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@ gmail.com. 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
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
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.