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, April 21, 2008

Newman, Esmond & Eisenberg

I've been a slacker when it comes to reporting new scams of late. I first saw this one at least a week ago, but other sites are doing a fine job of keeping tabs on it. The short story is that it's the usual money mule scam. For the long, long story, see Bob Bear's description. If you're already involved, don't send these scammers any money, and if they deposit money into your account, notify your bank that the transaction is suspicious.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Newman, Esmond & Eisenberg <[redacted (false, random)]>
Date: 20 Apr 2008 XX:XX UTC
Subject: notification about the vacancy.
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Newman, Esmond, & Eisenberg LLP is a Berne-based law firm providing legal services to a diverse group of clients in a wide array of domestic and global business transactions and litigation matters. Our clients include privately and publicly held companies, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations and high net worth individuals. Our client base reflects virtually every business industry, including a number of Fortune 100 companies.
Our company has a current opening for a part-time position of a Customer Service Associate. Join a team of professionals dedicated to the international growth, brand recognition, and successful partnering with clients to achieve exceptional expansion.
This is a part time job position, that enquires 1-2 hours a day to be dealt with. The candidate will be responsible for dealing with the customer payments in his local area; this will include: monitoring the payments to arrive on his banking account, making calculations regarding each payment, transmitting the payments further to the regional business partners, associates and branches by the means of Western Union or Money Gram services and being in an interactive communication with the headquaters continiously.

The successful applicant will have computer literacy coupled with the ability to communicate at a good level and will enjoy being flexible, enthsiastic and driven.

The applicant can expect a part-time working agreement to be signed up after the trial period is over. The employee is paid on a regular basis in the end of every month, as well as he gets a 10% commission out of each customer payment he has dealt with.

The main aim of the role is to attract new customers by offering them the high-speed delivery of their orders and to fasten customer payment delivery by prompt collection of their payments.

In NEE LLP we believe, that career is more than a job. It's about skills training. Competitive salaries. Flexible scheduling. Comprehensive benefits. Job satisfaction. At NEE LLP, we offer all this and more. Because we want to help you enjoy your work… and your life.
If you feel interested in a position, please visit our web-site to apply now!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please consider, this is not a spam distribution. Your contact details were kindly put into our disposal by our partners: and

We are looking to hearing from you asap,
Yours sincerely, Marta Sharp

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