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

MMA Delivery

Vague job vacancy spam with a false "from" address Presumably this is a money mule or reshipper scam, but there isn't enough information to say for sure. The link in the spam is a typo-squat: it looks like, but it's not (there's an extra "a" in "usaa").

   Domain Name: USAACAREERCENTRAL.COM <-- scam
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.RUS-HOST.ORG
   Name Server: NS2.RUS-HOST.ORG
   Updated Date: 23-apr-2007
   Creation Date: 22-feb-2007 <-- recent
   Expiration Date: 22-feb-2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: manager[@] <manager[@]>
Date: 13-Jun-2007 11:52
Subject: Career opportunity.

Dear Sir/Madam.

We are happy to introduce you to "MMA Delivery" and to offer you this

great career opportunity!

Challenges. Some people see them as obstacles, but others, the

exceptional few, see them as opportunities. At MMA Delivery, our employees go

above and beyond and it's their can-do attitude that has made us what we

are - the foremost global marketing association.

At MMA Delivery, we want you to realize your full potential. We value

creativity, dedication and diversity, knowing our strength flows from

better ideas. Openness is more than a design feature of our offices. It

is the way we operate.

We continually search the globe for highly motivated people who seek a

challenging career in areas such as sales, economics, finance, IT and

journalism. There are no barriers to advancement. And with ongoing

training, we give you everything you need to be more.

Take a look at who we are. The challenges. The rewards. The

opportunities. You'll find we're perfect for people who want to be more.


company's website and our manager will get back to you within 24 hours)




Anonymous said...

what shoul I do if I felt victim of this scam?

Spotter said...

First, please post information as to the nature of the job that was offered, and what you were asked to do. That helps me in advising you. Generally, however, just stop sending any money/goods overseas, since that's the really damaging part. Everything else depends on the specifics of your case -- whether you received a check, a transfer, a paypal payment, or whatever.