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, January 28, 2009

Chin Huan Consultant (China) LTD

This scammer is abusing the "make your own social network" service offered by Ning. It should be very obvious that this is a scam: the salary offered is ludicrously high, and the work conditions are ludicrously lax. This kind of bait is usually associated with advance fee fraud: it's a juicy job offer, but if you bite, you'll find that you need to pay some incidental fees before you can get the job. There is no job, only a scammer conning you into sending him money.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Chin Huan <>
Date: 2009/1/28 UTC
Subject: Chin Huan Consultant (China)LTD
To: "" <>

Chin  Huan has sent you a message on Chin huan Consultant Limited.



We are Labor Solicitors/Recruiter of Chin Huan Consultant (China)LTD. and in pursuant to the service contract of our client with the China Liquified Natural Gas (CLNG) through its sponsor China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)in the engineering and oil field sector.
We intends to invite experienced individuals/ expatriate or Consultancy firm capable of rendering expertise services in various fields of engineering,maintenance, administrative, environmental technology/sciences, drilling, administration and information technology etc.

SALARY: US$29,000.00, Monthly, can be transferred to any Bank or Country of your choice and all transfers must be made in conformity with the existing tax situation in China.

CONTRACT DURATION: 48 months (Liable for upward review depending on your commitment and expertise)

Mondays through Fridays, Time: 8.00am to 4.00pm with break period between 12.00noon to 2.00pm.

Chin Huan Consultant (China)LTD will disburse Six (6) months Upfront salaries and relocation expenses on confirmation of your required documentation (including immigration papers) from the relevant authorities here in China
Chin Huan Consultant (China)LTD hereby inform that if this Offer is acceptable to you, you are requested to send us an acceptance letter (indicating your full names, address, contact information) attached with your passport photograph via attachment and your C.V/RESUME to enable us proceed with relevant processing.
We await your response in this regard.

Visit us on,

Energy Konsult
43, Wang Lu District,
Chengdu, Beijing.
Tel: 00 86 132 65108223

To join this network, click here:

To control which emails you receive on Chin huan Consultant Limited., go to:[redacted]

AREM Networks

Although this is clearly a scam, the job description goes to great lengths to make it all sound legitimate. I can't say what the scam is without further detail. If anyone has corresponded with this scammer, please post details of the correspondence here for analysis.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (unconfirmed)]
Date: Wed, Jan 28, 2009
Subject: Need a job?
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Dear Job Seeker,
Our company, AREM Networks has an immediate opening for a home-based Regional Client Manager position in the North American region. This opportunity offers a great way to gain valuable experience and learn sales skills in the IT industry.
AREM Networks Company is one of the largest world service providers on offshore programming for IT companies and telecommunications equipment manufacturers. Fifteen-years of experience in the field of offshore programming, highest-level infrastructure, more than 800 of skilled programmers and permanent cooperation with the leading world IT corporations make it possible for AREM Networks Company to guarantee the creation of the product you need within the shortest possible deadlines and with optimal quality-price ratio. Main technological directions of the company are networks and communication systems including wire and wireless (including cellular and satellite) systems, IP telephony, Internet and Intranet applications, digital signal processing, embedded software and many others.
Job Responsibilities:
- Maintaining correspondence with potential and existing customers;
- Sending business proposals and contract documentation to future customers;
- Assisting in signing contracts with new customers;
- Customer support.
General Requirements:
- US residents (21 year of older);
- Fluent spoken and written English;
- Home computer with access to Internet and e-mail;
- Experience with official documentation and business correspondence;
- Opportunity to devote at least 3-4 hours each business day to work;
- Energetic, self assured, self motivated, enthusiastic and achievement oriented;
- Strong ability to focus on streamlining processes and procedures;
- Analytic-problem solving.
Pay Ranges:
- $24,000 - $26,000 per year
- Bonus of 5% of the sum of each signed contract;
- 401(k) and Profit Sharing Plan;
- Vacation & Personal Holidays;
- Opportunities for professional growth.
Please email your resume and cover letter (if any) to with �Regional Client Manager� as the topic. A brief phone interview will be held with successful candidates.
Best regards,
HR Department
AREM Networks

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J&C Electronics Pvt. Ltd

This job scam includes a lot of irrelevant detail to make the offer look more realistic. In the end, I suspect that the only relevant part is, "you will mainly be helping me with personal finance," which means money mule work of some kind. I suspect in this case that forged checks are involved, although it's hard to say based on just this job offer.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mr Jond <[redacted (suspected false)]>
Date: 2009/1/25 UTC
To: undisclosed-recipients

Good day,

We are glad to offer you a job position in our company [J&C

Electronics Pvt.Ltd] As part of our Multi Level Marketing Network, we seek
capable individuals to work for us as our International representative In Arab such as KUWAIT,UAE,QATAR AND SO ON.
Due to my very busy work schedule, I require assistance
on some very important personal issues. I'm looking for
a professional personal assistant thats

* Very sharp and a quick learner
* A go-getter and non quitter
* Strong minded with great communication skills
* Long term friend thats interested in learning from my

skills and experience.
* Excellent time management skills
* Excellent communications skills
* Handle all basic department communications such as

mailing of invitations, cards, letters, etc
At this time, I am only looking for 2-3 personal
assistant. You must be self motivated, trainable and
have a clean criminal record This will be for a part
time or full time job. You will mainly be helping me
with personal finance, accounting, time and people
management. Let me know if you need to know more about
this opportunity. All You need to do is to mail out and
receive mail from our client within USA, you don't have
to go to any office, all you need is internet access to
be my personal assistant, you could earn $3000 in 2
weeks.If our proposal interest you, Do get back to us immediately

First name :
Last name :
Full Address :
City :
State :
Country :
Zip Code :
Tel numbers :
Age :
Occupation :
Email :
Bank name :
 For more information please contact please  get
back to my email:

China National Heavy Duty Truck Group

It takes a heavy duty truck to haul this load of bull. This is a money mule scam: the "Heavy Duty Truck Group" thing is just a cover story. The scammers don't specify how funds are to be received, but the job description is either "victim of fraud" or "money launderer", depending on the details.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mr Cliff Chang <>
Date: 2009/1/24
Subject: Hello
To: undisclosed-recipients

My name is Cliff Chang and I am the manager of a Human Resourses
department of China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Corp.,China.

The purpose of this message is to draw Your attention to a
vacant position of a financial manager for cooperation
with private individuals.

Professionalism and conscientiousness of our company enables us
to attract a large number of customers. Nowadays China National
Heavy Duty Truck Group Corp.
firmly holds a position of a leading company in the Asian
market , which ensures our stable development.

So today , we are glad to offer You to:
- become a part of our company
- join a team of high qualified specialists
- get a prestigious part time job
- earn a good deal

In order to become our financial manager for cooperation
with private individuals You ARE NOT OBLIGED TO HAVE
supposed to:
- have approximately 2 free hours a day
- have a bank account (or to be able to open a new one,
especially for company needs)
- have a PC

customers the best service in shortest dates.

- to receive payments from our customers
(private individuals)
- to withdraw the funds and to transfer it to us.
Your SALARY is 10%commission out of every payment that You

If you are interested in the vacancy offered, please get some more
detailed information on the following E-mail address:

Our managers will be glad to answer any questions.

We are looking forward to working with You!

Yours faithfully
Cliff Chang

Bell House Fabrics

This is a scam: the so-called Dr Richard Slim has nothing to do with any company called Bell House Fabrics. In fact, you might call the whole thing a fabrication. Get it? Fabrics? Fabrication? Ahem. Anyhow, this is the same old same old: he sends you forged checks, you bank them, you send back money via Western Union, the check bounces, and you've been ripped off. A simple formula, oft repeated: only the fake names change.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dr Richard <>
Date: 2009/1/22


My Name is RICHARD SLIM, the Manager of BELL HOUSE FABRICS COMPANY,We Need an International ACCOUNTANT REPRESENTATIVE,BOOK KEEPER,SALES REPRESENTATIVE, We have a problem with all our customer over there . that is why we create this job opportunity so you can be helping us to attend to our customers and receiving all our payment from all our customers over there on our company behalf. We going to pay 1000 POUNDS for month salary and this is not include the benefits.

                    COMPANY INTRODUCTION
BELL HOUSE FABRICS COMPANY is one of United Kigndom foremost, diversified Supply companies with leading positions in agricultural, industrial and consumer markets. From our inception in 1885, BELL HOUSE FABRICS COMPANY has been providing solutions to the worlds best companies and our customers. Today, we use an array of advanced technologies in research and development to improve the delivery of medications; enhance foods and beverages; power batteries; protect crop yields, structures and lawns, and advance the manufacture of glass, ceramics, plastics, pulp and paper, textiles and other products. We supply these products to our customers in the All over the World. Due to increase demands of our products in the all around the world, we decided to move our products often into other continent of the world. By so doing, we are looking for someone who can serve as an in-country online payment manager who will be serving as a link between us and our customers within this province worldwide.

Application for employment as :
Surname: Other names:
Address :
Tel (home
Tel (work):

Please include any skills and experience you have acquired that can support this application whether within the working environment or outside.

Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence?  / NO
(declaration subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974)
Do you have any disabilities that might affect your application? YES / NO
Please tell us if yes:

Do you need a work permit to work in the UK/EURO? YES / NO
When can you start work for us? .................

Please give the names and addresses of one or two persons as referees, other than your present employer or relatives who we can approach now for references.

No approach will be made to your present or previous employers before an offer of employment is made.

I confirm that to the best of my knowledge the above information is correct.


Haier Group Co., Ltd

This is a scam, direct from Nigeria (originating IP The usual story in this case is that the scammer sends forged checks or money orders to the "employee" (victim), and requests that the employee send back cash via Western Union. The checks are eventually dishonoured, leaving the victim poorer for his efforts.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: HAIER GROUP CO., LTD <> [SPF verified]
Date: 2009/1/21 UTC

To whom it may concern,


You have received this e-mail because Haier Group Co., Ltd requires a company/persons or individual who can represent us to be international payment officer/agent in North America. So by virtue of your subscribed interest in affiliate and flexible home work program;you are being contacted.

You will be receiving payments from our customers there in your country.Note that, as our payment officer/agent, you will receive %10 of whatever amount that is paid through
you to us eg.($100,000 USD to your bank account. You will withdraw the money and keep $10000 (10% from $100,000))and the balance amount will be forwarded to our payment
center or company account with the instruction you will be given.

Please, to facilitate your application process if you are intrested in working with us,dosend us promptly via email the following:

Full Names.....Company Name......
Residential Address...Postal Address.....
City, State.....Zip code.......
Country....Age......Phone & Fax.....

For more reasons on why you are needed as a payment officer;contact us through the provided email address;

Jun Chug,
Haier Group Co.,Ltd

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


This is another money mule scam where the "employee" (victim) receives forged cheques and is asked to cash them and forward money via Western Union. The cheques eventually bounce, leaving the "employee" considerably poorer for his efforts.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 2009/1/20 UTC

20th January 2009

Dear Sir/madam,

We hereby introduce A.H.A INTERNATIONAL COMPANY LTD,an international
export/import company who deal on Pharmaceuticals & Medical
Products,Rubber and Plastic Products,Electrical Products Light
Industrial Products,Hardware,Metals and Mineral Products,Textile and
Garments,Auto Parts & Accessories and export into the Canada/America
and Europe.

We are searching for agents who can help us establish a medium of
getting to our customers in the Canada/America and other nearby
countries as well as making payments through you to us. You do not
have to leave your present job for this one because this job offer
will be on a part time basis as it comes once in a while and
remuneration is on a percentage basis of 10% of the total amount you
receive from our customers at any time on our behalf.
 The reason why we seek your assistance is that American and Canadian
checks take a long time to clear here in Asia,thereby holding
business down for us .

Now we already have customers who are ready to
remit cash to us. Please to facilitate the conclusion of this
transaction if accepted,

Thanks In advance.
Mr.Kim Young
Managing Director,

Sha Tin, New Territories.
Hong Kong p

Freeterk Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

This looks like a cheque fraud money mule scam. The "employee" is sent cheques and asked to forward money via Western Union. The cheques are forgeries, and they bounce some time after they've been deposited, leaving the "employee" poorer for his efforts.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Freeterk Manufacturing Co. Ltd. China <[redacted (doubtful)]>
Date: 2009/1/20 UTC

Attn: Representative,

This email is coming from the desk of  Freeterk Manufacturing Co. Ltd. A company that is into the manufacturing of electrical products such as Game Player, Notebook Computer, LCD Clocks and many more in China. Our major market is USA, Canada and Europe with a lot of customers out there to handle the free flow of goods around the designated areas.

However, the purpose of this email is to ask for your assistance in becoming the company sales representative in your country. Your duty is to be receiving payment from customers on behalf of the company and we guarantee you a 10% commission for every transaction that is done successfully. If interested, please contact us for more

Mr. Felix Wong
Marketing Manager
Freeterk Manufacturing Company Co. Ltd., China

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Rinkya Ltd

This spam doesn't provide enough information to determine which particular scam the sender is running. If I were to guess, I'd say they are recruiting money mules.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (dubious)]
Date: 2009/1/11 UTC
Subject: We have new vacancies.
To: [redacted (privacy)]

The growing commercial LTD seeks for new workers

If you possess 5 free hours per week, a minimal experience in computers, free phone and live in USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia or Eupore, you have possibility to commence work with us and get more than 1500 $ per week.

If you are interested in our vacancy, send us our resume(important) by e-mail: and we will send you additional information.

Kindest regards

Rinkya Ltd

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Jobs of the sort described here do exist, but they are very rare, and not offered as "work at home" positions to random people on the Internet. This is a scam where the scammer wants to send you stolen money or forged cheques, and have you send back cash via Western Union or similar on the pretext that you are evaluating their service. This is no different to the usual money mule scam where the pretext is that you are processing customer payments.

With all scams you need to look past the cover story and think about what actually happens, otherwise you might not recognise this as a money mule scam, just because the cover story has changed.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Randys Stender <>
Date: 2009/1/6 UTC
Subject: Job Offer Available

My name is Randys Stender, I would like to know if you would like to work for our company SPP and get paid without affecting your present job. Actually we need a representative who can conduct surveys and evaluation.

SPP is a company that conduct surveys and evaluate other companies. We get hired to Evaluate other peoples companies, we act like a customer in order to know how a staff relates with their customers. once we have a contract to do so, you would be directed to the company or outlet, and you would be given the funds you need to do the job(either purchase things or get a require service), after which you would write a Report 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

we turn the information over to the company executives and they would carry out their own duties on improving there services. Most companies employ our assistance when people get complains about their services, or when they feel there are needs for them to improve their customer service.
your Identity would be kept confidential as the job states (secret shopper) you would be paid $400 for every duty you carry out, and bonus on your transportation allowance, and funds would be given to you if you have to dine as part of the duty.

Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurant and services in your area.
If you are interested do send in these information:

FULL NAME:.....................
CONTACT ADDRESS:...............
TELEPHONE NUMBER:.....................

Countries: USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia only.

Randys Stender