An overview of the main types of scam we deal with and the basics of how to avoid being a victim of a scam.
#12239 by Jillian Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:43 am
NO legitimate company hires people to funnel company funds through their personal bank account!

Many employment scams involve asking the victim to process fraudulent checks. Please read this topic to learn about how fraudulent check scams work: Overview of Check Scams

1. Whilst most employment scams are still using fake cheques, some scammers have moved on to using compromised bank accounts. This scam uses the same basic hook as any other payment processing/ financial manager/ company representative employment scam, but the payments are made by direct transfer into the victim's bank account. The problem, of course, is that the money is coming from a bank account whose details have been phished or otherwise compromised by the scammers, effectively making the victim of this scam an unwitting accomplice in a money laundering operation. Scammers using this method will often request their victims to open an account with a specific bank for receiving payment, as account to account transfers within the same bank are less likely to arouse suspicion before the money has been withdrawn and sent to the scammers.

2. Scammers using both fake cheques and compromised accounts often set up fake company websites, advertising the "vacancy" for payment processors/ financial managers to make the scam seem more real. Some will list several job openings in addition to the payment processing job to make it look more like a real company that is growing. As an example, the following text is from the Vacancy page of a fake company website:
Careers
Financial Manager position

Widening the scope of activity our company has to increase and renew the staff of
Financial Managers.

You must enjoy working in a fast-paced, hands-on environment and have strong multi-tasking abilities and interpersonal skills.

This job requires punctuality, good organizational skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office programs to maintain inventory and fill necessary forms. All candidates must be reliable.

Obligatory requirements:

* United States resident;
* computer with internet access and e-mail address;
* be at least 21 y.o. (we cannot hire people who have not reached the adult age);
* opportunity to check your email several times a day;
* basic knowledge of Microsoft Office;
* at least 3-4 hours of free time during the week for communication (mostly
evening time/non-business hours);
* be able to answer phone calls several times a week;

Approximate salary per month depends ONLY on your skills. Our company guarantee a minimum profit of $1800 per month.

It is an easy job which doesn't require leaving your main occupation. No significant experience in sales is required.

There are NO start up or training fees. If you are interested in this vacancy please submit your resume to [email protected] with subject "Financial Manager position" and it will be reviewed soon.

Correspondence Manager position

Skyline Finance, Inc., a leader in wholesale product distribution is seeking for honest, communicative and dynamic individuals to work in the areas of shipping management (sorting and processing our delivered correspondence) from your own home!

This job requires punctuality, good organizational skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office programs to maintain inventory and fill necessary forms.

All candidates must be reliable. You should timely process Company's correspondence following the instructions our manager will send to you.

Obligatory requirements:

* United States or United Kingdom resident;
* mailing address (not P.O. Box);
* be at least 21 y.o. (we cannot hire people who have not reached the adult age);
* computer with internet access and e-mail address;
* opportunity to check your email several times a day;
* basic knowledge of Microsoft Office;
* at least 3-4 hours of free time during the week for communication (mostly evening
time/non-business hours) and 2-3 hours a week more for package processing;

Approximate salary per month depends ONLY on your skills.

It is an easy job which doesn't require leaving your main occupation. No significant experience in sales is required.

Job description:

Handling of packages and letters from your own home! Receiving, sending, sorting and repacking of packages as well as checking for missing parts.

There are NO start up or training fees. If you are interested in this vacancy please submit your resume to [email protected] with subject "Correspondence Manager position" and it will be reviewed soon.

Note that this one also includes a "vacancy" for shipping mules. Victims who apply for this position will be used to receive and reship goods paid for with stolen credit card info, and also to send out fake cheques to other victims.

3. Victims of these scams are often hooked after they receive spoofed emails purporting to be from real job websites such as monster.com that make the scam sound like a legit job offer. Employment scammers also place ads on job websites all over the net to lure in victims.

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