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.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Anonymous job offer, contacts

This job offer doesn't identify itself with a company name, and the sender name/address is different each time. Furthermore, the contact address given in the spam varies also, but always has a "name+number" format. Based on  what little information is available here, I suspect that this is a check fraud scam: the scammer wants to send forged checks to the victim "employees" and have them send back money via Western Union.

I received two copies of this spam (to different addresses). It has also been reported elsewhere, but not widely.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2009/4/23 UTC
Subject: Work at home
To: [redacted (privacy)]


Right now we are employing new personnel to fill the position of online finance manager.
We have examined your resume from job base and we think that you would suit this position well and work with us successfully.
If you are still seeking for good wages and need a decent job, please contact us as soon as you could.
As you may see this job is really perspective one and vacancies are limited. You can receive training during work.
No need to invest any money, except for a set of the best human qualities and time. This job does not require you to leave
your main occupation. Experience of work with customers is welcomed. Work of online manager consists of the following:
conclusion of deals for financial services, including personal advisors. Call service of clients' support, clients' support online.
We need responsible and energetic people to fill this position.

- citizenship of USA or
- Age at least 21;
- Computer knowledge in MS Office, Email, Internet;
- Good communication skills;
- Attention to details;
- Opportunity to check your email several times a day;

The schedule of work includes 3-4 hours per day, except for Sunday. (Part-Time Position) Payment makes up 31,000 $ per year.
(500 $ per week) + social insurance and bonuses in case you do well. We also provide three weeks of paid vacations.
This job is a good opportunity and if you miss a chance there can be no another one as the position we offer is a good way to
built a successful career in our company.

To start your successful career please contact me ONLY by e-mail:
and I will send you more details!

I will send you the detailed information with  the description and specificity of work.

You are welcome!

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