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.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

SW Europe Company

I'm posting this one only because it got past the Gmail spam filter. The sender used a WiMax Internet connection in Pakistan (if the WHOIS record for is to be believed). The job description is really vague, but it's probably cheque fraud or a reshipper scam. It's definitely a scam, though: they're spamming it out and saying "I just found your email". No they didn't: they're looking for victims.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Hilary Richardson <>
Date: 31 August 2010 21:01
Subject: Launch your career - (id. 1283252493)
To: [redacted]

Hello !

My name is  Sam Arlandos and I am the HR manager for SW Europe Company. I have just found your e-email at one of the HR resource and I am sure that you would be interested in the new job vacancies at SW Europe Company:

Vacant position: Agent Sypply Department.

- promoting quality achievement and performance improvement throughout the organization
- working with purchasing staff to establish quality requirements from external suppliers
- setting up and maintaining controls and documentation procedures
- availability of spare time (3-4 hours per day)
- advanced user ability to operate PC and to use Internet and e-mail.

- flexible work schedule
- possibility to combine the job with primary employment

Our analysts observe strongly pronounced economic growth in all departments of SW Company for the latest quarter of this year due to perfect and well coordinated work of our team.

For more information, please reply to:

Best regards, Sebastian Turner
Senior HR manager
SW Europe Company

Friday, August 06, 2010

Chongqing Hockey Academy

A correspondent reports the unhappy news that he has lost money to these scammers. This fake job offer is actually an advance fee fraud scam: they express an interest in hiring you, but require that you pay airfares and other fees. There is no job: it's just a con. If someone wants to hire you for anything, require them to cover any and all associated costs, and assume it's a scam if they won't.

Scammers change the names associated with their scams quite regularly, so if you see something that looks similar to this, but with different names, the chances are that it's exactly the same scam.

From: Martin Chen []
Subject: Experienced Coaches/Players Needed


Chongqing hockey Academy is a newly opened hockey club/academy located in Liaocheng, Shandong Province in China.
This hockey academy is sponsored by the Chinese Sport Council (CSC), Chinese hockey Federation (CHA) and
other reputable companies.

The Academy looking at building on this and make it a profitable academy at beginner and intermediate level for the
Chinese Sport Council CSC in the nearest future. You may need to expand to all levels from mini tots to advanced
tour players to old social players Just to make it more profitable at present we have 6 hockey Courts
including Clay with Modernized indoor and outdoor facilities.
The players are from 38-42 in number all are beginners.
The players can communicate in English.

The job description includes, training, instructs hockey players by analyzing their Performances and developing
their abilities.
You閳ユ獧e Responsibilities: 

Carry out all aspects of the hockey program necessary to accomplish objectives of the sport within the guidelines of
the Chinese Sport Council (CSC), Chinese hockey Federation (CHF) and Academy rules rules.

Responsible for managing the hockey Academy, which includes memberships, court scheduling, recruiting of members,
financial accounting and hours of operation as set by the (CHA).

* Select, supervise and evaluate assistant coaches.

*Manage the academy budget.

*Market and promote hockey Academy program.

*Ability to effectively analyze and teach the fundamental hockey skills and strategies of 
 the sport

*Plans Game-Day Tactics and Skill Instruction

Each coach is entitled to a self contained house with all equipped housing facilities.Luxury
Apartments. Air-conditioned. 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with fully fitted kitchen, laundry room, lounge/dining room
and balconies.
Suitable for families or small groups (up to 8 people).Two swimming pools and private communal garden.
1 kilometer From the hockey Academy.
Our living apartments are Private.
Salary and Benefits: $18,300 monthly can be transferred to any Bank or Country
of your Choice and all transfers must be made in conformity with the existing tax situation in China.
Furnished House, Air Way Ticket, Health Insurance, language tutor.

Contract Duration: 24 months (Liable for upward review depending on your commitment and expertise)

We hereby inform that if this Offer is acceptable to you, you are requested to send us an Acceptance letter
with your passport photograph via email to :( and your C.V/RESUME
to enable us proceed with relevant Processing.

Mr.Martin Chen Lee

Chonqging hockey Academy
No.52 international Park Xiang Gang Zhong,Liaocheng,
Shandong Province
CHINA 252000