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


This is a scam, probably West African Advance Fee Fraud. If so, then the company and the job are fabrications -- lies told in order to trick victims into paying bogus fees. Clear indications that this is a scam include (a) the fact that it it spam, (b) the UK +4470 telephone number which can be forwarded anywhere in the world, (c) the extensive use of freemail addresses such as, and (d) the fact that it's a petroleum company -- my archives are littered with this exact same scam carried out under a whole bunch of different oil company names.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: richard moore <>
Date: 2008/5/20 UTC
Subject: Job Vacancy

Job Vacancy

MURCO PETROLIUM LTD: Has immediate employment opportunities.We intends
to invite experienced Individuals/Expatriates or Consultancy firm who
is capable of rendering expertise services in various fields of
Engineering, Construction and Installation, NDT , Geology, Project
Management, Welding and Fabrication, Plant/Start-Up,Machine operators,
Service Technicians, Maintenance, Mechanical/Technical/Design
Engineering, Information Technology, Administrative,Commissioning and
Medical Experts.

. A very attractive net salary paid in US$, Sterling or Euros
quivalent 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 in UNITED KINGDOM for employee.
. 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.
. Applicants are to provide him/her self with visa processing
documents while the company help for getting the visa and all other
necessary travelling documents that will enable him/her to come over
to his job community (here) though one assurance we can prove is that
we can stand in favour of your name and appologise to the British
council in your area to assist you to make sure that visa and all the
travelling documents are issue to you smoothly.

Full-Time and Half Time .
One thousand six Hundred pounds and above depending upon experience
and field of specialization.Capable and Interested Individual are to
send resumes and details of experiences to:
Name: Mr. Pius Todd .
Office Telephone:+44 703 195 3704

1 comment:

doru said...

i did receive some sort of application from them. if u look on the real murco petroleum ltd website it states that they will never ask for money, passport photos, copies after other papers. and their emal addresses always have a certain termination , not like, my
the salary was pretty good, 4600 pounds.
just kidding, obvious a good scam.