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, October 30, 2007

This job offer does not provide a company name or duties. Every job scam I've ever seen which targets Australians involves receiving stolen money via direct bank transfer and forwarding it to Russia (or nearby) via Western Union, and I'd be surprised if this is any different. Post a comment if you've corresponded with these scammers and know more details.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false)]
Date: 23 Oct 2007 07:39
Subject: Job in Australia.

Hello   ideceive

This highly recognized brand is going through a growth phase at the moment and therefore requires an
experienced Financial Accountant to support and facilitate this growth.

POSITION: Regional Representative


REGION: Australia/New Zealand

EARNINGS: 2200-3500 AUD

Occupation: part-time (2-4 hours per day)

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree is desired. MBA is a plus. Some
additional experience working with finances would be helpful but not required.

SKILLS: Fluent English. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret financial
reports and data. Must have a extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel/Word. You
must also be able to operate Internet Banking.

HOW TO APPLY: Please apply to Edgar Smallwood  by email
We will get back to you within 5 working days.

*  If you do not wish to receive further communications from simply ignore this message
and your address will be deleted from our mailing list within 48 hours period.

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