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.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Halton (impostors)

There are several companies called "Halton", but this spam isn't from any of them. It's just one of the usual career criminals trying to trick people into money laundering, also known as "money mule" work. It targets Australians, so I assume the work involves receipt of stolen money via direct bank transfer, and forwarding some percentage of it overseas via Western Union.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/7/13 UTC
Subject: Make Money Working for Denmark Successful Company!


Please take your time and read about this genuine offer, job position.

Make money spending only few hours a day, if you are located in Australia!

This position either can replace your current job, or can be as an extra income for you.

Denmark successful company - Halton¿, brought this opportunity for you.

Advertisement itself is brought to you via Google ads (Paid advertisement, assigning e-mail business account).

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!

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+ y/o
*You are Reliable and Enthusiastic person.
*You Have 2-3 Hours a Day of Your Spare/Free Time, Monday-Friday(Saturday).
*You Are Located in Australia (New Zealand can be considered also).
*You Have Access to Internet 2-3 Hours A Day, Monday-Friday(Saturday).


"The Most Creative Opportunity of The Month" - "Two Time" Magazine, quote by Angela Roer.
"Consider This Opportunity" - "Behind The Truth" Magazine, quote by Marcus Stowee.

To receive full information reply to:

with subject "More Information" and one of our representatives will assist you shortly. Thank you for your interest and


Best Regards,
Halton¿ Sales Team.


Tanya said...

Yes...I replied to this email

When they asked for my personal and bank details I knew that it was fraudulent

Anonymous said...

Yes, I replied too, and received the below.

I have fallen prey to similar scammers some months ago. I reported it to police in Sydney but they never answered my email.

Anyway it did not do me any harm, I even got 600 dollars that way.

Here the email:

* * * * * *

Hello, and thank you for your interest in this international position of fund manager for the Halton Sales Group (Denmark).

If you become part of our team you will have the chance to start making up to $1100+ AUD a week. There is no start up fee.

This is a 'new generation' job position, practiced by a number of international companies.

Job Description:

Due to a taxation loophole between Australia and Sweden, your role will be as a Sub Distributor for our company, handling payments for our company.

Your commission will be 10% of each transaction.

Because you are an individual, we only have to pay 2% tax for every sale that we make through you (as the sub distributor), rather than having to pay

a higher rate as a company.

Thus it is more beneficial for us to handle our business this way.

Here is an example of what is involved. (You will receive instructions at every stage, from steps 1-4).


1. You receive $3100 AUD from us into your nominated bank account.

2. You go to the bank and withdraw 90%, and leave 10% for yourself.

3. You go to Western Union (any post office) and send 90% of the amount to one of our agents. Note that Western Union fee comes out of 90%! You

don't spend your 10% to pay for any fees.

4. You send us an email with a report of the transaction.

5. As soon as we receive the report, you are given your next transaction the very next day!

Outcome: You earned 10% from $3100 AUD, which is $310 AUD, and that was just one transaction. Not bad at all, right?


1. Do I pay any tax?

This is not your income and the bank is aware of this, because we pay a fee to every Bank institution and it covers taxes for these transfers. And

it is one of the huge advantages of this position. All taxes for these transfers will be automatically dismissed for you.

2. Is there a contract I need to sign?

No, for your convenience this is a part-time position, and all you have to do is give us two days' notice if you wish to cease employment with us.

3. How many transactions a day can I make, and how often?

One transaction a day, five times a week, Monday- Friday. It could be four times a week, depending on your bank schedule. If your bank is closed on

Fridays, then you loose one day, one less transaction a week basically.

4. What products do you sell and what is the average amount I will work with?

We are big on electronics and computer sales, heating and air conditioning supplies, but we also can help any other company make a sale, so it can

involve auto parts, housing equipment, beauty supplies (such as tanning beds), and other quantities in big products.

5. How long will I be able to work for you?

You can depend on this opportunity until at least 5 August, 2010. We will have other opportunities available by that time, so you will be able to

continue on working with us.

6. Is this legal?

Everything is above board and regulated by an official Australian financial government institution, an institution that controls outgoing and

incoming funds within Australia, that is the actual name of it - official Australian financial government institution.

7. Is this difficult?

The work is not complicated at all. Anyone can try it out, and help is always available from one of our representatives.

If you wish to work for us, and join our team, simply reply back with the following information, and one of our representatives will be in touch with

you shortly.


1. First name:
2. Surname (last name):
3. Address:
4. City/town:
5. Postcode:
6. Country: Australia
7. Mobile phone:
8. Home/landline phone no:
9. Name of your bank:
a) BSB number:
b) Account number: (numbers only)
10. Your email address: (to contact you best)


Anonymous said...

what is stopping us ripping off the scammers at their own game, simply not forwarding on the money and keeping it?

Spotter said...

Do you really want to be caught with easily-traced stolen money? They're sending it via you to make it harder to trace to them. Don't try to outsmart the scammers when you don't understand the scam.