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

Thuong Hang Lu Woollen Textile Co.,Ltd. (not)

I get the impression that there is a scammer out there (this one) who does nothing but impersonate various Chinese textile companies -- or just make up names of Chinese textile companies -- I'm not sure which. Anyhow, this one is targeting folks from New Zealand, which is something I don't see much.

The scam is a money mule scam: the scammer wants to send you fraudulent money orders or something like that, and have you send back cash via Western Union.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mr.Zheng Choua <[redacted (unverifiable, probably false)]>
Reply-to: zhengchoua@yahoo.cn
Date: 2009/8/12 UTC
Subject: Company Representatives Is Needed (Job Offer)
To: ideceive@gmail.com


Dear Sir/Madam,

I'M Mr.Zheng Choua, the Sales Manager of (Thuong Hang Lu Woollen Textile Co.,Ltd.), the major producer of textile and fabric material in China.

We are looking for a trustworthy representative in New Zealand that can help as a link between our company and our client over there.we would like to know if you are interested to work from home for us and earn up to $800 to $1,500 Dollars weekly for your services.

(Thuong Hang Lu Woollen Textile Co.,Ltd.) needs a book-keeper or representative in New Zealand,so we want to know if you will like to work from home and get paid weekly without leaving or affecting your present job?

Our company produces various clothing materials, batiks, assorted fabrics and traditional costumes.We have clients we supply goods weekly in New Zealand and our clients make payments for our supplies every week in form of money orders and Bank Transfar which are not cashable here in China,so we need someone in New Zealand to work as our representative to assist us in processing payments from our clients and we will pay him/her weekly wage.

All you need to do is to receive this payment from our clients in New Zealand on behalf of our company and get it cashed at your bank then deduct your 10% and forward the balance to our company here in China.

BELOW IS A LETTER OF EMPLOYMENT FORM OF OUR COMPANY WHICH YOU HAVE TO
REPLY AS SOON AS WE CONFIRM ANY PAYMENT COMING TO YOU, I WILL LET YOU
KNOW AND I WILL GIVE YOU THE NECESSARY INFORMATION NEEDED FOR THE
TRANSFER OF THE COMPANYS BALANCE.YOU COULD JUST FILL IT OUT THIS FORM
BELOW.

APPLICATION FORM
1.Full Names______________________________
2.House Address___________________________
3.State:__________________________________
4.City:___________________________________
5.Zipcode:________________________________
6.Phone Number____________________________
7.Country_________________________________
8.Occupation______________________________
9.Age_____________________________________
10. Sex___________________________________

Thank you as we await your further response.
In Trust And Good Faith


Mr.Zheng Choua, Sales Manager,
(Thuong Hang Lu Woollen Textile Co.,Ltd.)
Contact Phone: +8613691160645
Address: 508 Bohaisan Rd., Binzhou city, Shandong province, China
8 East Guangdian Road,
Hutang Town, Wujin,
Ghangzhou City,
Jiangsu Province.China
Zip: 213161




26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Also in the Uk as of this morning 15th Sept 2009

Anonymous said...

Also received this morning in the U.K

Anonymous said...

Reported to Police as 21/09/2009

Everyone in UK report to Local Police

rlk said...

Sent to New Zealand to be a link between company and customers, sounds good and says in good faith.....

Vanessa said...

I received this excatly this same letter just today. Am in New Zealand.

Anonymous said...

we have got same thing but UAE Version :)

Anonymous said...

very same guy sent me an email yesterday december 02. reported to the local authorities.

Anonymous said...

i received the same email on 19th dec 2010. am from malaysia and currently in qatar..

Anonymous said...

received the same mail in the Netherlands 30.12.09!!!

Anonymous said...

Same letter received in UAE today(18/03/2010)

JT Tailor Ltd said...

I just recieved this email, 31st may 2010

Anonymous said...

Received this email TWICE today (31 May 2010) in NZ.

Anonymous said...

I received this email in New Zealand today too

Rob said...

Received today in New Zealand.

Is there any proof of illegality in this communication on the web?

Ned said...

Received this today 31/5/10 in New Zealand

Anonymous said...

Received this email in Canada today.

Anonymous said...

JUST RECEIVED IN INDIA TODAY


fromMr.Zheng Choua
toangawade@gmail.com

date31 May 2010 10:07
subjectCompany Representatives Is Needed (Job Offer)
mailed-byhaskell.org

hide details 10:07 (43 minutes ago)


Dear Sir/Madam, I'M Mr.Zheng Choua, the Sales Manager of (Thuong Hang Lu Woollen Textile Co.,Ltd.), the major producer of textile and fabric material in China. We are looking for a trustworthy representative in Bahrain that can help as a link between our company and our client over there.we would like to know if you are interested to work from home for us and earn up to 800 BHD. to 1,500 BHD. weekly for your services. (Thuong Hang Lu Woollen Textile Co.,Ltd.) needs a book-keeper or representative in Bahrain,so we want to know if you will like to work from home and get paid weekly without leaving or affecting your present job? Our company produces various clothing materials, batiks, assorted fabrics and traditional costumes.We have clients we supply goods weekly in Bahrain and our clients make payments for our supplies every week in form of money orders and Bank Transfar which are not cashable here in China,so we need someone in Bahrain to work as our representative to assist us in processing payments from our clients and we will pay him/her weekly wage. All you need to do is to receive this payment from our clients in Bahrain on behalf of our company and get it cashed at your bank then deduct your 10% and forward the balance to our company here in China. BELOW IS A LETTER OF EMPLOYMENT FORM OF OUR COMPANY WHICH YOU HAVE TO REPLY AS SOON AS WE CONFIRM ANY PAYMENT COMING TO YOU, I WILL LET YOU KNOW AND I WILL GIVE YOU THE NECESSARY INFORMATION NEEDED FOR THE TRANSFER OF THE COMPANYS BALANCE.YOU COULD JUST FILL IT OUT THIS FORM BELOW. APPLICATION FORM 1.Full Names______________________________ 2.House Address___________________________ 3.State:__________________________________ 4.City:___________________________________ 5.Zipcode:________________________________ 6.Phone Number____________________________ 7.Country_________________________________ 8.Occupation______________________________ 9.Age_____________________________________ 10. Sex___________________________________ Thank you as we await your further response. In Trust And Good Faith Mr.Zheng Choua, Sales Manager, (Thuong Hang Lu Woollen Textile Co.,Ltd.) Contact Phone: +8613691160645 Address: 508 Bohaisan Rd., Binzhou city, Shandong province, China 8 East Guangdian Road, Hutang Town, Wujin, Ghangzhou City, Jiangsu Province.China Zip: 213161

Anonymous said...

just received in India today

Anonymous said...

Mr. Zheng Choua has reached Bahrain...

Spotter said...

Yeah, I got it again, too -- five times.

Harlley / Alvez said...

The same with me... I'm in São Paulo- Brazil, and dont have idea, how they founds me...

Anonymous said...

me too, in Oman

Anonymous said...

Turned up today again in New Zealand 22-07-10

tomatogal said...

I have a pretty good spam filter but, as we've discovered, some of these lulus do slip through and, since I am an English teacher, I laugh loud and long at the clumsy grammar, poor spelling, and generally bad writing. I will venture a guess that the first language of many 419'ers is not even English. So their prime motivation is greed, not clear communication. Thus they are utterly clueless in regard to matters of grammar or spelling. The mangled messages then serve as a sort of 'template', and I have had many a snicker, tracking the recurring flubs and syntactical boo-boos. Recently, I have been getting e.mails from scammers posing as women, wanting to "knew me better for relation." My e. tag clearly contains a suffix that would tell any English speaker/writer with half a brain that I am in fact female, and not 'looking for a wife." Whatever. With all the problems facing our world today, wouldn't you think these idiots could find some positive use for all the energy required to perpetuate and forward this electronic cow puckey?

Александр said...

Also received this morning in the UKRAINE

Александр said...

Also received this morning in the UKRAINE