Since documenting various email scams such as the UK National Lottery Scam, and the Lady Rita Mosley Scam turned out to be really helpful to so many people, I decided to tackle another spam that appeared in my mailbox recently. It’s the “Part Time Job Offer” thing that you may or may not heard of. Here is the lovely email I found:
I am Raphael Smith; we are Aloevera Company looking for a representative to represent the company. We have sales representatives all over the world to distribute our products. You know, that it’s not easy to start a business in a new market (being the USA). WE ARE BASED IN UK, BUT WE HAVE BEEN RECEIVING ORDERS FROM NORTHERN AMERICA. There are hundreds of ompetitors, close direct contacts between suppliers and customers and other difficulties, which impede our sales promotion.
We have decided to deliver the products upfront, it’s very risky but it should push up sales on 25 percent. Thus we need to get payments for our products as soon as possible. Unfortunately we are unable to open Bank Accounts in the United US without first registering the company name.
Let me interject here for a second. How hard is it to register a company in US? Can’t be that hard, can it? I mean, think about it: if companies like allofmp3.com were able to sell to US customers despite shaky legality of their operation, then why would it be so hard for a hand cream company to do the same? Oh, yeah – cause it’s a scam. I forgot. Carry on.
Presently with the amount of Orders we have, we cannot put them on hold. For fear of loosing the customers out rightly. Secondly we cannot cash these payments from the US soon enough, as international Checks take about 14 working days for cash to be made available. We lose about 100,000 USD of net income each month because we have money transfer delays. Your task as a
representative of the company is to coordinate payments from customers and help us with the payment process. You are not involved in any sales.
Wait… Out rightly? I think you are looking for “outright” but that would still not make much sense.
Once orders are received and sorted we deliver the product to a customer (usually through UPS).The customer receives and inspects the products. After this has been done the customer has to pay for the products. About 90 percent of our customers prefer to pay through Certified Checks and Money orders drawn from the United States based on the amount involved. We have decided to open this new job position for solving this problem.
Your tasks are;
1. Receive payment from Customers
2. Cash Payment at your Bank or any cashing facilities near you.
3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to. This is done either through western union money transfer or Moneygram.This job takes only 3-7 hours per week.
You’ll have a lot of free time doing another job; you’ll get good income and regular job. But this job is very challenging and you should understand it. We are looking only for the worker who satisfies our requirements and will be an earnest assistant. We are glad to offer this job position to you. Interested in the position, kindly email back with the following details of yours:
NAME to be written on Checks or Money Orders………………………..
ADDRESS (This should be a physical address or post office addresses. where You can receive the payment sent via regular mail from the united state) CITY—————
PHONE NUMBER (S) ———-Contact Telephone Number
(This is important Because a representative of the company will need to give you a call directly)
Urgent Attention is Imperative.
Reply your full address (dont click reply just copy this email) send reply to: email@example.com
Sounds good eh? All you have to do is to cash some checks and wire the money overseas few times a week and you get a hefty percentage. What could go wrong? Other than spending some quality time in the federal-pound-me-in-the-ass-prison that is. Yes, boys and girls – if you take one of these “part time jobs” you are essentially laundering dirty money on behalf of your “employer”.
The checks and money orders you cash are usually earned via fraudulent Ebay auctions, illicit transfers and etc. When the person who was defrauded catches on and calls the police, the money trail will lead them directly to you. And guess who is going to get stuck with the bill?
Do not respond to these emails, and most importantly do not agree to transfer anything for anyone. In the best case scenario, you will get scammed in a classic 419 way. In the worst case, you will become an accessory to a crime and you may not only end up in debt but also suffer legal repercussions.
Some further reading:
- Payment Transfer Job explained in detail at Hoax-Slayer
- How to avoid Online Job Scams tips for job seekers.
- List of known Job Offer Spam emails – and some tips on how to avoid them
- Good blog post on this topic by a security consultant Debra Radcliff
If you got implicated in one of those things, stop everything call your Lawyer, and then call your Bank and the Police. Note that ignorance is hardly ever an excuse in our legal system, so you will likely be liable for all the transfers you already made.
This has been a public service announcement for the benefit of mentally handicapped people who fall for these scams.
[tags]email scams, job offer scam, 419 scam, spam, scamers, money transfer scam[/tags]