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


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.

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