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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: Further details on "Mercury Industries"

Although I haven't seen any actual spam from them in a while, the scammers calling themselves "Mercury Industries" are still active. Here's a copy of a job offer letter they emailed to me after I sent off a request for further information. There are two important things to note about the job (highlighted in bold text): it involves money transfers (see point three), and you don't get paid until after you've done at leat one such transfer (so they're guaranteed not to make a loss on you as an "employee"). This is obviously a money laundering positon.

Good day,

We would like to thank you for your application. It was a pleasure to
receive your answer so soon for administrative support/ transaction
support assistant position.

Such approach to administrative support / transaction support assistant
position has confirmed our desire to work with you.
Please email me:
Your address
PO Box (If available)
Phone number
Cell Phone number or alternative number to reach you
Email address that you use most often
We will enter this information to our database and it will be only used
within our company.
If you would like to write us why would you fit for this position we 
be interested to hear from you.
We will guide you through the work process on initial remunerated 
period after you will pass the screening process. Training will take 3h
per day for 3 days and will be held online with the support of our
training instructors. Through training you will get paid AUD 20$ per 
and commissions for each serviced transaction. We will calculate your
hours through the time log. Your wages will be paid out after you will
service first transaction.
Initial requirements are:
 1. Answer our Australian customer’s questions and requests via e-mail 
phone, have at least 15h per week to work for us. However, we can work
around your schedule.
 2. Keep in touch with a manager every morning and be
able to answer calls and e-mail communications from the manager 
Keep a time log of hours worked.
 3. Accept payments from customers for further credit to our

All office expenses will be paid for. You will not have to pay for
anything in order to start working with us. No sales involved, we have 
own customer base. You will have to work through regular business hours 
Australia. You will not have to travel on business.
After you will be hired you will be compensated AUD 20$ per hour, also 
will receive commission. Your wages and compensation for expenses will 
paid by direct deposit to your bank account.
I appreciate the time that you took to write us. We are very interested 
continue screening process and look forward to hearing from you 
this position.
M. White

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