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, November 07, 2008

VTB Assets

There's not a lot to be said about this. It's another money mule job of some stripe, based on fake names and a Gmail contact address. The job description leaves its options open as to whether they are going to send you stolen money via direct transfer, or just trick you into cashing forged cheques. If I were to hazard a guess, I'd place my bet on forged cheques or money orders, but that's just a guess.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/11/6 UTC
Subject: VTB Assets hiring local managers

VTBAssets is a leading electronic funds transfer company with core
business values and a great concern for the general well-being and
satisfaction of our customers. The scope of our expertise enables
VTBAssets to respond effectively to any challenges our clients may encounter.
VTBAssets is represented by a sophisticated network of agents on
six continents, with a blend of intelligence, talent and
expertise, harnessed to bring competitive advantage to the client. We
move money all over the world and make every corner of the world
accessible to VTBAssets customers! For that reason, we will be  happy
to welcome you - people-competent, pro-active, energetic and purposeful individual
- to join the staff of our Company. If you do wish to join us, you should
demonstrate your ability to bring benefit to the Company, so please forward a copy of
your resume to our HR manager at and we will be happy to get to know you.

  You can always find a list of open vacancies, currently demanded by
the Company on our website. On the website, you can also find an application form that you will have to fill out.
Here are some of the perks you will get when you join our Company:
             a.. Competitive compensation.
             b.. Social security package and medical insurance.
             c.. Free seminars and skills training

           If you are interested in this vacancy, don't hesitate to forward a copy of
your resume to or fill out a form on our website VTBAssets.

           Remote Assistant

           Ideal candidates will thrive in an entrepreneurial
environment and have the desire to manage their own operation.
The duties of the Remote Assistant are to process financial operations between our partners,
clients and our company, in particular:
             a.. Managing cash and balancing receipts
             b.. Operating within prescribed budgets
             c.. Following up on accounts


           During the trial period you will get 5% commission from every
payment received and forwarded. After the trial period your base pay
 salary will go up to $500 per week, plus 5% commission. The salary will be
 sent in the form of wire transfer directly to your account every 2 weeks.

             a.. Good business acumen.
             b.. Must be at least 18 years old.
             c.. Honest, responsible, industrious
             d.. PC, e-mail and the Internet skills
             e.. Prior experience of processing checks/wire
transfers/money orders
is preferable, but not required.
             f.. Ability to check e-mail several times a day.
             g.. Ability to dedicate at least 2 hours per day (possibly in the evening).

           Job features:
             a.. Internet remote operations;
             b.. Part-time job (1-3 hours per day);
             c.. Possibility to combine with primary job;
             d.. The brief training course is enclosed.

If you are interested in this vacancy, you can forward your resume to or
fill out a special form on our website.


grdnr69 said...

Thanks for the heads up. I just got my email from them but, of course, the only difference was his email. It was:

Sometimes I regret setting up an email account years ago because 90%of my inbox is scam emails.

Anonymous said...

I just received, and i reported as a spam....

Lorraine said...

I just got yhtis e-mail too..I knew therewassomething funny..I had a friend get caught in a mointh long scam simliar..Thanks For Heads Up