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

Orkney Islands Shipping Co

Money mule job scam, targeting the USA, likely to involve forged checks (which "clear", but then bounce later). There may be a real company by this name, possibly even at the listed address, but not actually involved in the scam: the sender is just an impostor. Here's a question for you: why would a shipping company also be a financial advisory service?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Orkney Islands Shipping Co. Ltd. < >
Date: 13-Jun-2007 20:59
Subject: Financial Co ordinator Needed In U.S.
To: Postmaster <>

Orkney Islands Shipping Co. Ltd.,
Head Office, 4 Ayre Road,
Kirkwall, Orkney,
KW15 1QX
United Kingdom.
8th June,2007.


This is Mr. Nixon Winters, Marketing Director of Orkney Islands Shipping /
Financial Advisory Limited based
in The United Kingdom. I am 54 years old, and have been in this position
for approximately 5 years.

We are a small scale company with staff strength of 10. Our website is
currently under construction and
shall get to you once it has been set up.

Our company deals on import and export of Communication Accessories and
Household Appliances.
We specialize mainly on mechanical equipment, hardware, soft wares,
electrical, medical, chemicals,
light industrial products, office equipment and other products for world

We also act as stock brokers and financial advisory for various small
scaled Asian companies, unable to
operate in the Western World due to logistic reasons such as language
barrier / over head cost of
maintanance,labour management,etc.

We are currently assisting these companies recruiting processing agents in
The United States of America
only, whose function would be primarily assisting us receive and disburse
payment for sales of machanical
and chemical industrial materials which our Asian affiliates / companies
are basically involved in.

We have a worked out agreement of understanding to scout for
representatives whose role will be to
receive funds of their behalf after they have concluded shipment of their
products to their numerous
customers in the states.

In other words, you role will be that of a payment agent. You shall handle
cash payments on their behalf.

You are to deduct upon receipt of any payment, a 7% commission based on all
financial transaction you
handle, as form of salary..

This will be reviewed and updated based on your work efficiency.

Send details as outlines below for consideration,if you are interested in
this position to email -

(1)Your full names

(2)Contact address

(3)Phone/fax numbers

(4)Your residential address

(5)Your present occupation

(6) Your marital status

(7) Your Age

Thank you for your time.

Very Respectfully,

Mr. Nixon Winters.
Marketing Head. Orkney Islands Shipping / Financial Advisory Ltd.
United Kingdom.


Anonymous said...

I received this one too. The standard of English is really poor

I would also bet that absolutely no one resident in the Orkneys has the first name Nixon.

It has the uncanny ring of the famous "Nigerian Oil" scam.

"Ive been in this position for approximately 5 years" - Sounds painful! :)

Anonymous said...

Just received it on an address that is used to post charters to usenet.

Received: from ( [])

Which is German dail-in.

Anonymous said...

just opened my mail-got this obvious scam.
Come on! Does anybody believe this?

WarrenL said...

I've just received this one too. It amazes me that people can fall for these scams, particularly now that they're so well known.

father ted crilly said...

i believe it... infact, i admire mr nixon's courage in looking to recruit/solicit a potential financial partner from the faceless millions via email. The sooner more people in this cynical world could learn from others example and hand over all their money to scamtrepreneurs with no questions asked, the sooner the rest of us will be left in peace.

Anonymous said...

what to do if you know who nixon winters is and where he stays? does the the police anything about it?who should you contact ?

Spotter said...

What evidence do you have?

Anonymous said...

no i don't know who he is. my question was just theoratical.

Anonymous said...

I know who he is and contacted the relevant agencies last year, no response at all.