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

British Millerain Co. Ltd. (impostor)

There does appear to be a real company of this name -- this scam is the work of an impostor. At a glance, the scam looks like cheque fraud. Also reported at Anti-Fraud International and 419baiter.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: SHAWN YURI <[redacted (false, misleading)]>
Date: 2009/4/1


My name is Shawn Yuri, Recruiting Officer for British Millerain Co. Ltd., UK. Currently, our company seeks Representation in your region to receive payments in Cash from our customers in your state, on behalf of the company. You will earn 10% of every payment received as salary. You can earn a decent living without leaving your present job. We produce and distribute clothing materials such as batiks, assorted fabrics and traditional costume worldwide.We are pleased to inform you about the job Vacancy we have presently in Our Company. You have been offered the opportunity to work part-time. We are willing to offer payments ranging from $2,000 -$7,000 per month depending on how hard working you are.

We welcome you aboard one of the fastest growing Arts and Crafts Companies.


International Representative

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Receive payments in CASH from our customers in your region.

2. Deduct 10% of the cash payment as your salary and send the balance to our Accountant through Western Union or Moneygram.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Must be 18 years of age.

2. Internet and email communication.

APPLICATION FORM. If you are interested to take up this part-time Job, Click Reply and Fill this Form (Send Form to

First Name:

Last Name:




Zip code:




Male or Female:

Email Address:

Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation and I look forward to having you join us.

Yours faithfully,

Human Resources Department,
British Millerain Co. Ltd.
Registered in England No. 185953
Belfield Road, Rochdale, Lancashire. OL16 2XA

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