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, February 08, 2008

Bid-Alot.Int (Impostors)

There is a company called Bid-Alot, and they deny that they have anything to do with this job offer. This is not the first time we've seen money mule recruiters using the name Bid-Alot either. Bid-Alot do not offer jobs of this sort -- it's a scam being perpetrated by someone not related to the company in any way. The scammer is currently using contact addresses.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bid-Alot.Int 2008 <[redacted (false)>
Date: 7 Feb 2008 XX:XX UTC
Subject: Full-time job in South and West Australia
To: [redacted]

Australian Internet Auction Community is looking for new associates in Australia. .

This is a job offer for Australia residents/citizens ONLY

Our Online Auction Community unites online visitors not only from Australia, but also from European and North American regions. Not only have we given peace of mind to everyone in that they are safe in the knowledge of legitimate auction sellers and bidders, but also offer best possible auction purchase and reselling opportunities to all of our members.

We are an Independent Department of Bid-Alot.Int ( and generally cooperate with Europe and North-America based buyers/sellers.

We offer you the position of a bidding manager.

The vacancy includes both part and full-time employment.

There's no need to sell or purchase anything online. There's no need to invest anything as well.

Bidding manager processes auction payments from buyers to sellers and vice-versa. Bidding manager also transports auction wares to nearest post office and ships the package to its final destination in Europe or North America.

A per month salary of 4000 AUD is transferred on a regular basis to bidding manager's bank account + you get 4% from every auction deal you participate in.

Our Community makes the whole Internet Auction process more flexible for people from different regions.

If you have what it takes to be successful in this work, and are interested in the career, then apply online, send your CV to HR DEPARTMENT .

Thank you for your time

Ronald Mandstein

---------- Forwarded message ----------
[headers redacted for privacy reasons]

We are an Independent Department of Bid-Alot.Int
( <> ) in Europe and North America.
Our Customer Support Centre is in Rapid City, Michigan, US and most of our non-Australia based customers get maximum support and assistance during their Internet Auction deals with Bid-Alot.Int Australian buyers/sellers.

Our goal is to guarantee that most of the auction deals between international buyers/sellers of our Online Community are processed securely.

Due to an increasing number of illegal deals on the Internet today, our Payment Processing Department is looking for motivated applicants in Australia ready to guarantee safety of wares and payment delivery to our abroad customers.

Legitimate purchase and reselling opportunities have been among our top priorities from the very beginning of our work.

"Bidding manager" vacancy is a part-time employment during the first 2 weeks of our cooperation. If the applicant succeeds in completing one's duties successfully, it is possible to start a full-time employment immediately after the first 2 weeks (a 14-days trial period).

Unlike other Companies with free of charge trial periods, we pay fixed salary of 4000/2 AUD even during the first 2 weeks of our collaboration as well.

4000 AUD per month salary:
Salary is wired transferred into bidding manager's bank account in the end of every working month or in the end of every working period. Salary is paid in Australian currency.

Duties and Commission:
An additional 4% of commission is paid for every successful auction deal bidding manager participates in.
Bidding manager receives and forwards payments from buyers to sellers.
Bidding manager receives and forwards auction merchandise from sellers to buyers.
Bidding manager regularly visits the bank, local post office and sometimes meets Bid-Alot.Int Australia-based customers in person.

We also arrange regular meetings of our employees from every particular region once in 2 months and that's when the bidding managers get together to discuss their work, Internet auction innovations and etc.

It is the duty of a Bidding manager after the initial merchandise/payment receipt, to deliver/ship/transfer it to its final destination in Europe or North America with no holds and delays. Bidding manager keeps in touch with one of our assisting managers from Customer Support Centre (personally/by phone/by email) and will follow his instructions after bidding manager receives the merchandise/payment.

Bidding manager also works together with one of our senior bidding managers in your region after the first 30 days of our cooperation. Personal meetings are obligatory.

Vacancy status:

Available from February 2008. 27 more employees needed.
Vacancy is available for Australian residents only

Work schedule:
Weekly employment of 5-15 hours.

Promotion opportunity:
Apply for a full-time employment after first 14 days of successful cooperation.

PC either at home or at work, primary and secondary phone numbers (home and mobile, work), account in any financial institution/Bank

Please reply if you are interested in the vacancy and would like to receive more info

Send your resume or CV (if you have one) as well.

We will reply to you as soon as possible

Thank You very much for your time and attention

Recruiting chief manager
Ronald Mandstein

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