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 110.37.31.115 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 <walz8jsjuu@yahoo.com>
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.

Requirements:
- 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.

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

INTERESTING FACT:
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: kennethhunnicutt@yahoo.com

-
Best regards, Sebastian Turner
Senior HR manager
SW Europe Company

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!!! I received the same one and didn't know what it was!!

Technobimbo said...

I just got the same email. The only consistent name was the email address.

Do people still fall for these?

Roy said...

I received the same email today, but from another person. Funny how they use a Juno email address!


On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 7:35 AM, Caldwell Patel wrote:
Hello !

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

Vacant position: Supply Department Agent.

Requirements:
- promoting quality achievement and performance improvement throughout the organization
- working with purchasing staff to establish quality requirements from external suppliers
- monitoring performance by gathering relevant data and producing statistical reports
- availability of spare time (3-4 hours per day)
- advanced user ability to operate PC and to use Internet and e-mail.

Benefits:
- free training course
- possibility to combine the job with primary employment

INTERESTING FACT:
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: katie730@juno.com

-
Best regards, Sam Arlandos
Senior HR manager
SW Company

Anonymous said...

Got the same email with names in different spots but the same. 1st indicator...yahoo email accounts vs corporate email. 2nd indicator...all the different names & conflict on exactly who was sending the email & who to respond to. 3rd indicator... company doesn't exist.

Anonymous said...

I got the exact same email. Thank you so much for putting this out there. It has been deleted.

Thanks again!!

Anonymous said...

Oh boy! I am SOOOo glad that I looked this up before I replied to it! It just sounded really fishy. I mean there was no link to a company site and it was sent from a yahoo mail address! Thank you so much for posting it!

~TurtleSensei

Anonymous said...

Yep! I got this one too! I always think job ads are fishy when they sound as if they're written in broken english - but I'm so glad someone has set my mind at rest! I can't believe some people would sign up to this and send money!