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

Pes Group Co

I don't know if there's a real "Pes Group" operating somewhere, but this is just a random scammer with a Gmail address, not a legitimate company of any kind. The job title is suggestive of one of the usual money mule scams. Please post further details as comments if you have any.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/9/9 UTC

We seek for people for a position of a Financial Agent in escrow company. We do not require any
special experience-we need responsible and honest employees who have a good reputation for that
job. You will get new experience
in our company and a high level of income.

If you are interested in that position, please let me know and send me a message
to my e-mail:

You will get all additional details within 24 hours.

Yours sisncerely
Mr. Ronald Rosinski
Personnel Manager, Pes Group Co


gbayle1 said...

It is to bad that we are so greedy that some of us actually fall for these scams. It is even wors that there ae so many dishonets people in the world. Since I have had an email address I have won billions in the lotterys and people keep wanting to give me millions of someones estate or money they found during the war ect. the sad thing is people believe them I have seen the CNBC reports on the television. And they get a way with it too. If you fall for one of these scams you desirve it.


Spotter said...

Not everyone who falls for a scam is greedy. Some people are just that desparate that they need to believe. If everyone who fell for a scam like this deserved it, I wouldn't pour my efforts into this blog.

Anonymous said...

It isn't that all people are greedy. I am actually looking for a job and have emailed my resume to just about every opening I can find and I wasn't sure if this email was a response to my efforts or a scam. The only reason I didn't respond to it is because I decided to research the company name and found items like this blog. The people at fault are the scammers themselves. Believe me, when you lose your job out of nowhere and go from 80K a year to like 30 you start to become a little desperate to find a job.

Anonymous said...

Just had one of these through this morning, but using the PES LLC company name which Googles as a legitimate company in the oil sector.

Watch out!

Saffy said...

I just received this scam mail from this douchebag. He actually replied to my horrific email back to him, using his own system. It traces back to a Russian ISP - big suprise.

SCAM (of course)

Anonymous said...

PES LLC just struck here with the following spam text.

Dear Mr\Mrs

We are glad to invite you to our professional group, PES LLC and to offer you a job position according to your skills and experience. Your resume was found by our HR managers in the global network at jobseeking websites. You seem to be the one who suits our requirements and is able to make the job of our company better. We need cooperative, responsible, and efficient people whom others can trust and rely on.

First of all, we would like to tell you some words about our business group PES LLC. It specializes in providing worldwide escrow service. For many years of being in the market our company has earned respect and trust among many international companies. The official representatives of the 20 countries like Canada, the USA, France, Italy Ukraine, Poland, etc. prefer to work with us, as we are able to provide high quality service valuing the time of our customers and using up-to date technologies and equipment.

At the moment we collaborate with many giant companies rendering them the service of digital currency payment (eGold, MoneyBookes, eBullion). The number of our clients is increasing all over the world making us expand and employ more people for working in our team. Due to the dynamic development of the electronic money sphere and increasing demand in our service we suffer lack of efficient and professional personnel. Thanks to the new technologies we are able to offer our vacancies even to people who live far from our office but who have a desire to work bringing success to our company and providing decent good service to our customers.

Our corporate headquarters are located in Bellevue and Northgate. The number of physical persons and pretty large companies using our services in the USA is growing that is why we decided to employ staff on the regional bases. We are ready to provide you an interesting, well-paid job that can give you career opportunities not taking much of your time. If you are interested in our job offer and constant career growth, if you want to have a job where your efforts are awarded by the system of benefits and bonuses, you are welcome to our team!

Some necessary requirements to work in our company are the following:
- Being and an intermediate computer user and some knowledge of using Internet.
- Desire to be self-sufficient and financially independent
- Free time availability

More detailed information about the available vacancies and our company may be provided at your request at an early date. You will never feel alone in our team as our managers will be always glad to provide you with all the necessary information, instructions, and support. Feel free to ask us any questions answering this mail right now.

Attention! PES LLC is a legal company with licence issued by the authorities and doesn't operate with fake transactions. We appreciate trust and opinion of our clients about our company and are ready to protect our service from any fraud and indecent activities.

If you are ready to earn with those who are proud of their job and be the part of the team, we are looking forward to hearing form you at e-mail:

The amount of the position is restricted, so if you are an ambitious and willing to succeed person, let us know about it first!
Best Regards,

Sandy Newar,

Spotter said...

I've just received one which (at a glance) looks word-for-word identical to the one posted above.

Anonymous said...

Got precisely the same thing just an hour ago. Don't they ever give up?

Anonymous said...

I appreciate the heads up and the comments about scams out there. What I would like to know is how do you tell legitimate from scam?
And where do you find the legitimate ones? If they don't ask you for money or ask you to receive packages or ask for your social security number, are they ok? What if the BBB lists them as "satisfactory" with no history of complaints? I'm unemployed, not greedy. I don't want to lose my house. Thanks again for the info.

JasonT said...

I received a letter from this company stating that I met all of their qualifications and they wanted me to come in for an interview. Two HUGE red flags;
1. I never submitted my resume to them. (that's kind of a big one)
2. I live in Philadelphia and when I did my research they don't have an office any where near here.
It's a work from home job where you are paid directly from the client in the form of checks, then you send money to them via MoneyGram. I'm sure everyone knows that is completely illegal. I really do hope that no one falls for this scam, I have been out of work for a year and trying desperately to find a job with no success. It's best to just move past any kind of posting like this and keep after employment elsewhere.