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, December 04, 2007

Escrow Pay Inc.

This one was forwarded by a correspondent. It's obviously a money mule job. The cover story is kind of thin: why would a company which is supposedly based in the Empire State Building need representatives in the USA?

Domain ID:D2699907-AFIN
Created On:30-Nov-2007 01:13:46 UTC
Last Updated On:30-Nov-2007 01:13:47 UTC
Expiration Date:30-Nov-2008 01:13:46 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Direct Information Pvt. Ltd. dba (R5-AFIN)
Registrant ID:DI_2419181
Registrant Name:ITWEB Domain Protection
Name Server: NS1.IPNAMES.NET

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 12:09 AM
Subject: Home-based work in online business!

Escrow Pay Inc.
Empire State Building
NY 10118,


   We would like to offer you home-based job in online business.

   We are co-operation who deal on escrow and payment online business.
   We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of
getting to our costumers in USA as well as making payments through you to us.
Please if you are interested in transacting business with us we will be very glad,
Please contact us for more information. Subject to your satisfaction you will be given
the opportunity to negotiate your mode of which we will pay for your services
as our representative in USA.

   Please if you are interested in this position
visit our site
or wtite to

Registration is FREE of charge. Initial training is provided!

Best Regards,
Rick Butheman,
Office Coordinator of Escrow Pay Inc.

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