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.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fred Knott Textile Co., Ltd.

Search this blog for "textile" or "textiles", and you'll probably be astonished at the number of hits. Some scammers really like to stick to variations on a theme, it seems, and "textiles" is one of them. From the scant information available in this spam, it appears that the scammer is running a cheque fraud scam: sending bad cheques to unwitting dupes on the pretext of "payment processing". These cheques will clear for long enough to draw on them, but bounce later, leaving the victim significantly poorer for his efforts.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mr Fred Knott <[redacted (unverifiable)]>
Date: 2009/2/19 UTC
Subject: Online Company Representative

Attention: Sir/Madam

Do you want to earn extra cash daily, weekly, monthly working from home? If yes you stand the chance of increasing your income. You do not need money to start working as our company representative.

Our Company, Fred Knott Textile Co., Ltd., located in China is currently looking for a reliable payment agent as payment link to our customers in America , Canada , Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean Islands . Our company deals in Art Work and prints exported to more than 20 countries , such as Poland , Mexico , Canada, Russia ,Ecuador , Lithuania , Latvia , Romania , Greece , Turkey , Lebanon , Saudi Arabia , United Arab Emirates , United Kingdom, USA, Egypt , Angola , Congo , Kenya , Tanzania , Tunisia , Algeria , The number of countries is still increasing.

You will be working as our payment representative in your Country or Region.Collecting payments on our behalf and in return you would get 10% of what you collect as your commission.

If you are interested in working for us, kindly submit the following information to us for immediate employment.

Your full name:
Full address & Zip code:
Fax (If Available).

Get back to us if you are interested

Yours truly,

Mr Fred Knott

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