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

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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