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 06, 2007

Ras Al Khaimah Ceramics

"Ceramics" is not a common cover story, but I do have a very similar scam on record from late last year. This is a money mule scam, probably involving fake checks.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: United Arab Emirate Online Job Opportunities <>
Date: 03-Jun-2007 09:14
Subject: RE: Profitable Work From Home Jobs

Ras Al Khaimah Ceramics,
P.O.Box 11232 Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirate.

RE: Offer to act as our Financial Representative in your country.

Good day and we hope this Job Offer reaches you in good faith. We are a group of Registered Company based in Ras Al Khaimah Ceramics, UAE. We are in the field of Exportation marketing. We deal on Manufacturing - Pipes ceramics, Tiles & constructions. We seek representatives from the United States of America , Canada and Mexico who will represent the interest of this company. The representatives we seek are Individuals, corporate body, and companies.

The Representatives will act as receiving payment agents, and also act as a medium for our customers to place order for goods and products from our company. As our Representative, you are guaranteed a minimum of US$ 2,000 monthly and also 15% commission from any payment you receive from our customers. This is a part time job and will not interfere with your personal life or present job as this will not take 1hour of your time weekly.

If you are interested, kindly provide the information below to the enlistment officer of this Company Mr. Mohammed Mustapha via e-mail:

Full Names:
House Address:
Zip Code:
Phone Number:

We look forward to working with you and receiving the very best of your qualitative services.

Thank you,

Mrs. El Fatima Hameed

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