Current Status

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:

I was a bit slow off the mark in reporting this scam, and the scammer's domain seems to have been nuked already. Whatever the case, I'll list it here for posterity.

Work in the big foreign company

Hello! I am Steve Casey, general manager of the international company Le-Trans, and I have a wonderful offer for you.

We render services to companies that have international trade. These services consist of the reception of payments from the clients of the various companies when the client and the company are in the different countries. We save money for the companies by eliminating the expensive bank commission for international transactions. Only the small commissions for transactions between two banks inside one country are paid.

To create representatives in each country is rather problematic and, in some cases, unprofitable. Therefore we invite people to the post of the Financial Courier, which will carry out the following functions: receive money in their bank accounts and further transfer it on to our bank account in other regions. This allows us to save the maximum on percentage basis.

This method of transaction allows us to save the maximum on a percentage basis. It is necessary for you to have an account on which you will receive remittances. Your account should be activated for inter-bank transactions. If you do not have an account, it is necessary for you to open it.

Today we invite you to work with us as a "Financial Courier". The functions of the financial courier is the reception of money clients of our company - and then transferring that money to our representatives.

We pay high percent from each operation - 5%.

To work with us you should meet the following requirements:
Be over the age of 21 and with full capacity to carry out financial operations
Capacity to make a bank withdrawals and transactions
Be very efficient
High accuracy when making calculations
Have a bank account in a bank of USA (Bank of America, Wells Fargo).

It is a fantastic opportunity to earn a great income!
Start to work right now! To start with us you need only to fill out the labour agreement.

Get more details here:

Thanks for attention.

Yours faithfully,

Steve Casey,

General Manager of Le-Trans

Update at 2006-02-11 19:10. I've received a second copy of this scam, and it seems that the scammer's domains are back online. "Financial Courier" means money laundering, folks!


Job Scam: CMIEC Agency

Here's another suspicious invitation to make money by laundering money. The senders claim to represent China Metallurgic Import & Export Corporation, and they give a web address associated with that company, but their contact email address is, which is a free webmail account. Do you think they might be liars, cheats, and/or frauds? Think carefully!

The spam itself was received from ( -- probably a compromised domestic PC) on Fri, 06 Jan 2006 05:24:22 +0000. Unusually, this spam was targeted directly at my "ideceive" email address. Text follows for reference.

Dear Sir/Madam, 

 Dr. Lee Wun Johnson, I represent China Metallurgic
Import & Export 
Corporation (CMIEC) based in China.

My company exports steel, rubber and raw materials for
world trade. We 
are searching for representative who can help us
establish a medium of 
getting to our customers in Europe, North America, Asia, Southeast Asia, South America and middle East
as well as making 
payments through you as our payment officer.

Most of our customers pay out in checks and we do not
have an account 
in your country that will clear this money. It is upon
this note that we 
seek your assistance to stand in as one of our
affiliates in your 

Note that, as our affiliate, you will receive 10% of
whatever amount 
you clear for the company and the balance will be paid
to us. 

If you are interested in this business offer, kindly
forward to us the 
stated information below:

(1)Your full names,
(2)Contact address and,
(3)Phone/fax numbers.

My e-mail address is: 

Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day.

Dr. L.W. Johnson ( Director Accounting Department )
CMIEC Import & Export Corporation.


Job Scam: Ukrainian Folk Instruments Sales

This is an entirely ordinary payment processing job scam, although the cover story is more laughable than usual. They sell gold and jewel encrusted folk instruments? Quite a yarn. As usual, don't touch this: the "payments" received consist of stolen money which the "employee" will launder. Police frown on this sort of thing, and banks tend to freeze the recipient's account rather promptly.

This spam was received from (in Romania) on Wed, 4 Jan 2006 11:54:31 -0000. Text of the message follows.

Private Enterprises  "UFIS" is looking to hire a part-time(full-time) employee
to fill the position of financial operations  manager (600-5000 AUD per week).

About Us: 
UFIS (Ukrainian Folk Instruments Sales), was founded in March 1990 and
headquartered in Tokmak, is a production company that produces exclusive hand
made folk Ukrainian music instruments made of wood, such as Sopilka, Bandura,
Trembita etc.  
Our company has a great experience in making instruments with gold strings and
or inlaid with diamonds and rubies. 

Job Description:  
We are searching for an employee to join our team as a financial manager.
Obligation of the manager is to work with the payments of our clients in
Australia with daily inspection. It means that you are authorized person to
receive payments from our clients in Australia to your bank account and
transfer them to us in the fastest way. 

- Internet access, personal e-mail, competence to use bank services
(personal bank account). 
- Knowledge of computer tools and the permanent Internet is a must. 
- Autonomy, flexibility, initiative and creativity, good organizational

Why do we need you: 
It takes more then two weeks for Australian bank to transfer money here
because our bank system is not perfect. That is why we are ready to pay you 5%
to receive money the same day. 

If you are interested in this vacancy, send your Resume by email to: