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, September 10, 2008

LNM Bidding Services

These scammers aren't too specific about what the job involves, but I'll hazard a guess that it's money mule work: receiving stolen or fraudulently obtained funds and laundering them overseas via Western Union. Substantial similarities lead me to believe that this is the "SNB Auctions" scammers operating under another name. I suspect they change names more frequently than they change underwear.

I don't believe the telephone contact details in their domain registration. Do you? Note that the registration is extremely recent.

domain:     LNM-ONLINE.SU
person:     Private Person
phone:      +7 772 7727727
fax-no:     +7 772 7727727
registrar:  NAUNET-REG-FID
created:    2008.09.10
paid-till:  2009.09.10
source:     FID

Additional information about the name server domain (registered to "Domain Discreet" anonymisation service).

   Registrar: REGISTER.COM, INC.
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Updated Date: 05-sep-2008
   Creation Date: 05-sep-2008
   Expiration Date: 05-sep-2009

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/9/10 UTC
Subject: Chance to change your life - new job. Good salary. Administrative Assistant
To: [redacted (privacy)]


We are currently offering part-time job in New Zealand, Australia:


Administrative assistant

The job 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.

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 answering clients’ letters(optional), sales support, 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.


- knowledge of Microsoft Windows/PC/internet usage
- high level of integrity and ethics.
- 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
- Ability to follow directions

Company's provisions:

- $1700 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,

LNM Bidding Services


Anonymous said...

Sigh and i hopping this one was real for once....

meh back to the drawing board... reason i did not sign up is they ask bank details straight up that a bit strange...

Anonymous said...

I was hoping this was for real too. A part time admin role via the internet is appealing.

Anonymous said...

Are you two below for real? If you EVER recieve a job opportunity via an unsoliceted email its gonna be a scam.... Man, you guys are the reason these people keep trying... Eventually they're gonna come up with something thats looks almost geniune and you two are gonna go where do i sign... Wake up, you clowns.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, i meant you two above...

Anonymous said...

I did sign up(I'm a clown!!), I gave them a bank account number that I'm not using and until now are waiting for something to happen. All I get is that the account no is not working.
I needed the money, what can I say!!