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


The name "Samuel Williams" is very much in the style of Nigerian scammers, as is the use of a textile company as the cover story. This guy wants you to receive fake cheques or money orders and send back real money via Western Union. He doesn't mention the fact that the cheques and money orders are forgeries, of course. On the contrary, he claims they're from someone else entirely.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: samual mercy <>
Date: 2009/4/10
Subject: JOB OFFER.................
To: [redacted (false)]

     I introduce myself  as Samuel Williams , Marketing Director, MAX TEXTILE LIMITED  that produces both Chinese and African textile
materials in Hong Kong, We're presently looking for a trustworthy representative in USA/Canada that can help as a link between the
company and our clients over there in the {US} We're offering you to work from home for us as a representative in US, This package is on
contract so it wont affect your present job.
    The company produces various clothing materials, batiks, assorted fabrics and traditional costumes. We get numerous orders from our
clients in US weekly and they make pre-payments for the supplies which is usually in form of Money Orders or Cashiers Check which are not
readily cashable and take long time to clear outside the US or Canada, this slows down the pace of production and delivery so we need a Rep.
in the states to assist in processing payments from our clients and in return will have 10% off the processed payment. In otherwords the
company needs your position in receiving payments from our clients and getting it processed in your bank or cashing center. If convenient,
you can open a new account for the payments if you dont want to use your personal account. Then after the deduction of your 10%, you
forward the balance to the company either via Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer when needed. Our clients will contact you
before they issue out and mail the payment to you.
    I hope the proposal is well understood. We would need your response via email as soon as possible so we can come to conclusion on
terms.We thank you for your understanding and anticipated consideration. Awaiting your questions and response.
Yours Sincerely,
Samuel Williams {Marketing Director}

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just recieved a similar message from Joseph Oladokun, and instead of USA it said ITALY. It was weird to me that they would ask a "normal person" to take care of their money tranfers, so I immediately checked online and found this.
Thanks for posting it!