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

Point Focus LLC

Similarities in the text lead me to believe that this is the Ecosystems Global scammers using a new name. It's a basic money mule scam, where the "employees" are sent stolen money to launder internationally via Western Union.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Point. Focus. LLC <[redacted (false, random)]>
Date: 2008/10/28 UTC
Subject: up to 4k monthly revenue
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Point Focus LLC is  now expending! To deal with the
international payments processings we are now looking for people
willing to facilitate  establishing of our all-round-the-globe
business connections and assist saving considerably by tax disbursing
reduction. This position of the Financial Assistant involves accepting
payments from our Australian, UK and US ( rarer Spanish)clients to your account and resending to our partners.
You are getting paid right by the moment you cash the
payment. It's the commission in amount equal to 8% out the sum posted on your account.
This very amount you're deducting before sending anything out.
        So,estimated roughly, you can make up to 2000$ extra monthly.
                 Plus, you get:
- flexi-time (usually 2-3 hours a day)
- Saturdays & Sundays off
         Requirements:     - Have to be aged 21 or above
- No criminal record
- Regular Internet access
- Ability to accept payments using your bank account
- Ability to resend the money through Western Union
      If feel qualified ,please, attach the following info to start up with:
           -  Fist Name:
-  Last Name:
-  Age:
-  Sex:
- Country
- State, City, Zip
- Phone number( home and cell)
- Valid email address
                NOTE:!!!! the email address you use to contact us for the first time is: , in the subject field put " interested".
                 Please, use only mentioned email address, otherwise we'll fail to receive your response.


Anonymous said...

It’s pretty easy to tell this is a BS attempt to fraud people considering that the E-Mail address for contact is, and you must have NO CRIMINAL RECORD (that’s a red flag) even airport security don’t require that, though it depends on what type of criminal record, but if you got busted smoking pot at age 15 and are now 35, I’m pretty sure that will not be held against you if you have been clean since, and then the use of your own bank account to collect the moneys and then western union to send them. I’ve worked for many business’s and never once have any of them does something like this to handle finances. I think that a group of people should start this and then just not send the money through Western Union and let the other end deal with it. Just take the money and run.

Anonymous said...

No, don't take the money. What they'll send you is a bogus cheque or money order. If you try and bank it, not only will the banks eventually invalidate the deposit and take the money back, they'll also hit you for a $10-$20 "bad cheque fee".

If you want to annoy them, sign up and have them send the payments to a fake address. Do this over and over. You'll waste a little bit of their time, plus postage.

Anonymous said...

A similar idea is to sign up and, in place of your own mailing address, give them the mailing address of the local law enforcement office that deals with this sort of crap.