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.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

XOOM Global Money Transfer

There's not a lot to say about this: it's the usual money mule recruitment scam in which stolen money is transferred into the employee's account, and he is asked to send it overseas (launder it) via Western Union. These job offers don't come from real companies -- they come from organised crime syndicates in need of disposable lackeys. I've received several of these using a variety of Gmail contact addresses.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/8/7 UTC
Subject: work in the financial company
To: [redacted (privacy)]

This letter contains an offer of the distant job.

Main requirements:
- Age from 18 to 60 years
- Basic computer
- AU citizenship or AU permanent residency
- Mobile connection
- The account in any bank
- Accuracy, responsibility and making tasks in a short space of time
- 1-2 hours of free time during working day
- Desired Education Level: High School or Equivalent


The description of the job:
Our firm has been already working for 4 years in the Net market of transactions, we have worked out our own
scheme of financial transactions for the third World, for all less economically developed countries and we
involve employees from well-to-do countries like Australia.
You can work at constant job or be unemployed, but you should always have an opportunity to visit the bank,
the Western Union office, the office of our company in Ottawa, Canada. You don't need to have any kind of
financial education or experience. Pass the registration on our web-site, after checking your information your personal
manager will connect you. He will define the work specificity just for you in your region.

If you're interested in our offer you should reply on our personal e-mail:

and link for registration will be sent to you.

About us:
XOOM Global Money Transfer was organized by the european millionaire Roman Abramovich, who used to be the first
in making the public statement that the financial market brings the killing profit in less economically developed
countries and there is no point to underestimate them.

The system of urgent transactions has been working from 2004; for all that time there was made more than 4 million transactions.

Our business is absolutely legal according to all international laws.


Info: Dear ladies and gentlemen, we are sincerely sorry if our advertisement letter has come to you without the inquiry in the form of spam. Unfortunately, not all promotion companies use the legal advertisement, therefore we also suffer.


Lanie said...

Xoom is a SCAM. I was burned and it took me nearly 30 days to get part of my money back.

Anonymous said...

Xoom is not reliable. I sent a relative xoom funds. While online with that relative the xoom funds were disbursed to another party. I called Xoom and was told the matter would be resolved in 24 hours. This was not the case. I was also told that my transaction was canceled and that I would receive a credit to my paypal account within 3 banking days. I was promised an email confirming this. Xoom did not send me that email. I later called and they told me that the agent told them that the funds were distributed and that I will not get a refund. Xoom continues to allow the agent who did not take proper care in looking at the ID to tell me that the money was distributed. Stolen money is distributed too. They were paid to provide a service that specifically identifies who should receive the service. When they let the agent tell them that the money was distributed and do not have a resolution process this is wrong and using them is a risk

Anonymous said...

Well I tested XOOM and sent a small transfer with the wrong secret word and when I cancelled quickly they disbursed quickly so NOW I conclude that XOOM works in conjuntion with SCAMMERS, especially where they are BIG in phillipines......

Al said...

Xoom continues to be very problematic and I would say not to use it under any circumstances. I initiated 2 transfers before Xmas and neither has gone through yet. In addition Xoom on its own inititated a transfer from one of my accounts that I was able to intercept and got my money back. I have no idea of where to turn for any assistance in retrieving my money.

Carlos said...

I really don't understand this comments and this post. I use Xoom every month and it works great.

Spotter said...

This article was never really intended to be about the "real" XOOM -- it was about a bunch of scammers pretending to be XOOM. I do not have any information pertaining to the "real" XOOM, and I didn't even know that there was a "real" XOOM at the time I posted. Sometimes scammers make names up, sometimes they pretend to be something that actually exists.

Anyone looking for information on the reliability of the "real" XOOM should take these facts into consideration when reading this article.

Bruce Grover said...

so many have been had by xoom.are we going to punish them evil bastards??????who is with

Anonymous said...

Holy Hell Fire Bruce! You might wanna go back for another restoration via Jesus. "Vengeance is Mine." is a quote not attributed to you, as far as I know. But yeah, let's go all Apocalyptic on their asses. All the scammers and schemers, in their mercedes and beamers bought with their ill gotten riches. Let's make them our bitches

Felix The Truth said...

xoom offers the absolute worst exchange rates and they put me through a 70 minute phone interview period before they would release the funds. this has been onmyminddaily - there was a death in the family and money needed to be sent - but forget 1 hour or 12 hours, try 72 hours and the money arrived late for the funeral. never use scam