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, December 08, 2008

Norsten Logistics Ltd

My apologies for being a bit slow to report this one. This appears to be a reshipper scam targeted at US residents. A fair bit of effort has been put into the website, but they are evidently keeping the same website layout as they churn through different names. For example, Bobbear recently reported a nearly identical scam operating under the name "Kraemer Logistics".

The reshipper scam means that the "employee" will be required to receive goods which have been purchased using stolen credit cards (or similar) and re-ship the goods overseas to the fraudsters.

   Domain Name: NORSTENLOGISTICS.COM
   Registrar: ENOM, INC.
   Whois Server: whois.enom.com
   Referral URL: http://www.enom.com
   Name Server: NS1.BDNS.CO.CR
   Name Server: NS2.BDNS.CO.CR
   Updated Date: 28-nov-2008
   Creation Date: 28-nov-2008
   Expiration Date: 28-nov-2009

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/12/4 UTC
Subject: Additional Salary
To: [redacted (privacy)]


Start your career with a huge international company right now!

Dear Sir/ Madam

My name is David Wharton and I want to offer you a promising job, which will give you a worthy income and a possibility of promotion. Norsten Logistics Ltd is announcing about the recruitment of couriers in USA. For this vacancy we are searching for punctual, diligent and reliable employees.

Our company Norsten Logistics was created in 1991. It offers wide range of warehousing, international air and marine shipment services. Moreover, it provides a reliable truck and railway service within the territory of Europe and USA. Our branch-offices are situated in more than 15 countries all over the world.
                                                                              Right now there are only 25 vacancies, and thus, we need to find 25 people, which will work with us.

                                                       Our requirements for the vacancy:
                                                                          - Age from 18 to 60 years.
- Residence in USA with the US-registration.
- Constant access to the Internet, plus basic knowledge of PC ( a confident E-mail, MS Word and Excel-user).
- Possibility of working at home. You may consider this job as a part-time-one or as an additional earning, providing that you have an opportunity of receiving and sending the packages (from warehouses).

                                                                     You will be provided with all the working materials. All the payments are up fronted. There are no hidden fees.            

This offer will be active within 15 business days.                                                                                
All the additional information about this job-offer can be found on our web-site: http://www.norstenlogistics.com

If you are interested in this vacancy, please, send us a letter with your short resume: job@norstenlogistics.com

8 comments:

Dismayed said...

It's just so tiring and it never stops. What's worse is that the sheer lack of creativity in any of these scams makes them wholly un-entertaining.

Anonymous said...

I received that exact same email today and immediately smelled a rat. Then I Googled their address and what a shocker, their website's down! 1 rule for scammers, don't spell out your name so we can track you! But I guess that's why their such losers and can't make a real living like the rest of us!

Unemployed + Over Qaulified said...

Yes...these scams are preying on desperate unemployed people in a desperate economic time!!!!!!!! Don't they know that many of us are unemployed, uninsured medically and are having a hard time feeding our family?
__________________
Subject: ohPosition available
Date: Dec 10, 2008 3:50 PM

Hello. I am representing Norsten Logistics Company. We were founded in 1991. We offer wide range of cargo and shipping services worldwide. Moreover, we provide a reliable truck and railway services within the whole territory of European Union, USA and Canada. At this time we are opening position of Service Manager. If you are interested and looking for some extra income, you are welcome! All you have to is just to send us your contact name, phone and e-mail address so we can communicate in any comfortable way. All requirements and job offer details you will receive right after your interest note.

Our requirements for the vacancy: age from 18-60 years; experience of PC and the Internet on a simple level; Possibility of working at home; residence in USA with the US-registration.

Send your phone number, email and most comfortable contact time to our
e-mail address only: norstenco@gmail.com


Sincerely,
David Wharton

Anonymous said...

I have attempted to contact their offices in Austria and Germany with NO success thus far...I have notified friends in said lands to get them on this. It seems ok but for a few things:
1) They're asking for a SS#.
2) The Frankfurt, Germany contact info is not accurate in its format or coding.
3) The contract has misspellings and incorrect punctuations in some of the clauses.
4) No stateside telephone number is present.

Just to name a few. Please be careful, so far it doesn't seem right.

Anonymous said...

I received the same email yesterday.

From: tina cardinale hernandezqmf@europe.com
Subject: enPosition available
To: corrino@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 12:32 PM

Hello. I am representing Norsten Logistics Company. We were founded in 1991. We
offer wide range of cargo and shipping services worldwide. Moreover, we provide
a reliable
truck and railway services within the whole territory of European
Union, USA and Canada. At this time we are opening position of Service Manager.
If you are interested and looking for some extra income, you are welcome! All
you have to is just to send us your contact name, phone and e-mail address so we
can communicate in any comfortable way. All requirements and job offer details
you will receive right after your interest note.

Our requirements for the vacancy: age from 18-60 years; experience of PC and
the Internet on a simple level; Possibility of working at home; residence in USA
with the US-registration.

Send your phone number, email and most comfortable contact time to our
e-mail address only: norstencor2@gmail.com


Best regards
David
Wharton

Anonymous said...

Hello "B. Mark Borland"


My name is David Wharton and I want to offer you a promising opportunity,
which will give you a worthy income and a possibility of promotion.
Norsten Logistics Ltd is announcing about the recruitment of couriers in
USA. For this opening we are searching for punctual, diligent and reliable
employees.


Our company
Norsten Logistics was created in 1991. It offers wide range of
warehousing, international air and marine shipment services. Moreover, it
provides a reliable truck and railway service within the territory of
Europe and USA. Our branch-offices are situated in more than 15 countries
all over the world.


Right now there are only 25 open positions.


Our requirements for the position offered:


- Age from 18 to 60 years.
- Residence in USA.
- Constant access to the Internet, plus basic knowledge of PC (a
confident E-mail, MS Word and Excel user).
- Possibility of working at your place. You may consider this job
as an additional earning, providing that you have an
opportunity of receiving and sending correspondency.




You will be provided with all the working materials.
All the payments are up fronted. There are no hidden fees.




This offer will be active within 15 business days.




If you are interested in this position and would like to get further details, please, send us an e-mail with your
short resume to: nostencorp@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Received the email from my mom who works at the local community college...responded to the email unknowlingly and this was their response...
Hello,

My name is Mark Bodmer, and I will be your personal manager at this company.
Thank you for your initiative.
I have reviewed your resume, and you appear to qualify for this
position.

Please see Operating Instructions (attached file:
Operating_Instructions.doc) to become familiar with responsibilities
for
this position. You can open DOC files in Microsoft Word and in most
other full-featured word processors.

When you are ready to apply for this position please fill in the
Employment Agreement (attached file: Norsten LOGISTICS.doc).
You should fill it in by hand. Then scan the completed agreement and
send it to nrsten@gmail.com as an email attachment.

I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Thank you for your time!

Best regards
Mark Bodmer
Norsten Logistics
nrsten@gmail.com

For more information you can visit our web site:
http://www.norstenlogistic.com
There were two forms attached but one asks for my social security number right off the bat which made me skeptical. This, I began my research into this company only t find this web blog! Thanks for the added info that its a scam because I would have been subject to identity theft!

Anonymous said...

They have evolved a bit and the post this time is for a correspondence manager to forward and email high calibre and high number of clients again it has documents attached......

i replied to this by posting a link to this blog and writing "thanks but no thanks you wanker" !!!!!


Hello Xxxxx,

My name is Mark Bodmer, and I will be your personal manager at this company.Thank your for your initiative.First of all, I have to say that we have a very big demand on our jobopenings, thereforeI kindly ask you to become acquainted with the instructions and the agreement.If you find it interesting for you, please let us know.This job does not require special skills or educational/employment background.Please see Operating Instructions (attached file:Operating_Instructions.doc) to become familiar withresponsibilities for this position. You can open DOC files inMicrosoft Word and in most other full-featured wordprocessors. When you are ready to apply for this position please fill in theEmployment Agreement (attached file: NorstenLOGISTICS.doc). You should fill it in by hand. Then scan the completedagreement and send it tonrsten@gmail.com as an email attachment. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.Thank you for your time! Kind regards,Mark BodmerNorsten Logisticsnrsten@gmail.com For more information you can visit our web site:http://www.norstenlogistic.com