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 16, 2007


I recognised this scam the moment it arrived, but I didn't realise how old it is: over a year! The last time I mentioned UFIS, the "Suckers Wanted" blog hadn't been started yet. It's just another elaborate lie to cover the basic money mule scam.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted]
Date: 15-May-2007 23:40
Subject: Job U.F.I.S. PE
To: [redacted]

Hello. My name is Dmitry Sergeev and I am the manager of a Human Recourses departament of U.F.I.S. PE (Ukrainian Folk Instruments Sales).
The purpose of this message is to draw Your attention to a vacant position of a financial manager.
About us:
We are a Ukrainian company producing specialised hand made Ukrainian folk instruments, such as Trembita, Bandura, Tsymbaly.
We have been producing exclusive instruments for collectors from all around the world, for over 15 years now. Some of our clients prefer to receive an instrument with gold strings or inlaid with diamonds and rubies and we take the highest pride in our workmanship.

Now we are a company with 15 years experience. During this time more than 15000 people have purchased high-end items from us.

Now we have started our activity in the territory of the Australia and we need to employ people who will work as our representative in the Australia. Any interested person can become our manager.

Our vacancy is opened for you if you are:
- Age: from 18 till 70 years
- Located in the territory of the AU.
- Have a skill to communicate and access to the Internet.
- Able to check your e-mail several times a day

Job Description:

Obligation of the manager is to work with the payments of our clients in Australia with daily inspection. It means that you are authorized person to receive payments from our clients in Australia to your bank account and transfer them to us in the fastest way (Western Union or Money Gramm).

Why do we need you:
It takes more then two weeks for Australia bank to transfer money here because our bank system is not perfect. That is why we are ready to pay you 5% to receive money the same day.

You will earn from $2000 up to $7000 AUD dollars per month, working only some hours per day.You can work part time or full time. Any person located in the AU can become our employee.

If you are interested in our offer send us your application and resume by e-mail to:

Best regards.


Anonymous said...

I have received a similar spam.

From: [probably not true]
Date: 20-May-2007 04:42
Subject: U.F.I.S. PE present new vacancy
To: [not telling!]


I have found your job request. I represent a company seeking for part-time financial contractors. I will describe the offer in a few words below:

Our company (U.F.I.S. PE) is a trading - financial company is seeking for employees to work with financial correspondence.
Our company is investment based enterprise. Your main duties will include operations, regarding distribution, sales, transfers, banking and finance basics. Age, education or gender are no longer barriers for making money with us. We offer the greatest opportunity for career growth and promotion at home.
U.F.I.S. PE is seeking for responsible, literate and honest persons for the positions in transaction and processing services to be regional clerk.
No experience needed to qualify.

1. Be able to check your email several times a day
2. Be able to respond to emails immediately
3. Be responsible and hard working
4. Should have personal (or business) checking bank account
5. Age: from 18 till 70 years
6. Located in the territory of the AU.
7. Have a skill to communicate and access to the Internet.

No experience, no problem.

Salary depends on time spent by employee , average is about $800.00 - $2,000.00 weekly.
Employment After you are accepted for employment, you will be assigned to our manager.
The manager will inform you by E-mail about the time and nature of the first transaction.
Our company assumes full responsibility for insurance, customs and tax registration of funds transaction.
You will not have to fill out any documents or pay customs duties!
For the initial period you will be offered a part-time employment, later depending on your activity results you can turn to the full-time employment.
During working perion your % will grow with every month or transferred sum, the more activity you provide the more money you will make with every transactions.
For any additional questions please contact our managers.
We need six representatives , so please respond fast if you would like to start immediately. In this case, please email for more details


Thanks, Michael
Team manager,
Donetskaya str. 16A
U.F.I.S. PE Corp.

Spotter said...


Spotter said...

Also,, and probably many others besides.