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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Post Express Inc

This looks like a reshipper scam: a job that involves receiving packages and re-sending them elsewhere. Credit card fraudsters need reshippers so that their fraudulent credit card purchases look less suspicious. Anyone who gets involved in this sort of work can expect an awkward visit from the police sooner or later.

This report is about a month late, sorry.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <[redacted (unverifiable)]>
Date: 2009/7/10
Subject: Part-time employment
To: [redacted (privacy)]


Post Express Inc is currently hiring for the position of Mailing Assistant. If you feel that you are a self-motivated and career-oriented person, we highly encourage you to spare a minute and learn more about our current openings.

Primary job requirements:

* Basic knowledge of the computer
* Ability to print and scan documents
* Knowledge of such programs as Adobe Acrobat Reader and Microsoft Office
* Ability to pick up packages weighing up to 30lbs.

If you believe that you can meet these basic job requirements and are interested in joining our company as a well-paid Mailing Assistant, please email us at Our Human Resources Manager will contact you within the following 24-48 hours.

Best Regards,
Scott Newton
Post Express Inc, HR Department

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