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.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Gerry Bristol

Although it's not made obvious by the sales pitch, I'm willing to bet that this job scam is a money mule scam in which the employee receives direct bank transfer payments (from compromised Internet banking accounts) and is asked to forward them by Western Union (or similar). That seems to be the only kind of job scam ever targeted specifically at Australians.

   Domain Name: GERRYBRISTOLINC.COM
   Registrar: THE REGISTRY AT INFO AVENUE D/B/A IA REGISTRY
   Whois Server: whois.iaregistry.com
   Referral URL: http://www.iaregistry.com
   Name Server: NS1.TOOLNS.COM
   Name Server: NS2.TOOLNS.COM
   Updated Date: 07-may-2008
   Creation Date: 07-may-2008
   Expiration Date: 07-may-2009

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Gerry Bristol <[redacted (random, false)]>
Date: 2008/5/10
Subject: Reperesentative job in Australia
To: [redacted (privacy)]


Hello.
My name is Gerry Bristol, I represent Gerry Bristol Inc company. We need representatives in Australia for full and part-time jobs (2 positions are available). We do not ask for any money, we are reputable company operating in Sweden and Finland.
You will get:
- 5000 USD guaranteed monthly income
- Comprehensive medical and life insurance for you and your dependents. You will be receiving company Medicine card and all the paperwork in 2 weeks after successfully completing your probation period. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
You have to be honest,loyal, responsible and hard-working.
You need 5-7 hours during the week for communication.
Residential address to receive correspondence (if any).
Computer with internet connection.
Please, reply to support@gerrybristolinc.com if you are interested and I will send you job details.
Thanks
Gerry Bristol
Gerry Bristol Inc
12 brivas str B 44,, FI-00530 Helsinki, Finland
+358 9 1748722 PLEASE, REPLY TO: support@gerrybristolinc.com

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