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Don't Fall for Job Scam Spam

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Everyday, as finding a job becomes more challenging during these difficult economic times, more people are making the mistake of responding to job offer scams that arrive via email. These spam scams tend to work because they prey on the vulnerable, enticing those who have been out of work and are desperate to earn a buck. The problem is someone who is feeling the financial crunch can become ensnared by off-shore cyber-criminals into the illegal act of money laundering if they're not careful.

Here's how the scam works: Cyber-criminals send out an email blast with a subject line that reads: "FANTASTIC PART-TIME POSITION FOR YOU." The spam contains a job opening announcement for an "Account Manager" and the position calls for an individual to process payments between "our clients and our company via Direct bank transfer." The compensation for during this duty is six percent per transfer. They further lead on the desperate job seeker with a claim that as much as $3500 a month can be made "processing payments."

The "minimal" requirements for this job usually are:

  1. You must have bank account.
  2. At least 18 years old.
  3. Internet and Email skills.

The "minimal" requirements for this job usually are:

  1. Flexible work schedule, work 3-5 hours per week.
  2. Possibility of your career rising.
  3. Home-based.
  4. Ability to take unlimited vacation (without guaranteed salary)

Money Laundering

The criminals want the "Account Manager" to use his personal bank account to take in money and then forward it out to another individual to remove a big portion of the money trail, so the real criminals cannot be tracked. This is called money laundering. Usually, the money received is from the result of a phishing attack or payment that the winner of a bogus online auction submits, thinking they are buying an item in good faith via an escrow service like PayPal.

How can you determine if the email job offer is a scam? If you have top-notch email security like that which can be found in McAfee® Total Protection software, this type of spam will be flagged and sent to your junk email folder. Another easy way to determine if any spam if a legitimate offer, or at least possibly not a scam, is to do a search on the subject line or the individual's and/or company's names found in the message.

One email that the McAfee team found to be questionable had the name "Ajgars Kalvitis" as the "Administrative Director" of "Financial Corp International." A quick Google search of Ajgars Kalvitis and we learned that he is a political leader in Latvia. It's unlikely Mr. Kalvitis is also learning money working for Financial Corp International, so there's a pretty good chance this is a scam.

Don't fall victim to this type of scam. You could have your own bank account compromised by the criminals or you could end up having to defend yourself in court for being apart of an online fraud ring.

Also, be careful of other job scams, where the con artists post a job opening or opportunity to make money and ask for money or bank account information for "direct deposit."

Remember, any offers that seems too good to be true, probably is.

Here are a few things you should consider suspicious, if found in any email offer:

  1. You are asked for bank account or Social Security numbers
  2. A "funny" looking, non-professional email address or is using a free web email account like Yahoo or gmail
  3. Errors in the message (as if written by a non-native speaker)


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