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 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 [mailto:martins.chen@btinternet.com]
Subject: Experienced Coaches/Players Needed

Attn:


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 :(chonqgingacademy@chinamail.com) and your C.V/RESUME
to enable us proceed with relevant Processing.
 

Regards,
Mr.Martin Chen Lee
0086-1361708504,86-13774491242

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

21 comments:

Rombert said...

Is this a real scam? My mail interaction was quite professional.

Please let me know..


They didn't want me to pay anything upfront

Spotter said...

They are professional. Professional con-men. If you want a more informed opinion, feel free to forward your correspondence with them to my email address, and I'll compare it to the known-scam samples.

Timboz said...

Yes come on people its obviously a scam. They build your trust until you give them enough for them to rob your assets. Whoever is the owner of the blog should put up key things to look out for when getting these scam emails.

Spotter said...

Well, look what turned up in my inbox today. More spam just like this, with just a few differences. For example, they say they're in Weifang now, not Liaocheng. Do they throw a dart at a map, or just pick one that sounds good? I love the sender's name, though: "Chan Yoyo".

From: Chan Yoyo
Date: 1 December 2010 05:20
Subject: Experienced coaches / players needed
To:

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

Chongqing Lifan Hockey Academy looking at building on this and make it a profitable academy at beginner and intermediate level for the Chinese Sport Counsil CSC in the nearest future.You may need to expand to all levels from mini tots to advanced tour players to 80 year old social players just to make it more profitable At present we have 8 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 players by analysing their performances and developing their abilities.

Skill Level: This Contract requires you to have completed formal
qualifications achieved through study,training or work experience as is refered to as the Chinese Qualifications Framework(CQF). Registration or licensing may be required in China .

Skills Assesment Authority: Before you can migrate to China as a skilled migrant,you must have skills assesed by the revelant national assessment authority.The Assessment Authority for occupation and Contract is-Ministry of Labour and Social Security(MOLSS).

The MOLSS is the authority in China responsible for assessing this occupation or contract for the purpose of skilled migration. Factors which are to be considered in assesssment include your achievement and qualifications.

This Contract may require you to obtain licensing or registration from our local province before you can coach in the Hockey Academy .

Your Responsibilites:

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 and Academy 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 (CSC).
*
Select, supervise and evaluate assistant coaches.
*Manage the academy budget.
*Market and promote Chongqing Lifan 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 kilometre from the Hockey Academy . Our living apartments is Private.

Salary and Benefits: $16,800 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: (chan.yoyo86@yahoo.com) and your C.V/RESUME to enable us proceed with relevant processing.

Regards,
Mr Chan Yoyo
Chongqing Lifan Hockey Academy

Anonymous said...

we got email from Martin Chen, looking for cycling coaches for Tiancheng cycling academy, they have a website and ask you to get & pay for alien Coaching contract forms. I'm glad I did a bit of internet searching, thanks for the warning.

donarms2 said...

Same scam - different sport & location. They have branched out. They now need coaches for the Guangdong Bowling Academy. Same format. Same name as the cycling letter. Martin Chen must be a renaissance man.

Tom said...

It's back!!!

This time it is for Rugby. Same song, the words have some changes, but it's the same tune.

Anonymous said...

Here is another one for Huangshan Horse Riding Academy


Ming Lang lang.ming@yahoo.com
Hello Dear,
The Huangshan Horse Riding Academy intends to invite experience coaches/Instructors capable of rendering expertise services to the ACADEMY; This Horse Riding Academy is sponsored by the Chinese Sport Council (CSC), Chinese Equestrian Association (CEA) 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 to advanced riders Just to make it more profitable we are equipped with Modernized facilities.
The riders are from 40-46 in numbers some are beginners. The riders can communicate in English.
The job description includes, training, instructs team members by analyzing their Performances and developing their abilities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Development of team strategies, ability to effectively analyze and teach the fundamental horse riding skills and strategies of the sport.
* Carry out all aspects of the riding program necessary to accomplish objectives of the sport within the guidelines of the Chinese Sport Council (CSC), Chinese Equestrian Association (CEA) and Academy rules.
*Responsible for managing the club, which includes memberships, court scheduling, recruiting of members, financial accounting and hours of operation as set by the (CEA).
*Coordinate coaches’ clinic; supervise and evaluate assistant coaches’ dress code for staff and team members.
Salary and benefits: US$17,500 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.
MODE OF EMPLOYMENT:
CONTRACT DURATION: 24 months (Liable for upward review depending on your commitment and expertise).
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 4 people). Two swimming pools and private communal garden. 1 kilometer From the Academy. Our living apartments are Private.
If interested, please send us your photograph and your C.V/RESUME for next process.
We await your response in this regard.
Regards
Ming Lang

Anonymous said...

Hi Spotter

Thanks for the heads-up... I received the exact same mail re a rugby coaching position.

Jewelie Karen said...

I received an email for the rugby coaching...the part when it referred to the players as 'riders'....yeah that just topped it off!

Anonymous said...

I will let you know that most clubs in china are seeking for coaches from abroad in order to bring a different form of tactics,system and will also boost the financial opportunities from what they used to. We believe inviting you as a foreign coach would help develop and to meet international standard of this club.


The Club Management is stating that you should understand the terms and mode of this recruitment in order to get recruited and commencement of contract. You will abide with the administrative protocols as it concerns with this employment and the regulations of the Ministry of Sports to enable you obtain all the necessary and required documentations before starting of the work.

As a new head coach,the management of this club has agreed to issue six(6) aerial tickets, 4 personal tickets and 2 tickets for a companion per year.



Your Responsibilities:


Carry out all aspects of the Tennis program necessary to accomplish objectives of the sport within the guidelines of the Club rules.


Responsible for managing the Tennis Club which includes memberships, training scheduling, recruiting of members, financial accounting and hours of operation.


Benefits: Free accommodation for both single/Family members, Medical and Dental Insurance, Private Car for transportation and flight tickets.


You will reside in our coaches lodge which is 3 kilometers away from the club complex. This is 3 bedroom private and furnished apartment with all the living and electrical gadgets.


The health care covers both you and your family until the duration of the contract term is over.


The application process starts from the Tennis Coaching Authorization Letters which the Chinese Federation shall provide in your favor as an assigned foreign coach. The Tennis Coaching Authorization Letters is relevant in finalizing this negotiation because its an umbrella protecting every coach.


On your registration for your Coaching Authorization Letter License from the concerned Federation, the management of Hongxia Sports Clubs shall fix an emergency appointment meeting and signing of the official contract papers.

Regards
Wong L. Meng

Spotter said...

Tennis, now? How mainstream. I'm holding out for one of these scams that wants a coach for lacrosse, or curling.

Anonymous said...

Now American football...Wong sure does get around!!

Anonymous said...

And now soccer...

Dear Coach,


My name is Wong L. Meng the Chief scout from Hongxia Sports Clubs. We are urgently looking for a qualified and experienced coaches for our newly established Club here in Shanghai, China.

The Hongxia Sports Clubs was established in 2012 to help build a world leading sport system in China. Our aims are to transform the nation through sport, by inspiring people and uniting communities. As the national sports agency, we work with a vast network of public-private-and people sector partners to create access, opportunities and capabilities for individuals to live better through sports.

Salary: US$ 14,800 Per Month.
Benefits: Accommodation,Transportation,Medical Insurance and Flight tickets.
Contract Agreement: 2 Years.
Requirements:
Educational Certificates
Coaching Diploma
Passport copy
Willing to relocate

If you are interested, Kindly forward your CV/Resume for assessment and to also enable us proceed with relevant processing.



Regards
Wong L. Meng

Anonymous said...

Dear Spotter,
You said you were holding out for lacrosse!!! Here it is! Received it today. I am a lacrosse coach, so was interested then slightly disappointed when I found this blog, but better to know now.

Experienced Coaches Needed




Huangshan Lacrosse Academy intends to invite experienced coaches/instructors capable of rendering expertise services to the Club; the club is located in, Guangdong Province China . This Lacrosse Club is sponsored by the Chinese Sport Council (CSC), Chinese Lacrosse Association (CLA) 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 to advanced tour players to make it more profitable at present with modernize facilities.

The players are from 38-42 in number all are beginners. They can communicate in English.

The job description includes, training, instructs players by analyzing their Performances and developing their abilities.

You’re Responsibilities:
Carry out all aspects of the program necessary to accomplish objectives of the sport within the guidelines of the Chinese Sport Council (CSC), Chinese Lacrosse Association and Academy rules rules.
Responsible for managing the Lacrosse, which includes memberships, court scheduling, recruiting of members.
* Select, supervise and evaluate assistant coaches.
*Market and promote Academy program.
*Ability to effectively analyze and teach the fundamental Lacrosse skills and strategies of the sport
*Plans Game-Day Tactics and Skill Instruction

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Experience:
Bachelor degree in relevant field

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 Club. Our living apartments are Private.

Salary and Benefits: USD$15,300 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,send us an Acceptance letter/C.V/RESUME via email:(huangshanacademy@chinamail.com) to enable us proceed with relevant Processing.

Regards
Martin Chen
Head Recruitment Dept
Tel:008613710322914,
Huangshan Lacrosse Academy

Spotter said...

Sheesh! All we need now is a scam involving the Yingtong Curling Academy, and the truth will be as strange as any fiction I can come up with.

Jim the Simp said...

Just got one from Wong Ming Li looking for a swim coach to come to Shanghai...thank you suckers wanted!

Anonymous said...

Another one doing the rounds...
Experienced Coaches Needed
Huangshan Horse Riding Academy intends to invite experienced coaches/instructors capable of rendering expertise services to the Club; the club is located in, Guangdong Province China . This Horse Riding Club is sponsored by the Chinese Sport Council (CSC), Chinese Equestrian Association (CEA) 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 to advanced tour riders to make it more profitable at present with modernize facilities.

The riders are from 38-42 in number all are beginners. They can communicate in English.

The job description includes, training, instructs riders by analyzing their Performances and developing their abilities.

You’re Responsibilities:
Carry out all aspects of the program necessary to accomplish objectives of the sport within the guidelines of the Chinese Sport Council (CSC), Chinese Equestrian Association and Academy rules rules.
Responsible for managing the Horse club, which includes memberships, court scheduling, recruiting of members.
* Select, supervise and evaluate assistant coaches.
*Market and promote Academy program.
*Ability to effectively analyze and teach the fundamental Horse Riding skills and strategies of the sport
*Plans Game-Day Tactics and Skill Instruction

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Experience:
Bachelor degree in relevant field

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 Club. Our living apartments are Private.

Salary and Benefits: USD$15,300 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,send us an Acceptance letter/C.V/RESUME via email:(huangshanacademy@chinamail.com) to enable us proceed with relevant Processing.
Regards
Martin Chen
Head Recruitment Dept
Huangshan Horse Riding Academy

Anonymous said...

I received the horse riding offer this morning...nice one....includes "relevant degree" their wording and research os terrible...maybe they would like a researcher??...here it is...

Experienced Coaches Needed


Huangshan Horse Riding Academy intends to invite experienced coaches/instructors capable of rendering expertise services to the Club; the club is located in, Guangdong Province China . This Horse Riding Club is sponsored by the Chinese Sport Council (CSC), Chinese Equestrian Association (CEA) 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 to advanced tour riders to make it more profitable at present with modernize facilities.

The riders are from 38-42 in number all are beginners. They can communicate in English.

The job description includes, training, instructs riders by analyzing their Performances and developing their abilities.

You’re Responsibilities:
Carry out all aspects of the program necessary to accomplish objectives of the sport within the guidelines of the Chinese Sport Council (CSC), Chinese Equestrian Association and Academy rules rules.
Responsible for managing the Horse club, which includes memberships, court scheduling, recruiting of members.
* Select, supervise and evaluate assistant coaches.
*Market and promote Academy program.
*Ability to effectively analyze and teach the fundamental Horse Riding skills and strategies of the sport
*Plans Game-Day Tactics and Skill Instruction

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Experience:
Bachelor degree in relevant field

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 Club. Our living apartments are Private.

Salary and Benefits: USD$15,300 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,send us an Acceptance letter/C.V/RESUME via email:(huangshanacademy@chinamail.com) to enable us proceed with relevant Processing.

Regards
Martin Chen
Head Recruitment Dept
Huangshan Horse Riding Academy

Anonymous said...

I just experienced this for Swimming!! They got me all the way to when the Ministry was asking for $720 for Coaching Forms... I was like no, something is up. Fuckers.

Spotter said...

Aha. Thank you, anonymous poster, for confirming my suspicions. This is an Advance Fee Fraud scam. They offer you a too-good-to-be-true job, then make you start paying for it.