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.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

apintertrust

This is curious. It's spam, and therefore up to no good, but as vague as vague can be. It does not mention a company name of any sort (which I would assume to be false in any case), but I label it "apintertrust" based on the Gmail address used as a contact. It targets UK citizens, and purports to be looking for people to "file documents and handle payroll administration to our clients in Canada". The "payroll" part of that is probably the tip-off, with the "file documents" part probably being a red herring. That being so, this is probably a money mule scam, although it's not clear as to which variety of that scam is being played. It's pretty much certain that the "payroll" duties will involve receiving money in some dubious way (e.g. forged cheques, fraudulent bank transfers) and forwarding a portion to someone via Western Union (or similar).

Please post more details of this scam if you have any, but steer clear of it if you were thinking about getting involved.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mark Berry <offer@[redacted]>
Return-Path: <nobody@host.palmhost-magenta.com> [SPF verified]
Date: 2008/9/12 UTC
Subject: Job Offer
To: ideceive@gmail.com


Dear Sir/Ma,

We are offering you another form of income for the time being with our work from home job offer.We are offering a temporary job which really do not require any professional skills.We are looking for interested candidates that can handle our clients business.

You really don't have to have any professional skills for this. All we are looking for right now is United Kingdom based individual to handle paper works, file documents and handle payroll administration to our clients in Canada.

What will be required from you is, a few hours a day and also to pay very close attention to all instructions given to you.

Your Job will be:
Handling all applications with regards to new clients that are based in Canada who are willing to register a company in the United kingdom and what you will be doing is Filling all papers from these individual companies which will be sent over to you, under their companies name.

Get back to us through our email address below with your
**FULL RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS**: apintertrust2@gmail.com

Best Regards,
Mark Berry.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Scammer is pretending to be A&P Intertrust (www.apintertrust.com). They are aware of the scammers and have posted a notice on their website: http://www.apintertrust.com/1-4_contact_information.htm:
Our company DOES NOT email unsolicited messages. If you received an email claimed to be from our company, please pay close attention to a sender’s email address. Our company has email addresses, which always include “@APinterTrust.com”. Click here to learn more how to recognize and report an email scam.

Spotter said...

This is technically a different scam, but it is so remarkably similar in form and content to the one above that I thought I'd post it here rather than opening a new entry. Both seem to have been sent via the same kind of webmail software, although the headers don't identify the software explicitly.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michael Loucas <michaelloucas7@gmail.com>
Return-Path: <nobody@vectoral.crayonhost.net> [not verified, but credible]
Date: 2008/9/16 UTC
Subject: Job Offer
To: ideceive@gmail.com


Hello
We are offering a temporary job which really do not require any
professional skills.

You really don't need to have any professional skills for this. All we
are looking for right now is UK& USA based trustworthy, honest, and loyal
individuals to handle paper work, file documents and handle payroll
administration to our clients in UK&USA. What will be required from you
is few hours a day and also to pay very close attention to all
instructions given to you.

Your Job will be; Handling all applications with regards to new clients
that will like to register a company in UK&the USA and what you will be
doing is Filing all papers from these individual companies which will be
sent over to you under that companies name.

Salary terms; 100Pounds/$150 for each transaction Get back to us
through the email address below if you are interested in the job offer
michaelloucas5@gmail.com

Kindly get back to us if you are interested in the job


We will be glad if you accept our proposal.

Regards,

Michael A. Loucas
(FCCA CMC)
Tel-+447045709662

Anonymous said...

Someone sent me that same scam, and has sent it to everyone on the Univ of Cambridge webmail. I think its trying to identify itself with some accountants on Cyrpus.

Spotter said...

I have just recieved a Job Offer e-mail from a Denny Anderson (FCCA CMC) via my Durham University e-mail Address which is similar to what you have on this website. I was very excited at first, until alarm bells started going off in my head..."This is too good to be true, it must be a scam". I google-searched the company initials, and now i'm glad I did because this is how I stumbled on to your website and has basically confirmed this as a scam. I have attached a copy of the email I recieved below:-

Here is a special provision of an employment offer in order to increase employment rate in UK and
irrespective of the age and gender and does not require any professional qualifications.

This Organization is founded to increase employment among the honest, trustworthy and intelligent
individuals living in UK to handle some elementary paper work and payroll administration to our clients in UKA. Your Obligation is to work for 2hours a day and also listen attentively to given instructions.


Your Job is to take care of all applications with regards to new clients that are willing to register company in Cyprus.
yours is to be filling all documentations from these individual companies which will be sent to you under the companies name.

Salary Terms: 100 pounds per 2 hours of your time for for each job in a day, Get back to us asap via email address below if you are interested in the
employment offer. (andersonden01@gmail.com)

Feel free to get back to us if you are truly interested in the employment offer

Regards,

ANDERSON DENNY
(FCCA CMC)
Tel-+4470359 69112
andersonden01@gmail.com

Lija said...

From: Ian Scott [ian.incorporations@gmail.com] Sent: Wed 5/16/2012 12:20 PM
Subject: WORK AFTER SCHOOL HOURS ONLINE AND EARN £210 WEEKLY


Hello,


We are currently recruiting individual who want to earn some money independently.

We are offering a part-time jobs that can fit perfectly with a busy family, student or professional life and work schedules.

We offer part time job placements, even though it could be permanent it however allows you the opportunity of pursuing other goals, at this point we have vacancies for part time/work at home Data Entry jobs.

We are Canada based company that offer incorporation services to our clients all over the globe, read more about us on our website
http://www.apintertrust.com/

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING:
Your job is receiving files and documents of incorporation via post.(DHL,FEDEX,UPS) from our clients who are requesting for our incorporation services in UK.

What you do is to keep all documents received safe, then pile all documents received or that week in an envelope and send mail then to us at every Friday of the week.

SALARY/WAGES TERM:
You will be paid £210 weekly and will be paid to you in check.

You will be receiving documents from maximum of 6 clients weekly,depending on the numbers of clients who apply for incorporation services at a particular time.

If this is something that would interest you, please email me back and forward the information listed below to get started,

1, NAME:
2, ADDRESS:
3, POST CODE
4, MOBILE:
5, AGE:
6, SEX:


A contract will be signed if all information sent to us by you have been verified.

We hope you enjoy working with us.





Best Regards,


Ian Scott
07031982173

Spotter said...

What a bizarre scam. I wonder what is really in those envelopes that are being re-mailed, and why the scammers want a UK delivery address. Clearly they're trying to con someone else into thinking that they operate out of the UK, but it would be nice to know more of the details.

RachelB said...

Clearly they're at it again..
have just received this email on my Durham Uni address:

From: Bishop Bruce [durhamproperties@consultant.com]
To: BROWN R.E.
Cc:
Subject: EARN £140 WEEKLY
Attachments:

Hello,
We are currently recruiting individual who want to earn some money independently.

We are offering a part-time jobs that can fit perfectly with a busy family, student or professional life and work schedules.

We offer part time job placements, even though it could be permanent it however allows you the opportunity of pursuing other goals, at this point we have vacancies for part time/work at home Data Entry jobs.

We are Canada based company that offer incorporation services to our clients all over the globe, read more about us on our website
http://www.apintertrust.com/

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING:
Your job is receiving files and documents of incorporation via post.(DHL,FEDEX,UPS) from our clients who are requesting for our incorporation services in UK.

What you do is to keep all documents received safe, then pile all documents received that week in an envelope and send mail then to us at every Friday of the week.

SALARY/WAGES TERM:
You will be paid £140 weekly and will be paid to you in check.

You will be receiving documents from maximum of 6 clients weekly,depending on the numbers of clients who apply for incorporation services at a particular time.

If this is something that would interest you, please email me back and forward the information listed below to get started,

1, NAME:
2, ADDRESS:
3, POST CODE
4, MOBILE:
5, AGE:
6, SEX:


A contract will be signed if all information sent to us by you have been verified.

We hope you enjoy working with us.

Best Regards
Bishop Bruce


The link actually takes you to apintertrust, not a fake website which I thought was interesting. I wonder why they would target some of the top universities in the country - I would hope that anyone who goes to Cambridge would recognised this as a scam immediately!

Robert said...

Just to add another version with, again, slightly different wording. I got two identical emails from "DENNIS WHITE" at dennin_white@aol.com, with the subjects "Notification" and "summer job"—both to my newly created Drexel University email account.

Here's the text:

Please permit us to write you irrespective that we have not met before.

We are Canada based company that offer incorporation services to our clients all over the globe, read more about us on our website
http://www.apintertrust.com/

We are offering a flexible online part time job which is done from either home, school or even while at your work place, this job allow you the opportunity of chasing other goals.. you also do not need any professional skill to do the job.

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING:
Your job is receiving files and documents of incorporation via post.(DHL,FEDEX,UPS OR ROYAL MAIL) from our clients who are requesting for our incorporation services in US.

What you do is to keep all documents received safe, then pile all documents received or that week in an envelope and send mail then to us at every Friday of the week.

SALARY/WAGES TERM:
You will be paid $300 weekly.

You will be receiving documents from maximum of 8 clients weekly,depending on the numbers of clients who apply for incorporation services at a particular time.

If this is something that would interest you, please email me back and forward the information listed below to get started,

1, NAME:
2, FULL ADDRESS INCLUDING STREET NAME AND NUMBER (NOT P.O BOX):
3, CITY,
4, STATE
5, ZIP CODE
6, MOBILE:
7, SEX:

The person holding this position is going on 2months leave starting from tomorrow, you are only going to be employed for 2months starting from Monday.

A contract will be signed if all information sent to us by you have been verified.

We hope you enjoy working with us.





Best Regards,

张露瑶 said...

iOh, my god. I just encountered an email scam. What should I do? Because they asked me to open an new bank account and give they all the account information. I have already done that? What should I do?

Anonymous said...

All I did was to reply. But I did not provide any information apart from a top up phone number. Does any one know what would happen? I received an email from this Ian Scott again this morning asking for my bank account, but I felt it was "strange" so I did not reply that email.

Spotter said...

If you haven't sent them any money, or received any on their behalf, then the best approach is just to ignore them completely. They are utter liars, and will say anything and pretend to be anybody (up to and including the head of the FBI) in order to manipulate you. Delete their junk.

Anonymous said...











Ian Smith



10:53 AM (2 hours ago)














to me










This is a data entry job which will only take 1hr of your time daily,working from home,work place or school conveniently,We create jobs for student and individuals,we also manage company staffs . you will be given various materials from us which you will be needing while working with us,payment for your materials along with your weekly pay and allowance will be sent to you.you will be paid $300 with $50 extra as welcome allowance.We do have suppliers that will make sure all materials needed are made available and shipped to you once payment is sent to the supplier by you from the funds sent to you These materials we are talking about are incorporated files and documents and will be packaged in a box, when you finally receive the materials, we will then tell you what next to do on how to work on them one by one. We will always email you guidelines and instructions to follow in getting your job done perfectly when you start working If you still care to proceed with the job, get back to us with the information listed below then we can process and proceed from there. 1, NAME: 2, ADDRESS: 3, CITY, 4, STATE 5, ZIP CODE 6, MOBILE: 7, AGE: 8, SEX: Work commences ASAP depending on you, make sure you check your email box at-least twice daily and also respond to email regularly Note:you are not allowed to use your money while working with us,all expences will be paid for.This is to avoid scams You will enjoy working with us Ian Smith & Development Manpower



the scam is in the US and still going

Js said...

I have received a similar email as well. Sounds very suspicious. Luckily I found this blog by search some of the email sentences in Google. I shall post a copy which I received

"
From: Walter Smith
Sent: 08 June 2013 03:24:31 (UTC) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
To: [Removed by Me]
Subject: Work Opportunity From Home or School

Hello,
We are offering this part time job placements, even though it could be permanent it however allows you the opportunity of pursuing other goals.

We are Canada based company that offer incorporation services to our clients all over the globe, read more about us on our http://www.corporationcentre.ca/docen/home.asp

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING: Your job is receiving files and documents of incorporation via post.(USPS, DHL, FEDEX, UPS OR ROYAL MAIL) from our clients who are requesting for our incorporation services in UK.

What you do is to keep all documents received safe, then pile all documents received or that week in an envelope and send mail then to us at every Friday of the week.

SALARY/WAGES TERM:
You will be paid £280 weekly.

You will be receiving documents from maximum of 8 clients weekly,depending on the numbers of clients who apply for incorporation services at a particular time.

If this is something that would interest you, please email me back and forward the information listed below to get started,

1, NAME:
2, ADDRESS:
3, MOBILE:
4, SEX:

The person holding this position is ill and won't be able to continue with the job, can you start working from tomorrow?

A contract will be signed if all information sent to us by you have been verified.

We hope you enjoy working with us




Best regard

Walter Smith
"