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.

Thursday, June 07, 2007


Money mule job of the "banking forged checks" variety. Here's a hint: when a bank says a check has "cleared", that only means you can draw on it. It doesn't mean it won't bounce later.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 06-Jun-2007 12:02

Dear Sir/Madam,

We need agents to receive payment for our textiles ( inchecks ) and to
resend the money to us via Money Gram or Western Union Money
This way we will save money because of tax decreasing.
The international money transfer tax for legal entities (companies) in UK is 25%,
where as for the individual it is only 7%.There is no sense for us to
work this way while tax for international money transfer made by a
private individual is 7%.
That's why we need you! If you are interested in our offer, please
reply immediately to this email address:

Mr.Dale Wendell

Surcon House
Copson Street
Manchester M20 3HE United Kingdom



Anonymous said...

I received one of these messages, too. However, the reply email is now

Anonymous said...

I received this same message today.

If you go to this link AT THE REAL HANSON TEXTILES LTD you will find they are aware of the fraudulent emails & have reported them to the police.

Kat Lash said...

I guess since they couldn't convince me that I won the lottery, or have arelative who died in a plane crash, or impersonate a relative of someone who died in the 9/11 attacks they are trying this. I also got a notice from the FHA wanting to give me $25 million dollars. This porvided I return 70%. Isn't there a way the FBI, Interpol, Scotland Yard or the Secret Service to find them. There are too many people who are looking to make an easy buck or two or seven million who will sacrifice their freedom for these scum. I find most of the phone numbers trace back to Nigeria or country code 44. There have been times that I have been tempted. Especially when I haven't been working, or I am low on cash around the holidays. It would be great to use the money to finance my grandchildren's education or buy a few houses in the same sub-division for my kids and their families. But being an honest person I cannot. I will work with whatever organization calls to hel put these lowlifes behond bars for nothing more than giving people the false hope of financial stability without working. Thank you Hanson Textiles for letting people know about this scam.
Kathleen Hedly-Lash

Anonymous said...

the new email is
I just got it this morning.
Thank goodness for this site to let everyone that is in financial disstress NOT to get involved in a felony activity.

Anonymous said...

Mr Daniel Owen

To: Anirban ********>


Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 15:39:20 IST

Surcon House
Copson Street
Manchester M20 3HE United Kingdom
Phone Number:+447031957083

Attn: Representative Ref/235u,

Thank you for your mail.I am the Executive Director of the above company. My company (HANSON TEXTILE CO. LTD.) Deals on high quality textile products such as Jacquard Fabric Textile Cotton Satin Printed Satin Twisted Satin.We export our Texitle Materials into CANADA,USA,JAPAN,DUBAI, INDIA AND OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.We normally encounter problems when been paid by our esteemed clients because it takes a while their payment cheques to clear here in my country so this has prompted us to search for a Honest, Responsible and Dedicated Payment agent,who has no problem with the Authorities in that region who would stand on behalf of my company but most have Functional Bank Account to receive payment .Presently,we are been owed over USD$56.5 million and the Creditor in question has agreed to begin installmental payment.If you are willing to assist,you would be paid 10% of the total sum you collect on behalf of my company.

Our main VISION is to cover the markets the world over with our quality ceramic supplies.
You really do not need any formal knowledge for this job, You are to handle all businesses concerning HANSON TEXTILE CO. LTD.,in your region. Our clients pay through you to us and we pay through you to our clients.
We source for our clients ourselves and most times they come to us so you do not really need do much work apart from being the contact person in your residence country.

Any clients indebt to the company,his details will be forward to you to contact him and demand for our money.
Every correspondence with the clients,it is your duty to update me for advise and further instructions,with the informations you provided for us,I have instructed the accounting/debt collection dept to compile a list of clients in your region in order for you to contact them and introduce yourself as the company Payment agent incharge of the region.
In my next mail to you,I will instructed you whom to contact and always treat our client with respect and maturity.

Thanks and hope this is the beginning of a mutually beneficial business relationship.

Please acknowledge this mail in order for me to tell you the next step to be taken as the company payment agent

1.Full Names:
2.Company Name:
3.Contact Address:
7.Phone number:
8.Fax Number:

Mr. Daniel Owen,
Executive Directior


Anonymous said...

I just recieved the same message today. Strange, I just went on line today looking for a job @ I entered all the info they asked. I thought that this info was safe being it was on the New Jersey site. Someone from the state should check out there site. Really upset now. God's knows what else I will be receiving.

Anonymous said...

I received this e-mail today my self from hanson textiles. The reply e-mail was "", so I checked out the website and turns out that there is a warning about fraud play but the reply email belongs to the website. The address and contact detail's for the company on the web page is:

tel: 01926 470 141
fax: 01926 470 144

post: Unit 5, St. Mary's Road
Sydenham Industrial Estate
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire CV31 1DB

but the web page is registered to this address:

10 Copson St
Manchester, M20 3HE, United Kingdom

which turns out to be a takeaway restaurant called:
"Lazeeza Tandoori Takeaway"
phone number: +44 161 448 8999‎

Spotter said...

Note that has been registered since late 2001, and is most likely a real company for that reason alone. The registration address is Surcon House, Copson Street, and there may well be more than one business located in this building.

The email address you have posted is, indeed, an address owned by the real company. Presumably this is either an error or a decoy: the scammers usually provide a Yahoo! address (or similar) for responses.

Anonymous said...

Just thought you'd like to know this guy is back again, operating under a slightly modified "company" name, and with a new reply address. My email client showed: ""

He's also modified it to look like a job offer, and included all sorts of pleas of legality.

. . . .


Hello ,

HANSON TEXTILES & FABRICS, is a UK textile company.We produce and distribute clothing materials such as batiks,assorted fabrics and traditional costume worldwide.We have reached big sales volume of textile materials in the Europe and now are trying to penetrate the United State and Canada market.Quite soon we will open representative offices or authorized sales centers in the United State,Canada and some other countries,therefore we are currently looking for people who will assist us in establishing a new distribution network there. The fact is that despite the US market is new for us we already have regular clients also speaks for itself.

The international money transfer tax for legal entities (companies) in UK is 25%, whereas for the individual it is only 7%.There is no sense for us to work this way, while tax for international money transfer made by a private individual is 7% .That's why we need you! We need agents to receive payment for our textiles( in money orders,check or bank wire transfers) and to resend the money to us via Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer.This way we will save money because of tax decreasing.

1. Recieve payment from Clients 2. Cash Payments at your Bank 3. Deduct 15% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed. 4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to(Payment is to be forwarded either by Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer).

15% from each operation! For instance: you receive 7000 USD via checks or money orders on our behalf. You will cash the money and keep $700 (10% from $7000) for yourself! At the beginning your commission will equal 15%, though later it will increase up to 18%!

You do not have to go out as you will work as an independent contractor right from your home office. Your job is absolutely legal. You can earn up to $3000-4000 monthly depending on time you will spend for this job.
You do not need any capital to start.You can do the Work easily without leaving or affecting your present Job.The employees who make efforts and work hard have a strong possibility to become managers. Anyway our employees never leave us due to our excellent work condition.

18 years or older Legally capable responsible ready to work 3-4 hours per week PC knowledge e-mail and internet experience (minimal) And please know that Everything is absolutely legal, that's why You have to fill a contract! If
you are interested in our offer, please reply immediately to this email address
Refrence No:- LSLCA/2031/ 8161/05
Batch No:- R4/A313/2-60

First Name:
Name:......................... .............................. .....
Name :
Addrress Line
Address Line
City :
State :
Zip :
Home Phone......................... .................
Cell Phone :
Gender :
Marital Status :
Age :
Nationality :
Thanks for your anticipated action.And we hope to hear back from you.
Yours Sincerely,
(Mr Johnson Co-ordinator Desk)

Anonymous said...

I had received this With regards to your mail and how are you doing today? We are very sorry for late reply to your mail to us just that i had a trip to bermigham for a conference meeting.

According to your mail kindly be informed that you will have to get that Axis account opened on time so that our customer can start making payment to you with immediate effect.And also be aware that there is no way our customer can make payment to your ICICI account because is not safe. You just have to get that Axis account opened.

I await your swift response.

Yours Faithfully
Mr. Daniel Owen,
Executive Directior

Anonymous said...

I don't know if this is the same person but i have been dealing with an Owen Hanson from Australia apparently. I have a room for rent in the uk and he contacted me and said he wanted it for his daughter. Then sent me a fraudulant cheque for£3,800 which included my rent and his daughters flight and car money. his email is STAY AWAY!

Anonymous said...

Owen Hanson has also contacted me concerning a room for rent in London. He has offered to send a check for 3000 pounds, to secure a room for his daughter (Kelly). Thanks for the warning and others please beware.