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 December 16, 2017

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

Alexendre: Votre devoir est d'examiner des paquets et les envoyer a nos clients

Posted: 15 Dec 2017 15:15

french De : Jaclyn Decker t.h.e-n.tanimoto@maia.eonet.ne.jp Envoye le : Je, 14 Dec 2017 8:07 Sujet : Work at home : euruslogisticos@gmail.com ... (more)

James Patrick Marvin: as long as there is a post office in the area

Posted: 27 Nov 2017 09:48

From: Mr.James Patrick test@mottolini.com Date: Sunday, 26 November 2017, 01:23AM -05:00 Subject: (Are you Interested in being a debt collector officer) 11 Dear Partner, I am Mr.James Patrick Marvin, an Interior Designers, Decorators & Art collector with a large client base and because of my job I' m constantly out of the United States. My former Personal Assistant just got married and moved to Europe. If you accept my offer I will need you to take charge of my mail pick up, debt collection in your jurisdiction and drop off as well as errand running during your spare time outside of work. The job is flexible so you can do it wherever you are as long as there is a post office in the area. I will pay for the first week in advance to run any errands, and will also have my mails/packages forwarded to a nearby post office for onward delivery to your address. If you are Interested in being a debt collector officer/general labor to Decorators & Art collector. Kindly, send me your complete details Names, Address, Age and Mobile/Telephone Numbers for easy access. Thanks. ... (more)

Janna Mcpherson: please ignore this position. Tourbusiness Media-Tour

Posted: 25 Nov 2017 09:47

De : Janna Mcpherson takaka04@leto.eonet.ne.jp Envoye le : Ma, 24 Nov 2017 21:39 Sujet : Home based vacancy ... (more)

noname: this newsletter ID31499807. Please ignore this mail

Posted: 19 Nov 2017 21:22

Gesendet: Samstag, 18. November 2017 um 20:06 Uhr Von: " Samantha Duncan" < t.nagao@nike.eonet.ne.jp > Betreff: Home-based vacancy Greetings. Our agency helps our clients. Our HR department now have a position of a Virtual assistant. Many people combine this job with other activities. Job Duties: Everyday online monitoring of operating client tickets and open projects Corporate gifting and errands assistance for instance help to select and buy Christmas gifts ... (more)

April Burns: $33,000 annual Salary and bonuses

Posted: 18 Nov 2017 14:21

De : April Burns < kei-takagi@leto.eonet.ne.jp > Envoye le : Ve, 17 Nov 2017 23:22 Sujet : Part time vacancy Greetings ! ... (more)

rohitgond330: ability to understand different material

Posted: 18 Nov 2017 09:09

From: rohitgond330@gmail.com < rohitgond330@gmail.com > Sent: Friday, November 17, 2017 9:57:32 PM Subject: Job Offer 1396981N11682t5 We are returning back to you about the request on a Careers job-site. ... (more)

Myriam Chang: 5% commission on each payment collected

Posted: 12 Nov 2017 09:09

From: Myriam Chang < mchang900@consultant.net > Date: 11/11/17 11:48 AM (GMT-08:00) To: Subject: We need a representative. Dear Sir/Ma, Our company would like to establish a collection partnership contract with you as an individual/company representative in your region . It is a part time offer that will not disrupt your current job. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY: - Collection of due payment on behalf of ChenChang Building Tools Ltd. - Taking orders from customers in your region BENEFITS: - $3,000 monthly allowance payable at 28th day of every month. ... (more)

Sun Xiao Lan: You will be entitle to ten percent (10%) of every

Posted: 03 Nov 2017 11:37

From: "Shougang Group Co., Ltd" < llopezc@cdmx.gob.mx > Date: 11/2/17 11:52 PM (GMT-08:00) To: Subject: Official request for Professional consultants In Usa / Canada Shougang Group Co., Ltd. 11th Floor, Huaxingge, Donghua Building, Jiangmen, GuangDong, China. webpage: www.shougang.com.cn This is an official request for Professional/consultants who will stand as our regional representative to run logistics on behalf of Shougang Group.We are only looking for individual or company from USA and Canada. You will be entitle to ten percent (10%) of every payment you receive from our customers in your region on behalf of the company. NOTE: You are not require to travel, all communications with our customers will be through email or phone. All fees, including taxes will be handled by us. You can apply for this position by filling the information below and send back to us; ... (more)

Judith Weber: printing and affixing labels and transporting the mail

Posted: 02 Nov 2017 21:48

From: Judith Weber < alvarezxchriosfa@outlook.com > Sent: Thursday, November 2, 2017 12:18:46 PM Subject: We offer you to apply for a 100% genuine work from home career in the shipping industry with a salary of 2500 USD payable monthly and with zero payment. The full-time job is offered by a trusted USA logistics company. The employer believes in the remote operations business model, because it allows to cut warehousing costs and offer shipping points across the US. Job Responsibilities: ... (more)

Karyn Hale: Repack shipments if required

Posted: 23 Oct 2017 22:12

From: Karyn Hale <sanchezfohjacquelinegj@outlook.com> Sent: Monday, October 23, 2017 2:19 PM Subject: We suggest you to apply for a fully genuine work from home career in Logistics with a salary of $2500 monthly and without startup costs. The full-time job offer is offered by a legitimate U.S. logistics company. The enterprise have chosen the remote operations approach, because it gives a chance to save on warehousing charges and offer shipping points throughout the US. ... (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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