Email purporting to be from an international distributing company offers you a well-paid work-from-home job communicating with the company’s customers and controlling order and purchase data.
The email is not from any legitimate company. Instead, it is a scam designed to trick you into laundering the proceeds of crime by accepting funds into your bank account, deducting a percentage as your “compensation”, and wiring the remainder back to the criminals as cash.
Subject: New Vacancy is available[Name of supposed company] is one of the most promising international distributing companies. It provides physical and legal persons with sale, logistic, shipping service for all the world.[Name of supposed company] is glad to introduce you its positions both full and part-time. Please, do not hesitate to apply and become a part of our friendly family in Australia!
Attention!You can apply only if you are citizen of Australia or have relevant work permit card.
What will you do:
Communicate with our customers from USA, East European and Asian countries, control over the orders and purchase data, carry out distribution and promotional support.
1. 4400$ per month for a part-time job.
2. Up to 8800$ per month for a full-time job.
3. Ability to use our bonus system.
Please, make notice that we involve payable probation period before consider you as our long-term worker.
What you need:
2. Stable Internet access.
3. Ability to work with Microsoft Excel.
4. Great communicative and writing skills.
5. Ability to work effectively in stressful situations.
If you are ready to build your career with us, we are waiting for your reply.
This email, which purports to be from “one of the most promising international distributing companies”, claims that the company has full time and part time positions available and encourages you to apply by submitting your resume. Supposedly, the company is offering well-paid work that involves communicating with customers around the world, controlling order and purchase data, and carrying out distribution and promotional support. And, suggests the message, you can do the work from home using your own computer.
For those seeking work or extra income, the offer outlined in the email may seem quite enticing.
But, alas, the supposed job offer was not sent by any legitimate company. In fact, it is a scam designed to trick you into laundering the proceeds of criminal activities.
If you send your resume as requested, you will soon receive a reply claiming that you have been hired.
You will then be told that, as part of your duties, you are required to accept cheques from the company’s customers and deposit them into your own bank account. You will be instructed to keep a specified percentage of each cheque as your wage, withdraw the remainder, and send it back to the company via a money transfer system such as Western Union.
But, the cheques will turn out to be fake or stolen and you will thus be left out of pocket. And, later police investigations may lead directly to you and you may thus face criminal charges for accepting fraudulent cheques.
In reality, it is the scammers themselves who are sending the fraudulent cheques and receiving the remainder as cash. Via this method, the criminals can effectively turn bogus cheques into untraceable cash and leave you to face the consequences when police come knocking.
Moreover, during the job application process, the scammers may trick you into sending them a large amount of your personal and financial information. This information may later be used to steal your identity.
In some variations, the scammers may transfer money directly into your account from other bank accounts hijacked via phishing or malware attacks. Again, the scammers will instruct you to deduct a wage from each account transfer and wire the remainder as cash.
Unfortunately, job scams like this continue to be very common. They prey on job seekers who may sometimes be desperate for work and potentially vulnerable.
Be wary of any unsolicited job offer that requires you to accept funds into your bank account, deduct a percentage as your payment, and wire the rest as cash. Keep in mind that no genuine company or employer will pay its staff in such a manner.
There are several variants of the above email that use different names for the supposed company and sending staff member. Pay rates and other details may also vary.
If you receive one of these messages, do not respond. Just hit the “delete” key.
Last updated: January 31, 2017
First published: January 31, 2017
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!