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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: RuAmerica

I'm a bit slow off the mark reporting this one because my inbox has been weighed down with so much stock spam to report that I've been putting it off a lot. I shouldn't have let this one slip though: job scams are urgent business, unlike stock spam. Anyhow, this is a little different from the usual money-handling job scam, but it's basically the same deal. Some crook somewhere buys expensive goods like laptop computers online using stolen credit card details, then gets it all shipped to your address. To reduce suspicion, the name of the credit card owner is given as the shipping address. The middle-man gets to forward all this stuff on to the crook for the paltry sum of US$35 per package up until the police arrive and start questioning him about dealing in fraudulently acquired goods. Not a job with good long-term prospects, is it?

This spam was received from [] on Fri, 18 Nov 2005 00:34:32 +0000.


My name is Mark Birman I'm job manager in RuAmerica corporation.
We're searching for new partnerships in continental USA.

Let me say few words about our company.
We're working for several years worldwide, providing the best
service in Shipping and Transporting. We work with European
countries for 4 years. Our partners are USPS, FedEx, DHL, Ebay, Amazon and many
other shipping companies and shops. We're providing financial services too.

Let me say about the position we offer.
It is called Correspondence Assistant/Representative. It is new
position for us, and it is very valuable now. In August 2003, many
European countries changes their rules for customs and taxes for
merchandise, sent from countries, that don't belong to EU. This
means, that package that is sent from a company - will be a subject
for VAT in Europe, but the package that is sent from a person -
doesn't have VAT. Because of that, prices for shipping services
grow, and we try to reduce them. And we need YOU.

Your task - to receive packages that will be delivered to you, and
redirect them, following our instructions.
Packages will be delivered by courriers to your location.
Then you will be given money for shipping fees.
Your fee is 35 USD per package you receive.
No start up fees! No out of pocket fees! Nothing to pay!

IMPORTANT. We put names of our customers on the packages, so names will be different from yours.

We will inform you about incoming packages. We pay you via PayPal,
wire transfer, Check, Money Order or Western Union. Your
commissions will be paid every two weeks.
We will make agreement which you will sign and return back to us.
In this document all responsibilities and duties will be conrirmed.
If you are interested in this offer, or have more questions
please fill application form.

Thank you for your time.

Best regards, Mark Birman
Tel/Fax : (910) 401-1021


Anonymous said...

What to do if you have already done some work before you found out it was a scam?

Spotter said...

Stop forwarding any further goods that you receive. Notify the local authorities immediately that you think you may have been tricked into handling fraudulently obtained goods. Give them all the cooperation you can. You may also want to get legal advice from a lawyer.