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.

Monday, September 01, 2008


This ridiculous mess has arrived several times in one of my accounts. The proliferation of "&#nnnn" garbage is a way to encode certain special characters in HTML, but they've sent the thing as plain text, and messed it up. I've seen errors like this on a small scale before, but this one is almost unreadable. In any case, this is the usual money mule scam in which the "employers" transfer stolen money into your account, and ask you to withdraw it and send it to them via Western Union or similar. In case it's not obvious, it's illegal to launder stolen money like this. I don't know whether there is a company of the name that they give, but I do know that the folks who send this are an organised crime gang, not a company.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/9/1 UTC
Subject: Work - high salary
To: [redacted (privacy)]

SEEK,‭ ‬a leading company in the sphere of placement,‭ ‬suggests you to get acquainted with the vacancy of month,‭ ‬the offer of the company that has been co-operating with us for last‭ ‬5‭ ‬years.‭
The offer is valid on all the territory of‭ ‬Australia.‭
As a leader in the career building,‭ ‬we recommend just this company.

Double up‭ ‬-‭ ‬the number of vacant places is limited.

Employment Opportunities
At‭ ‬STG COMM NORD,‭ ‬you have the opportunity to learn,‭ ‬grow and make a difference.‭ ‬Work together with seasoned professionals to create ideas and solutions.‭

‬Our competitive advantage is a result of talented personnel.‭ ‬We continually search for highly motivated,‭ ‬multi-dimensional individuals,‭ ‬who seek opportunities for growth.‭

‬STG COMM NORD's employees enjoy competitive salaries,‭ ‬comprehensive benefits packages,‭ ‬matching superannuation,‭ ‬free parking and the stability of a growing,‭ ‬diversified investing company.

Reliabilities of‭ ‬‬Investment assistant‭ include processing of cash receipts from clients of the company.‭ ‬After procedures of transaction documents preparation he/she must transfer the sum to accounts advised by our dispatchers.‭ ‬All you need is spare time‭ (‬3-4‭ ‬hours per day‭)‬,‭ ‬wish and ability for teamwork,‭ ‬responsibility.‭ ‬Your salary at the initial stage will amount‭ ‬from‭ ‬1500‭ ‬AUD monthly.

Requirements to candidates:‭
       Strong computer and internet skills
       Be able to serve our virtual office system
       Perfect communication verbal and written skills
       Strong MS Office skills

Education and Experience:‭
       High school or equivalent
       Sales/management experience‭ ‬1+‭ (‬desired but optional‭)

This is a great chance to enjoy large International Corporation and put your career to right hands.‭ ‬Send your CV to our personal E-mail right now,‭ ‬try your chances:‭

Give us‭ ‬2-3‭ ‬days to reply back with results.‭ ‬Thanks a lot for your time and have a great day‭!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes I have just received a similar email and others like it. It all sounds too good to be true an unconventional for a 'real' job to exist. Thank you for your blog. Hope anyone in the internet will think twice before sending in their personal information.