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, November 26, 2008

Canttail Manqi Import & Export (not)

This looks very much like another check fraud scam. The scammer is looking for victims to cash forged checks or money orders. If there is a real business using this name, it is not in any way related to the scam -- it's just a random cover story chosen by the scammer.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mr.Chio Kyu-Hah <>
Date: 2008/11/26 UTC
Subject: **Job Offer**
To: [redacted (false, irrelevant)]

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mr.Chio Kyu-Hah,we are a group of business men who deal on import and export of raw materials into Canada, America and Europe.We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in  Canada, America and Europe as well as making payments through you to us.

Please if you are interested in transacting business with us we will be very glad.Contact us for more information. Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity to negotiate your mode of which we will pay for your services as our representative in Canada, America and Europe

Mr.Chio Kyu-Hah.
Canttail Manqi

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Shing Shun Machinery Limited (not)

This scammer is looking for people to cash forged checks or money orders on his behalf. The scammer is not a representative of Shing Shun Machinery Limited: that's just a random cover story (subject to change as people like me expose the scam).

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: 2008/11/26 UTC
Subject: Legal representative needed in America

Shing Shun Machinery Limited
Suite 1708, 17/F
Hoi Tai Factory Estate
Kin Fat Street Tuen Mun
New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel/Fax: 852-3015-8587

Dear Attorney.

I got your profile from the Attorney web-site

After a careful review of your profile as well as your qualification and experience, it is logical to believe that you are capable and qualified in assisting my company with its financial services as well as work us through the modalities of setting up a subsidiary of our company in the United States
My company Shing Shun Machinery Limited HK,specializes in exporting machinery equipments, such as Cold Chamber Die-casting Machine,Injection Molding Machine,Automatic Polishing Machine ,Skeleton Bucket,Hydraulic Press and Other Accessory Equipments,Mould Trial Machine, and HARDBOX from Asia into Europe,
 America and Australia and the global need for our goods has given rise to a significant increase in our customer base world wide.

To give you a better understanding of what your responsibilities will be as my representative, it is important that you understand some difficulties that I am faced with presently in receiving funds from clients in America.

Firstly, most payments for equipments are drawn in checks and it takes approximately two weeks for checks from other continents to clear with our local banks. These delays mostly result in our late response to orders and we sometimes loose clients to other suppliers.
Secondly, we experience high tariffs and foreign exchange charges as funds will have to be converted by our banks to local currencies as they are cleared with our banks and re converted to foreign currency as we place orders for supplies from our international suppliers.

As you can see, the back and forth process of currency conversion, results to high charges for foreign exchange thereby resulting to increase in cost of doing business. But with your assistance as my representative, funds that are to be used for supplies will be sent directly to you from my clients there
by avoiding the intercontinental banking processing time between Asia and America.

From my business experience, I have come to realize that every good business reference starts with a satisfactory performance and I have decided that it is better for us to prove to ourselves how efficient we are.

We understand that a proper Attorney Client Retainership agreement will provide the necessary authorization and we are most inclined to commence talks as soon as possible I believe this is better than any recommendation or references.

Please also let us know what your remuration will be. I do hope this is acceptable to you. I do hope the terms of business is acceptable to you. Upon receipt of your acceptance, I will update you on how we may proceed On behalf of Shing Shun Machinery Limited HK, Please accept my sincerest appreciation in
advance for your willingness to render your services as we look forward to your prompt response to my email.

Best Regards,

Mr.Tanaka Wong
President CEO

Monday, November 24, 2008

Our surveys show...

There has been a massive torrent of this particular spam in the last half a day -- instances of this one spam accounted for more than half the spam I received (to this particular address) in that period. Subject lines vary significantly, but the body text remains pretty static. The use of multiple Gmail accounts and the "our surveys show" text strongly suggest that this scammer was also responsible for the "global auto agency" scam early this year.

The kind of scam involved here is a basic money mule scam: they want you to receive stolen money through direct bank transfers, then launder it via Western Union. Gmail contact addresses seen in association with this scam so far are as follows.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/11/24 UTC
Subject: Make up to 502 AUD a week on the sale of our electronics.
To: [redacted (privacy)]


Our surveys show that 81% of people of your city are not satisfied with their weekly earnings and wish to make more.

That is why we would like to offer you an opportunity of part-time work. To earn 532
AUD a week you have to spend 3-4 hours a week.
You need a phone preferably a mobile a computer and internet.
If you are reading these lines, it means you have {_mac11_0} you need to start earning..

The proposal lasts till the end of the month; I have 71 vacancies in your country so far.
You will have to help our clients. It is a simple earning., which requires attentiveness and proposal.
I provide training and everything you need for the 71.
country will be happy to help you with any extra information.
To speed up our email , please send me an email


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

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Fabricom Oil and Gas Ltd. (impostors)

A correspondent sent me an inquiry about a job offer received on Craigslist: someone claiming to represent "Fabricom Oil and Gas Ltd" is currently only too happy to employ people as an Administrative Assistant/Accounts Receivable Clerk. This job is also known as "money mule", or more precisely "sucker who will be asked to cash forged checks or money orders and then abandoned as soon as they are caught". In other words, these people are looking for victims, not employees. A quick search shows evidence that there is a real Fabricom Oil and Gas, but they have nothing to do with this scam. As a general rule, all job offers which involve handling money for overseas entities are scams. Those looking for a job on Craigslist should be particularly aware of this, but it holds for those looking for jobs on dedicated employment websites and also in newspapers!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tongxiang Jenice Textile Co., Ltd. (not)

This is the same scam as Menglei Import & Export Co., Ltd. and also Yiwu Menglei Import & Export, simply using a new company and contact name (chosen more or less at random). Everything else remains the same: compare the text. The guy wants you to cash forged cheques or money orders on his behalf and wire back the cash quickly before you realise you've been had.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tongxiang Jenice Textile Co., Ltd. <[redacted (false)]>
Date: 2008/11/18 UTC
Subject: Tongxiang Jenice Textile Co (work with us and earn 10%)
To: undisclosed-recipients

Tongxiang Jenice Textile Co., Ltd.
Dama Industrial Zone,
Tongxiang City,
Zhejiang Province. China


Compliments of the day, and my best wishes to you. I am Ms. Zhongmei Wang
The C.E.O  of the above
company. This company is into manufacturer of upholstery fabrics and
bedding sets. The annual
fabric production capacity is up to 5 millon meters, which involves
household textile fabrics,
coarse fabrics for clothing, and various kinds of suede fabrics

Having gone through a methodical search, I decided to contact you hoping
that you will find this
proposal interesting. we are interested in employing your services to work
with us as a private
payment agent that can help us establish a medium of receiving payment for
goods that was supplied
to our customers in in your location,as the company is already
experiencing difficulties in
receiving payments from them.

Most of our customers pay out in cheques and money orders and we do not
have an account in your
country that will clear this money. It is upon this note that we seek your
assistance to stand in
as our representative in your country. It is important to let you know
that, as our
representative, you will receive 10% of whatever amount you clear for the
company and the balance
will be for the company.

Please if you are interested to work with us in good faith and honesty,
Contact  Mr. Zhongjie Yang
General Manager (G.M) of this company  Through this email address:

Endeavor to let him know that I directed you to him; Please let him know
your decision rather than
keeping him waiting because I will inform him about my contacting you. The
(G.M). Will tell you
more on receipt of your response. If you are  not interested, kindly
pardon me for contacting you.
Thanks for your time and remain blessed.

Very Respectfully,

Ms. Zhongmei Wang
Tongxiang Jenice
Textile Co.,

Friday, November 07, 2008

David Weasley, Mystery Shoppers Ltd

This is a cheque/money order forgery scam disguised as a Mystery Shopper offer. The source of the email appears to be, which is currently registered to a network service provider in Lagos, Nigeria (big surprise). The website mentioned in this spam is not actually related to the scam -- it's just part of the scammer's cover story. What's really going on here is that the scammer wants to send you forged cheques or money orders and have you cash them at some facility and wire back the bulk of the money via Western Union or similar, all under the pretext that you're trying out the associated services, and are going to write a report on it. The truth of the matter is that he just needs willing suckers to take the legal risks associated with cashing forged cheques and money orders.

Steer clear of this Nigerian scammer crap, and rest assured that ANY "mystery shopper" offer you receive by email is just another cover story for a scam.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mystery Shoppers Ltd. <mysteryshopper[@]>
Date: 2008/11/6 UTC
Subject: Get Paid To Shop ?.
To: recipients <Undisclosed>

Dear Sir/Ma,

Performance analysis and mystery shopping is crucial for any modern business. It is an important part of improving quality of service and enhancing sales so that the business progresses and rules the market. The company that proves its competence gains maximum number of clients.

The stores and companies try out various ways of improving their customer services. They go out of their ways to find out where the drawback lies. Some managers do it stealthily but the smarter ones hire someone else to do the job. Mystery shopping service is one of the mysterious ways of building the relationship with the customers.

We are a company that conduct surveys and evaluate for other companies. We get hired to go to other peoples companies and act like customers in order to know how the staffs are handling their services in relation to their customers.

So we are looking for person(s) that can play the role of a mystery shopper.Once we have a contract to do, you would be given the funds and directed to the company or outlet, all you need to do the is (either purchase goods or their services), after which you would write a comment on the staffs activities and give a detailed record of your experience

Examples of details you would forward to us are

1) How long it took you to get services.
2) Smartness of the attendant.
3)Customer service professionalism.
4)Sometimes you might be required to upset the attendant, to see how they react to clients when they get tensed.

And we turn the information over to the company executives and they would carry out their own duties in improving there services.We will pay Ј150 on every evaulation carried out. We need to run a background check on you.

Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurant and services in your area.No commitment is made on this job, and you would have flexible hours as it suits you. If you are interested do send in these information:

AGE : (18 and Above)

N:B. You will entitled to 5% on each payment you receive in your account on
outing you make. So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your service into, and your address would also be needed for your payments.

David Weasley (0702-407-1528)

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.

Russian Electronics Company

Here's the latest money mule employment offer to hit my inbox. This is not a sales gimmick requiring you to pay setup fees or sign up to a mailing list. This is organised crime, seeking to employ unwitting dupes in money laundering. There hasn't been much effort put into the "Russian Electronics Company" identity here: they're just using a bunch of Gmail addresses (for now -- they may diversify) starting with "r.e.c.".

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/11/7
Subject: Vacancy
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Honest Workers Needed!!!

Are you blessed with a new child yet unable to attend work? Are you a college student with odd class schedules impairing regular work time?
Well you're in luck!!!
We are looking for honest and communicative people to sort, store, and make readily available our delivered finance from you!!
This is not a sales gimmick requiring you to pay setup fees or sign up to a mailing list. This is a business requiring only limited amounts of your time.
Spaces are limited so act now for this great intuitive job offer.
We have a few locations to choose from. we require people in South and North America, European country, Australia. We are sorry but if you are not in the listed continents or in the vicinity of, your application request will be denied.

Please send your resumes only to our e-mail:

or if you are without resume or employment history simply send your name address and a few comments or reasons why you should be considered for this position.
We are sorry but P.O Boxes will not be accepted.
regards R.E.C. (Russian Electronics Company)

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Olpio Solutions INC (and similar)

Thanks guys! These scammers have been so kind as to send me a scam job offer directly. Keep up the good work!

"Olpio Solutions" appears to be a completely made-up name, with no hits in Google at the time of composing this report. Based on information from their website, it's clear that this is a cheque ("check" in the USA) fraud scam: they send you forged cheques, and want you to cash them and wire back the cash. Cheques can bounce after you draw on them in most cases, so you'll wind up personally out of pocket quite a large amount for your efforts.

Here is an extract of the WHOIS data for their domain.

   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Updated Date: 29-oct-2008
   Creation Date: 29-oct-2008
   Expiration Date: 29-oct-2009

A little further digging reveals that this scam is an old scam with a cosmetic name-change. An almost identical site is currently operating under the name "Apex Websolutions", and registered only a month and a half ago.

   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS56.EUKDNS.COM
   Name Server: NS57.EUKDNS.COM
   Updated Date: 16-sep-2008
   Creation Date: 15-sep-2008
   Expiration Date: 15-sep-2009

Oh, wait! There's more. These guys are also known by the following names and domains.
Ugh! Too much work! It seems like this scam has been ongoing since at least 09-may-2007, with the domain "" and fake business name "Edesigns Worldwide INC". Search this linked page for those terms to see a scam report dated 13-May-2007. Note that these scammers prefer to register their domain names using the "Whois Proof" ( anonymisation service.

You can't possibly keep up with all these names, can you? Thankfully you don't have to! Just refuse all job offers that involve processing payments, because they're all scams!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Martinez A Carlos <>
Date: 2008/11/1
Subject: New Job Available for : Accounts Payable Manager/Payments Processor

Dear Applicant,

We have an exciting opportunity with our company for: Accounts Payable Manager/Payments Processor  in your area with no need of relocation

Job Snapshot

Compensation: $85,000 - $95,000 per year
Employee Type: Full-Time Employee
Manages Others: Yes

Job Type:

Admin - Clerical
Customer Service

Desired Education Level: High School
Experience: N/A
Required Travel: NO
Relocation: NO


Must have Microsoft Office Intermediate experience, checking emails 3 times/day.

For more details please visit our website and see the job description:


Terms and Conditions


(Click on the link above to get to our webpage and read all our terms and conditions for the job)

Please read them carefully and reply to this email if you agree and comply with them with the information required. Even if you do not agree with them please let us know so we can keep looking for someone who can help us!

Thank you!

Carlos A Martinez

General Manager

Olpio Solutions INC


This email has been sent on behalf of Olpio Solutions INC to