Nearly every scam running rampant today is a variation of one of the items listed below. Read them and arm yourself with knowledge to avoid losing any more money.

Payment (or Check) Processing

These types of “jobs” want you to accept checks, deposit them into your bank account and send a portion off overseas and keep a portion for yourself as payment. Problem here is the checks are either fake or stolen and will eventually bounce. You’ll have access to the funds before they bounce though, allowing you to send the money away.

Some time after you’ve sent the money overseas and after you’ve spent the money you were “paid” for processing the check, that check will bounce leaving your bank account thousands of dollars in the red. YOU will be held 100% responsible for that money and YOU will have to repay every cent back to your bank.

Data Entry

Let me preface this by saying, there are legitimate data entry jobs, but they are few and far between. They don’t pay well and it’s near impossible to land a real position. The data entry jobs I’m talking about are the ones that promise you thousands of dollars for filling in forms.

Anyone can fill in a form. It’s relatively simple and requires no skill; however data entry scammers are telling you that you can become a millionaire practically overnight just by typing a few words into a box. It’s no surprise that they’re lying. Instead of hiring you for a job, they’ll sell you “training materials” which teach you how to get started in pay-per-click marketing, which is nothing more than buying ads on Google Adwords. The training materials will cost you several hundred dollars and will tell you to invest upwards of thousands of dollars into Adwords to buy clicks. The system is terribly outdated and you will lose pretty much all of the money you invested.

Rebate Processing or Auction Listing

These two key words share similarities. Both are backed by scammers who insist that big name companies like Dell, Sony, and Apple want to pay you to list their products on auction websites or to process refunds for their customers; neither of which makes any sense.

Big name companies have full-time employees, online stores, and warehouses to handle these types of things. They aren’t hiring random people from the Internet to accept refunds and post auction listings online.

Package Reshipping

If I typed out a full description here, I’d just be repeating points I made above so I’ll just give you the jist of package reshipping. You accept packages purchased with stolen credit cards and identities and reship them to criminals overseas. You won’t get paid and this is highly illegal.

Western Union

Nearly ever scammer wants to use Western Union to either send money to you or receive money from you. A good rule of thumb is to NEVER accept a job that requires you to use Western Union or any other type of money transfer service for that matter. It’s near impossible to recover money you sent away via Western Union and it’s even harder to track the individual receiving the money.

Seeing as the Western Union name is becoming synonymous with scammers, you would think they would ask a few basic questions to people who are about to send money away. Think of how much money could be saved if the Western Union rep asked if this money is being sent due to a “check processing” job or if the person sending the money actually knew where it was going.

These are the most common phrases I’ve found listed in online scams. Do you know of any more? Leave a comment below and help me build this list!

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  • The Onyoradiodial Show
    The Onyoradiodial Show

    Patricia Wright

    4:44 AM (2 hours ago)

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    Attention: Sir/Ma’am,

    We got your Resume and your application for the job on Craigslist, will you like to apply as a Secret-Shopper?. We are accepting applications from qualified individuals from all-over the states to become Secret-Shopper. There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need previous experience.

    After you sign up, you will have access to training materials from us.
    Your wages would be $500 per assignment.
    No commitment is made on this job and you would have flexible hours.
    At least 2-3 evaluations a week will be assigned to you because this is a part time job and we think this job suits you.

    Detailed Job Description:

    You are to shop at Wal-Mart and give a report on customer service, quality of product, and cleanliness of the establishment. Hope there is a Wal-Mart store in your area? (YES____/NO____).

    Money will be provided for you to shop. We are going to send you a Money Order/Cashiers Check payment for the assignments this week. You are not to use any money from your pocket. You can make up to 1000-1500 USD a week depending on your efficiency to carry out your assignments.


    Money Order/Cashiers check would be in a certain amount which you would be required to Cash or Deposit at your Bank, then deduct your commission funds of $500 and used the rest for the evaluation.

    1). 3000 USD per month. First salary you get after 30 days from the day you start working.
    2). $500 per assignment each time you received processed on the same day you receive it (Cashiers Checks or Money Orders).
    2-3 assignment per week. Amount of one assignment varies from: (1500-5000 USD).

    18 years or older.
    Responsible, Reliable and Trustworthy
    Available to work a minimum 3-4 hours per week.
    Have steady internet access and able to check and respond to emails often

    If you are interested, Kindly fill out the application form below and we will get back to you shortly with more detail about the assignment:


    * FULL NAME:
    * AGE:
    * SEX:

    Get back to me if you are ready to carry out the assignment and I will email you the instructions on how to carry out your first assignment this week.

    We are waiting your good response only if interested and you will be contacted as soon as this information is received.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Patricia Wright
    Certified Field Associates
    Secret Shopper Recruits.

  • BigBoy

    Laura Rojas
    Nov 14 (6 days ago)

    Greetings Dear Candidate,

    Our company mainly deals with the outsourcing of accounting, legal and IT services to various companies all over the UK and helps to facilitate the delivery of those services internationally.

    On average the working hours are 2-3 hours/day, Monday to Friday, but it’s possible to create a customized schedule that will work for both our company and you as our employee.

    We appreciate the labour of our representatives and pay them properly. Base salary is paid at the end of probationary period (Once employed on the regular basis, base salary (1,800 pounds) is paid on the last business day of the month) via wire transfer to your bank account. Plus you will receive 8% commission to cover any expense that you would have fulfilling the job.

    We covers all expenses, no need to invest your own money!

    If you are interested, contact me with your updated information at for more details. Our human resource managers will contact you within 2 business days..

    You are receiving this employment opportunity email because you uploaded your resume on-line.

    Syndley Smalls
    HR department

  • Hype Energy Drinks
    Hype Energy Drinks


    Please note that the current adverts circulating on Facebook and the net offering a free car wrap in return for cash is a SCAM. This advert is NOT from Hype Energy Drinks and the offer of employment is fake. Please do not respond to this criminal activity. It is designed to trick you into laundering money and gain access to personal data.


  • Chris


    Thank you for your response and willingness to work with us, We are currently seeking to employ individuals world wide. How would you like to make money by simply driving your vehicle advertising for Monster Energy Drink.

    Here is the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept. Monster Energy Drink seeks people, regular citizens, drivers, male and female to go about their normal routine as they usually do only with a small advert of “Monster Energy Drink” plastered on their vehicle. The ads are typically vinyl decals also known as “Auto Wraps” that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle and which will cover any portion of your vehicle’s exterior surface without affecting the vehicle’s original paint after removal. The vehicle could be either a car, bus, truck or even a race bike. If you also want us to paint some part of your house, shop, office or workshop, You can simply specify in your reply as we will gladly do this. The pay is different from that of the vehicle and payment is issued on monthly basis.

    The company get lots of exposure and awareness from this type of strategy. The auto wraps tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience meaning people who are stuck in traffic can’t avoid seeing the wrapped vehicles. This program will last for 1 year and the minimum you can participate is 1 Month. You will be compensated with $300 per week which is basically a “rental” fee for letting our company use a small space on your vehicle’s exterior surface. It maybe on your boot, bonnet or any of the doors. No fee is required from you. Monster Energy Drink shall provide experts that will handle the advert placement on your vehicle and will also be responsible for the removal. It is very easy and simple and once more no application fees required. If interested get back to me with the following information to proceed.

    Zip code:
    Phone #:
    Type of Car and Color:
    Present Condition and the Mileage:

    We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.

    Kind Regards,
    Paul Thacker.
    Hiring Manager.
    Monster Energy Drink®

  • Charmain

    I received this email regarding Freelancers Greetings,

    You were interested in the Financial Support Agent position with Freelancers LTD, but unfortunately I haven’t heard from you in a while.

    This is an on-line, home based position. There is no formal Interview process for this position and most of communication is done on-line. If you have any questions please feel free to call our HR department, the number is listed below.

    For the most part what the job requires is for someone to be available Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 am. Your main job would be monitoring your on-line Task Manager, which you’ll create on our site. Once the funds enter your account, your supervisor will notify you and assign you your tasks for the day. At this point you would go to your bank, withdraw the funds and transfer them using Western Union or Money Gram, as instructed by your supervisor.

    In the beginning you will only receive 2 to 3 transactions per week. Every transaction is followed by an invoice with our company’s seal. You would always be aware of where the funds are coming from and where they are being transferred to.

    Make sure that you have read our FAQ:

    And here is the link to detailed job description:

    Please let me know your decision within 2 business days for me to send you the required application forms for this position.

    Limited Time Offer with a Sign On Bonus! Please follow the link:

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


    Lori Spendl
    Phone: 1-347-474-0312

  • Tameca Brown
    Tameca Brown

    Please remember that there is no such thing as something for nothing . It just doesn’t work that way. So if your being sent a check,money order or any type of cash transaction for nothing done it is always a SCAM.

    People keep getting caught because MONEY that is what they always use to entice and it nearly always works. If you have to second guess something then just don’t do it.

  • Steve Razinski
    Steve RazinskiFounder

    Read the article guys. Any “job” requiring you to handle some one else’s money is 100% always a scam.

  • Shawna Miles
    Shawna Miles

    I see on January 22, 2013 a Lorelei Mason left a reply that is almost exactly what I just had offered to me today, and I did not see any feedback from her, if this was a scam or is it legit and is she making money from it???? Like her I can afford to buy the checks they are asking me to do, and the pay sounds great and can work from home but gas prices are to high too high to be driving 40 miles to an office max or staples and I do not want to waste my time either. Please respond back to me asap. They are awaiting for me to return from buying the versa check paper to get started.

  • Ken

    Hi Steve
    With all these scams going around together with the tremendous amount of offers generally…I know this seems like a silly question but how the hell do you pick a program that does actually work? okay you are advertising the Wealthy Affiliate and on all accounts seems like a very good site for anybody to get going with an online business…but Empower Network also has a good reputation together with GDI ..GVO and similar programs but these are advertised to saturation which regardless of how good they are take a lot of traffic sourcing….which is the most important part of running an online biz…how does WA help in this area

  • Lorelei Mason
    Lorelei Mason

    Is this one a scam?
    part-time, does not require me to send any money, only requires me to purchase something at staples/office depot for $21.00. Enter info and print the checks, then send them back to the “company” via UPS/FedEx (pre-paid). No bank account # or credit card # will be asked for, and will never have to send money to them. Only enter data and print out the checks, place in envelope and send back to the company. Must process 40 checks per day, 3-4 days per week.
    They aren’t asking me for money, my account numbers or to cash checks/transfer funds. The pay seems really high for this, though.
    I just hope it isn’t those checks they use to scam other people!
    I can afford what they want me to get at staples/office depot, and it’s something I can use at home anyway, so I’m going to check it out and I’ll get back to you all to let you know what happens.

  • angela

    Is this a SPAM

    Dear Representative,

    Thanks for responding to the payment representative and account receivable position from RentalsTime.

    Our review team has critically checked the details you submitted, and we gathered the information are confirmed valid. We will instruct our customers to start the release of payment to the details you submitted.

    Upon receipt of the payment from our tenants,you will have 10% deducted as your commission, rest amount will be wired via western union to the landlord’s information that will be given to you.The information will be provided after payment has been made out to you.

    The payments will be released in a means that will be most welcome by your bank. Also note that your payment will be processed exactly 24hrs after receiving a confirmation from you that you still want to work with the firm. This means you will be receiving the payment same week we receive your message. So,you are expected to check your e-mail everyday so that you do not miss any important message or instruction regarding the payment that will be sent to you. After a month of working with us, our Legal team will pay you a visit on how to prepare necessary document that will ascertain you as our funds collector. If you discharge your duty in a way that is encouraging and in a sincere manner, your service charge will go up to 13%. It is important you handle all payment in an honest way.

    Thanks once again and i await to read from you with a confirmation that you are in the receipt of this email and you are ready to proceed with the company as our representative and start receiving payments on our behalf.

    Nathaniel Farley.
    RentalsTime.© 1995-2012


  • RAFA

    Delivery Date:Nov 21, 2012
    Status:Delivered (LA MIRADA, CA 90638, US)
    View Details

    Top of the day to you RAFAEL , Auto wrap adverts Part-Payment for the week will be delivered to you this morning ,the cashiers check of $1,970 has been sent to you via FedEx with tracking number # 794115129765 and it will be delivered to you this morning. “Remember you are to read carefully and follow the instructions given to you so that it will be easier for you to process the payment”.

    Kindly proceed and get it cashed at your bank but ** if you are unable to get it cashed instantly, kindly go ahead and deposit the check into your bank account and funds will be available for withdrawal 24hrs after it has been deposited**, I will be waiting for a confirmation message if it’s either cash or deposited, As soon as the cash is out you are to deduct $200 which is your upfront part-payment and forward the balance ($1,770 ) to the Graphic Artist that will be wrapping the decal on your car via Money Gram Wire Transfer and they will be responsible in removing the decal when the program is completed.

    Below is the name of the receiver you are sending the funds to via Money Gram, you are to get back to me with the transfer information ( 8 digits transfer code or Ref number and the exact amount sent). You are to deduct the transfer charges from the $1,770 you have with you. Kindly note that you are transferring the funds to the headquarters of the graphic artist company and they have agents nationwide.

    Once the funds has been confirmed the address location and details of where the decal will be placed on your car within your neighborhood will be advised

    Transfer : Send $1770 & deduct for transfer charges from it

    Info to use in sending the funds to the at Money Gram :

    Below is the Graphic Artist Money Gram Transfer Details to send.

    Receivers Information:


    ZIP CODE: 17078

    Kindly get back with the information below once the transfer has been completed.

    Transfer Ref Number & Total Amount Sent

    So that i can have it forwarded to the graphic artist company.

    Best Regards
    Frederick Ferraro
    Hiring Manager,
    Hype Energy Drink®

  • Swtbbjayne

    I did a job search on Craig’s list, and I have been getting some really good feedback, but it is mixed in very heavily with scams and junk. I thought I knew how to sniff out a scam, but when I clicked on a real job search engin and even help find a Real job for my husband, the same search engin had scams on it. Take a Survey and make cash. I took a couple of surveys, but some of the questions are leading to loads loads of scam emails and junk mail. I don’t have time to weed it though and block and deleat. And still pick out the real job leads. And some of the subject lines I have not even opened yet are saying I won prizes. Aaa. I have recieved the mystery shopper one too. But before falling for it I googeled the info and wow your page popped up. Thank you for having this forum.
    Usually when I only get a small amout of nasty scam mail I ask them for info about them or the families they claim they are trying to help, (for fun) and they never reply.
    But I just fell for the red bull one the other day. I was lucky though, I called the number for more info and asked to many questions about different rates for different sized cars… And again no response. Maybe for fun I will call again and FBI prank them… Hummm. The thought of it just makes me happy. Dateline should call me and get me on board for the next break down on scammers, and you can be their expert.

  • Sal

    Has anyone seen this a guy in a gorges home trying to get you to spend $49.00 for his cash code system that he got from his wife’s friend a Google engineer? Looked real good but my way of telling it’s a scam they won’t let you leave there page and offer there hype for 1/2 price..

  • Cass

    All it takes is a little research and these companies become immediately transparent.
    Here is the email that I just sent to a would be scammer:

    Hi Jillian,

    I usually have an interview before accepting any offer of employment.
    I have sent an email through the The Link Company website under the careers page and am waiting for confirmation prior to calling or signing any agreement.
    Anyone who is offered employment over the internet should follow these simple guidelines:

    Research your next job-

    Google any provided numbers, locations of landline numbers should match company website offices.

    Are you in the US? Sag Harbor, NY? I see that it is a US number. That’s wonderful!

    All email addresses should match company mail systems.

    Companies with 50 or more employess typically should be found on LinkedIN, or at least an employee, listing their work history.

    Especially if it is Human Resources.

    Thanks and I will contact you again once I have received confirmation from The Link Company.

  • Nichole

    And I received this. I hope they aren’t casing my house.


    We are currently seeking to employ individual’s world wide. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car advertising for RED BULL.

    How it works?

    Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: RED BULL seeks people — regular citizens,professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “RED BULL” plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,”that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

    What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is 1 month.

    You will be compensated with $600 per week which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you RED BULL shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of $300 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.

    It is very easy and simple no application fees required contact email along with the following you are interested in these offer.

    Send the Details below to

    Full Name:
    Zip code:
    Present Occupation:
    Make of car/ year:
    Telephone numbers:

    We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.

    Kind Regards

    Romeo Dalton
    Hiring Manager,
    Red Bull

  • Rick Leech
    Rick Leech

    Andy Grubbs is a scamer! He had a check sent to me for $2700, wanted me to take $600 for my weekly salary and wire the rest to Doug Campbell who supposedly runs an orphanage in NC. I didn’t deposit the check, something just didn’t feel right. Now after further research I have found out this is a big scam!
    I was sent the same email as Sydney. Be careful people, this could cost you thousands!

  • Joan Marshall
    Joan Marshall

    The Nigerian scammers are the worst scum on earth! the lies, the cajoling to get your pesonal details is unbelievable, thank God I use my brain. I will never give my personal details to these Charlatons who use it for Bank Fraud, Stolen identity, and money to be sent through Western Union and FedEX, this is big business in Nigeria. Let me tell you something funny about Nigerians when my Brother In Law who is a Civil Engineer was in Nigeria on contract. He was in his car when he was stopped by a bunch of Nigerians who took all his money all his clothes and left him standing on the streets in his underwear. Thank God they did not kill him! Do you think I would trust them when they say I have been compensated for being scammed to the vast compensation of 2.4 million dollars? Look at the funny side as well and have a laugh. Africian countries are the poorest on earth so they will do anything for money.

  • mike

    I just got caught up in one that they sent me a check for 3700 dollars and i went through in cashing and sending it off. That was last wednesday and was wondering how long it takes for me to get notice if i was scammed.

  • Sydney

    is this a scam?

    Dear Prospective Personal Assistant
    Thanks so much for your message and sorry for the late response, Your response to the Personal assistant Craiglist Job was received and I would want you to give this message the necessary attention, I am in need of a dedicated dependable Official Personal Assistant. This Per-time personal Assistant position is a very flexible Job, and you get paid weekly working from the comfort of your home within 2hrs to 3hrs per-day, as this position I am offering is not office based due to my frequent business travel, and If you can manage your time properly, it will offer you a benefit you will never find with a typical 9am – 5pm jobs, allowing you to take your time off for other personal matters, and also giving you the advantage to get an additional job at your convenience without stress. I have reviewed your application and would like to give you an immediate assignment trial as a pratical interview, so if you are interested kindly get back to me. As my Personal Assistant, working with me is basically about instructions and following them, your primary responsibilities among other things will include:* Creating orders/pick slips/invoices/credit memos. * Processing return authorizations for me as needed. * Running personal errands. * Scheduling programs, flights and keeping me up to date with them * Making regular Contacts and drop-offs on my behalf * Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I’m away on a business trip and when needed as I have a little difficulty with hearing that is why my computer works for me. Your basic salary will be $600 weekly

    I’m confident you can take up the challenge to build a relatively sound working relationship between us. As the Aloha United Way Charities. regional coordinator, a purpose where the rights of every child are realized and protected to survival, growth and development is my priority, while elevating every child to a new, exciting heights that they have only dreamed of, by holding seminars and donations programs, that includes contacting other people for support and donations throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Asia. Presently, I do have quite a number of unattended chores which you can immediately assist me with, I hope we both can meet up the challenges, as work start soonest. I intend going on a business trip to take a workshop for a period of one month. While on the trip duties, I will need you to personally represent me while you work from home in running some errands this week/next week. I will have some funds sent to you upfront, to cover the cost of completing the errand, adequate information and procedure instructions will be sent accordingly. kindly reconfirm your personal/contact details now.

    Full Name:
    Address Line 1, (No PO.BOX please):
    Zip Code:
    Cell Phone nos:
    Home Phone nos:
    Personal Email:
    Alternate Email:
    Best time to call you for a conversation:
    How Often do you check your email daily?

    I want to use this opportunity to inform you that the necessary credentials needed to legally authenticate this position will be provided accordingly. A detailed job offer employment letter will be sent to you after your personal/contact confirmation response, Below is my organization details and personal data for your review, please be reminded that you cannot share this information with a third party.

    Business Name: Aloha United Way Charities
    Dun and Bradstreet # 08-740-3499
    Type of Entity: Non-profit organization
    Federal Tax ID #:13-2633564
    Registration ID: 453033

    Thanks in anticipation of your prompt response
    Andy Grubbs

  • dijana

    Is this scam?

    Dear Representative,

    Food Production Daily UK LTD (FPD UK) are leading experts in the production and supply of all kind of can foods world wide.. We need you as our company payment receiver(financial operator) from our customers that we have rendered products and services.

    Its been a problem and extra cost for our client to make payment to us in England because of the currency difference. So some clients don’t get to make our payments to us.

    We want you to be our payment receiver in Europe. They will make the payment to you in euro currency and You will get 10% of any payment you receive from our customers and send balance to us in England. You can keep any job you have at the moment, plus you can work from home. Payment processing will only take 3 to 5 hours of your time weekly without stress. You will make up to 1000euros weekly for extra income if you are honest with our funds.

    If you are interested, please reply me back with this information request below

    Full Name:
    street Address
    postal code:
    Phone Number / Cell Number:
    Weekly Income:
    Current Job:

    Bill Jefferson
    Food Production Daily
    Company Registered No : 05280358
    Registered Office : 11 Church Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SKB 7JU

  • Clareece

    I almost fell for the Bertolucci Watch scam. The posting was on Craigslist for an Office Coordinator. Beware of any emails to and from

  • Debbie

    Does anyone know about John Simpson, who is promoting xtreme paydays software? I gather it is some kind of automated list-building program to send targeted traffic to buy whatever you’re promoting.

  • Frances

    Am I lucky or what that I found this website out.
    I too fell victim to being naive and applied for a “Office Service Supervisor” for SHARP ELECTRONIC
    Little did I know that they do NOT hire overseas! However the people I emailed with said they would send me a cheque and I would buy a printer and computer and a “secured modem” . It sounded a little fishy but I kept going then I found out that I had to set up an account where they could send money in and through an email, I assume so it can’t be traced. They interviewed me online through YAHOO! Couple weeks later I tried to find the ad again and saw that it was taken down. I hope no one else falls victim to them! I luckily didnt give them any information or set up the email acccount.. Just want you all to know
    Good luck

  • Pat

    They will steal the money form someone else’s account and then transfer it to your. Been there and done that. Almost cost me $9.000. Was lucky and could send it back to the bank that it was stolen from. Stay away from them. Bad news.

  • Isaac Mashiah
    Isaac Mashiah

    Regarding the Payment (or Check) Processing scam. What about if they say they will send only wire transfers…how does that scam work?

  • debbie oliver
    debbie oliver

    i too was scammed by someone named kenneth travis ( he said the ceo of will be fedex’g two postal monet orders for 980 each. the money orders came from a dennis hunt in houston, texas. i did cash them and even my bank thought they were real. within two days they bounced and the bank took every cent i had, including my social security check. today i was able to track down the address on my fedex slip. it was a storage facility!!! i just hope no one else gets duped by this guy. all the red flags were there i just didnt pay attention and now i have to pay the price.

  • Don

    Linda, go to this URL: read the comments that are posted there.

    Not all mystery shopping is a scam.

  • Don

    Linda, that check you got for $3,000.00 is a BAD check. If you attempt to cash it by depositing it in your checking account, it’ll bounce and you’ll be liable for the amount. DO NOT cash it. Tear it up and throw it away, now!

  • linda

    Can you tell me much about mystery shoppers? Obviously they are a scam but can you tell me why they are considered a scam? Thank you. Linda
    Also I recieved a check in the mail and they told me to go to Western Union and put part of it there and then go to Walmart and spend some of it and then I can keep the rest. It was a check for about $3000.00 and that is a lot of money. I did nothing with the check and didn’t really know what todo about it. Thank you for your reply. Linda

  • Brian Sklar
    Brian Sklar

    Because I sell products internationally through my websites, I am targetted by scammers now and then. Since my products are actual physical products, they require shipping. So besides(1) requiring me to use Western Union, they also require me(2) to use their shipper, even though their shipper is usually 10 times more expensive than say FedEx or UPS. They, of course, are the shipper, which is why they won’t consider using anyone else.
    Thirdly, they also want the goods shipped to my address instead of theirs with the promise that their shipper will come to me to pick it up.
    The fourth requirement that gives them away is that they want to use the same credit card (which will be a stolen card) to pay for everything and they usually want it done quickly before the card’s real owner discovers the theft.
    Fifthly, they will be in a foreign country beyond the reach of Canadian and American police forces.
    Sixthly, the order is usually large which promises the seller a fairly large commission. Sometimes the order doesn’t make any sense, but the commission is a good one so some will process it anyhow for the commission that they will receive.
    Seventhly, if pressed for details of why they couldn’t pay the shipper themselves through Western Union, they come up with some pretty lame replies which often are so stupid they are comical. So if you want a laugh press them for the details as to why they couldn’t pay the shipper themselves through Western Union.
    Be assured that once you process the order and have it shipped to your home, it will never be picked up. Worst still, as of October 1st of this year, the merchant/seller not the credit card company, will be held responsible for the monies lost if they (the seller) don’t have a terminal that is able to process cards with the new chip techology and they failed to process the card to verify true owership.
    Just a little heads up on another scam.

  • jonathan stuhl
    jonathan stuhl

    Ive recently gotten the following e-mail in my box after posting a resume on craigslist. I talked with this “Mr. Crowley” via yahoo messenger and he sent me an ad to be posted on craigslist. Im supposed to post to all the states knowing the ads will be flagged. Im assuming this is a scam, but as usual, my curiousity got the best of me. (that and being laid off for over a year). Im noticing some of these scams contain the name, “William Crowley” but still curious, what could this person be scamming me out of? Or am I being used as a patsy to scam someone else? If anyone knows about this particular scam, Id love to hear more. The e mail I recieved was as follows…

    This is a great opportunity for a job opening of a Craigslist Poster, you will be posting different 2 ads on 40 state daily. The pay is $500 bi-weekly and no investment or any upfront payment.You will be Posting Ads on Craigslist for us and if you are interested in this job kindly come online on your Yahoo Instant Messenger to chat with our rep for the next step and further instruction, but if you dont have one you can go ahead and download it then add us on ({}

  • Jake

    One way I’ve found of figuring out if a company is a scam or not is if they send me an e-mail saying they saw my resume and liked what they saw. I’ve seen my resume, you can drive a fleet of Mack Trucks through it. :-(

    I’ve gotten 2 different “check processing management” offers, but I declind them becaue while the company was legitimate, the job description changed when I emailed them back (from “pick up clients at airport and Western Unioning moey back to HQ” to “you’ll have absolutely NO contact with client – all work is done via home office, you get cheque, cash it and send 95% back to us.” )

  • Odie

    How about the scams that offer unlimited Television and movies access for mere pennies a day? Also near free unlimited phone access.
    All these I have ever checked into had a long list of people posting warnings that they had tried it and got nothing.

  • Maria

    The scam I fell prey to was not anything similar to what is listed above.
    I had sent my resume via, ( which unfortunately I no longer trust), it was for accounts receivable/ medical billing. Nowhere in the advertisment did it indicate “work from home”. It was supposed to be located in northern Georgia. I went through an on-line interview and everything seemed fine.
    A week later I was notified that I had been “hired”, and that the position would be telecumuting. The company, Southern Cross Healthcare would be supplying a computer, this made sense since medical records are sensative and private. I would be sent a check and once the check cleared I was to go a purchase this computer.
    Well… it was a fake cashiers check and being a skeptic I waited and the bank and I were notified it was counterfiet.
    I notified all types of agencies and my local police.
    I am just very happy I waited.
    These people never asked me to send money, the interview really was geared toward medical billing. The only red flag I noticed as I got more emails and telephone call from these people was their interest in Medicais and Medicare.
    After careful research I found that Soulthern Cross Healthcare is a real place, but.. in the United Kingdom not the United States.

    Still I am looking for work and honestly I prefer telecumuting, but we will see.

  • Jeff

    Excellent info guys – I can’t believe how many scams that are exactly as you describe

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