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.

Saturday, July 05, 2008


Scams of this sort don't usually admit to being from Nigeria. In fact, I'm inclined to think that the WHOIS details for this domain might be false, but it doesn't bode well for the so-called job offer either way. The job offer is careful to avoid any direct mention of money-handling, but these scams almost invariably come down to money laundering under the pretext of payment processing.

Domain Name:                                 FINEARTEX.BIZ
Domain ID:                                   D25898833-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar:                        ESTDOMAINS INC
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID:                832
Registrant ID:                               DI_8399664
Registrant Name:                             Olumide Harrison
Registrant Organization:                     N/A
Registrant Address1:                         [redacted] Saint George St
Registrant City:                             Lagos
Registrant State/Province:                   Lagos
Registrant Postal Code:                      23401
Registrant Country:                          Nigeria
Registrant Country Code:                     NG
Registrant Phone Number:                     +351.28276xxxx [partially redacted]
Registrant Email:                  
Name Server:                                 NS1.MGSDOMAINS.COM
Name Server:                                 NS2.MGSDOMAINS.COM
Created by Registrar:                        ESTDOMAINS INC
Last Updated by Registrar:                   ESTDOMAINS INC
Domain Registration Date:                    Thu Jul 03 15:25:10 GMT 2008
Domain Expiration Date:                      Thu Jul 02 23:59:59 GMT 2009
Domain Last Updated Date:                    Thu Jul 03 15:45:34 GMT 2008

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: 2008/7/5
Subject: Australian Jobs
To: [redacted (privacy)]

The FASEX, international fine art and antiques shipping transportation system is the largest in the United States. FASEX has been fortunate during its history to assemble the most experienced staff of any company in the specialized field of fine art services. In 2008 FASEX is creating new international offices and starting to provide service in Canada, Central Europe and Australia.SnqTtKcfIvyh4SH9H0

FASEX has now opened Regional Administrative Coordinator vacancies in Australiad

Main duties are:
Coordinating internet sales projects.
Contacts with company's clients
Operating within prescribed budgets
Managing cash and balancing receipts

Wage Details: 52k AUD + benefitsUw08H7Vxt318uL5MMgrLHq

Main requirements for the candidates are:

· Effctive interaction with customers;
· Willingness to work at home;
· The ability to operate with more than one task effectively, and have an adaptable, flexible, professional attitude;VTS0B
· Honesty, responsibility and promptness in operations;
· The ability to create good administrative reporting;
· The ability of stable communication with our company and on-time and detailed reporting;
· Effective dealing with tight deadlines and frequently changing priorities;
· Must have good leadership skills and be ethical, polite, tactful;uCG9G

To the successful applicants we offer a position on a trial period (2 week).Lqar01yDFftzE

More information about this and other vacanies you may find on our website.

If you are interested in this vacancy and you feel, that your qualifications correspond to our requirements, please visit to apply online.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The scam e-mail is also written in plain text, so it makes it way through spam filters.