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 22, 2008

Torres Capital

The money mule scams are coming thick and fast at the moment. This looks like another one which involves receiving stolen funds via direct transfer and laundering via Western Union. It's pretty fresh: the domain was registered in the last couple of days. There is probably a real company with the name "Torres Capital", but I don't think they're actively trying to impersonate anyone.

   Domain Name: TORRESCAPITAL.COM
   Registrar: ESTDOMAINS, INC.
   Whois Server: whois.estdomains.com
   Referral URL: http://www.estdomains.com
   Name Server: NS1.CYBNS.INFO
   Name Server: NS2.CYBNS.INFO
   Updated Date: 22-oct-2008
   Creation Date: 20-oct-2008
   Expiration Date: 20-oct-2009

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/10/22 UTC
Subject: Administrative Assistant Vacancy
To: [redacted (privacy)]


Company Name:  Torres Capital

Job Category:  Accounting/Finance; Account/Manager

Location:  Australia

Position Type: Full-Time, Employee, Part-Time

Salary:  5,000 per month plus 5% of each payment processing operation

Experience:  1+

Desired Education Level: High School or Equivalent

Date Posted:  October 22, 2008


Leading international company is expanding!  We have an exciting opening for a Finance Manager.
Please attach your resume in DOC or reach text format and apply right now. This position is
limited.


Job Summary:

You will make some basic tasks from your manager daily; manage personal assets;
making simple financial operations. You don't need to have any kind of financial education or
experience.
We will make online training for position offered. You will have more information in job
description document. Apply now.

Requirements: Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency
High school or College in relevant field or 1+ years experience in management;
basic computer, good verbal and grammar skills; must have a cellular phone for urgent tasks;
must be able to work part-time; must provide resume for qualification process.


ALL RESUMES WILL BE CONFIRMED AND VERIFIED. THE SELECTED CANDIDATE MUST PASS A
BACKGROUND CHECK

If you're interested send your full name, phone number, age and RESUME to:

careers@torrescapital.com

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes I just got one this morning. The ad quality is poor - whoever heard of "reach" text format?

Anonymous said...

Haha! Mine had the "reach text format" thing too. Also, the subject said "Current Vacancy at IAS", but the body talked about Torres Capital. I see you have another scam listed recently for an "IAS" -- Internet Auction Service -- so I suppose this is the same scammer with a new name.

Anonymous said...

Company Name Torres Capital
Job Category Accounting/Finance; Account/Manager
Location AU
Position Type Full-Time, Employee, Part-Time
Salary 5,000 per month plus 5% of each payment processing operation
Experience 1+
Desired Education Level High School or Equivalent
Date Posted October 22, 2008
Leading international company is expanding!š We have an exciting opening for a Finance Manager. Please attach your resume in DOC or reach text format and apply right now. This position is limited.

Job Summary:
You will make some basic tasks from your manager daily; manage personal assets; making simple financial operations. You don't need to have any kind of financial education or experience. We will make online training for position offered. You will have more information in job description document. Apply now.
Requirements: AU citizenship or AU permanent residency
High school or College in relevant field or 1+ years experience in management; basic computer, good verbal and grammar skills; must have a cellular phone for urgent tasks; must be able to work part-time; must provide resume for qualification process.


ALL RESUMES WILL BE CONFIRMED AND VERIFIED. THE SELECTED CANDIDATE MUST PASS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK
If you're interested send your full name, phone number, age and RESUME to: grouptorrescapital@googlemail.com

Anonymous said...

I got one also exactly as shown above - word for word.

The email address was purportably from auten@putnaminv.com

Anonymous said...

i got the same one word for word only the sender was asian auto parts

luiz said...

Eu recebi tambem esse e-mail idiota! Acho que eles nao pensam muito bem para quem eles enviam, mal eles sabem com quem estao falando.

I received this sucker e-mail also, I guess that they don't think about to whom they send it, they really don't know with whom they are looking for.

También recibido este e-mail idiota! Creo que no piensan muy bien para aquellos que los envían, mal saben elles con quién estan hablando.

J'ai également reçu cet e-mail idiot! Je pense qu'ils ne pensent pas très bien pour ceux qui les envoient, ils savent avec qui parle mal.

Anonymous said...

I received an email today offering me an "Administrative Assistant Vacancy".I was very confused as I have been sending out my CV to employers and was deceived for the moment but the weird thing about this email is it was sent at 5am and that it didn't include my name at the top but they somehow had all my Resume details. I'm glad this blog is up...just confirms my suspicions.
thanks. MT

Anonymous said...

Hi, I also recieved an e-mail this morning, a little different and I haven't lodged my resume anywhere.

We read with interest your resume detailing your qualifications and relevant work experience on pages of career web site.
You certainly have an impressive range of skills and qualifications.
We serve some of the famous corporations in the Australia and Europe and work on many of the most outstanding experimental escrow transactions today. We are currently looking for individuals who possess an outstanding work ethic and a mind for business to fill our Service Operator position.
Duties will include:receive orders from our clients and process them to our contractors.


Successful candidates must possess normal verbal and written communication skills, be honest and responsible. Previous experience in service or transactional process is an added plus.
It will increase each year. If you are interested in that position please let me know just providing me with your reply to this e-mail message.
If you like the position, you will be able to start working within three days. If you feel that position is not for you please let me know anyway and I will appreciate your reply.

Your reply to: capitalgrouptorres@googlemail.com

You will get all additional details within 24 hours.



Best regards,

Kirk Grolch

Chris H said...

Just recieved this. For your interest:-
We read with interest your resume detailing your qualifications and relevant work experience on pages of career web site.
You certainly have an impressive range of skills and qualifications.
We serve some of the best-known companies in the Australia and Europe and work on many of the most outstanding experimental escrow transactions today. We are currently looking for individuals who possess an outstanding work ethic and a mind for business to fill our Service Operator position.
responsibilities will include:receive orders from our clients and process them to our contractors.


Successful candidates must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, be honest and responsible. Previous experience in service or transactional process is an added plus.
It will increase each year. If you are interested in that opportunity please let me know just providing me with your reply to this e-mail message.
If you like the position, you will be able to start working within three days. If you feel that position is not for you please let me know anyway and I will appreciate your reply.

Your reply to: capitaltorresgroup@googlemail.com

You will get all additional details within 24 hours.



Best regards,

Curt Beegels

Anonymous said...

I received the one about the Service Operator position. I was suspicious since it was asking me to reply to a googlemail.com address- if it was really a legit company, wouldn't they have their own email domain? ( eg: @capitaltorresgroup) so I googled the alleged name of the company and found this blog... what an insidious scam!

Anonymous said...

I got a asking CV mail named with Job Opening ,which annouced a position for Account/Manager or employee and requires the candidate owns Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency
accandidate.But my mail ID showing I am not an Australian.(Suspect point1) Sender is cnason@micaonline.org,
but let me send CV to careers@torrescapital.com.((Suspect point 2)).. . When I watch this blog, I know it's a big scam.

Anonymous said...

Dear, Job Seeker!

Our firm has an opening vacancy: Correspondence manager.

Please attach your resume in DOC or reach text format and apply right now. This position is limited.

Company Name


Keystar

Job Category


Customer Relationship Manager

Location


United States

Responsibilities


Prompt processing of incoming money transfers in real-time mode

Salary


$ 35,000 - $ 50,000

Experience


1+

Desired Education Level


High School or Equivalent

Date Posted


November 07, 2008

Job Summary:

You will make some basic tasks from your manager; manage personal assets; making simple operations. You don't need to have any kind of education or experience. We will make online training for position offered. You will have more information in job description document. Apply now.

Requirements: US citizenship or US permanent residency
High school or College in relevant field or 1+ years experience in management; basic computer, good verbal and grammar skills; must have a cellular phone for urgent tasks; must be able to work part-time; must provide resume for qualification process.


ALL RESUMES WILL BE CONFIRMED AND VERIFIED. THE SELECTED CANDIDATE MUST PASS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK

If you're interested send your full name, phone number, age and RESUME to: JodyRiceCW@gmail.com and I'll redirect it to our HR department.