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.

Friday, August 28, 2009


This is a money mule job scam, also reported by bobbear early this month.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Luella Blue <[redacted (unverifiable)]>
Date: 2009/8/8 UTC
Subject: Job for you
To: [redacted (privacy)]


My name is Alisa Miller. I am a manager of 2Consumer company.
We would like to offer the perspective career to you. We propose a vacancy of the regional agent. The average salary will be about $2000-4500 monthly. You can familiarize with our current vacancy.

REASON : Most customers prefer to pay within their own country and it's much faster than sending an international Money Order. Small companies can't transfer
international transactions. And have restricion to do international transfers. But our personal clients have business in Russia, Ukraine and other CIS countries, and they can't receive international payments. Your task is receiving and transferring payments to our clients.

You will receive and cash out several types of payments: PayPal payments and Direct Bank Deposit.

1) Your salary is 7% of each payment.
2) You don't need to wait end of month to get paid. Your salary share included to each payment.
3) You not spend your own money. All charges to withdrawal or transfer money shared at payment.
4) Your financial information will never reach to third parts. It's safe, private and secured type of PayPal payments.
5) You can work 1-3 hours per day or fulltime.

To apply for this position or to make an inquiry, please email us ONLY at:

Please use the following vacancy code in the header of your email: 2C. Also, please do not forget to include your contact
information (phone and email) in your message.

2Consumer company
Ukraine, Odessa
2 Kulikovskij per 5
Ukraine Support:
+380 (44) 36-29-367
US Fax: 1-800-622-8610

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