I believe we last saw a money mule scam following this pattern in the Camac Sales and Distribution Group scam. The general layout of the spam is similar, and specifically includes three fake endorsements from real magazines, plus a Gmail reply address which requests the keyword "interested" in the subject. Anyone who thinks that The Economist magazine would actually carry a phrase like "Employment situation has gotten on a new level" isn't paying close attention.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, misleading)]
Date: , 10 Mar 2008 16:15:52 +0100
Subject: Best Position available Brought by Google.
To: [redacted (privacy)]
Greetings Dear Recipient of This Great Offer!
You have a chance to start making 1200+ AUD a week spending 1-2 hours a day Monday-Friday, working most of the time from home.
This opportunity is brought to you by an Apple Enterprise Sales Company and now is hiring!
You received this offer via Worldwide net of advertisement brought to you via paid ads by Google.
If you are looking for an additional job or just an extra income - this position is for you.
Designed for an ease of use and the best position available nowadays, time wise and income wise.
Although some requirements need to be met:
You are 18+ years old*
You have 1-2 hours of free time a day Monday-Friday*
You are responsible and dependable*
You are located in Australia only*
"Best offer on The Net" - "Money" magazine, -John Keppke.
"Employment situation has gotten on a new level" - "The Economist" magazine, -Laura Star.
"Amazing solution for Extra Income" - "Newsweek" magazine, -Dennis Coleman.
If you meet all requirements - don't hesitate to get more information on this great position called "Fund Operator".
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
with subject "Interested" to receive full information on this great position. Limited time offer, don't wait! And Good luck.
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.