Miss Young

Did you receive a letter from a stranger or a company that you never heard of, offering you easy money in a work-at-home job? They typically offer you 10 % of the payment you are asked to receive from customers. The remaining 90 % you have to send by Western Union.

The whole setup is fraud. There is no company, and no customers. They will send you stolen or fake checks or money orders. Your bank might accept it at first, and you might send the 90 % by Western Union. When your bank some weeks later recognises the problem, they will take the money back from your account and you will have lost all the money you sent. On top of that you risk being arrested for handling counterfeit money.

The whole idea of letting customers pay through you instead of directly to the company or to a bank account makes no sense.

In some of these scams they explain that they want you to be the middleman because the "international money transfer tax" is less for individuals than for companies. This tax does not exist.

Please ignore such offers.

Miss Young

work at home

Updated April 29, 2017

Here are some of the job offers I have received recently:

Lewis Chloe: your first salary will be paid

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 08:43

De: Lewis, Chloe < LEWISCT1@mail.etsu.edu > Enviado: viernes, 14 de abril de 2017 04:58 p.m. Asunto: Business Proposal Hello,I'm Lewis Chloe ,I work as the administrative director for Ineng Technology . I'm writing to let you know that Ineng Technology currently has an opening for a Company representative in your region. Please write to the management if you are interested, via rep@ineng-hktdc.org for more information on this offer.Thanks... (more)

Smith Johnson: you will deduct $200 from the it as your pay

Posted: 08 Apr 2017 10:58

From: Mystery Shopper Agency < mysteryshopper19600@netvigator.com > Date: 2017-04-0 7 2:08 GMT+02:00 Subject: Work at home and earn $200/weekly To: Hello Applicant, We are pleased to confirm to you that there is a new job for you as an agent for Mystery Shopper Agency. The job would be to run a survey on a prominent company in your area, which happens to be a Western Union outlet, Money gram or Walmart2Walmart. The Location would be disclosed to you later, The management and staff of Western union, Walmart and the Money grams has reported some lapses in the services rendered by the Management and staffs of this company, Their complains were based on reports which their customers forwarded anonymous Phone calls which were also made to the head office. The Western Union, Walmart and Money Gram location was reported for evaluation for the following reasons : ... (more)

Laurel: I am the personnel manager

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 08:47

Date: Thu 6 Apr 2017 07 29 08 0200 Dear , We are looking for employees working remotely. ... (more)

Casandra Jns: We prioritize candidates from USA & Canada

Posted: 24 Feb 2017 13:46

From: Host-Own99@energimidt.dk < Host-Own99@energimidt.dk > Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:20:20 PM To: solution.jobs@null.net ... (more)

Helga Meyer: looking for staff to for the vacancy of rental manager

Posted: 14 Feb 2017 23:14

From: Brigitte Vinson < gonbrain69@yahoo.co.jp > Sent: Mon, Feb 13, 2017 4:15 am Subject: Vacancy Good morning. I hope this e-mail finds you excellent. ... (more)

Cara Barajas: be paid every 2 weeks together with the salary

Posted: 10 Feb 2017 19:24

From: Cara Barajas < aceroaecarolinasv@outlook.com > Date: February 7, 2017 at 11:49:41 AM CST Subject: We are more than glad to let you know that Evec. Company has selected you to take part in the screening procces and apply for a vacancy available in your area. The position you will apply for is that of Logistics Supervisor, it is distant, thus you will be working from home. Due to the fact that this is a remote position, you will be able to work with a fixed or flexible work schedule during business hours per your convenience. Additionally, you will be trained on the company. Once you pass the probation, you will have an excellent opportunity to work in one of our warehouses. Your duties and responsibilities as a Logistics Supervisor will include: ... (more)

PIERCE, Anthony: have any questions on the role

Posted: 09 Feb 2017 23:06

De: PIERCE, Anthony < Anthony.Pierce@inspectorate.com > Enviado: quinta-feira, 9 de fevereiro de 2017 08:34 Assunto: Good Day We are currently recruiting companies and individuals on behalf of a IWAIZUMI INTERNATIONAL(HONG KONG)COMPANY LIMITED for a number of account receivable agents in North America,Europe and USA on a 12 month contract basis. As an ... (more)

Marcia Dean: Core skills that the employee should possess include the ability to write and speak

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 22:23

On Monday, February 6, 2017 5:04 PM, Marcia Dean < frank-gottwald@freenet.de > wrote: Hi dear JobSeeker, Are you seeking part-time employment? In connection with the expansion of, UsaLine Group needs self-motivated and resultsaEURO "oriented people for the position of Package Handler in USA. Our firm provides cost reduction and business processes automation services in the field of international logistics for the b2b and b2c market segments. The Package HandleraEURO s tasks include product compliance checking as per the customersaEURO requirements, briefing customers through the CRM software about the work progress, using international delivery services and completing the relevant paperwork. Core skills that the employee should possess include the ability to write and speak clearly, and a keen sense of observation, and to ensure the clientsaEURO merchandise is what the client ordered, and is in good condition. No experience is required. If you want ... (more)

Zou Jixin: remit the funds to us after receiving your compulsory

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 17:01

From: Wuhan Iron Steel < wuhaniron@gmail.com > Sent: February 2, 2017 4:05 AM Subject: REPRESENTATIVE ACCEPTED: See Details ... (more)

World Unlimited

I received the following letter from a friend. She was a victim of a work-at-home scam:

To Whom It May Concern:

I am the victim of an Internet crime.  I recently received an email for a job opportunity.  The job duty is to help this company clearing checks and they let me keep 10% commission for the transaction.  All fees including money transfer agency commission and bank charges should be taken from the remaining 90%.  The rest amount should be sent to the authorized recipient for this money transfer.  

On May 29, 2007, I received an USPS Priority Mail from Finecorp USA Inc. P.O. Box 7983 Van Nuys, CA 91409-7983.  Inside this envelope enclosed a check from a person name:  Adam Shihadeh Ward at 7709 E. Appaloosa TRL, Orange, CA 92869.   This check look real and I did not know it is a counterfeit check until June 1, 2007.  I deposited this check on the same day of May 29, 2007.  My bank Washington Mutual told me the fund would be available to withdraw after two-business day, which is May 31, 2007. 

On May 31, 2007, I double-check the fund to make sure it was available to withdraw.  Then I got en email from this Finecorp to give me an instruction of what to do with the fund.  The check amount was $4,220.00 minus my 10% commission and minus Western Union wire-transfer fee $175.00.  The remaining amount of $3,623.00 will be wire-transfer to Philippines to the person name Manuel Jr. Alegria.  I am so happy that I receive my first commission money of $422.00. 

On June 1, 2007, it is my first nightmare when I find out my bank account negative.  I call my bank right away and I find out the check I deposit on May 29, 2007 from Adam Shihadeh Ward was a counterfeit check.  I feel like I am the stupid person in the whole that I will fall for this job opportunity.   I hope I can reclaim my $3623.00 back but I know 99.99% I will not see my
money again. 

Therefore, I want everyone out there, please be careful about these "job opportunities".

Thank you,

(counterfeit) check
- 10% commission
- transfer fee
Sent via Western Union

+ transfer fee
Total loss


I received the following letter from another friend. She was almost the victim of a work-at-home scam:

Hi I have received four $500 American Express gift cheques. I was looking online for some part time work in order to stay home with my son more and received an email requesting me to be a representative. I was asked for my name, mailing address and phone number. A few days later I received an email stating I will be receiving some mail that will commence their business with me. Anyways, I have been out of town for a few weeks and when I got home last night I went through my mail and got a letter from Msla in Montana.
When I opened it up there was another thin brown envelope which only had my name and address on it. So I opened that one to find a "cashing and payment information"  sheet telling me to immediately sign in black ink each one of the enclosed gift cheques. Afterwards to take them to MY bank to be cashed, that gift checks are not deposited checks, they are to be cashed immediately. Once I cashed them to deduct 10% from the funds.
It goes on to inform me that most of their agents supply them from South Africa, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Morocco and also Nigeria. Once I had deducted my 10% to proceed to the nearest western union office to make the payment payable to the agent in Africa. Plus, I was to take out the western union wire charges after I send the balance via Western Union to:
        Name:             Mark Smith
        Destination:        1 Kingsley drive, Isolo
                                    Lagos 23401 Nigeria
        Test question:     Who do you trust
        Answer:                 In GOD
Once payment was made, I was to please kindly email drb.willy@yahoo.co.uk or dr.bwilly@yahoo.co.uk the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN#) of payment for immediate forwarding to their agent.
Also stating that, from time of receipt from the transfer I would be expecting another payment in at least 5 days. Ending with : Thanks and God bless, Barry Willy of Barry Travels
I found four $500 American Express Gift Checks with this letter. I have had an American Express Gift check before and the ones I have look totally legit. So I signed them, then thought "this is too good to be true". I called my fiance and was told "no way!"  So I got online and did some searching, called American Express and found out that the checks I have in my possession are counterfeit.
I almost fell for it!!!!
I would have been held liable for $2000 and the money would have been transferred out of the country with no way of getting it back and no way of prosecuting before the check were found to be counterfeit.
American Express informed me to send them to:
            American Express
            Salt Lake City, UT

I hope these people are out of some money themselves. And to close their letter with: THANKS AND GOD BLESS!! 

Please use my letter to stop someone else from making a mistake! And help find these people responsible.

Thanks and good luck!! Your collection of stories are very informative.

Counterfeit Checks

I also received this letter from a friend that got arrested:

handcuffsDear Miss young:

My name is xxx and i was stupid enough to fall for this fake job offer that was posted on graigslist some time ago i was desparate and couldnt find a job i tried to cash the check they sent me with my name already printed on it. As soon as i tried to cash it i got arrested and charged and convicted of first degree forgery i got three yrs probation and a forgery conviction on my record. Prior to this my criminal record didnt have anything closely related to forgery nothing i never stole or committed a identity theft in my life and now i have to live with this for the rest of my life i feel i was set up and convicted wrongly i lost thousands of dollars of my own money in lawyer fees probation fees.and much more. I know its not your fault but i thought id share my nigerian nightmare scam and what it did and still doing to my life. Thank You for listening.


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