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

Fung Arts & Crafts Gallery

"From" address SPF-verified. This looks a lot like a bunch of other "art and craft" scams I've seen, but not enough that I can point to particular instances and claim the same authorship. This particular scam usually involves cashing and forwarding money from forged checks which "clear", then bounce.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: FUNG ART & CRAFT GALLERY <caregiversinst@>
Date: 15-Jun-2007 03:13
To: [redacted]

I'm Douglas Fung  founder and president of Arts & Crafts Gallery
LLC ......we're nestled in the Green Mountains of Central Hongkong.
Before becoming a full time gallery owner, I owned a mail order company
and an import/export gift business while collecting art and antiques for
over  twenty years as an avocation.  I specialized in  antiques of the
Arts & Crafts Movement and later I collected Asian and tribal art.  It
is this invaluable international business and unique "collecting"
perspective which I feel will benefit you.
I am searching for representatives who can help me establish a medium
of getting to my customers in Europe,Canada and America as well as
making payments through you as my payment officer. It is upon this note that
i seek your assistance to stand as my representative in your country.
Note that, as my representative, you will receive 10% of whatever
amount you receive for the company and the balance will be paid into an
account we will avail to you.
Please, to facilitate the conclusion of this transaction if accepted,
do send me promptly by email the

(1)Your full names, Mr./Mrs.
(2)Contact address and,
(3)Phone/Moblie/fax numbers.
(4)Tell me a little about yourself and your present
occupation.Note that your age must be included.
Thank you for your time.

Mr. Douglas Fung,
Arts & Crafts Gallery,Hongkong.

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