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

"Fund Operator"

This one isn't forthcoming with a company name -- not even a fake one (unless you count "Int. Sales Company"). I'm guessing that it's actually the same gang that was responsible for the "Daikin A.B. Sales Group" scam just reported, because it came fairly hot on its heels, and contains the same kind of phony endorsements. It targets Australians, so the scam is probably "receive fraudulent bank transfers and forward them via Western Union".

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/6/19 UTC
Subject: Only with our company you can earn 1200 in a week!
To: [redacted (privacy)]

 Greetings Dear Australian Population !
You have a chance to start making 2000 + AUD a week spending 1-2 hours a day Monday-Friday, working most of the time from home.This opportunity is brought to you by Int. Sales Company and now is hiring!You received this offer via Worldwide net of advertisement brought to you via paid ads by Google.
If you are looking for an additional job or just an extra income - this position is for you.Designed for an ease of use and the best position available nowadays, time wise and income wise.
Although some requirements need to be met:
You are 18+ years old*
You have 1-2 hours of free time a day Monday-Friday*
You are responsible and dependable*
You are located in Australia only*
Some reference:

"Best offer on The Net" - "Money" magazine, -John Keppke.
"Employment situation has gotten on a new level" - "The Economist" magazine, -Laura Star.
"Amazing solution for Extra Income" - "Newsweek" magazine, -Dennis Coleman.
If you meet all requirements - don't hesitate to get more information on this great position called "Fund Operator".
Reply to:  with subject "Interested" to receive full information on this great position. Limited time offer, don't wait! And Good luck.

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