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 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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

AHA likes lawyers as mules too: