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.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

An anonymous job offer with big bucks is always a money mule scam.

Domain Name:
ROID: 20080123s10001s16905882-cn
Registrant Organization: Int inc
Registrant Name: WolfDane
Administrative Email:
Registration Date: 2008-01-23 04:55
Expiration Date: 2009-01-23 04:55

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false)]
Date: 30 Jan 2008 XX:XX UTC
Subject: Part-time Job
To: [redacted]

Secondary Well-Paid Job

Ladies and Gentlemen!

A large company with a world reputation, which deals with online investments, is finally expanding and looking for new representatives in Australia! We are planning the opening of our Australian representatives' network in February 2008, but we are interested in new representatives now, at present.

At the moment we are looking for independent agents, who will represent our company in regions. The work consists in accepting and processing payments from our Australian clients. This is a part-time position; you work only 3-4 hours per week. The full-time job will be offered you out of turn as soon as the official representatives' network starts functioning.

We appreciate the labor of our representatives and pay them properly. Your salary depends on your activity and capacity for work. You will be paid a minimum of 1000 EUR, but if you complete all the duties as assigned, you salary will go up to about 3000 EUR. By the way, the base salary for the full-time job in our representations is several times more.

If you are interested in our offer and would like to learn more, please send your filled out form to e-mail: Our human resources managers will contact you within 48 hours.

Full name:
Country of residence:
Contact phone:
Preferred call time:

Thank You,

New York, 14026, USA
Phone: +1 (877) 349-7033

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