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

TSM Group

This job description is terribly vague, but still specific enough to recognise as a money mule scam. Note, specifically, the duty to "administer day-to-day financial responsibilities for clients." This means receive payments and forward them. Specifically, it means to receive stolen or fraudulent payments and launder them or be defrauded yourself.

I note that my archives have one other instance of a "TSM". Related? Probably not in any direct way, but who knows?

I could find no other reports of this scam at the time I posted it, although a couple of mail archives also received the spam.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (unveriviable)]
Date: 2009/4/16
Subject: Response to CV. Administrative Assistants
To: [redacted (privacy)]


TSM, a luxury goods company, based in Switzerland, is currently seeking administrative assistants to work at the convenience of their home, part-time. We have reviewed your resume on and would like to consider you for this position.

TSM presents the best off-season luxury finds from the most prestigious international designers and collectibles from the rarest collections at irresistible prices.

Candidates for the job should possess excellent organizational skills as well as the ability to efficiently multi-task. Ideal candidates have a strong focus on day-to-day operational excellence, and a personal style that builds trust, and inspires loyalty. The candidate should be motivated, proactive, be able to learn and adapt quickly.

Other duties of the Administrative Assistant include, but are not limited to:

• Incorporating effective priorities for the virtual office function
• Administer day-to-day financial responsibilities for clients
• Reporting online daily
• Preparing brief summary reports, and weekly financial reports

Salary part-time: $1,500/month, plus commission.

In the attachments you will find the agreement with a detailed job description. If you are interested in this trial period, which will last for two months, during which you will receive training, salary, and commission, please see the attached agreement. Upon successful completion of the trial period you will receive a contract to continue working with TSM, have an option to change from part-time to full-time or continue working part-time.

Please read carefully the trial period agreement, complete, sign, and forward back to us either via email ONLY to or by fax  +41-22-594-81-36. If you have any questions please email only to:

Thank You,
TSM Group

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've been stringing them along now to see how much I get from them. They now claim to be in Russia -- maybe this is true?

In one of the letters they suggest opening up a business bank account just for this purpose to make people feel more comfortable... ha!

I wonder if this is how Bernie Madoff started?