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

Realty Brokers

These scammers don't give a name, but the Gmail address they provide as a contact point suggests they are pretending to be something like "Realty Brokers". It's obviously the same scam as TradeKey Community Works (TCW) under a different name: note the extremely similar text and odd Habit of Capitalising Most Words.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/10/28 UTC
Subject: Looking for Second Job or Extra Income? Read.

Greetings to Everyone! You Have a Lifetime Opportunity to Start making up to $1,200 per Week, Getting Paid Daily! Successful company  offers an Outstanding Job Position! Please Take Couple Minutes to Discover This Amazing Opportunity That Will Change Your Life. You Are Being Offered an Outstanding Job Position Called "Fund Operator"! With Having Absolutely No Education and No Past Experience You Are able to Make up to $1,200 Weekly!

Here are Few Requirements Before You Apply:

1. This Offer is for US citizens Only (or you need to have work permit)
2. You Have to Have 2-3 hours of spare Time Monday-Friday.
3. You Have to be Enthusiastic About It and Be Able to Provide Us With Best Service.
4. No Past Experience Required/ No School Degree Required!
5. Be Able to Check E-mail 4-5 Times a Day and Stay in Touch With us Throughout the Day if Possible!

Company Itself is Based in Zurich, although our is a Worldwide Corporation that Distributes Businesses All Over the World and We Represent our Greece Location, Fairly Young, but Successful Organization. With the Help of Google Advertisements it Was Possible to Deliver This Message to You! Nowadays Internet Makes it Possible for Us to Interact on a Whole New Level.
Full Information About Position Will be Given in Full Package that You Can Request by E-mail, See Below How to Request Full Package.

If You'd like to Obtain More Information,

Please Request Full Information Package by Sending E-mail to:

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