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, August 27, 2008

IDSsolutions Managment

Here's a fairly nondescript money mule scam, fresh from the inbox. It looks like the usual scam that is targeted at Australians: receive stolen money via bank transfer, and launder it overseas via Western Union. The tip-off is the bit where they say, "10% commission from every processed customer".

If you've received any money from these people, report it to your bank as a suspicious transaction, and they'll send it back to its rightful owner.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/8/27 UTC
Subject: Business Proposal
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Dear Sir/Madam,

Our firm has an opening in our Australian department for a Sales Executive Representative position. This will be a part-time/home based position and the applicant must have the following qualifications:

E-mail access and ability to work 4 hours a day
MS Word, MS Excel, PDF qualification
Cell phone for urgent duties
Adult age

Starting salary is 1,000.00  per month + 10% commission from every processed customer (over 4,500.00 monthly).

Send your resume to our personal e-mail:

If you require any additional information please let us know.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Thanks for your attention.

Thanks for your attention.

IDSsolutions Managment

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