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

Team Hot Jobs

This spam originated at, which WHOIS reports as assigned to Nigeria, the world capital of Advance Fee Fraud and various other misdemeanours. The jobs that they offer you are likely to be "hot" in all the wrong ways -- not to mention that it's a bad idea to hand out loads of personally identifying information to potential fraudsters.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dr. Qumrul Ahsan <[redacted (unverifiable)]>
Date: 2009/7/29
Subject: Need A Plum Job

Top Of The Day To You,

Need a Plum Job? Do you want us to do your entire job search while you relax
and wait, instead of starring at your pc without tangible result of a good
and exciting job offer? For the last two years, our team of expect has
been studying Europe and Australia cravings for workers but their citizens
are reluctant towards the jobs which are offer to them because of one
reasons or the other; whereas there a lot of people all over the world in
need of the job opportunity.

So a couple of months ago our directives and expert took a big step by
contacting all companies, factories and industries; mega and upcoming for
allow us access to there job vacancy database, so as to make contact to Job
seekers when there is a vacancy in
any of the company... About two months ago, we sent curriculum vitae or
Résumés which were forwarded to us to the companies that had vacancies;
though we did
this as a test every single one of the applicants got a job in with
respective qualification.

If you want that dream job in the EU and AU, contact us with your detailed
C.V attached to your email then we will get back to you within 72hrs

Team Hot Jobs
making job seeking a lot more easy.

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