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 05, 2007

Re: Is it Another Hotel job Scam Please find if u can confirm

John,

Yes, at a glance I can see that this is a scam -- specifically advance fee fraud. They're promising a nice well-paid job, but they want fees (a "tourist clearance card" of $300 in this case) paid up front. Anyone who is serious about offering paid work will cover all the necessary expenses themselves; anyone who expects you to pay fees is a scam artist. In this case, there is no job: it's just a big lie they're using to con lots of people into paying the $300 fee.

Other than that, the dead give-aways are the fact that the alleged hotel is using a Yahoo! freemail address (unprofessional in the extreme -- many scammers don't even stoop this low), and the fact that the job was advertised in spam email (although I'm assuming that part, since you've only forwarded their response here). In any case, I see a lot of "Canadian hotel" job offers, and they are all scams. If you want a job in a Canadian hotel, go ask one directly. Don't expect the terms to be as inviting as this sweet lie, though.

On 05/09/07, john [redacted] <[redacted]@yahoo.com> wrote:
Hi ideceive
This an email i received u can confirm and share with other readers if it is ascam am trying to confirm the same
Thank you!
please reply your findings


Dear Mercy ,
Congratulations! You are hereby notified that your qualification and experiences were found suitable for the requirements of Days
Hotels and you have been selected for the position  of  Computer Operator .
Please, note that, the job description have been  fully stated and prescribed in the job contract engagement papers that will be sent to you via DHL courier service when we receive your registration form.
 
This is your salary for your review. 
Computer Operator = $4,950per month.
 
However, I have been instructed to explain to all the applicants that are coming to work for us that we can afford to take care of the lawyer's payment fees of about $500.The lawyer would be responsible for  all necessary documentations for your arrival. It will interest you to also know that your flight ticket will also be taken care by the Hotel management .As you are now considered, the information pages of your international passport,CV and completed application form attached with your tourist clearance card will be submitted to the Canadian immigration office here in Canada for your  working permit approvals. However, the management would put together the cost of your arrival and will installmentally be deducting the cost of your documentations {the lawyer fees, flight ticket and work permit. Note here that you will be responsible for the payment of the tourist clearance card that covers Africa, Asia and Europe which would be needed to be attached with your CV before submitting it to the Immigrations for your complete documents which will cost you CAD$300.00  ( Three Hundred Canadian Dollars}.Therefore, any applicant who is willing to come and work for us will pay for the tourist card by himself or herself. The payment for the  Tourist Clearance Card  will also prove to the management your interest and commitment to this employment offer before the management starts processing documents to obtain your visa/working permit on your behalf. These are the instructions passed by the Hotel Director, Irwin Prince. So, if you are ready to pay for your tourist clearance card, print and fill out the Attached(forwarded)application and payment form and attach photocopies of the information pages of your International passport and send it via attachment to our Management co-ordinator, Ms.Carol  Williams,through this email address  visasdayshotelmontreal@yahoo.ca  She is in charge of work permit and tourist clearance and when she confirms your payment ,she will issue out your tourist clearance certificate to the management to enable them conclude the work permit
process.Applicants in this batch are given between 31st August, 2007 and  13th September, 2007 to accept their offer and send  their  payment and completed application forms .Applicants who have accepted their offer but have not acquired their International passport can send their payment and completed application form  to secure their offer but in filling their application  forms they must leave the space for passport number and expiry date open and when we receive their passport details we will help fill the information.It  is  very important to note that all successful applicants who have accepted their offer and sent in their payment and completed application forms must arrive here in Canada not later than 30th November ,2007 for the commencement of three weeks induction training to familiarize with the hotels method of operation .Therefore,successful applicants are adviced to send their  payment and completed application forms  as early as possible to meet up with the stipulated time.
Congratulations once again!
 
Thanks,
 
 [image redacted]
Tyler Briggs,
Human Resources Manager.
Days Hotel & Conference Center , Montreal , Quebec , Canada .
1005 rue Guy, Montreal , Quebec , Canada .
E-email: days_hotel_montrealcanada@yahoo.ca
http://www.dayshotelmontreal.com


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11 comments:

figment said...

Beyond what was already said . . . There is no contact information on the web page given, no phone numbers or e-mail addresses, all the links are for hotels in Europe, the company that manages the site is European, with no offices in North America, and they have no free rooms. Ever. Booked solid for three years.

Kare said...

Hello I have all information to contact this Tyler Briggs. I talked to him "today"!
I've actually reported him to IC3.GOV (in the USA) (I am from California)and to New Scotland Yard in England and he's running scared. I am a search agent, worked for companies like www.reputationdefender.com and for 3Com in the NOC sniffing out hackers, and such. I told the guy he picked the wrong person.
I told him I know what you are doing, and both those agencies have his address he's giving out right now, as well, they have his phone number, and I will post them to you here.

Dear Karren D. R. Knight ,

Sequel to our telephone interview earlier it was nice speaking with you. You are hereby notified that your qualification and experiences were found suitable for the requirements of London City Hotel and you have been selected for the position Computer Operator

Please, note that, the job description have been fully stated and prescribed in the job contract engagement papers that will be sent to you via DHL courier service with other travel documents and air ticket.

This is your salary for your review. Computer Operator = ₤ 3,060 Pounds per Month (Net Pay) further allowances will be considered base on your performance


However, I have been instructed to explain to all the applicants that are coming to work for us that your flight ticket, Visa Fee lawyer's payment fees of about GBP₤ 470 will be paid by the Hotel management .As you are now considered, your passport, CV and application form attached with your tourist clearance card will be submitted to the British immigration office here in London for your Visa/work permit approvals.

However, the management would put together the cost of your arrival and will install mentally be deducting the cost of your documentations {the lawyer fees, flight ticket and Visa}

Note here that you will be responsible for the payment of the tourist clearance card which would be needed to be attached with your CV before submitting it to the Immigrations for your complete documents which will cost you GBP ₤229.00 (Two Hundred and Twenty-Nine British Pounds}

Therefore, any applicant who is willing to come and work for us will pay for the tourist card by himself or herself. The payment for the Tourist Clearance Card and Registration will also prove to the management your interest and commitment to this employment offer before the management starts processing documents to obtain your Visa/working permit on your behalf.

These are the instructions passed by the hotel Director, Helen Cole. So, if you are ready to pay for your tourist clearance card, print and fill out the forwarded(Attached) registration and payment form and attach photocopies of the information pages of your International passport and send it via attachment to our Management Co-coordinator, Mr. Alex Anderson,through this email address londoncity.hotel@yahoo.co.uk He is in charge of visas and tourist clearance and when he confirms your registration and payment ,he will issue out your tourist clearance certificate to the management to enable them conclude the visa/work permit process.


Applicants are given between 2nd November, 2007 and 18th November 2007 to accept their offer and send their payment and registration form.

Applicants who have accepted their offer but have not acquired their International passport can send their registration and payment to secure their offer but in filling their application forms they must leave the space for passport number and expiry date open and when we receive their passport copies we will help fill the information .It is very important to note that all successful applicants who have accepted their offer and sent in their registration and payment must arrive here in London not later than 26th November ,2007 for the commencement of three weeks induction training to familiarize with the hotels method of operation .

The Management will be responsible for applicant’s accommodation and transportation for the period of one year; thereafter you will be responsible after the review of your salary of 10% increase.
Note that as soon as the management receives your payment, they will immediately commence with your traveling documents which take approximately three work days to be ready. Once ready, the management will immediately notify the British Embassy with your details for the issuance of your visa\work permit. The management will also dispatch your traveling documents which includes your air ticket by courier service to you and not by email. Upon receipt, you will have to take the documents including your international passport to British Embassy in your country for work permit endorsement.

Therefore, successful applicants are advised to send their registration and payment as early as possible to meet up with the stipulated time.

Congratulations once again!

Sincerely Yours,
Tyler Briggs.
HR Manager.


Tel: +44 703 189 2091 Fax: + 44 870 479 8163

Kare said...

The hotel he's lying about right now, I sent emails to them, and contacted Management directly for the Genuine London City Hotel.
here is the current address he is giving:
32 Ashdown Court, Edmonton, London N19 9XQ

Anonymous said...

I have escaped this con-game by a whisker. Thanks for this good work. Why can't the police arrest this crooks,
My salary offer is $5,310. I got my letter (by email) same as bogged one.
From Kakamega, Kenya

Anonymous said...

Here is another Air ticket centre scam that I recieved today 11/27/07 everyone beware ...this is a new one on me:
Dear Customer,



We have the absolute pleasure to inform you that you have been selected to participate in our loyal promotional campaign in which you are eligible to win one of the ten luxury cruise vacations offered by the following airline companies: American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Every participant can win one of the two $12,000 luxury cruises for two to Tahiti islands during the Christmas or New Year’s Eve period which is covered entirely by the U.S. airline companies mentioned above as a gift for the fidelity and support of their customers. You will be able to choose from two separate 5 star luxury cruises and be part of this incredible vacation during Christmas or New Year’s Eve on board of the beautiful liner Paul Gauguin. The two options are available so you can freely choose what holiday you wish to celebrate on board of the Paul Gauguin liner. Our company Air Ticket Centre UK has won the auction which authorizes us to organize and distribute these cruises. The extraction of the lucky winners will be made on December 7th at our headquarters.



Win right away a luxury cruise during Christmas or New Year’s Ever, an oasis of liberty and beauty with all the expenses paid in full. The grand total of this luxury cruise is more than $12,000. There is no fee that you need to pay in advance. You can experience the beauty and exotic fragrance of the famous Tahiti and Papeete islands in the Pacific Ocean for one whole week on board of a 5 star luxury cruise liner visiting key locations such as Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia, Raiatea, Taha'a Motu Mahana and Bora Bora with everything included such as exotic food and drinks and all on board activities.



Now is the chance to win an unforgettable luxury cruise either during Christmas or New Year’s Eve, your chance to experience these holidays in an exquisite location such as Papeete in the Tahiti islands. The airline companies are offering you the cruise of your lifetime, a dream vacation for their loyal customers. This a real chance for you to live at royalty standards for a whole week. If you do not have any other plans for the holidays and you want to take advantage of this once in a life time opportunity please let us know right away. The winner will be announced through e-mail or by phone on December 7th, 2007.





Send your information and enter the competition for free right now:





Full name:

Address:

Age:

Home phone:

Mobile phone:







Anne Brown

Executive Director

Air Ticket Centre UK

119-121 Stow Hill

Newport, Gwent

NP20 4ED












Competition Agreement









I. Official rules of the campaign



The competition is organized by Air Ticket Centre UK . The promotional campaign will be run according with the present regulations and it is mandatory for all participants.

The organizer reserves the right to modify or change this document during the time of the campaign.





II. Campaign duration and area of interest



This contest will be held during a 10 day period starting on November 26th to December 7th 2007. To participate in this contest you need to send your personal information before December 6th at midnight. The winner will need to prove that he/she flew with one of the following airline companies: American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Also it is sufficient to show a ticket or voucher with your name on it.





III. The prizes



The extraction of the winners will be made with a specialized computer program. After the extraction on December 7th we will announce the ten winners. The prizes cannot be swapped with their value in money or other benefits.





IV. Legal terms



The present agreement is running in conformity with the law for approving and commercializing products and services. The organizers will not be held responsible for any error in the declaration of your personal information. As such we do not have any kind of obligation due to erroneous information to transfer the prize to the winner.



By participating to this contest all participants agree that their personal identification information (full name, address, phone number, age, occupation, e-mail address) be entered in the organizer’s database and their partners and can be used for marketing purposes.





V. Trademarks and companies involved



This contest is provided by “American Airlines”, “Continental Airlines”, and “Southwest Airlines” and is organized by “Air Ticket Centre UK ”. The aforementioned companies are registered with the Better Business Bureau.





VI. Eligibility for participating



In case one of the winners is a minor (under 18 years of age) he/she will need to provide a written document with the approval of their parents or legal guardian. The following persons do not have the right to enter this competition: employees from any company that is participating in this campaign or their partners and their first degree relatives. Participating in the contest and/or winning any of the prizes confirms the unconditioned acceptance that the name and/or video and audio materials with the participants can be made public and used by the organizers for publicity purposes with unlimited territorial and time limits as well as using any kind of promotion areas (example: on the Internet, street panels, etcetera). The participants in this contest agree that their personal identification data can be used by the organizers and their partners to be recorded in their databases to be used later in marketing applications.



The organizer agrees to:

-Send an annual confirmation to the participant if their personal information is used or not;

- To rectify, update, block or delete the information if it is not used according to the law for protecting personal data and their free circulation;

- To apply anonymity to the data that is not used according to the law for protecting personal data and their free circulation;

- In case of any disagreement between the organizers and the participants to the contest the issues will be resolved in a friendly manner and if that fails the issues will be forwarded to the authorities and the court of law near the headquarters of the organizer.





The prizes cannot be converted into money. In case the winner is a minor or a person that is incapable of receiving the prize he or she will be able to receive it only accompanied by one of their parents or legal guardian who will sign a declaration in which the organizer is not held responsible for any damages following the handing of the prize.



VII. Taxes



The present contest is being held in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service in the U.S. and the HM Revenue & Customs in the U.K.

The taxes will be supported by the organizer and its partners. Any other obligations, be it financial or not, regarding the won prizes fall exclusively in the responsibility of the winners.





VIII. Limited liability



The Luxury Cruise Contest is for the customers of the following airline companies: American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Southwest Airlines. As such the organizer will not be held responsible in any way for any of the following situations (the list is not nominal and only for exemplification purposes):



- Errors from the companies that surpass the period of validation;

- Delayed flights;

- Any malfunction of the electric and phone networks which prevents the development of the contest.



The organizer reserves the right to modify the present document; the modification will become active as soon as it is posted on one of the following websites: www.continental.com, www.aa.com, www.southwest.com, www.airticketcentre.co.uk.





IX. Participant’s rights



The person that has sent their personal information has the following rights according to the laws that protect private data and its free usage:



1. Informing the person that provided the data with:

- The identity of the company and its representative if required;

- The purpose of using the data;

- Additional information such as: destination or groups of destinations where the data is sent; if the data request is obligatory and is refused inform of the consequences; the existence of the right to access, intervene and to deny as well as the conditions in which these can be exercised;

- Any other information which is required by a court disposition.



2. The right to access the data:

- When requested any participant has the right to obtain for free from the operator once per year the confirmation that the data has been used or not; the operator is obligated in case the personal data is used to inform the participant a confirmation and the following: information regarding the usage of the data, the categories and destinations that the data will be used for.



In order to request this information from the operator a written letter with date and signature is required. In the request the solicitant can specify that the information be sent at a certain address which can also be an e-mail or through a courier and to assure that the solicitant receives the information personally.



The operator is obligated to send the requested information in 15 days from the date when the request was received.





X. Impossibility to execute



The organizer will not be held responsible for not being able to execute properly or partially the contest due to an unforeseen and insurmountable event independent of the organizer’s will.



Such events include but are not limited to: natural disasters, earthquakes, floods, fires, strikes, social movements, war, sudden changes in laws and legislation, etcetera.





XI. Ending the contest



The marketing campaign and the contest can be stopped only in case of an extreme situation as defined paragraph X or by a decision of the organizer but not before announcing publicly through a national television post or newspaper.





XII. Conflicts



The possible conflicts between the organizer and the participants to the contest will be worked out in a friendly manner or when this is not possible in a court of law.



XIII. Additional stipulations



To enter this contest you need to have American citizenship, regardless of age, nationality or religion with the exception of the employees and their relatives from first to fourth grade that work for the airline companies, its partners and organizer.



The participants agree to follow the rules of this competition and also accept to enter the database of our company Air Ticket Centre UK to receive informative materials through SMS, e-mail and postal services or any other way of communication. At the explicit request of the participant the organizer is obligated to update, delete or inform regarding the personal information submitted.
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Anonymous said...

Heres another one for the books:
Our Ref: BHG/EMP/SUC/JAN2008.

Subject: YOUR APPLICATION IS SUCCESSFUL

Date: JANUARY 7, 2008

Dear Applicant,


Congratulations! You are hereby notified that your qualification and experiences were found suitable for the requirements of Blueberry Hotel and Grill London, and you have been selected for the position Night Manager

Please, note that, the job description have been fully stated and prescribed in the job contract engagement papers that will be sent to you via DHL courier service when we receive your registration/employment form and payment.

This is your salary for your review.
Night Manager = ₤ 4,745 Per Month (Net Pay FourThousand Seven Hundred and Forty Five Greet British Pounds) further allowances will be considered base on your performance .

However, I have been instructed to explain to all the applicants that are coming to work for us that your flight ticket, Visa Fee lawyer's payment fees of about GBP₤ 470 will be paid by the Hotel management .As you are now considered, your passport, CV and application form attached with your tourist clearance card will be submitted to the British immigration office here in London for your Visa/work permit approvals.

However, the management would put together the cost of your arrival and will install mentally be deducting the cost of your documentations {the lawyer fees, flight ticket and Visa}

Note here that you will be responsible for the payment of the tourist clearance card that covers Africa, Asia and Europe which would be needed to be attached with your CV before submitting it to the Immigrations for your complete documents which will cost you GBP ₤249.00 (Two Hundred and Forty-Nine British Pounds}

Therefore, any applicant who is willing to come and work for us will pay for the tourist card by himself or herself. The payment for the Tourist Clearance Card and Registration will also prove to the management your interest and commitment to this employment offer before the management starts processing documents to obtain your Visa/working permit on your behalf.

These are the instructions passed by the hotel Director, Helen Cole. So, if you are ready to pay for your tourist clearance card, print and fill out the forwarded(Attached) registration and payment form and attach photocopies of the information pages of your International passport and send it via attachment to our Management Co-coordinator, Mr. David Thompson, through this email address He is in charge of visas and tourist clearance and when he confirms your registration and payment ,he will issue out your tourist clearance certificate to the management to enable them conclude the visa/work permit process.


Applicants are given between 7th January, 2008 and 18th January
2008 to accept their offer and send their payment and registration form (CN2).

Applicants who have accepted their offer but have not acquired their International passport can send their registration and payment to secure their offer but in filling their application forms they must leave the space for passport number and expiry date open and when we receive their passport copies we will help fill the information .It is very important to note that all successful applicants who have accepted their offer and sent in their registration and payment must arrive here in London not later than 30th January ,2008 for the commencement of three weeks induction training to familiarize with the hotels method of operation .

The Management will be responsible for applicant’s accommodation and transportation for the period of one year; thereafter you will be responsible after the review of your salary of 10% increase.
Note that as soon as the management receives your payment, they will immediately commence with your traveling documents which take approximately three work days to be ready. Once ready, the management will immediately notify the British Embassy with your details for the issuance of your visa\work permit. The management will also dispatch your traveling documents which includes your air ticket by courier service to you and not by email. Upon receipt, you will have to take the documents including your international passport to British Embassy in your country for work permit endorsement.

Therefore, successful applicants are advised to send their registration and payment as early as possible to meet up with the stipulated time.

Congratulations once again!

Sincerely Yours,
Administrative Team

I emailed for an address he emailed me this:
Dear Michael,

Below is the web page of the Hotel though still under construction Inform this office if you are accepting the offer or not Regards John Packs


www.doctorwholocations.net/locations/blueberryhotel

I e-mailed them back and sadi i already had a "tourist clearance card" ha ha
no word back from them:

David Thompson is the contact
32 Ashston Court Edmonton London is the western union address

jaimi*girlz said...

I reli wonder if this is a scam or if I am being naive *lol*.
I applied as well receiving a mail back with registration forms and wanting 295pounds for reg. Thats like 3k in ZAR.

If anyone knows if Mr Tyler Briggs is reli a scam ... post it

Spotter said...

Yes, of course it's a scam. This scam is as common as muck. He just wants your money. He sends the same phony documents to as many people as he can, hoping that they'll fall for it. This is how professional scammers work.

jaimi*girlz said...

Well i think thats rude
Getting ppls hopes up for nothing
and then still taking their money

Hope you trips over his own shoes and lands in a gutter

jaimi*girlz said...
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valski123 said...

Hi,
I just landed on your blog because I was tracking down a contest scam (Air Ticket Centre cruise). I want to add to all of your good advice that a quick visual aid in spotting employment scams (or whatever) is check the grammar and spelling. I noticed serious grammatical errors in the letters--particularly in subject-verb agreement, singular, plural, use of capital letters etc. Sheesh, in the first sentence he says "your qualification and experiences." Does that make sense to you? Shouldn't it read, "your qualification and experience (NO PLURAL. The next line has misused commas and agreement: Please,(no COMMA NEEDED HERE) note that,(AGAIN NO COMMA) the job description have (should read HAS) been fully stated" and so on. I am not an English teacher and make occasional grammatical erors myself--but one expects a corporation to be careful. Also, if you simply read these types of emails outloud, you can hear that the writer not only uses poor grammar, but English is his second language, and one that was not formally instructed. The sentence structures are awkward and incorrect and the cadences are clearly not English. A good liguist could ferret out, through the use of language clues found throughout the letter, the writer's first language.
Ta