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, October 27, 2008

John Scott

This is a very nondescript money mule recruitment scam, targeting New Zealand and Australia. This suggests that the scam involves receipt of stolen money via direct transfer, and laundering it via Western Union. The scammer does not give a company name (false or otherwise), identifying himself only as "John Scott" and providing only a webmail address as a contact point. As usual, it's pretty clear that English is not this scammer's first language.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: John Scott <[redacted (false, random)]>
Date: 2008/10/27 UTC
Subject: Great offer (now hiring)
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are urgently looking for employees within the whole territory of the New Zealand
and Australia. We hire personal at the age of 21 to 70 for rather easy work on processing of the incoming orders and performancing of simple management duties.

You don't have to be a professional or to have special training. We also don't require working experience in any field; all you need for this job are:

1. Ability to accurately follow the instructions on the solving the required tasks.
2. Be a confident computer user.
3. Ability to work with MS Word.
4. Ability to work with MS Excel.
5. Have permanent Internet access.

This job is ideal students, mothers, pensioners and people who are looking for the part-time job perfectly well. You need only few free hours during whole day to fulfill your working duties.

All the candidates will be selected and checked on the competitive basis. To submit your application, please, send us your CV or profile to the following address:


Your request will be considered within 24-48 hours.

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