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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Animal Reserve

This is a money mule scam, forged (badly) to appear as if sent by The English is badly broken in parts, and they use "employers" instead of "employees". Looks similar to a number of other scams in part, but most similar to the Animal Reserve fake charity scam due to similar domain names.

   Domain Name: THEANIMALRESERVE.COM <-- scam
   Registrar: ESTDOMAINS, INC.
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.KARASUMA-MY2.IN
   Name Server: NS2.KARASUMA-MY2.IN
   Updated Date: 02-jun-2007
   Creation Date: 02-jun-2007 <-- new
   Expiration Date: 02-jun-2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: no_reply[@] <no_reply[@]>
Date: 08-Jun-2007 12:42
Subject: Job from

Dear careerbuilder jobseeker,

We've reviewed your resume on
and found that you fit our basic requirements
to become our smart transfer manager.

Our company needs ten employers in United States for stable work of our branch.
Eight of them have been already accepted
and now we have two open positions.
This position provides support in the daily operation of benefits administration.
We are looking forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

What you'll have to do is to perform a basic bank operations like making a wire transfers.

This is a home based job and it could be part-time.

Your income will be from $2,000 to $4,000 per month, depending or your speed and accuracy.
There are also a bonuses for responsible, executive and initiative employers.

Our staff manager will be in touch with you and will help you solve any problems
that could occur during your starting period.

If you are satisfied with these conditions and wish to start earning,
please visit our site at:

Sincerely, Smart Transfer team.

If you have any question,
please feel free to contact us by e-mail:

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