per month, plus 8 percent commission.

After the trial period you may ask for additional hours or proceed full-time.

If you are interested in our offer and would like to know more please send the filled form to our email:
I will contact you within 24 hours.

Full Name:
Primary phone number:
Best time to call you:

Department of employment
ELCash Solutions Inc.