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.

Friday, October 03, 2008

WWM (Kelly Harris)

This is a little bit new. It's just a reshipper scam, but it targets Australians, and provides an Australian phone number (probably one of those numbers that you can forward anywhere for a fee). Be careful, Aussies, this is a scam that I usually see targeted at Americans. The scammers want to purchase things using stolen credit cards and have them shipped locally so as to reduce suspicion. They will then pay you to forward the goods internationally -- but you'll be guilty of trafficing stolen goods.

I have no idea what WWM is supposed to stand for at this point in time. Post comments if you have further information.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/10/2 UTC
Subject: Make good money with WWM!
To: [redacted (privacy)]

The company of WWM offers you an opportunity to have an
additional income working form home.

WWM is an international company that provides mail and parcel
forwarding services on a world scale. Being a prosperous organization
with a continuing expansion in its business WWM is constantly employing
individuals who are interested in the position of Correspondence Agent.
Carrying out simple tasks for only a few hours a week appears to be
profitable and beneficial; in addition to that this job does not
require any special skills or education.

Job description:
- receiving mail or packages sent to your personal address
- checking correspondence items for external defects and repacking packages when it is necessary
- forwarding received correspondence to its proper destination place via a courier delivery service

Note! All the expenses for correspondence forwarding are covered.

- be 18 years old
- be a citizen of the Australian
- be able to respond to e-mails and phone calls every 24 hours
- be financially responsible for handling correspondence

The payment corresponds to the amount of packagesmail forwarded within
a set period of time; it is $40 per item!

For immediate consideration send your resume to

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns:
phone: +61 2 8005 6913


Kelly Harris,
Advertising manager

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Both bobbear and scamfraudalert have reshipping scams from World Wide Mail.