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.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

INIT Fulfilment

The description offered in this spam isn't precise enough to determine which particular scam is in operation here. Even so, it's clearly a scam: anyone who sends out millions of job offers is looking for victims, not employees. I'll reply to them and see what comes back, though.

   Domain Name: INITFULFILMENT.COM (scam)
   Registrar: ENOM, INC.
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS3.WRZHOST.COM
   Name Server: NS4.WRZHOST.COM
   Updated Date: 13-jun-2008
   Creation Date: 13-jun-2008
   Expiration Date: 13-jun-2009

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: batholomew thavy <[redacted (believed false)]>
Date: 2008/7/2 (UTC)
Subject: Message From Job Poster

Dear Jobseeker

On behalf of the INIT fulfilment services,we found that you are capable of becoming a valuable member of our team. At
this moment we have a vacancy available for mail order service coordinator.
You have enough free time(20-30 weekly), like work from home, hardworking and have great customer care skills?

You will manage orders online, provide support for customers,  send customer requests, billings, invoices,  and etc. on
behalf of the Company.

Your salary is $20/h. We usually pay on demand from your first day. We provide monthly and yearly bonuses plus standard
benefits package after your successful 1 month  probationary period.

Work schedule
Three shifts available for this job. M-F 9am-2pm, 11am-4pm, 2pm-7pm. You can combine shifts, it actualy depends on you.

This position is free for you. And it doesn't involve any door to door sale nor cold-callings, and there's absolutely no
pre-requisite for you to qualify for this position other than your motivations and willing to do whatever it takes to get
it done and follow instruction properly, attention to detail and someone who is highly effective with somewhat
organization skill set.

We provide free trainings. Then you will get a certificate.
If you think this position fits your requirements email back at
for further details.

Thank you
Yours truly,
Thomas Baruch.
INIT Marketing Services Group.


chouhy said...

Probably they want your credit card data with the excuse of crediting payments. I will be interested to know what you get from your inquire though.

Priscilla said...

I just replied. Let's see what comes back.

Liesel said...

I replied, and I got more information on the "position" and an Interview Evaluation's a 3 page questionaire asking no person questions or wanting any kind of account #'s.....not sure if I should fill it out,

Spotter said...

Here's the additional information they send. There was also an Interview Evaluation Form attached, but it was basically a smokescreen, and of no importance.

Even with this additional clarification, it's still not clear exactly who does what. Is this a check fraud scam or a reshipper scam? Or is it something entirely new? Genuinely new scams are extremely rare, so probably not.

Oh well, if anyone has actually become involved with this crowd then (a) stop dealing with them, they're scammers, and (b) can you please tell us about it? They can't string a coherent sentence together in English to save their lives.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Thomas Baruch <>
Date: 2008/7/2 UTC
Subject: Re: Job
To: Deception Spotter <>


Thank you for contacting us. We're glad you're interested in our offer.

Here's a completed instruction of your standard duties.


1) Our Manager supplies our Service Coordinators details of customer contacts so that they may send: A purchase order form.

2) Once the customer has returned there purchase order form

3) The Service Coordinator sends:
- An invoice
- Payment request form
- Notice of rejection of goods (this form is only used if the product is damaged)

4) Once payment has been received, the Service Coordinator will need to contact the buyer (confirmation of payment), also send a receipt.

5)Notify the distributor that payment has been received.

6)Once payment has been received, distributor has been notified, then withdraw the funds indicated in the payment order.

7) Send the funds to the distributor:
? All fee’s shall be paid from the clients funds and not your earnings.

8) The product will be shipped within 24 hours.

All the required papers and software will be provided as soon as we hire you.

If you think this position fits your requirements you may fill out our interview form.

One of our managers will contact you in 48 hours.

Kind Regards
Timothy Antash.
INIT Marketing Services Group