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.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Total Web Solutions

"Total Web Solutions" is a pretty unimaginative name, and a lot of people use it (or describe themselves as offering it). In this particular instance, I'm talking about the people behind the domain "". If the same scam uses additional domain names, I'll report them in comments below. It looks like a typical money mule scam.

   Domain Name: T-WEB-S.COM <-- scam
   Registrar: ONLINENIC, INC.
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.DNS-DIY.NET
   Name Server: NS2.DNS-DIY.NET
   Updated Date: 02-may-2007
   Creation Date: 11-apr-2007 <-- new
   Expiration Date: 11-apr-2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted]
Date: 02-May-2007 06:37
Subject: Vacancy in the USA
To: [redacted]

International company Total Web Solutions is taking the candidates in the USA for the position of Local Agent.
We are looking for the trustworthy person with excellent organizational and communicative skills.
Good knowledge of computer and business relations practice
will be your advantage. This is a part-time job which can be combined
with any permanent or another part-time job. Average workload is up to 8 hours
a week. No special experience is necessary. Excellent compensation
package, the salary starts from $20,000 a year.
If you got interested in our vacancy and you have any questions, please contact us
The offer is for USA citizens only.

To start working it's necessary to send out your resume (if you have it), your full name,
the address and phone number to our email:

Best regards,
Andrews Butkus

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