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: MRC International Auto Broker Company

I've started to receive a stream of money mule job scam spams using this identity. It's been on my radar once before, but it seems to be more in earnest this time. For spam samples, see the entry at my "Suckers Wanted" blog. One of the interesting things about this scam is that they are requesting "the ability to accept BPay transfers".

There are no restrictions on this vacancy, except for these little requirements: You should be at least 21 year, Basic knowledge of MS Office and e-mail, Ability to answer phone calls during a daytime, Ability to check your e-mail at least 2-3 times per day, A credit card in any Australian or New Zealand bank with ability to accept BPay transfers (you can apply for a new account especially for receiving funds from us). If you already have a permanent job this will not prevent you from being employed with us. So if you can check e-mail and communicate with us by phone (probably in dinner break) you can work from your office.

A quick search reveals that BPay is a bill payment system used by a large number of financial institutions in Australia, and the ability to make BPay payments is incoporated into Internet and phone banking services offered by those institutions. So far as I can tell, however, being able to receive BPay payments is much more difficult, involving a lot of paperwork at the very least. It's the sort of thing only a business would do if they really did have a billing infrastructure. I can only assume that this whole "BPay" angle is a smoke-and-mirrors distraction, and the money is actually sent via direct account-to-account transfer, as is the usual case.

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