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.

Friday, August 24, 2007

WLCL Group

This is a money mule scam. Any job which involves being a financial middleman like this involves fraud somewhere in the chain.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: WLCL Group <[redacted]>
Date: 24-Aug-2007 16:07
Subject: Available positions at WLCL Group.
To: [redacted]

Good afternoon,

We have seen your profile on the of the employment websites.
We currently have an open part-time position which  pays $1500-3000 per month plus extra bonuses and various benefits.
We offer very flexible schedule great programs where personal qualities affect earnings. Position does not require and specific knowledge but willingness to learn,  determination, basic knowledge of computer and management skills. The nature of job is transaction processing. You will receive the transfers our customers/resellers send  directly to you and forward it to us or our agents via one of chosen money transfer agencies.
And if you are looking for career there is a chance of becoming a part of our team in the future (based on your performance), team in which you will be truly respected and  honestly rewarded. We hope to hear from you soon, if you should have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

If interested please, contact us at  , stating your country of residence as well.

Thank you!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I found two of these in my inbox when i returned from leave. Not that I'd respond to something with such obvious faults (eg there is no profile on any employment website, the bad english usage) but I thought I'd Google it and, lo and behold, there it was confirmed for me. Word for word. Don't answer anything that doesn't know how to use your language and remember - if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is!