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, March 17, 2008

Cheetah Oil & Liquid Gas

This message originated from IP address, which WHOIS reports as being used by an Internet Cafe in Togo, West Africa (just a little to the west of Nigeria, if you're looking for it). I believe this to be an advance fee fraud scam: they will offer you a job to suit your skills, but require some kind of up-front fees for visa processing or whatnot. There is no job, and they are not part of any oil company: this is just a way to sucker people into sending money.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: colgcheetahoilga colgcheetahoilga <>
Date: 17 Mar 2008 XX:XX UTC

                                JOB REF:JOB/CHGRP/UK/453-08                    

                            C.O.L.G   (CHEETAH OIL & LIQUID GAS)
CHEETAH OIL & LIQUID GAS has immediate employment opportunities. C.O.L.G intends to invite experienced individuals/expatriates or Consultancy firm capable of rendering expertise services in various fields of Business Management, M.B.A (Finance), Administrative and Commissioning, C.O.L.G has immediate employment/Vacancies in following Designations. Accountant, Duty Manager, Front Manager, Sales Manager, Receptionists, Drivers, Bar boy, Cook, Food & Beverage Cost Controller/Manager, Customer Manager, Computer Applicant, Software/Hardware Engineers, Elect. Engineer, Auto Engineer. e.t.c. Experienced is preferred, but we're willing to train an eager individual who wants to learn all aspects of pastry.
. A very attractive net salary paid in US$, Sterling or Euros equivalent depending on   employee home country and currency preference with annual salary review.
. Quality single or family housing accommodation in company community.
. Free medical/dental care for employee and family.
. Excellent educational assistance benefits with family status employment.
. Paid airfares allowing full flexibility with holiday travel.
. Personal effects shipment and excess baggage allowances.
. Full access to some of the finest and social recreational facilities .
. Life Insurance and Paid vacation.
. Official vehicle/Maximum security in work environment and housing community.
Full-Time and contract
JOB STATUS:  US$5,400.00-USD15, 000.00 depending upon experience and field of specialization. Interested candidates are to email resume and details of experience ONLY to

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