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

Mamba Global Dating Service

Internet scams are often international in scope: not only does the Internet facilitate international communication, but crossing national boundaries makes the fraudsters safer from law enforcement action. As a consequence of this, the fraudster doesn't always have English as a first language, even when the victim does. Scams are often identifiable by their broken English.

With that in mind, the following spammers would like you to help them with their English. There's nothing wrong with tidying up someone's English, but if you do it for a spammer, you're probably facilitating fraud at best. At worst, you're doing it for free, or maybe being paid with forged cheques. Steer clear of this.

This spam has been independently reported at Scam of the Day.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (random, false)]
Date: 2009/4/24 UTC
Subject: Job position
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Dear Sir or Madam,

We would like to offer you a job on your computer.

Job Description:
We send you the texts with important information for our employees
with important information and you need correct the texts as an
English-speaking person and then send back the revised text.

Please note that we don't have a fixed salary for this vacancy.
We will pay you $5.00 for every 1Kb of the corrected text.
The salary is paid at the END of month.
Every month your salary will vary depending on your activity.

Example: In case you correct about 5Kb of text a day, you will get
over $550.00 at the end of the month.

- Location: U.S.A.
- Age: 22+
- Ability to work at home
- Computer skills (MS Word), personal e-mail address
- Responsibility

If you are interested in this job, please, send the information mentioned below ONLY to the following e-mail:

Phone number (home or cell, it is desirable that it should be
available any day time):

As soon as we receive your application, we will investigate it and
contact you with more information within 24 hours.

Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions only at our e-mail:

Looking forwrd to your application.
Best regards,
Mamba Global Dating Service


Fife said...

I went ahead a translated some stuff for them since a few weeks ago I found no warnings about this Mamba group and I figured translating would not be a big issue and I gave them no personal information.

Now they want me to be a local agent where I get $1800 a month and 6% commission on the fraud money. I think I will pass.

Anonymous said...

I also recieved this e-mail and unfortunetly i did replied. I figured they saw my resume on career builder where i recently posted my resume. What should i do now? i gave them my address and phone #, education and occupation.

Spotter said...

What's done is done, unless you want to change your address, telephone number, and occupation. Personally, I'd just cease to communicate with them. Identity fraud is something that we all need to watch for in any case these days.

Anonymous said...

I can CONFIRM that this is scam. Gullible, I did some translation for them. It seemed legit because it came under the guise of CareerBuilder, a legitimate web site for job seekers. One of the translations was about sending money, minus a 5% fee. It asked if it could be routed to the person's bank account. I feel badly for that person. I did the research after I did the translation, and I sent them another email saying they could consider that service "free" and not to contact me again. All they have is my name and cell phone ... foolish of me, but I hope I'll be alright.

Lee said...

I was a huge sucker for this. It came from Career Builder, so it looked legit. I did one translation, and I'm kind of worried right now. What all can someone do with just your name, address, cell #, occupation, and education? They can't steal my identity can they without my social security #? Should I go buy LifeLock or something?

Anonymous said...

Haha, I knew it was too good to be true. I did one translation for them, most of us it looked legit coming from CareerBuilder. (As a side note, can CareerBuilder be considered as complicit with these crimes? Shouldn´t they be forced by law to apply a more rigorous verification process to ALL affiliated companies???) And yeah, I did include my name and address. I´m a tad worried, but here are the reasons to not be worried people:

-you have to have bank or legal info like a ss number, bank account number, check number to steal someone´s identity and do them similar financial harm
-the people doing this scam are most likely very far away, in a different country, given their poor English skills
-thus, given that they can´t really do you any financial harm since they don´t have the required info, I believe they´re making themselves seem as legitimate as possible by asking for that info, which every other normal employer asks automatically; same goes for their ad on´s all about appearing authentic

So, in the end, you gave them your address and name and perhaps your telephone number... No big deal in my book. The only thing they could do is call and harass you or hop on a plane and come to your house and do...whatever. All incredibly unlikely.

For those, unlike us, who have continued a relationship with these people, however. I don´t know; the scammers might get more info out of you as you go further and further along. Then you´re toast.

Anonymous said...

omg so i felt so stupid for actually giving them my info but i never translated anything for them. instead i e-mailed them back and told them to get in to an ESL program and learn english because they sucked and then i told them to go f themselves. haha

Anonymous said...

You would be surprised at what information can be obtained just from what they were asking for. I would strongly recommend contacting the big 3 credit report companies (TranUnion, Experian and Equifax) and put a fraud alert on yourself and ask that anything abnormal should require personal contact with you. Also I'd contact your bank as well. After watching a Dateline NBC on "To Catch an ID Thief" I was shocked at how fast they move on information and a majority of the scamming is coming from a small country next to Nigeria. If you get the chance you should see it. Here is a link for the credit companies.

Anonymous said...

BE AWARE, I know someone who followed their instructions to wire a portion of a direct deposit they sent them, 2 months later the direct deposit was returned and they wired the money.