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

france.gov101@gmail.com

More vague stories to disguise the common money mule scam. This spam has been received from at least two different sender names and addresses: only the parts which are common to all instances (apart from the date) are shown here. They don't claim to have a particular company name.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted]
Date: 28-May-2007 08:03
Subject: You Need Money? Please Read.
To: [redacted]

Greetings!

If you are located in Australia You Want to Read this! Job Opportunity.
You have a chance to make 1000-1300 AUD a week! To get you interested,
here is some description.

1. 1000-1300 AUD a week! Yes.
2. 18+ y/o, you have to be able to check e-mail 3-4 times a day. Mon-Thu.
3. 1 transaction a day. Convenient.
4. Keeps you motivated.
5. Fun!

Position called "Transaction Handling".

Successful company, representing Toshiba hardware offers a great
opportunity from France, Paris. Currently seeking for Australian residents
who can help us out. Very great opportunity and fun. For more info please
contact: france.gov101@gmail.com
Truly yours
[redacted]

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