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This blog is not frequently updated because most case-by-case scam reports are now listed in subordinate blogs. At this point in time, most of my efforts are targeted at documenting employment scams in the Suckers Wanted blog.


Job Scam:

This is an ordinary "Work at Home (doing money laundering, but we won't tell you that part)" job scam. The target audience is Australians, and the initial spam was received from (appears to be a compromised Australian broadband customer) on Wed, 5 Oct 2005 22:12:18 -0000. The contents of the spam was as follows.


For online work in largest Advertising group are require managers with minimal computer knowledge.
Work with e-mail, MS Office, Internet etc.
- Australia resident(prefer)
- Excellent ability to problem solve.
- Flexible hours
- No financial risk, you do not need pay money for start work!
Just honest hard working people that are willing to earn an extra income!
Best regards,
Bratello Mancini

Check up our site for the further information

The final link was to That page has a very generic "work from home" ad (using graphics I've seen associated with this scam time and time again), and a form in which to supply your name and email address. I filled this in with a "" address, and received the following only-too-predictable response.

Dear friend, 

Nowadays vacancies: 
-Home manager; 

We are looking for honest and smart people for this position. 

- computer with e-mail; 
- Australia resident; 
- Adult people only (we cannot hire people who don’t reach the adult 
- 2-3 hours free during the week (mainly in the evening / non-business 
  for communication; 
- bank account; 

Job description: 
Persons who will be accepted for this job will follow these simple 

1. Receive the money from our clients to your bank account; 
2. You take 8 % of the sum and the rest you should send to us via 
Western Union or Money Gramm  (the money is transferred at our expense) 
to our company (you'll be informed about  the account data after 

All transactions are completely legal.
We can supply detailed information about the owner of the account.
We guarantee you full security of your account information and 
of it to any third parties. You can trust us completely.

3. Report to our manager the following details concerning the money 

1) Sender's Name 
2) Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN). 
3) Amount 
4) City of sending 

You will need no money to start, just fill the form with your personal 
and send it to us by e-mail. Every completed form will be reviewed and 
our manager 
will contact you same day. 

First name: 
Last name: 
Mobile Phone: 
Bank Name:

Thank you for reading this document. Good luck.
Advertising International Company

"Advertising International Company" sounds familiar. In that particular instance, I was of the opinion that they'd compromised someone else's domain to host their web page. That may also be the case here, but there's little evidence that the web pages at have ever been developed much beyond the "template" stage, and the Google cache of the site shows that it recently held an ANZ Bank phishing page. Regardless of whether this is a spammer-registered domain, or a badly neglected and poorly protected set of web pages that's been hijacked (which is what I suspect), the game here is clear: the scammers behind this ad have been doing a spot of ANZ Bank phishing, and now they want assistance shifting money out of the compromised accounts and out of the country.

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