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, May 13, 2008

CoolCarChip International

At a guess, this is a payment processing scam which involves cashing forged checks. On the other hand, it may be a payment processing scam which involves receiving fraudulent bank transfers. To clear this up, I've written to them requesting further information. If they write back with anything useful, I'll post a comment about it.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (random, false)]
Date: 2008/5/12 UTC
Subject: Part-time job opportunity
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Job opportunity from CoolCarChip International

Job Location


Company Location


Employment Type



+ % BONUS system


Send your profile/resume/CV to this e-mail only:


Hello. We would like to offer you this employment opportunity in CoolCarChip International company. This is a good chance for you to find the job you like. We have various positions all over US. If you satisfy all our requirements you are welcome to send us your resume/CV for our consideration. You will receive our motivated decision within 1-2 days. Hurry up, this job opportunity is limited.

Requirements and skills:

  1. Higher Education/College
  2. Sales/Management (desired but optional)
  3. Strong communicative skills
  4. MS Office installed (MS Word)
  5. U.S. citizenship
  6. Adult age

This is original e-mail letter from CoolCarChip Int. This is not any kind of: MLM, scam, spam. We will never ask you to provide any kind of investments.


Spotter said...

Silly me -- I forgot to include the domain name details.

Registrar: BIZCN.COM, INC.
Whois Server:
Referral URL:
Name Server: NS1.ZZCOMZ.COM
Name Server: NS2.ZZCOMZ.COM
Updated Date: 26-mar-2008
Creation Date: 26-mar-2008
Expiration Date: 26-mar-2009

Also, the email address for this registration:

Spotter said...

Well, they've cleared up the scam type for me: it's a payment processing scam which involves receiving fraudulent bank transfers. Here's a copy of the information they sent. I've highlighted the more interesting bits in bold type.

Company Representative Job Summary:
We are young but big international company that sells car tuning parts, chips, designs and models. We have many offices around the globe. At this time we are looking for someone with superior communication skills to enhance our team. During all working process you will represent our company at US market. What will you do for us? You will communicate with customers and clients by phone/e-mail; you will manage company contacts and provide support for new clients; you will make billing records; you will be official representative of our company. Due to the US rules and company formation law we cannot accept direct payments from international clients. In this case we have to open official sales office or use local dealer for this purposes. At this time we are making marketing research of US market and we decided to hire local sales/financial representatives. As an official representative you will have full rights to work with funds and/or payments. In this case we need to use your account with your real personal name on it (to ensure that you have full rights). If you have another questions please do not hesitate to ask me directly, I will be glad to talk to you soon. Thanks in advance and have a good day/evening.

The next step in application process is Employment Application form. You must have basic computer skills to operate with main process of this job. You have to confirm your identity in any form: ID, DL or Passport (any scanned copy).

During the trial period (30 days), you will be paid 2,000USD per month while working on average 3hours per day, Monday-Friday, plus 5% commission from every payment received and processed. The salary will be sent in the form of money transfer directly to your account or you may take it from received funds directly. After the trial period your base pay salary will grow up to 4,500USD per month, plus 10% commission.

All fees/charges/bills are covered by the company. All funds transferred and processed with our company are insured in full. The fees for transferring are simply deducted from the payments received. Customer will not contact you during initial stage of the trial period. After three weeks of the trial period you will begin to have contact with the customers via email in regards to collection of the payments. For the first four weeks (30 calendar days) you will simply receive all of the transferring details, and payments, along with step by step guidance from your supervisor. You will be forwarding the received payments through transferring agents such as Western Union, Money Gram, any P2P agents or by wire transferring. You will have to keep all receipts/bills/invoices for you records. Anyway will well require copy of all records for verification needs.

dumbtube said...

They have a nice website, stolen from and rebadged. They say theyre based in Poland (I think it's really Romania). Here's my posting.