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Watch Out for ‘Remote Job’ Scam Emails

by Brett M. Christensen

In these days of COVID-19 restrictions and high unemployment, many people are looking for work. And “remote”, work-from-home jobs may be especially attractive right now.

Scammers are capitalizing on this by spamming out offers of part-time remote jobs like the one included below.

The supposed job emails typically claim that you will be well paid for a minimal amount of work per day often via some sort of commission arrangement.

However, these emails are not genuine job offers. Instead, they are scams designed to steal your money and personal information.

Often, they fraudulently use the names of genuine companies and staff members as a means of making their “offers” seem more legitimate.

If you make contact, you will soon receive a reply offering you the “job”.

Money Laundering

Often, the supposed job involves processing payments from “customers” or “suppliers”. You will be instructed to deposit cheques or accept digital fund transfers into your own bank account. You will then be told to keep a percentage of these transactions as your “commission” and then send the remainder back to the “company” via a money wire service such as Western Union.

But, the money sent to you will actually be funds procured via theft, phishing, or other fraudulent schemes. Thus, your “job” will actually be laundering the proceeds of crime. You will likely end up, not only out of pocket but also potentially facing criminal charges.

Read more information about money laundering job scams

Fraudulent Purchases

Some job scams trick you into sending money to cover job-related expenses such as training, police and security checks, and interview accommodation and travel costs.

You will be promised reimbursement for these out of pocket expenses.

But, in fact, you will never get your money back. Nor, of course, will you ever get the promised job, which was never real to begin with. The scammers will disappear after they have taken as much of your money as they can.

Read a more detailed analysis of such a job scam

Identity Theft

During the course of these job scams, criminals may also manage to collect a large amount of your personal and financial information. They may ask you to send sensitive ID documents, ostensibly as a means of verifying your “job application”.  They may also trick you into sending information about your finances, current and past employment, and other personal details.

Combine together, all of this information may allow the criminals to steal your identity.

More Information

These links offer more information about job scams:

 

Always be cautious of any supposed job offers that are sent unsolicited via email or sound to good to be true.

An example of such a scam email:

Subject: PART TIME POSITION

We wish to contract you to represent our company in North America, you get paid monthly with additional commission included. Note that this is a remote job that takes less than 2 hours of your time daily. Kindly contact Mr. Kael Kenshin for more comprehensive information with the email below,

Email: [removed]

Thank you and stay safe.

[Name of company removed]



Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer