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.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Financial Times Business

This is one of the usual money mule scams where they send you bad money (forged cheques, fraudulent bank transfers) and ask you to send back good, unrecoverable money (usually Western Union or similar). "Financial Times Business" sounds like the name of a newspaper, but it's just something the scammers have made up, and any resemblance to any real company (or newspaper, for that matter) is probably coincidental. The concept of "Financial Times Business" seems to have been ripped off from, a website which appears to be perfectly legitimate. Scammers often impersonate reputable businesses in this manner. These scammers are using a range of HR-themed Gmail addresses, which is a modus operandi I've seen before (such as the Shamrock scam).

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/5/18 UTC
Subject: your successful career
To: [redacted (privacy)]


We have a vacant position “Private client manager” in our team and will be glad to have you work with us.
This is part-time job (2-3 hours a day, except holidays) and the position provides support filling the transactions of our customers. This is a new kind of financial and banking services.
We deal exclusively with private clients with special requirements for high speed of receiving funds for their business .

Your work would be basic at first , yet thorough - you will make transfers for our clients to suit their needs.
Our mangers will assist you during the trial period and explain everything you will need to know.
We offer a competitive salary: for the first month you will get $ 2000 for your work, the next month your salary will be increased if you do your work responsible and on time.

Now you are only one step away from successful career.

Send us an e-mail to:

with phone numbers and time to reach you, and we will contact you and answer all your questions.

Thank you in advance,
Kate Brennan
HR Manager


Spotter said...

Gmail addresses seen so far in association with this scam are as follows.

Spotter said...

They've diversified their use of freemail addresses somewhat. New addresses are as follows.

Spotter said...

They're back again! Most recent samples all used Gmail addresses starting with "financial".