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 20, 2007

Eryx Investment

A money mule scam with a nice website, but that's not unusual. Not much detail is offered, but it looks like the usual money-handling thing where the catch is that you're handling stolen money or forged checks. Uses a forged @ "from" address.

   Domain Name: ERYX-INVESTMENT.COM <-- scam
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.PETERHOST.RU
   Name Server: NS2.PETERHOST.RU
   Updated Date: 11-jun-2007
   Creation Date: 11-jun-2007 <-- new
   Expiration Date: 11-jun-2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: no_reply[@] <no_reply[@]>
Date: 14-Jun-2007 11:38
Subject: Work at home position!

Eryx Investment is seeking a self-directed individuals with communications and organization
skills, punctuality and proficiency with MS Office programs to maintain inventory and fill
nessesary forms. This position requires communications and organization skills, punctuality
and proficiency with MS Office programs.


# U.S. citizenship;
# Age at least 21;
# Computer with MS Office, email, Internet;
# Good communication skills;
# Attention to detail;
# Opportunity to check your email several times a day;
# Opportunity to answer phone calls several times a week (experience in phone-based sales
is a plus but not required);
# At least 2 hours of free time during the week for communication;
# Bank/PayPal account (or ability to open one);

Stable income, NO start up or training fees! More information at our website:


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Suckers Wanted - what a laugh! Hopefully no-one falls for this stuff.