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

I've reveived eight of these spams (to various spamtrap addresses) with nearly identical text and no details worth mentioning. I can't be bothered to respond to the spam in order to see what the REAL details are, sorry. If anyone knows, please post a comment.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (same as "to:")]
Date: 2009/4/21
Subject: The best career with us USA!
To: [redacted (privacy)]

No upward mobility in your current position? [This opening line varied from spam to spam.]

Responsible for managing the day to day operations of various facilities to ensure the operations,
maintenance, and vendor management standards of the contract are met in a cost effective, safe and efficient manner.

Requirements Candidates must possess the following:

- Effective interpersonal skills & communication skills
- Demonstrated leadership and team building abilities
- Self-confidence, flexibility and a positive attitude
- U.S. work authorization

Selected individuals will be trained to enhance leadership and networking skills in preparation for an executive role within our company.
Compensation based solely on personal performance. For immediate consideration please contact.
All positions will be filled immediately due to our recent expansion.

You may email your resume in Word to: [various name-word-letter combinations]

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