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 29, 2008

MAI Capital

This "MAI Capital" is just the RAI Capital scam with a search-and-replace from "RAI" to "MAI". The fact that they are offering "tMAIning" for their employees was the tip-off to this fact!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Oleg Zabolotin <[redacted (false, random)]>
Date: 2008/10/28 UTC
Subject: New temporary/part-time positions available now
To: [redacted (third party)]

Dear job seeker,
Please find a regular update on the temporary and part-time jobs below. If you received this email in error, please respond email back with the subject: REMOVE.

VACANCY: Transactions Analyst / Senior Transactions Analyst
DEPARTMENT: Transactions
GROUP: Finance & Operations
EMPLOYER: MAI Capital, Ltd.
INDUSTRY: Financial Services
AVG PAY: $2,000 - $5,000 / mo


Found in 2001 in Novosibirsk, Russia our company has grown to be a strong player in the national financial market with an ambition and capacity to expand overseas. Currently headquartered in Moscow, we specialize in offering tailored derivative trading strategies to institutional clients and qualified private investors both as a derivatives broker-dealer and an asset management consultancy. Found by a group of mathematics-turned-financiers, we have creativity, meritocracy, and constant innovation as our core values. We believe that it is the enterpreneurial and inventive spirit of our team that drives forward both our business and that of our clients. Our talent and dedication is our core asset, and we are keen to offer endless opportunities for further professional tMAIning and education.

MAI Capital Ltd. is an equal opportunities employer opsen to candidates of any sex, race, age or ethnicity.


Finance and Operations Department manages the administrative side of our business on day-to-day basis. As a Transactions Analyst, you will be in charge receiving funds into a bank account you create and processing them to our international account. In this role, you will have actual business responsibility from day one, with your duties ranging from receiving incoming funds alerts from your supervisor and confirming the transfers arriving into your account, to initiating transfers into our managed client accounts in Russia and confirming the settlement. On average, your duties will require up to 8 business hours per week. Since the Transactions Department is based in Moscow, you will be in touch with your supervisor via phone, email and fax, and thus you need immediate access to these facilities. You should also be able to visit your bank branch during the regular business hours upon a few hours notice.
Your compensation will be calculated as 2% percent of the client funds that you handle. You will receive your remuneration each time that you complete a transaction, thus ensuring the full flexibility of your employment contract. On average you can expect to earn from $2,000.00 to $5,000.00 per month working as a Transactions Analyst with our company. Please reply to this email for more information on the positions available.

The position can be filled while working at home or keeping a current full-time job, with the remuneration entirely determined by your performance. In order to apply for this position, you must be aged 21+ years and have a verifiable residence in the USA.


A successful andidate needs to be a self-starter with strong communication skills who is capable of setting and managing her priorities. Candidates with previous clerical, business or administrative exerience are preferred, although this is not a pre-requisite to succeed in this job. Relevant professional tMAIning will be provided by the employer.


Please contact our VP, Finance & Operations at with your contact email address and phone number to request further information and/or enquire on the application procedure. All applications are treated in confidence.

Your's Sincerely

Dr. Oleg Zabolotin
Managing Director
MAI Capital, Ltd

1 comment:

Jacqueline said...

Is there anythign that should be done if one receives an offer like this? Are there any authorities to be alerted?