Job offer scams are now landing in e-mail boxes offering riches for part-time work. The scams (example below) ask you to forward packages or cash money orders, and cashier's checks for 10% of the face value of the checks. What they're really enlisting you to do is launder money and stolen goods.
One, called the "package forwarding" scam, asks you to receive and forward packages of big ticket items. Criminals buy these items with stolen identities. It's easy for the police to track you down by your address. And when they do, ignorance is no excuse. You go to jail, while the real bad guys are never found.
The second scam, which is pasted below, asks you to cash money orders and cashier's checks and collect 10 % for your effort. If you respond, they'll tell you it's perfectly legitimate and to wait the five days for clearance before sending them the money.
These checks and money orders are BOGUS: They take advantage of a weakness in the banking verification system. The bank will tell you it's good and fund you the money, only to take it back a few days after the five day clearance period.
There's NO recourse for you, the banking customer, even though the scam takes advantage of the banks' inability to detect fraudulent money orders and cashier's checks until after it's too late.
So here's one of the money order job offer scams which got past my filters and landed in my email basket this morning:
From: James Warwick
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 08:49:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: JOB OFFER
reply to: email@example.com
This is an email from Rac Plc in United Kingdom; also know as Great
Britain, We would like to know if you would be interested to work for us,
as a part-time job, which would not disturb your current job or your
We have our company here in United Kingdom and we deal on Car Buying, Car
care, Insurance, Training on how to drive, Loans and leasing, Motorcycle
services and so many more, we have few client from the USA/CANADA,
California, Florida, New York, Ontario, Quebec and so many other states in
the USA/CANADA, but we have been having problems with most of our clients
from USA/CANADA, because some would prefer to pay by Cashiers Check or
Money Orders, which we can not cash here, but it is easy to cash over in
the USA/CANADA, so we are looking forward to get representatives around
the USA/CANADA that can be working for us as a part-time job, which we are
willing to pay 10% of every money you receive from our clients, so you
would just need to help us get the payment and get it cashed directly from
your bank and send the money to us down here in United Kingdom or to any
of our local offices worldwide via Money Gram outlet or western union.
We are looking for a reliable and trust worthy person, which would not
take our money and run away, but its always easy to track the person in
the USA/CANADA, but we just need to trust you that you will receive the
payment and send the money back to us, why we really need you to work for
us is because the cost of coming to the States to get the payment and go
to cash it our self, will be lot more stressful, because most client would
not want to send money via Money Gram or western union.
For Example you receive a payment of $1000.00USD
You deduct your income $100.00USD
Send to us: 900.00USD and you pay the cost of sending from the $900.00
or from the money left with you after deducting your income.
If you are interested, we would require your full name, address and phone
numbers where we can reach you and also provide us details of where you
work and your position in your work place.
We do hope to hear from you as soon as possible,
Regards and await your response,
RAC Motoring Services
Registered Nos. 01424399
1 Forest Road
+44-7005982965 or +44-7024066562
Please reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org