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, November 28, 2007

Decapolis Financial

Yet another fictional company looking for money mules to forward money obtained through fraud. I would have deleted this one without reading it on the basis of the subject, but I caught it thanks to a filter set up to trigger on certain keywords.

   Registrar: ENOM, INC.
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.KRDNS.BIZ
   Name Server: NS2.KRDNS.BIZ
   Updated Date: 26-nov-2007
   Creation Date: 26-nov-2007
   Expiration Date: 26-nov-2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Subject: Absolute material independence!
[other headers redacted]

Good day.

Our company has an opening for a Company Representative position. This will be a part-time/home based position and the applicant must have the following qualifications:

- E-mail access and ability to work 3-4 hours a day
- MS Word, MS Excel, PDF qualification
- Cell phone for urgent duties
- Adult age
- Higher education

Starting salary is 1,000.00 USD per month + 8% commission from every processed customer (over 3, 500.00 USD monthly).

Send your resume to our web form:

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer!

Sincerely Yours,
Michael Bonneville,
Decapolis Financial

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