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.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

IP Communication Solution

I'm a bit late in reporting this one: the copy below is the most recent one I've seen. This is a basic money mule scam, almost certainly involving the receipt of direct bank transfers (stolen) and forwarding the proceeds via Western Union.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: staff department <[redacted]>
Date: 30-Jun-2007 07:01
Subject: Employees urgently are required
To: [redacted]

The company " IP Communication Solution " is one of leading companies on granting IP-telephony services in Ukraine.
We search for regional representatives in Australia and other countries for expansion of base of
our clients.
- male or female;
- age 21 and older;
- education - any basic;
- location: Australia;
- period: 3 years and are more;
- demands: 2-3 hours per day (Monday - Friday).
Your salary will make 8 % from each transaction during the trial period and 600 AUD per week + 8 % from each transaction
if  you will be employed.
We provide to the employees constant promotion and worthy payment for intensive and qualitative work.
To get more details, send your CV and info according this email:
Regards Mark T. Nelson, Director of staff department

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