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.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Colorite Paints Company Limited (impostor)

This is a scam. The party sending this email is not associated with the Colorite Paint Company: it's just another cover story for a check/money order forger who is looking for willing suckers to cash his forgeries for him. This scam is not new: here's a mailing list archive with the same scam dated January 2008. Even the phone number is the same. The phone number, by the way, is not that of the real Colorite Paint Company. The address in this spam is wrong, too.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: The Colorite Paints Company Limited <[redacted (not credible)]>
Reply-To: <>
Date: 2008/11/23 UTC
Subject: Company Representative Is Needed ( Best Part Time Job Offer )


My name is Gwen Storm and I work for The Colorite Paints Company Limited ... "It's all in the color mix".
We have your E-mail and profile from a job listing, we would be very interested in giving you a Part-Time or Full-Time paying job in which you could earn a minimum of $1,000 - $2,000 / month.

We are searching for reliable professionals across the United States who are interested in a potentially lucrative job with an international Company like The Colorite Paints Company Limited.

The job it has been structured to make you earn something tangible without hindering your daily activity(s).

It is my pleasure to extend the following offer of employment to you, if you are interested email me back and i will be glad to send you more info about the position.

Respectfully yours,

Gwen Storm - Human Resources Manager

Colorite Paints Company Limited
144 Boston Road
London v9 3PJ
United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)20 8475 3381
Fax: +44(0)20 8464 5158

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Spot the scam clues:
1) v9 3PJ: No such postcode.
2) offering $: from a UK company?
3) It's an email from a stranger offering you money.

could go on...