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.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

BottonGost International Company

This is a reshipper scam. Credit card fraudsters want to purchase goods from merchants in your country using stolen credit card data, but they need the transaction to look less suspicious. They operate out of countries which are so well-known for credit card fraud that most merchants won't even deal with them, so they need reshippers to accept the goods locally and forward them overseas to avoid suspicion. The reshipper eventually gets a visit from the police because of all the fraud associated with that shipping address.

A Google search for "BottonGost" revealed an independent report of this scam, plus a curiously large number of links which have all gone 404 (page not available). The scammers are requesting replies to an email address in the "" domain, which appears to have been registered for the purposes of this scam.

Domain Name:
ROID: 20090429s10001s64304789-cn
Registrant Organization: Chen
Registrant Name: Chen
Administrative Email:
Sponsoring Registrar: 北京新网数码信息技术有限公司
Registration Date: 2009-04-29 02:14
Expiration Date: 2010-04-29 02:14

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2009/4/30 UTC
Subject: Position Available!
To: [redacted (privacy)]

COMPANY: BottonGost International Company
JOB TITLE: Check-Ship Inspector
TYPE OF WORK: Tele-commute (availability of work from your residence)
EMPLOYEE TYPE: Full-Time/Part-Time
INDUSTRY: E-Commerce
REQUIRED TRAVEL: Not specified
SALARY: Negotiable, depends of your personal skills (more detailed in further communication)
SCHEDULE: Flexible
TRAVEL: Unnecessary

CONTACT: Personnel Manager Mileva

We are a supplier to Clients and Sellers, meaning that we scour the internet for close-outs that can be bought low and sold high. Our contacts include manufacturers with close out items and distributor overstock. The Sellers purchase products using our service then sell them for a sizeable profit.


What we need are people to act as Check-Ship Inspectors. You would receive the merchandise, check for quality of packing and make sure the product is in good condition. Then you would reseal the package and then send to the client or seller.

- No overheads
- No hidden fees, upfront payments or Investments
- Free start for employees

- High School diploma or equivalent
- Relative experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (1 or more years)
- Basic Math, English language skills
- Geographical locations
- Additional languages may be preferred
- Basic computer skills

Ability to operate and maintain equipment including handhelds, computers. Develop, maintain and monitor relationships with store level accounts. Effective oral and written communications, problem-solving skills to reflect level of responsibilities. Able to maintain sensitive and confidential information.

- Basic knowledge of computer and internet
- Sending and Receiving emails
- Fax machine or scanner and printer
- Contact phone (preferably Mobile)

Feel free to email back ONLY at:  (manager Mileva) for further communication and more details.

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