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

Bolton Hotel New Zealand (impostors)

There is a real Bolton Hotel, New Zealand. For that, see

What we have here is a scammer pretending to be the Bolton Hotel. He's even created a fake website, and ripped off some text from the real deal.

   Domain Name: BOLTONHOTELNZ.COM <-- fraud
   Registrar: ENOM, INC.
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.FREEWEBS.COM
   Name Server: NS2.FREEWEBS.COM
   Updated Date: 22-apr-2009
   Creation Date: 22-apr-2009
   Expiration Date: 22-apr-2010

The fake website offers a large range of jobs, whereas the real Bolton Hotel website has no "job vacancies" section at all. This leads me to believe that the scam here is advance fee fraud. My scam archives contain a lot of hotel-related nob vacancy fraud of this sort (primarily in relation to Canadian hotels for some reason, but also England). The fraud usually goes like this: they have a wonderful live-in job for you at a luxurious hotel, but you need to pay some kind of working visa fee. There is no job, and the scammer pockets the fee.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bolton Hotel nz <>
Date: 2009/4/26 UTC
Subject: This is an automatic email update message from Bolton Hotel New Zealand.

                          <<<<<<<<<Automatic Email Up-date>>>>>>>>>


This is an automatic email update message from Bolton Hotel New Zealand.

this email is sent to update you about great service we now offer at our hotel, please take your time to browse our website for more details.

new faculties had been installed in all our guest rooms.
we want you to enjoy your holiday in New Zealand when ever you visit.

                                        JOB VACANCY UPDATE:

List of current job vacancy had also been updated on our website.
for job vacancy, click the link below.

we pay good rate and also give free accommodation's for international staffs.
we accept international application, and give supporting document for visa processing.

                             <<<<<<<<<Automatic Email Up-date>>>>>>>>>

 your email address had been opted in to receiving emails containing special offers, updates from (

If you wish to be unsubscribed from receiving emails from system,  (click here). Requests may take up to ten days to process.................thanks

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