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, June 03, 2007

Almada company

Money mule scam, obviously enough. A quick search reveals no obvious actual furniture company called "Almada" that these people might be impersonating. Beyond the fabricated name, all they provide is a freemail contact address.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted]
Date: 29-May-2007 20:31
Subject: job offer from Almada company
To: [redacted]

Hello We are Almada Company. We sell furniture wholesale in Great Britain, France, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden. We are planning to start looking for new clientele in the Australia, that s why we are trying to find new representatives who would be cooperating with our company in the Australia. So now, we need:

Wholesale Delivery Manager, you requriments, conditions and tasks are :
Requirements: Australia citizenship. Responsibility, diligence and honesty.

Duties: financial operations with the company s wholesale lots. You will have to collect the money that the client transfers onto your bank account (the bank is chosen according to the clients  regulations), cash them and transfer to us in our branches.

Conditions: Monthly salary $2000, after a 1-month probation period you will be given a 15% salary rise and will receive your paychecks bi-weekly. Possibility of career growth.

As you have already understood, all you have to do is collect the money from our clients for wholesale delivery and then send them to us in our offices.

Need more information or want to work with us? Send your resume to our e-mail:

Successful work!

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