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, June 06, 2007

Easy-Escrow Inc

"Escrow" is a moderately popular cover story for money laundering, but this particular money mule recruitment email doesn't bear any strong similarities to others in my corpus that I can see. Claims to be from, which is a common lie.

   Domain Name: EASY-ESCROW.COM <-- scam
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.TUTHOST.COM
   Name Server: NS2.TUTHOST.COM
   Updated Date: 22-may-2007
   Creation Date: 03-may-2007 <-- recent
   Expiration Date: 03-may-2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: 04-Jun-2007 15:10
Subject: Vacancy for you.

Dear Mr/Mrs,

You have now received this letter because of the fact that your career profile and information of your CV on the site are suitable for our enterprise, and we would wish to see you a member of our labour collective.

Let us give you some information about Easy-Escrow.
Our enterprise s activities may be added up to an online guarantee service. We have been more than two years in this business already, and have reached remarkable success. Inhabitants of more than 20 countries of the world (the USA, Canada, Western and Eastern Europe) got to be our clients.
Nowadays, the amount of our clients grows rapidly, which leads to staff expansion necessity. You stand a good chance of joining a fast-developing, successful team, and gaining lots of career promotion possibilities.
If you wish to fill in the application form or get more information about our vacancies, please move to the following link

With respect,
Easy-Escrow Inc.

No comments: