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, January 23, 2008

Cama Sales and Distribution Group

Compare this email with that of "Teridian Sales and Distribution Group", seen in late October, 2007. Obviously it's the same scam, which is just the usual "receive fraudulent bank transfers and forward cash via Western Union" money mule work.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false)]
Date: 23 Jan 2008 XX:XX UTC
Subject: Genuine Job Offer. Everything above board.
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Greetings Dear Australian Population !

Cama© Sales and Distribution group offers a great opportunity! *Limited time offer.*

Cama© Sales Group located and originated in Italy, Rome, gives you a chance to make 1200 AUD a week spending 1-2 hours a day Monday-Thursday.

What can be better? Feel free to get more information and start making money within 24 hours.

Stop worrying about bills anymore, we found a solution. The answer lies in a conception of taxation loop between two countries.

You, as an individual have a chance to provide your service in a position called "Fund Distributor"!

This is a new generation opportunity! Feel free to get more information, you will be able to start making money within 24 hours after you apply.

Requirements for this position:

Make sure you will be able to check your e-mail at least 3-4 times a day.
Make sure you will have 1-2 hours of spare time Monday-Thursday.
Your current location: Australia.
Your Age: 18+ years old.


*No Start Up Fee
*No past experience required
*No school degree required
*Salary 1200+ AUD a week /  Daily Payout! Can't beat that.

"Solution for single moms" - "Reason" Magazine, Helen Kotke.
"Australia has a chance for Employment problem" - "Harper's" Magazine, Dawn Aproye.
"Anybody Can Do This, Amazing opportunity!" - "MICE Image" Magazine, John Don.

If you meet requirements - feel free to get full information about this position.

Reply with 'Interested' to:

One of our representatives will provide you with full information within 48 hours!

Thank You and Good Luck!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

IFN Finance

This is a typical money mule scam in which the scammers are targeting Australians. Money is fraudulently tansferred into the account of the "employee", who is then asked to forward the bulk of it via Western Union or Money Gram. Curiously, the image header they used in one of these messages includes the name "Geneva Finance" rather than "IFN Finance". Geneva Finance is a familiar name around these parts.

Domain Name:                                 IFN-INC.BIZ
Domain ID:                                   D22601974-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID:                303
Domain Status:                               clientTransferProhibited
Registrant ID:                               PP-SP-001
Registrant Name:                             Domain Admin
Registrant Organization:           
Name Server:                                 NS1.CYBNS.INFO
Name Server:                                 NS2.CYBNS.INFO
Domain Registration Date:                    Tue Jan 15 05:57:56 GMT 2008
Domain Expiration Date:                      Wed Jan 14 23:59:59 GMT 2009
Domain Last Updated Date:                    Thu Jan 17 16:53:44 GMT 2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted]
Date: 22 Jan 2008 XX:XX UTC
Subject: Be your own boss.
To: [redacted]

We are seeking a experienced Financial Controller
to join our International team. We are glad to offer you an interesting
and high-paid position in a field of financial services. We are looking for
a highly motivated, ambitious person to join our team in Financial Controller

Good opportunity to develop your income in our company within Management.
Great way to further your knowledge in the funds management area.
We are looking for people who are willing to learn new skills, self motivated
and have a desire to be self-employed and be your own boss (no door to door sales or MLM)

No special equipment required but a mobile phone and computer are essential.
You will be rewarded for your hard work and commitment with a good salary,
and the possibility of long term opportunities!

- POSITION: Representative (Australia)
- AREA: Australia/New Zealand
- SALARY: 1350-3100 AUD
- OCCUPATION: part-time (2 or 3 hours per day)
- EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree is desired. MBA is a plus. Some
  additional experience working with finances would be helpful but not required.
- SKILLS: Must have an extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel/Word. You must also
  be able to operate Internet Banking. Mobile phone is required.

How to apply. Please apply to Michael Wilson by e-mail We will get back
to you within 5 working days.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: IFN Finance Oy < >
Date: 22 Jan 2008 XX:XX UTC
Subject: Re[2]: Worth it.
To: Deception Spotter <>

[image redacted, but note that it included the words "Geneva Fiance"]

Good day and thank you for enquiry. I have attached following documents for you: 

IFN_application_Australia.doc (Position description and application form) 

Client_Agreement.rtf (Independent Contractor Agreement) 

What you have to do now: 

1) Download and open an application form and job description (IFN_application_Australia.doc) first. 

2) If you agree with conditions please fill the form out and forward it back to us via  E-MAIL 

(which is more preferable) or fax it to one of these numbers +1-973-215-4895,+358-9-23-194-104. 

3) Fill the contract out (Client_Agreement.rtf) and send it back to us after one month of trial 


Once your personal details are received and processed, we will make our decision within 10 days and 

inform you when the first transfer occurs. Thank you and have a nice day. 


(*) Trial period. It is not required to sign the contract in the beginning of your employment as the 

position we offer is part time. After one month of trial period we will reconsider you for full time 


PDF copies of all documents are to be found on our website (employment section). If you can not 

download them please let us know and we will send forms directly to you.



I have received your job advertisement for the position of representative in Australia. Please send more information about this job and your company.


Oliver Wenske,

IFN Finance Oy,

Billing Department,



VOICE/FAX: +1-973-215-4895,

FAX: +358-923-194-104 (Finland).

*The information contained in this message may be privileged and confidential and protected from disclosure. 

If you are not the original intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, retransmission, 

dissemination, or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information is prohibited. 

If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately by replying to this 

message and deleting it from your computer. Thank you for cooperation.

Monday, January 21, 2008


This one is hot off the press, but still just a boring old money mule scam, meaning they want you to receive and pass on money stolen from other people's bank accounts (on the pretext that it's a payment).

   Registrar: KEY-SYSTEMS GMBH
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Updated Date: 19-jan-2008
   Creation Date: 19-jan-2008
   Expiration Date: 19-jan-2009

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false)]
Date: 21 Jan 2008 XX:XX UTC
Subject: Available positions at DFI.
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Due to business expansion D.F.I. has opened vacancy Payment handling manager:

You are supposed to work at home having several hours of free time.
Competitive high salary (around 1500-3500 USD).
Moreover, you dont need to make initial payments (not network marketing).

The applicant should meet the following requirements:
-PC user skills
- stable access to Internet
- ability to use and operate e-mail
- responsiveness

Please, contact us to get more detailed information in case you are interested in our proposal.

Cole Art

Over the past couple of weeks, I've had a couple of enquiries about "Cole Art, Incs." They're looking to hire people for photographic work. It's a scam: they'll send fake checks or money orders, and want some of the funds to be forwarded elsewhere (actually to them, or an accomplice) via Western Union or Money Gram. This scam looks Nigerian, and the WHOIS record for the scammer's domain backs this up, but the domain name seems to have been registered and the site designed on behalf of the scammer by Emmanuel Ezeali. What with all the scamming going on in that country, Nigeria is a great place to be a web designer, so long as you don't care who you work for, and don't ask your clients too many questions.

   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Updated Date: 08-jan-2008
   Creation Date: 07-nov-2007
   Expiration Date: 07-nov-2008

Below is some sample correspondence which is typical of this scam. Note also the use of UK +4470 telephone numbers -- a dead giveaway that it's a scam.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
[headers unavailable]

Hello Photographer,

Cole Art Incorporated requires the expertise of an experienced
photographer in the photoshoot project.

If interested, Kindly e-mail back to get full job details.

Robert Hills
Project Exec. Dept.
Cole Art Incs

---------- Forwarded message ----------
[headers unavailable]

Thanks for your quick response.

As regard the inannament project,Models will be having the photoshoot
with our Art materials {NO NUDITY} to be used as weekly FrontPage advert
for our Art sales advert on international/local magazines and newsprints
in the US and Canada. This is aimed at boosting our sales capacity and
maximizing our % profit in the Art sales business.

Photographer will be required to take snapshots of a model with
different art materials on a weekly bases after each payment has been
received on a weekly basis too.

Applicant for this position must;
1. Reside in the US.
2. Be an high school graduate.
3. Be above 19 yrs of age
4. Have essential computer skills and access to internet to check and
reply e-mails from us efficiently.
5. Have a valid home mailing address (No P.O.Box) for delivery of
courier mails.
6. Have excellent Knowledge of English and be able to follow
instructions efficiently

Contract with photographer will run for 6 months period based on the
outcome of the test photoshoot.
Photographer will earn $400 per photoshoot session which will be paid
prior to the schedule of the session.
Our goal is mainly set at making maximum % profit in our sales.

I want to know if you are interested in working with us in our advert
project and You stand a chance of making reasonable $400 per Photoshoot
session from this project to start.

More importantly, We and our sponsor are projecting on renting a
Photography Studio with maximum estimated cost of $600 {Half Day (non
exclusive)} for a Studio with either Continuous Light Package or Strobe
Light Package. It will be an added advantage to us if you own a studio
with the stated features that satisfies our maximum estimated {$600}
cost but if not,you will be required to make provision for a standard
studio near your location. This we believe will help as the model
assigned will be coming over to your location for the photoshoot.

Please visit our website on

If interested, please provide us with the following information as
stated below;
*1. Name in full {Which will also appear on payment}:
2. Mailing Address {no P. O. Box}:
3. Mobile Phone #:
4. Alternative{home/office} Phone#:*

Stating the above information will indicate your application for this
job and after your application has been received, your online photo
potfolio will be requested.

Robert Hills.
Cole Art Concept Incorporated.
A Division Of East Midlands Art And Textiles Association (EMTEX) Ltd
9 Northumberland Avenue,
London, WC2N 5BX.
Phone: +44 (704) 576 4168
           +44 (700) 596 4301
           +44 (703) 184 8520.
Fax:    +44 (700) 596 8203.
E-mail: <>
URL: <>

---------- Forwarded message ----------
[headers unavailable]

Thanks for your e-mail.

You will be required to start this job which will last for 6 month
{renewable at our discretion} after the 1st and 2nd photoshoot. Payment
for the first/test photoshoot which i calculated to be $1,200 will be
issued to you. Payment will also be made to the model that will be
coming for the shoot. After the payment has been recieved at both ends,
the model will travel to your rented studio location with the art
materials to snap with.

This will be sheduled to suite you and will take between 1-3 hours. 5
snapshots will be taken with each art piece {5 art pieces in a
photoshoot session} Positioning and posture of model will be left to
your discretion . Snapshots taken will be presented digitally on CD out
of which we will choose for our advert.  Samples of art piece which will
be used are on our website .
This will be shipped to the studio location.  By monday, I will be
expected to have details of the studio location so that we can meet up
with our schedule.

Please, e-mail back as soon as possible so as to comence on this
project.  As soon as we receive your confirmation,Payment for the
first/test snapshot will be issued.

Robert Hills.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
[headers unavailable]

How are you today? As regards your payment,I have contacted our Client
in the US in respect to the payment and it will be issued to you prior
the commencement of the photoshoot.

We intend to make use of an internationally reknowned model from Spain.
We are working on getting her payment accross to her as it will take
long time to have US fund cashed in her country Spain and we are
concluding that total payment from our Sponsor/client be issued to you .
and you have the photographer paid at her arrival for the photoshoot.

Please e-mail me back as soon as possible if this is OK by you.

Richard Moore.


It's about time I posted this one, since I've seen it all over the place in the last couple of days. It's nothing terribly interesting: just more money mule work under another fake company name. The perpetrators are using several contact addresses, but aren't providing anything more than that. Addresses I've seen so far include the following.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false)]
Date: 21 Jan 2008 XX:XX UTC
Subject: New vacancies in our company!

"AGF" International corporation  is looking for top candidates for a number of opportunities: Sales representative,
Finance representative, Partnership. We are searching for individuals (WorldWide) who have the intellectual capacity and
interested in good earnings. Employment not difficult (contract basis) and all responsibilities are very accurately
No relocation, cell phone and email required. High Salary!
If you re seeking a convenient job location, consistent hours and great opportunity for growth than this is the perfect
position for you! USA , Australia, Canada.

Company Details and How to apply?

Please write:

Regards George Kaufman, head manager.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

WPP Finance

Basic money mule job with an arbitrary company name and a Gmail contact address. Job involves forwarding stolen money via Western Union or similar.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false)]
Date: 11 Jan 2008 XX:XX UTC
Subject: New job
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Welcome to the WPP Group!
We are very glad that you wish to join our team, will be delighted to have you work with us
The position of "Representative" provides support filling the transactions of our customers.
We deal exclusively with private clients,- that have special requirements for high speed of receiving funds for their business .
This way we can offer a new kind of financial and banking service to our clients - and we
would like you to work as an "Representative".(part-time job 2-3 hours a day except holidays)
At first your work would be very basic, yet meticulous -you will make transfers for our clients to suit their needs. Our managers will assist you during the trial period and explain everything you will need to know.
We offer an extremely competitive graduated salary: for the first month you will receive up to $2500 for your work the next month your salary will be increased if you do your work accurately and on time.
Now you are only one step away from successful career.

All you need is to send an e-mail to:

with phone numbers and times to reach you, and one of our representatives will contact you and answer all your questions.

Thank you in advance,
Alice Mitchell
HR Manager
WPP Finance

Friday, January 11, 2008

BlueWings Inc.

Another money mule scam and another random fake company name and website to lend it credibility. There is a German airline known as "Blue Wings", but this does not appear to be an attempt to impersonate them -- it's just a completely made up name, and any other use of the same name is conincidence. The domain name registration is surprisingly old (for a scam), but still less than a year. Although the job offer isn't clear on the kind of work to be performed, it's a foregone conclusion that it involves receiving direct transfers of stolen money from compromised bank accounts, and forwarding the spoils to the scammers via Western Union.

   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: DNS8.3FN.NET
   Name Server: NS2.3FN.NET
   Updated Date: 26-aug-2007
   Creation Date: 26-jun-2007
   Expiration Date: 26-jun-2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false)]
Date: 11 Jan 2007 23:39
Subject: Decent job for a decent company!
To: [redacted (privacy)]


We have found your resume at online Job site. Our BlueWings Inc. Company is in tourist business for more than 10 years.
We made the main accent on organization of business travels and conduction of international workshops. The BlueWings Inc.
Company is working in business tourism sphere for more than 13 years and is among leaders of the MICE market in USA,
Europe and Australia. It is positioned as Destination Travel Management Company (DTMC) and Professional Conference
Organizer (PCO).

Internet currently has a very strong presence both in life of an ordinary citizen and mainstream international companies.
Our company is not an exception and now we are busy channeling part of our business activities via Internet.

That is why we are going to hire new employees. We are looking for goal-oriented and businesslike people to serve our
customers via Internet as well as for fixing business meetings in your city.

The mentioned type of business operations lets our company working more efficiently as well as keeping own
representatives practically in every city.

All our operation is under full control of the International Internet Business Monitoring Center(IIBMC). Our company is a
member of the white-list of the mentioned Center and we do guarantee observance of all clauses of the employment contract
we conclude with our employees.

We are happy to offer you the vacant position of &#8220;Customer oriented account manager&#8221;.

The mentioned employee will have to fulfill the following duties:

- Contacting our clients via email or phone.
- Processing of correspondence
- Follow all instructions(indications) of the company
- To monitor payments for hotels and other prepaid services
- Give the report to the company about all work tasks

Requirements to a successful candidate:

- Adequacy of decisions made
- Accuracy, documents processing skills
- Ability to create good administrative reporting;
- Prior customer service experience is a good benefit, but not a must;
- Willingness to work at home and take the responsibility to set up and achieve goals;
- Honesty, responsibility and promptness in operations;
- Effective interaction with customers;
- Familiarity to online work, Internet and e-mail skills;
- Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word user

You may also keep working in your main office.

If you are interested in partnership with our company please forward your CV to our e-mail box

Upon receipt of your CV and in case you will be considered a suitable candidate for the above described job position, you
will get all additional info. Besides that our company will offer you to sign an official employment contract.

We are looking exactly for you!

We will provide answers for any of your questions with pleasure.

Thanks for the time you spent for reading this e-mail.

James Donley

The Head of personnel Department

BlueWings Inc.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Like every other money mule job I've seen which targets Australians, this one involves receiving stolen money from compromised bank accounts via direct bank transfer, then forwarding it (minus your cut) to the thieves via Western Union or Money Gram. The "PCF" charity thing is a complete fiction. There are various charities which use the initials "PCF", but these guys aren't working with any of them -- they're just thieves.

Domain ID:D150565435-LROR
Domain Name: PCFJOBS.ORG
Created On:06-Jan-2008 23:19:38 UTC
Expiration Date:06-Jan-2009 23:19:38 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:OnlineNIC Inc. (R64-LROR)
Registrant ID:ONLC-3125807-4

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false)]
Date: 9 Jan 2008 XX:XX UTC
Subject: Response to Resume
To: [redacted]


A serious Swedish charity organization, PCF actively seeks virtual Charity Managers to join its team. This position provides support in the daily operation of benefits administration. We have reviewed your resume and would like to consider you for this position.

PCF was established as a charity organization to help poor in third world countries. First the foundation was considered to be temporary, only for rising funds for the victims of civil wars in Central Africa, Balkans and South East Asia, but after two months of work it proved to be highly successful and continued its effort worldwide.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

Charity Manager duties will include receiving charity money or second-hand/unused items from our donators worldwide and resending them to our warehouses for future repackage and usage, consulting potential donators about our charity programs, reporting online daily.

General Requirements:

  Maintains confidentiality of private information
  Possesses administrative reporting skills
  Honest, responsible and prompt in operations
  Great at multitasking, and has an adaptable, flexible, professional attitude
  Proficient PC user, Internet and E-mail


Salary - 1,500AUD/month, plus commission
3 weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO); increases after 2 years

Location and Working Hours:

  Work at home, online position
  3hours/day, Monday to Friday, schedule can be flexible

If you are interested to join our team today please see the attached contract. The trial period will last for two months, during which you will receive training, salary, and commission. Upon successful completion of the trial period you will have an option to change from part-time to full-time or continue working part-time with PCF.

Please read carefully the trial period contract, complete, sign, and forward back to us via email to If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Thank You,
PCF Team

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Duty Free International

This is a fairly nondescript money mule scam, probably involving direct bank transfer or perhaps PayPal transfers. They've registered their own domain name for this scam.

   Domain Name: JOB-MAILBASE.COM
   Registrar: KEY-SYSTEMS GMBH
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Status: ok
   Updated Date: 08-jan-2008
   Creation Date: 08-jan-2008
   Expiration Date: 08-jan-2009

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (presumed false)]
Date: 9 Jan 2008 XX:XX UTC
Subject: Duty Free International is recruiting new staff
To: [redacted]

Due to business expansion Duty Free International has opened vacancy Payment handling manager:

You are supposed to work at home having several hours of free time.
Competitive high salary (around 1500-3500 USD).
Moreover, you dont need to make initial payments (not network marketing).

The applicant should meet the following requirements:
-PC user skills
- stable access to Internet
- ability to use and operate e-mail
- responsiveness

Please, contact us to get more detailed information in case you are interested in our proposal.


This is a straightforward money mule job. Money stolen from compromised bank accounts is transferred into the mule's account, and the mule is asked to withdraw it and forward it (minus a cut) via Western Union or similar. I've redacted part of the contact email address in the body of this spam because the scammers operate the entire domain, and are consequently able to use any address in that domain.

   Domain Name: ELTCAREERS.COM
   Registrar: ENOM, INC.
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.REMOVESE.COM
   Name Server: NS2.REMOVESE.COM
   Updated Date: 05-jan-2008
   Creation Date: 05-jan-2008
   Expiration Date: 05-jan-2009

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false)]
Date: 8 Jan 2008 XX:XX UTC
Subject: Jobs in Australia and New Zealand
To: [redacted]

ELT, a Sweden luxury goods company, is currently seeking administrative assistants/sales support representatives within Australia and New Zealand to work from home, to contribute to the sales force and add convenience to our service dedicated to individuals, businesses, and organizations worldwide.

This position focuses on the management of daily, weekly and monthly tasks and special projects pertaining to the sales support for sales in Australia and New Zealand.

Primary duties include:
- Assists the Sales Department in a support role performing special projects, data entry and other duties as assigned
- Maintains tracking spreadsheet for purchases and payments
- Provides general administrative support including drafting of correspondence, processing purchase orders and expense reports etc.
- Emails correspondence daily

Hours: You can work full time or part time. Your schedule can be flexible.
For part time - you will need to spend on average 3 hours per day, Monday-Friday.

Salary: Base pay for part time is $2,000, plus 5% commission from each successfully completed transaction with a client.

Location: This is a work at home position. All communication will be online. During training/trial period assistance may be provided by phone.

Requirements: You need to have a PC, Internet access, Excel, and motivation.

Costs and Fees: There are NO costs at any time for our employees. All fees related to this employment are covered by the company.

Further Hiring Process: Please send your resume to: [redacted]@ In your email please state if you are interested in a part-time or a full-time position. After reviewing the submitted applications we respond to successful applicants only. We then offer the successful applicants a position within our company on a trial period for one month. During this trial period you will be receiving training and online support while working and being paid. At the completion of the trial period, the supervisor can recommend continued employment, extension of trial period, or termination. After the trial period your base pay will increase.

Send any questions and your resume to [redacted]

Thank You,
ELT Team

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Rock Holdings

I have to give this scammer points for creativity. He's called himself "The Rock Holdings Ltd", which is a credible sort of name, and he's provided an email address using the domain @ A quick check shows that anyone can sign up for a email address, but it looks persuasive at first glance. This is a money mule scam which involves receiving stolen money or fraudulent cheques and forwarding cash (minus your cut) via Western Union or similar. The source IP address was, which WHOIS reports as belonging to an ISP dial-up pool in Lagos, Nigeria.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 9 Jan 2008 XX:XX UTC

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are exporters based in the japan we are Plastics manufacturer
focussed on the manufacture and development of thermoformed food
containers and production equipment. we are also involved in
researching and developing recyclable materials and products. Our
company The Rock Holdings Ltd was established January 1981.

We are interested in employing your services,to work with us as
our payment agent who can help us establish a medium of
recieving payment on our behalf for goods and raw materials
we supplied to our customers  in Europe,America or Australia.
If you are interested in transacting business with us.
we will be very glad. 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 Europe,
America and  Australia.

Please if you are interested forward to us the followings ;-

Contact Address.....................
phone/fax number.................
Thank you as we await your further response.

Jerry Foster

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Sent via Gem ::[WebMail]:: at

Xenex Navigation (

This particular job scam has references to three completely independent domains using the name "Xenex", none of which are involved in the scam. The real scammer is behind the fourth domain -- "" -- the one used in the email address. The domain is remarkably old -- for a scam, that is -- having been registered in August 2007. The writing has a distinctly Nigerian flavour to it, but the message headers indicate that it was posted through a webmail service from a computer with IP address, which WHOIS describes as belonging to an ISP called "GBU Internet, LLC" in Wilmington, DE, USA.

Beyond that, there's not a lot to say about this scam: it's a typical transaction processing money mule scam.

Domain Name:                                 XENEX-INC.US
Domain ID:                                   D13760046-US
Sponsoring Registrar:                        MELBOURNE IT LTD
Registrant ID:                               G118717996487992
Registrant Name:                             Xenex Inc Xenex Inc
Registrant Email:                  
Name Server:                                 YNS1.YAHOO.COM
Name Server:                                 YNS2.YAHOO.COM
Created by Registrar:                        MELBOURNE IT LTD
Last Updated by Registrar:                   MELBOURNE IT LTD
Domain Registration Date:                    Wed Aug 15 12:17:18 GMT 2007
Domain Expiration Date:                      Thu Aug 14 23:59:59 GMT 2008
Domain Last Updated Date:                    Wed Aug 15 12:17:20 GMT 2007

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 7 Jan 2008 XX:XX
Subject: Private Company Representative Needed Urgently !!!
To: undisclosed-recipients


         I'm Martin Freeman, I represent Xenex Navigation Inc.
(Our website is still under construction) But you can check out

We design computer components, and other related
software products.
At Xenex we specialize in exporting quality products at relatively low
prices. But due to our ever-increasing customer base in Europe, we
at Xenex are searching for representatives to assist us in establishing
a medium to connect to our costumers more efficiently in European


If you choose to join Xenex as a representative, your basic task will
consist of checking emails, processing orders and receiving payments
from our customers on behalf of Xenex though basically payments are
often made out on Money Orders,Certified Cashiers Check and Bank to Bank


* No Criminal Record
*25 years or older
*Legally capable
*Ready to work 3-4 hours per week.
*With PC knowledge
*E-mail and internet experience (minimal).


* You will also sign a legal Contrat with us.

* Everything we do is Legal.
*We are not requesting for your Bank information's, SSN or any other
personal information from you, as what we need is a proof of  seriousness.


Note that for every transaction processed, you will receive 10% of the
total amount.Xenex product price range starts at $902.45. At 10% you
are guaranteed a minimum of $90+ per order. We guarantee that you can
start making money as early as in 2 weeks, and you don't need to invest
your money , just your spare time to process orders via email.
Please email the following information in order for us to facilitate
the conclusion of this proposal if accepted.

(1)Your Full Names,
(2)Full Contact Address, p.o box not applicable
(3)Phone/Fax Numbers.


We understand that this job position is very challenging and you should
understand it. We are looking only for persons who satisfy our
requirements and will be an earnest assistant.
If you feel that you are a serious, trust-worthy and earnest person and
you want to work for XENEX NAVIGATION INC.

Kindly Get back to us NOW!!!

Yours Truly.

Martin Freeman
+ 1 513-297-0059
Marketing Executive

Martin Freeman
+ 1 513-297-0059
Marketing Executive

Friday, January 04, 2008

Canadian Cruise Line International

Those crazy Malaysian scammers are still pretending to be Canadian Cruise Ship companies. If you apply for this job, they'll gladly tell you that they are interested in hiring you, but there are certain fees you need to pay up front. There is no job, no ship, and no company -- it's all just a whopping big lie they tell so that people will send them money.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Return-Path: < > [SPF verified]
Date: 4 Jan 2008 11:15 UTC
Cc: list not shown <recipient>

Cruise line Int'l SDN BHD
Lot 614 Section 54, KTLD,
Jalan Padungan, Kuching Sarawak.
DIRECT LINE: +60176953381

For Quick response contact


1 Accountant 22 Cruise Staff 43 Lifeguards
2 Administration Assistants 23 Customer Service Representatives 44
Marketing Position
3 Air/Sea Reservation Agent 24 Dance Director 45 Massage Therapists
4 Assistant Cooks 25 Deck Department 46 Mechanical Laborer
5 Assistant Puser 26 Deckhands 47 Medical Staff
6 Assistant Waiter 27 Dining Room Waiter 48 Personal Trainer
7 Bar Manager 28 Disk/Video Jockey 49 Photographer
8 Bar Tender 29 Electrician Laborer 50  Radio Fitter
9 Bar Utility 30 Entertainers 51 Sales Position
10 Bar Wait Staff 31  Expedition Leader 52  Senior Waiter
11 Beauticians 32 Fitness Staff 53  Shore Excursion Assistant Manager
12 Booking Agents 33 General Laborer 54 Shore Excursion Manager
13 Casino Cashier 34 Gift Shop Sales Assistant 55 Social Host/Hostess
14 Casino Dealer 35 Group Coordinator 56  Sound/Light Technician
15 Casino Manager 36 Guest Relations Officer 57  Stage Staff
16 Casino Slot Technician 37 Hospitality Manager 58 Telephonist
17 Chef 38 Housekeeping Dept. 59 Videographer
18 Computer Opera 39 IT Staff 60  Water Sport Instructor
19 Cooks 40 Kitchen Helper 61  Welder
20 Cruise Director 41  Kitchen Steward 62 Youth Counselors
21 Cruise Fire Fighter 42 Laundry Dept. 63 Youth Staff



DIRECT LINE: +60176953381

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

EZ Transfer

Money mule scams show no particular signs of abating in 2008. As the year ticked over, I received three copies of this particular spam, using various Gmail contact addresses, all having the form <name>.ez.transfer@ They don't specify how payments are to be received: I'd guess that it's via (forged) cheques, but it could be PayPal or bank transfer. It's a safe bet that they want money forwarded via Western Union or similar.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false)]
Date: 31 Dec 2007 xx:xx
Subject: Be the representative for Spain based company in US. Work from home. Make no investments.

Who are we:

EZ - Transfer was found in 1998 in Madrid, Spain. Since then main service was transferring money worldwide and exchange
the currency at the same time. Within 9 years of hard work the company acquired international standing and managed to
develop into a global financial holding having the staff of 3000 people and representative offices in more than 30
countries. Through these years we are keeping optimizing our services to the client's needs and update our technologies. We transfer money and exchange currencies in over 20 money units.

Who are we looking for:

"     Financial agent
Location: Worldwide
Employee Type: Part-Time

The major duty of the incumbent is to promptly receive and process payments/transfers and to forward them applying
specified method. Please enquire for detailed work scheme.

o Expert skill in managing payments and transfers between our company and clients.
o Knowledge of basic payment systems.
o Ability to schedule working hours effectively.
o Availability of spare time (3-4 hours per day).
o Advanced user ability to operate computer and to use Internet and e-mail.
o Legal age.
Payment basis: commissions in of 7% from each transaction instantly (to be raised after the 3 weeks trial period) plus
fixed monthly salary of $970 from start.

o Flexible work schedule.
o Possibility to combine the job with primary employment.
o Free training course.
Please, include at least 1 recommendation letter with the resume.

"     Regional Manager
Location: USA, Israel, Russia, Wales, Holland
Employee Type: Full-Time

We are looking for responsible individuals to open new regional offices. Please, contact us personally to discuss the

There is NO start up or training fees. If you are interested in this vacancy please submit your resume and it will be
reviewed soon