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, December 14, 2007

HeartMicroTech Inc

"Remote Financial Operator" is yet another way of saying "money mule". The originating IP address of this particular spam was (delegated to Turk Telecom), and I'm not sure whether that means the scammer himself is in Turkey, or whether it's just been sent through a compromised end user computer there. Anyhow, it's all terribly vague, but the punch line is usually that they want some kind of (fraudulent) payment converted into a Western Union money transfer.

Domain ID:D149624706-LROR
Created On:01-Nov-2007 13:50:29 UTC
Last Updated On:01-Nov-2007 13:50:30 UTC
Expiration Date:01-Nov-2008 13:50:29 UTC
Sponsoring, Inc. (R91-LROR)
Registrant ID:GODA-039346921

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (random)]
Subject: Part-Time Job!
To: [redacted]

We would like to offer you a vacancy of Remote Financial Operator.

My name is Birger Frans and I'm Chief Manager of the personnel
department in HeartMicroTech Inc.. I am pleased to offer you a vacant position
of Remote Financial Operator in HeartMicroTech.

Let me tell you a little about our company. We are engaged in
developing different technical gadgets for modern medical market, and we have
more than 11 patented innovations and brand new brilliant ideas. Company
was established in Zurich in 2003 and has earned quite good reputation
in the market since then. At the moment we have plans for further
development, our intentions are to broaden our services and add an
international network to serve clients all over the world.

To offer our foreign customers more favorable and comfortable
conditions we have made the decision to create an international network of
remote operators. We hired employees in various areas of the world. It
allowed our clients to get access to wider assortment of goods than before.
In fact, earlier, many medical goods suppliers refused to work with us
for the reason of bureaucracy that occurred when registration of legal
documents was needed to transport equipment or make payments.

The Duties of the Remote Financial Operator consist of dealing with
financial parts of our company's orders in his/her area. We pay 5-10% from
the order total.  Also, there is a fixed salary of $1500 per month.
Health insurance included.

Work Requirements

1) Minimal knowledge of personal computer and Internet/E-mail access
2) Legal age
3) Willingness to work at home 2-3 hrs per day
4) Crime-free background (background check will be made before
accepting on the position)

No upfront payments or pledges for the goods required!

Please reply to this if you are
interested in this opening. We will provide you with more information. Feel free
to ask questions.

Best Regards,

Birger Frans

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