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, October 08, 2008

Dr Cho Fat

Mr (or is it "Dr"?) Cho Fat is visiting Nigeria, apparently, or so his originating IP address ( suggests. Either that, or this is just another lying Nigerian scammer looking to sucker Americans into cashing forged checks or money orders on his behalf.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dr Cho Fat <[redacted (presumed false)]>
Date: 2008/10/8 UTC
Subject: Collection Officer Needed Urgently

We are presently searching for Representatives/Collection Agents who
can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in the Americas,
precisely USA and Canada and Europe as well. If interested, Please
contact me on

Respectfully Submitted,

Mr. Cho Fat

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