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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Schwab (not)

Scam type: money mule (forwarding stolen money via Western Union). Suspiciously similar to the chain of scams last seen under the name "Q-Matic" .

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted]
Date: 21-Jun-2007 10:54
Subject: Need Money For Your Bills? Look what we have.
To: [redacted]

Make 1000-1300 AUD a WEEK! Very Convenient Summer Job.
Really great opportunity, don't miss. Position called "Bank Courrier".
Successful company Schwab in Germany offers Australians 1000-1300 AUD a
week spending only 1-2 hours a day, 4 times a week, Mon-Thu. You have to
be 18+ y/o, be able to check your e-mail 3-4 times a day, you have to be
responsible and enthusiastic. For more information reply to:
Currently hiring!

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