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.

Monday, January 21, 2008


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.

1 comment:

Karen said...

C-mon people it's not like this form of spam just became known to man yesterday. What will it take to make it STOP?

SUCKER'S PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE "If you did not ask for it, IGNORE IT!

When the spamers are ignored, maybe they will go away. Hmmm.....Theres a thought.