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

VENERA Corporation

Scam type: money mule (forwarding stolen money via Western Union). Suspiciously similar to the Fronda and Almada scams.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: 20-Jun-2007 02:52

Good day!!!
I am the head of the Staff Department of VENERA Corporation Aleksandr Bogachev. After our research and combined work with administration of Careerbuilder we took a note of your profile on If you are intelligent, hard-working, responsible and reliable we will be glad to cooperate with you.

Our furniture corporation has been acting in the global furniture industry since 2004. For this time our company has been showing to advantage in many high developed European countries such as France, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands and Sweden. High quality of our production is acknowledged by our customers all over the world. We are really happy to realize that our furniture is much in demand among our European clientele. At this stage we are planning to start our cooperation with the United States of America and are interested to find our official representatives in the USA.

Thus at the moment we need: Wholesale Delivery Manager,

Requirements: USA citizenship. Responsibility, reliability and honesty.

Duties: financial operations with the company s wholesale lots. You will have to collect the payments that our clients transfer in your bank account (the bank is chosen according to the clients  regulations), cash them and forward to us in our branches.

Conditions: Monthly salary $ 2 500, after a month probation period you will be given a 15% salary rise and receive your paychecks bi-weekly. Possibility of career growth.

If you need more information or are interested in our joint business please contact us by our e-mail address:

Successful work!

The head of VENERA Corporation Staff Department Aleksandr Bogachev.

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