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, July 04, 2008

Shuenn Jaan Machinery (impostors)

In some sense this is just the same old story: scammers pretending to be a company with payment processing difficulties as a means to recruit victims. On the other hand, you don't often see a requirement that the employee have a credit card account, by which I suspect they mean a merchant account capable of receiving payments. I strongly suspect that anyone who did have such an account would realise what an awful risk this is. I may respond to this just to see if the scam is what I think it is.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: 2008/7/4
Subject: Be Our Agent

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Tel :886-5-236-2685, Fax:886-2-6602-1090

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please can I have your attention for a moment? Would you like to work online from home temporarily and get paid weekly? Our Company Shuenn Jaan Machinery Co., Ltd. is a company based in Taiwan and we are into  Manufacturer of plastic injection molding machines, bakelite machines, dual-colors injection molding machines and accessories supplied worldwide since 1975 with numerous customers home and abroad. We produce  various industrial machinery ( machines) & equipments supply ( supplies) you will be glad with our  products. We need representatives in the UK who will be in charge of all our payments from the  United Kingdom clients/customers.

 Most of our customers from the United Kingdom pay through Bank wire transfer,Credit Cards, Certified  cheques and Cashier cheques which are not negotiable here in Taiwan. This brings our quest to employ a  credible and trustworthy fellow as our representative to handle our payments. This would not affect your  present job but serve as another stream of income to your good self. Being our representative and assisting  us in processing the payments from our clients shall earn you a weekly salary and commission of about 10%  of every payment you assist us with.

Due to the fact that we can not process the United Kingdom Credit cards here in the Taiwan, we have lost in  the past about £85,000 of net income each month because of money transfer delays. Most of our  clients/customers who purchase our products need to pay large amount of money through their Credit Card  account and this is the reason we also need a representative who has Credit card account to receive large  amount of money for our company. Your task is to co-ordinate payments from customers and help us with the  payment process. You are not involved in any sales.

If you are interested, email us back for more information.

Best Regards,

Jack Lin (Mr)

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