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, June 20, 2008

Daikin AB Sales Group (not)

The style of this money mule scam closely resembles that of the Hollywood Sales Group scam. It's targeting Australians, which invariably means that the "employee" receives fraudulent bank transfers (from phished accounts) and is asked to forward money via Western Union, usually to Russia and other former Soviet Union countries. Daikin is a real company (from Japan, not Sweden, although they do have a Swedish branch called "Daikin Sweden A.B."), but they have nothing to do with this scam -- the scammers are just using a well-known name for the cover story.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/6/19 UTC
Subject: Funds Operator. Best Offer On the Net!
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Hello Everyone! If you are located in Australia you have an amazing opportunity to make money spending only few hours a

This is a real genuine offer. If you are looking for a job or simply for an extra income - this position is for you.

There is nothing better and more beneficial on internet than this ultimate opportunity brought to you by Swedish
successful company - Daikin AB Sales Group.

Advertisement itself is brought to you via Google ads (Paid advertisement).

The most convenient and smart position for anybody who has couple hours a day, Monday-Friday. You will be able to make
1100+ AUD a week!

Plus, it's either - you do want to participate in this, or - you do not, that's what makes it a genuine offer and worth
reading and finding out more.

If you meet requirements - do not hesitate to receive full information:

*You are 18+ Years Old.
*You are Reliable and Enthusiastic Individual.
*You Have 2-3 Hours a Day of Your Spare Time, Monday-Friday.
*You Are Located in Australia (New Zealand can be considered also, in some cases, you still can apply).
*You Have Access to Internet 2-3 Hours A Day, Monday-Friday.


"The Most Creative Opportunity of The Year" - "One World" Magazine, quote by Marcus Sparks.
"Tired Looking For a Good Job? Consider This Opportunity" - "Australian Cyclist" Magazine, quote by Melissa Johnson.

Once again - anybody can try this opportunity out, and it is not difficult at all in general, you will always get help
from one of our supervisors. To receive full information reply
with subject "Full Information" and one of our
representatives will assist you shortly. Thank you for your interest and Good Luck!

Best Regards,
Daikin AB Sales Group Team.


Melissa Byron said...

I personally met with the manager of this company and it is a genuine offer and should not be in your scam list, just a food for thought, not trying to defend anybody, i started working few days ago and it's going good so far, they gave me contract and i signed it and very excited about opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Any company worth more than $2 will not have a hotmail/gmail/free mail address.

Spotter said...

Sorry, Melissa, but I don't believe you. You say you met in person? Where? Sweden? This is a scam, nearly identical to dozens of others that I've posted over the last couple of years. In fact, it's not just a scam, it's organised crime.

Anonymous said...

'Melissa Byron' does not exist - the scammer has written this - broken 'asian' english - definitely not from an australian.

Thanks for exposing this crook - I can show you everything this crook wrote to me - how can we see that he gets his just come uppance?

He's not only a crook but arrogant at that.

Anonymous said...

hmm yeah it all sounds a bit dodgy.. at my company we receive a good 3 or 4 of these emails a day to the one email address. What legit company needs to recruit people this way? i would stear clear!

Anonymous said...

got this today, they're targeting europeans too.
Hello Everyone!
If you are looking for an EXTRA INCOME - this is for you!
Successful foreign company - Daikin Sales Group, is currently seeking for European residents for a Banking Courier position. Make 1500-1300 EURO a week and enjoy the job itself.
If you are 18+ y/o, if you are able to check your e-mail 3-4 times a day, if you have 1-2 hours of free time Mon-Thu - this job is for you! Very nice and rare opportunity for making extra income! If interetsted Reply with "Full Information" to:

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymus,

I think I got trapped...
I read this letter, for my stupidity from Daniela, I really thought it is a good opportunity...
I wrote my datas to this Daniela, even if she really exist... I don't know... Later I found this page about the scam. So now I am a bit afraid...

I would like to ask what will await for me? What should I do if I recieve any money to my account? I haven't recieved any money yet, but what if the heck my account or something and steal my money? Or what if they steal my identity???

I really don't know what to do now, I know I was stupid. I just don't know what was I thinking??? Maybe because I really in need for money, that's why. I wanted to belive that the dream will come true... And now I am in jam!

If you have any idea, please write it. What should I do? Thanks! Anonymus2

Spotter said...

With most of these scammers, usually the safest thing to do is stop talking to them, or tell them that you know they are a scam, so go away. If they send you any cheques, rip them up. If they send any money to your bank account, contact your bank and tell them the transaction is suspicious, and you'd like it reversed. It's all fake and/or stolen, and you don't want anything to do with it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Spotter for your answer.

But I am not patient at all!
Can they steal my identity or illegaly do anything with my data?

I hope not!
So if I recieve any money I should contact my bank.
But they can't take away any money out of my account, can they? The banks are always asking for the owners signature, or something... I guess there is enough security for controlling the moving of money...
But for sure, I learned a lesson!

Thanks! Kind regards,

Spotter said...

Identity theft is a very diverse problem, but it's not the primary interest of these scammers so far as I'm aware. Their main game is phishing and money laundering. Keep an eye on your bank account, and report any anomalies to the bank, but I don't think there's a lot of risk so long as you don't cooperate further with the scammers.

Anonymous said...

I am a European. I got that scam, too. And thanks to that blog I have no question what it is. The text was exactly that is mentioned above. There are a lot of good opportunities to earn honest money. That is not that. I agree, it is a crime.
Kind regards.

Anonymous said...

Just got a text message from some guy named Donald Elvis from Daikin Industries about a job. He wanted me to setup Google Hangouts and conduct an interview. He couldn't tell me what job I applied to, when I applied, or anything. He also wanted my email address. Something just seemed fishy. I didn't apply to this company and if I had of applied they would already have my email address. Once I pointed this information out he stopped texting me. It is a scam!!!!!!!!!!!!