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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Charmilles Sales

Obvious money mule scam. The only bit they don't disclose is the percentage of the stolen money they're offering. The fake endorsements are somewhat amusing.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted]
Date: 26 Sep 2007 17:01
Subject: Would You Like To Make 1300  AUD a Week?
To: [redacted]

Looking for a job or extra income? - We found a solution for you!

Feel free to join this program and start making 1300+ AUD a week!

It is real, this is not another useless advertisement. Get full information.

"#1 Offer on The Net" - Cosmopolitan Magazine.
"Amazing Solutions for Students and Single Parents with children" - Forbe's Magazine.

Charmilles Sales Company, based in Spain, glad to introduce Australians to an amazing offer.

No money involved to get started
No past experience required
No school degree required
You have to be able to check your e-mail 3-4 times a day
You have to have at least 1 hour of spare time Monday-Thursday
You have to be 18+ years old and you have to be located in Australia

You can start right away, just ask for more information. Very friendly staff, ask for help anytime.

Limited time offer, very genuine and rare opportunity for people in need for money or extra income.

Position called "Funds Operator". Feel free to receive full information, do not hesitate, this is not another complicated job position, very easy to

get started. If interested reply with 'Interested' to:

And one of our representatives will contact you back shortly with full information and position description! Hurry Up!


Anonymous said...

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clearyw said...

funny that i received the same thing now i fell for it and currently have 2500 dollars in my bank

Spotter said...

Contact your bank and tell them the transaction is suspicious. They'll figure out who it was stolen from and give it back. Failure to notify the bank can result in your account being frozen.