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.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Adcco Express (Impostors)

This is a reshipping scam, probably based in Ukraine if the WHOIS data on their domain is anything to go by (they use .ua email addresses, a Ukrainian registrar, and claim to be based in Odessa). They've copied the website and identity of Adcco Distribution and Transportation, simply replacing the contact details with their own. Here's an extract of the WHOIS data, plus my correspondence with them.

   Domain Name: ADCCO-EXPRESS.COM <-- Impostors! Scammers!
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.IMENA.COM.UA
   Name Server: NS2.IMENA.COM.UA
   Name Server: NS3.IMENA.COM.UA
   Updated Date: 07-oct-2008
   Creation Date: 07-oct-2008
   Expiration Date: 07-oct-2009

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: barclay conrad <[redacted (false, random)]>
Date: 2008/10/28
Subject: Shipping & Receiving Courier Position

Dear Partner,

Our company is looking for permanent representatives within the territory of the Canada/United States of America and Europe.
We need people at the age of 21 to 55 for rather easy work on processing of the incoming mail and parcels.

Candidate Requirements And Benefits:

- Have permanent Internet access
- An ability to pick up 5-30lbs parcels
- An ability to stay at home 3-5 hours a day
- Purposeful, responsible and vigorous person

The compensation is about $800 - $2000 per month.

If you would like to apply to this vacancy, please email at

Thanks in advance as I look forward to hear from you for further information.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Steven Kaminsky <>
Date: 2008/10/30
Subject: Job description
To: [quite a few people]

your job will be accepting and sending parcels, their sorting, checking the contents and further delivery. For this job you should stay home during post services work hours, for sometimes you will have to accept parcels, addressed to our clients, i.e. with their name on the label. Since it is sometimes difficult to make a warrant, you would have to take the parcel directly from the postman, not in the office. We offer you $40.00 for every SENT parcel. We pay all mail expenses (package is not included).

Persons who will be accepted for this job will follow these simple instructions:

- Receive the correspondence from our company to his/her residential address

- Report to our manager about new parcels ( Every candidate will be included in manager's lists )

- Repack received items following the instructions our manager will send to you.*

- Receive prepaid shipping label. First month we offer $40,00/each shipped out box. ( In a week can be more then 10 parcels, in a month - more then 50 parcels )

- Fill the forms and papers as it will be shown in our managers instructions ( You will receive e-mail with instructions for each box ).

- Ship the package out using the specified shipping method (at this moment we use mainly EMS /every USPS office can ship it with EMS Global Express/)

* All parcels pass the control in International Package Center, we care of yours security

Just send your resume to us by e-mail. Also, you will need to sign a contract with us. 


If you would like to apply to this vacancy, please email at Best regards, Steven Kaminsky.

You can also visit our website:

1 comment:

Guy C. said...

Thank you for exposing this scam. Our company, Adcco, Incorporated ( a well respected transportation related company. We have just celebrated our 30th anniversary in business and have an outstanding reputation with our customers and the Better Business Bureau. This scam company (Adcco-Express)has copied our web information and is fraudulently using our good name to defraud unsuspecting individuals.