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 17, 2008

Polaris Limited

It seems unlikely that this message actually originated at CareerBuilder, but the sender has at least gone to the effort of determining that the name associated with my email address is "Deception Spotter". I do have an account at CareerBuilder, clearly marked as "for the purposes of catching job scams", so anyone who says I qualify for a position is either admitting that they are a scammer, or not reading the entry! This is a money mule scam. They say that the payments to be processed do not come in the form of checks, so it's most likely to be fraudulent direct bank transfers they want people to launder via Western Union for them. If anyone has further details, please post. In the meantime, be assured that this is a scam, and that they scammers don't really represent a company named "Polaris Limited" or anything else.

I love the disclaimer block, though. I think a scam-baiter has been taking up a scammer on one of those "re-write English properly" job offers. That disclaimer block and the "From" address ties this scam to "NIX Consult, Inc." and "Target Co." scams (documented elsewhere -- I'm not the only scam-spotter on the planet).

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Etan Muller <>
Etan Muller <>
Date: 2008/9/17 UTC
Subject: CareerBuilder: Position Regional Manager
To: Deception Spotter <>

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Position Regional Manager  
Dear Deception:

Upon reviewing a resume you submitted through CareerBuilder, I feel you could be a great fit in our regional managers program. It is permanent work-from-home entry-level growth opportunity.
The job includes processing payments for our clients (not checks), holding accounts with certain banks or payment systems, managing cash flows, creating reports. We are currently lacking representation in your area.

If you ready to apply, please REPLY. You will get all necessary information regarding this position.

Yours sincerely,
Etan Muller
Polaris Limited HR Manager.
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Anonymous said...

I get these all the time and just got one just like the one you posted. If it uses the name of a legitimate company, I contact the company when I can and inform them that their name is being used fraudulently. People using the names of Ashley Furniture and Wells Fargo Bank are two others that do this.

Anonymous said...

FYI, here is the real disclaimer, copied from a legitimate offfer:

Please be aware that the content of this email has not been reviewed or approved by CareerBuilder and is in no way endorsed by CareerBuilder. You are solely responsible for any response you choose to provide to this email and you do so at your own risk. If you have questions regarding the legitimacy of the position being offered please contact the CareerBuilder Site Integrity Team by submitting your inquiry at:

Please also review common scams and tips for protecting yourself on CareerBuilder's Fraud Page. If you have questions or comments for and CareerBuilder, please use our feedback form.

SweetsMom said...

Funny I just got this email today myself and you just posted this 2 days ago. When i get these "job offers" i ALWAYS google the company name before i evne finish reading the email. I know that 99.99% of these "job offers" are scams. NO-ONE that is ligit emails a person sight unseen to offer them some grand job making a ton of money being some sort of manager or executive just from soley reading a resume. ITs all BS.
But thank you to the author of this blog for being a person that devotes so much time to alerting people to scams like this. For every 10 people that are wise to these sort of scams there are 20 people who are suckers and fall for such nonsense. But I think they truely may know its a scam too and want to either earn money in a dishonest and illegal way or they want to cry and whine about it later on when they loose money, which the ole saying "If it's too good to be true, then it's not true" is more than a ole saying, people should consider it the 11th commandment. Not just some jibber your folks told ya when you was a kid. So i have little sympathy for people that do these types of scams. It is not as if they are not plastered all over the news showing some idiot crying about loosing a ton of money as if they didnt know they were doing something dihonest and illegal.
But thank you for having this blog, if for anything to call these jerks out in public. Good Job! ahh well there you do have a job from career builders you just do a different sort of

Michael said...

This was obviously a scam, although I thought that I would reply to see what it came back with (something I like to do quite frequently just to see how stupid these people really think others are!)...
Apparently, all I need to do is check my bank account three times a day, write three daily reports and watch the money come flying in. These people really are idiots, and I have sent him/her/it a suitably short response

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting these information! It definitely helps!

Anonymous said...

I got screwed big time by these polaris people. I am now 40k in debt due to the hype and "promises" Two words - Stay Away!