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 28, 2008

TransWest Pacific

This particular spam makes it look like they are recruiting money mules, but the job vacancies section of their website also contains a reshipper job description. Maybe these guys specialise in recruiting suckers generally, providing this as a service to organised crime on the black market. It wouldn't surprise me, given the degree of specialisation already out there.

   Domain Name: TRANZWEST.COM
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.DUOHOST.RU
   Name Server: NS2.DUOHOST.RU
   Updated Date: 05-jul-2008
   Creation Date: 05-jul-2008
   Expiration Date: 05-jul-2009

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: freeland cimarron <>
Date: 2008/7/28 UTC
Subject: Company is seeking for responsible, literate and honest persons!

Financial manager position in United States and Canada!
Company TransWest Pacific is seeking for responsible, literate and honest persons for the positions in transaction services to be financial manager.

1. Be able to check your email several times a day

2. Be able to respond to emails immediately

3. Be able to work overtime if needed

4. Be responsible and hard working

5. Be able to open bank account for company needs (if needed)

6. Should have personal bank account

You will be asked for punctuality, managerial abilities and responsibility. You will also receive detailed instructions for subsequent actions from our manager, with information how to process the money.

Please contact us by

best redgards, TransWest Pacific

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I received this phishing e-mail and the very first tip-off to me was the disparity in names - TransWest was the company name, was the website URL. This phisher must think people are pretty stupid to do that and, unfortunately, they're right!