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.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Sydney Car Centre (impostors)

A correspondent reported this one. Here's a hint: a place called "Sydney Car Centre" isn't likely to have a Hong Kong country code website. This is a money mule scam.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: SCC [redacted]
Sent: 08 June 2007 00:45
To: [redacted]
Subject: New Vacancies In Our Company. [letter id: EE66809897050K]


While we may have high expectations of our associates, we also give them high rewards. Imagine being part of a stable organization with a sterling reputation - a place where the Sydney Car Centre is an integral part of all that we do. With our car centre personality, you'll not just succeed - you'll thrive. And, with our strong commitment to promoting from within, you'll definitely enjoy your rise to the top.

Today the Sydney Car Centre is looking for an industrious regional assistant to fasten the process of the delivery of customer payments to the suppliers. The position offered is a part-time job, and will only require from you to be available for 1-2 hours a day.

As a regional assistant, you will be supposed to operate with the payments from those customers, based in your country. You will be expected to accept 2-3 transactions to your bank account every week, make certain calculations about every transaction (you will be precisely instructed about it), & transfer the funds to the suppliers by means of western Union/Money Gram less your fee & the charges of the Western Union/Money Gram. You will be continuously communicating with the manager from the head office, who will instruct you & give advice regarding every new payment.

The ideal candidate will be industrious, goal-oriented person, with the availability of a personal/business bank account suitable to be used for the company needs. Knowledge of English, computer literacy and sociability are appreciated.

The company guarantees to pay NET 10% fee out of the amount of every payment you dealt with and to provide you with the regular income & flexible schedule. All the related expenses you might have (like the Western Union/Money Gram chargers, related expenses on traveling) are covered by the company.

The more detailed information is available on our web-site http://vacancy-970089.SCARCENTRE.HK/vacancies.php , where you can fill in the on-line application form for this position.

We would be glad to welcome you in our team!

We are looking forward to hearing from you as soon as possible!

Yours sincerely, Shawn Sosa


Theo said...

I've received over 148 messages from the SCC or Sydney Car Centre over the past month. Each time I try to loop back the address, I get a different Domain or person. I've reported this crap via my GMail account's Phishing action button, and have also blocked it from reaching my Spam box, but it still comes through, daily, 6 or 7 times a day. I just hope that noone actually falls for this BS.

Spotter said...

I have also seen the same scam using the domain "SYDNEYCC.HK".

Mandi Duncan said...

I've gotten dozens of them as well, using GMAIL. I wonder if GMAIL is perhaps allowing them to contact us and knows about it or has given them our information...

Spotter said...

Gmail is not divulging information. Spammers have advanced techniques for harvesting email addresses. If you've sent email to anyone who has contracted a virus on their computer, your email address is probably on a spam list.

Spotter said...

Seems like SCC also operates out of Taiwan:

Anonymous said...

Ok, I'm getting a new company now.
Called Leader Company, using the same ruse. Just got it about 20 minutes ago. Anyone else ever hear of this company?

Anonymous said...

They're now using the domain "". I don't even know what country that is off the top of my head. The spam is followed by a bunch of mostly numeric rubbish in white-on-white text, which I haven't included.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sydney Car Centre [bogus address]
Date: 22-Jul-2007 23:05
Subject: vacant position in the Sydney Car Centre
To: [not telling]

While we may have high expectations of our associates, we also give them high rewards. [same old same old cut out for brevity]

The more detailed information is available on our web-site, where you can fill in the on-line application form for this position.

We would be glad to welcome you in our team!

We are looking forward to hearing from you as soon as possible!

Yours sincerely, Yesenia Avila

Anonymous said...

KG is Kyrgyzstan, somewhat unlikely as a location for Sydney Car Centre ..... I doubt if these scammmig vermin scum even know where Sydney is, let alone Kyrgyzstan.

Anonymous said...

google has not betrayed us! don`t be fool.

Spotter said...

They're all over the world: now they've registered "". (".ph" is the Philippines.) Other than that, the spam remains much the same.

James said...

The URL they sent me is:

Be careful!

Vanessa Hesterberg said...

Turnover Manager Position you will be a part of the arranged and vividly developed EU Logistics Enterprise. $30 000 a year Duties: Get our client's items Monitor and review of the shipments for fidelity, disclose the packages if necessary Check all incoming items, shipments, and accessories permanently Socialize to purchasing dep for any incoming material imbalance Collecting of the statistics of all in and out lists of activities Save and timely intelligence of all shipments Pack and receiving in time of all outward packages Keep the equipment and stock control monthly Keep all the documents for domestic and foreign operations More duties necessary for the EU Logistics Enterprise job Specifications: Accuracy, self-discipline, loyalty and fidelity Main skills of the work with Excel and Word, developing schemes, etc. Confident computer user Chief features and self-discipline work Capacity to take 40 LBS packages not very often Productivity of negotiations about the work and
doing of all the prescriptives given via e-mail and telephone Capacity to execute several assignments, self-sufficient job and preference it as the punctual and precise one Consider, disciplined, impressive and proper attitude towards the work Necessity to examine the preliminary back investigation before the work

Just want to know, is this a scam?!

Spotter said...

Yes, it looks like a reshipper scam. Avoid any job which involves being a middle-man for re-shipment of goods or transferring money. They are all scams.

Anonymous said...

What about vision logistics?

Spotter said...

A simple name really isn't enough to go on, Anonymous. It's possible that there is a perfectly legitimate company called "Vision Logistics" out there, but your would-be employer has nothing to do with them. In the absence of good evidence to the contrary, you're safest to assume that it's a scam. Scammers throw those job offers around like confetti, after all.

Anonymous said...

I answered this add because I need a job desperately.

Vision Logistics Solutions is a scam. I had this checked out by a reliable source they said it seems to be legit. Well, it isn't. I called one of the companies that sells one of items I was to relabel and ship out. The persons name that was listed as the recipient at my address, had her credit card stolen. They have a great website and all the right paperwork and will talk to you live. Now, I am worry about my identity being taken as well. The old saying if it sounds too good to be true, IT IS!