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, October 31, 2007

Shanghai Doma Light Textile Co

Yet another "textile" company money mule scam. This one is nonspecific about how they intend to abuse you: it could be forged checks, money orders, or fraudulent bank transfers. The company name is irrelevant, really: these scammers adopt names from anywhere or make them up, and change them more frequently than their underwear.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 31 Oct 2007 22:34

Good day   ,
     It is my pleasure to write you in respect of our Shanghai Doma
Light Textile Co., Ltd., Room D, 10/F, Cross Region Plaza, 899
Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai City. China . Shanghai Doma Light
Co., Ltd. is an enterprise engaged in producing household textile and
other related fabrics for clothing. Located in Shanghai, one of the
business centers in the world, Doma is enjoying advantages in terms of
geographic location, convenient transportation as well as beautiful
environment.Doma sells its extensive product range to over 10
  regions. Now we cooperate with the clients from Taiwan, Hongkong,
United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Middle East and other
countries and
     We are searching for a representative who can help us establish a
medium of getting to our customers in Europe and America as well as
making payments through you as our payment officer. In our just
Annual General Meeting (AGM). I  hereby relate with you because of the
communication problem faced by most of our Board Members, since many
them cannot read, speak or write English language except Chinnese
which is our official language In view of this you are expected to
directly with me as the company representative since i decieded to
contact you and give them frequent update about our activities. Most
of our
customers have problem in making payment to us as we do not run
    About 90 percent of our customers prefer to pay through Certified
Cheques and Money orders or bank transfers based on the amount
Your Task  We have decided to open this new job position for solving
this problem. Your tasks are;
1. Recieve payment from Customers
2. Cash Payments at your Bank
3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed
4. Forward balance afer deduction of percentage/pay to any of the
offices you will be contacted to send payment to.    (Payment is to
forwarded either by MoneyGram or Western Union Money Transfer).

Local Money transfers takes barely hours, so it will give us a
possibility  to get customer's payment almost immediately.  For
example you've
got 3000.00USD. You take your income : 300.00 USD. Send to us: 2700.00
  USD. First month you will have 15-20 transactions on 3000.00-4000.0
USD. So you may calculate your income.  For example 18 transactions
of 3500.00 USD gives you 4410.00 USD. Plus your basic monthly salary
of1000.00 USD, Total: 5410.00 USD per month.  After establishing a
co-operation with us you'll be able to  operate with larger orders and
you'll be able to earn more.  Our payments will be issued out in your
name and you can have them cashed in your bank or  other
    Deduct your weekly salary and foward the balance to the company via
western union money transfer or moneygram money transfer. We
understand it  is an unusual  and incredible job position. This job
takes only
3-7  hours per week. You'll have a lot of free time doing another job,
you'll get good income and regular job.

I hope you understand this email and its content,

I want You to contact me on my private email.

Await your prompt response
Mr Shan Chan


Anonymous said...

you are right.. these bastards emailed me some time ago and i was not sure whether its they sent me a check to forward to them.
however when i went to the bank they told me that its a genuine check, there was no problem.but my heart told me no.. thats not it!! now i have to return the (money) to the police if ever cleared.someone has been robbed

Spotter said...

Be careful: the check will "clear", but this only means that the bank will allow you to draw on the funds -- it does not mean that the check is genuine! If the check is a fake, the issuing bank will eventually report this, and then your bank will deduct the amount back from your account! Forged checks offer the illusion of money, but there is no real money involved.