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

SNB Auctions

Work available as administrative assistant for organised crime gang of unknown nationality. Job duties expected to involve fraud, money laundering, and liaison with law enforcement officers followed by possible criminal charges.

The .md domain does not operate a whois server, so no details as to the date of registration for "" are available. Assume the worst. Note that the website appears to be hosted by proxy through a botnet (it returns five widely divergent address records in dynamically allocated address space with short time-to-live values).

A Google search on a phrase from the "about us" page shows (a) evidence of plagiarism, and (b) tentative overlap with other scams: "Zinex Finance" and "East Collect Int".

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/8/26 UTC
Subject: URGENT!!! Employees Wanted.from 850$ Per Week.(from 2700$ for business staff)
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Dear sir/madam,

We are currently offering part time positions in New Zealand, Australia, Spain , UK and Germany:

Available position:
Administrative assistant

The job of Administrative assistant does not need any special skills or knowledge in any specific areas. Your commitment to the job, readiness to make the job on time and with good quality, honesty and responsibility, good business acumen and accuracy are the basic recruitment criteria.

Work in our company will give you a chance to improve your qualification as administrative assistant
We are  looking for people who can show good post-sale professional qualities.

Administrative assistant provides clerical and administrative support of departments of management and sales. Selected candidate should be able to demonstrate data sorting and special project operating skills.

The position is part-time (full-time also possible) and home based. The responsibilities include sales support, answering clients’ letters(optional), correspondence with the dragged in offices and vendors. The person should be able to maintain correspondence showing skills of competent and literal written communication. The vacancy includes carrying out of clerical responsibilities aimed to provide effective sales processing. One of the items is preparing and spreading of the reports.

To be selected one will have to demonstrate the following qualities:

- Good knowledge of Microsoft Windows/PC/internet usage
- Uphold a high level of integrity and ethics.
- Ability to follow directions
- Good responsibility to company requests
- Proved ability to work independently
- Knowledge of basic accounting
- Honesty and responsibility in performing corporate tasks
- Willingness to coordinate personal results, work independently
- Fluent English
- maturity age

Company's provisions:

- $1500 Bonus after 30-days of employment.If you work minimum of 8h per week.
- We guarantee that you will earn money right from your virtual home office while working as an independent contractor with us.
- Competitive Salary
- Flexible work schedule
- Online assistance and training
- Over 3500 $ monthly which highly depends on your results

You can find more information about this offer on our website:

Application form:

We will contact you ASAP (24-48 hours after we receive your application form on our site) by e-mail or by phone to provide you more information

With best regards,

SNB Auctions

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your information re this email circular.

I received the message in your warning and as it appeared to be from a reputable company operating in the USA (albeit one I had never hear of) I wondered if it was worth exploring further.
My suspicions were aroused when banking details were marked as "required fields" in the Registration Form.
Your technical backgorund search has satisfied me this is another scam. Thanks for providing this service.