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, November 16, 2007

This is a really nondescript job offer, isn't it? Not even a company name. It looks like the usual money mule work, though.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: cornelius dharmara <[redacted (false)]>
Subject: RE:Job

Attention: All adult persons
We are pleased to propose the following opportunities for all highly skilled individuals to work as:
- Personal assistant
- Supervisor
- Operation Assistant

Up to USD 6,000 per month, including individual bonuses. For most of the positions Part-Time basis is available
Full-Time: 9:00am -4:00pm
Part-Time: We can arrange hours that best suit you so if you are currently employed you will be able to work around your current work schedule easily.
There are no upfront costs whatsoever.
If you would like to proceed, please send your CV/resume:

All additional information will be sent as requested.

Yours faithfully,
Pamela Filler

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