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Criminals don’t like getting caught. So, when they want to send and receive stolen money, they get someone else to do the dirty work. Some scammers develop online relationships and ask their new sweetheart or friend to accept a deposit and transfer funds for them. Other cons recruit victims with job ads that seem like they’re for legit jobs, but they’re not. Law enforcement calls the victims ’money mules.’ If you get involved with one of these schemes, you could lose money and personal information, and you could get into legal trouble.

Scammers post ads for imaginary job openings for payment-processing agents, finance support clerks, mystery shoppers, interns, money transfer agents or administrative assistants. They search job sites, online classifieds and social media to hunt for potential money mules.  For example, if you post your resume on a job site, they might send you an email saying, ‘We saw your resume online and want to hire you.’ The ads often say:

  • the company is outside the U.S.
  • all work is done online
  • you’ll get great pay for little work

If you respond, the scammer may interview you or send an online application. He does that to collect your personal information and make the job offer seem legitimate. At some point, the scammer will ask for your bank account number, or tell you to open a new account, and then send you instructions about transferring money.

If you think you’re involved with a money transfer scam:

  • stop transferring money
  • close your bank account
  • notify your bank and the wire transfer service about the scam
  • report it to the FTC

If you’re looking for work, check out the FTC’s tips about jobs and making money and warning signs of a job scam.

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Barnov Manufacturing claims to need invoice processors. They reach out via email addressing you as 'Dear Applicant' and ask you to confirm your contact information such as email and address. After I did they sent a check in the amount of $993.52 and wanted me to deposit it in my account and then the next day withdraw it and take 10% and then money gram it to a location that they would provide later that day. The disturbing part is I was going to do it just to see what happens until convinced by my husband not to. I then contacted the County Sheriff and my bank all advising not to deposit and that it was a scam. They will have you deposit it. It is a bad check and then you will be out that money. I then emailed him to say I needed to speak with him and then went to the professional looking website and got the contact information. He answered and addressed me by name and said he was just about to call me. The only thing is he had a foreign accent and I questioned where he was from because of this accent. He didn't answer the question and asked what was the problem in his accent and I said, this is a SCAM and was reporting it to authorities. I also emailed him this. Be aware everyone. It was surprising that they spent money to send it by FedEX and then emailed me that I should have received it and let them know when I do. The website looks authentic. Very scary. Crazy.


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Dear sir/madam I am writing to you at this time to advertise the availability of our main product, alluvial gold in bulk quantities. As we represent a large number of local artisan miners, we are prepared to provide quantities of up to 400 kilograms of 22.karat alluvial gold monthly.

Following is information concerning our product: Quantity: 400 kilograms available monthly Quality: 22. karat alluvial Au Origin: Ghana, West Africa Price: $6,500 per kilogram Assay reports provided by SGS Laboratories, Accra, Our firm is in possession of the Gold Export Certificate issued by the Government of the Republic of Ghana necessary to export gold from Ghana, thus we can provide service to any part of the world. We are prepared to offer the quantity of gold required to the Buyer [or their representative] upon their arrival here in Accra.

After the Buyer has confirmed the quantity and the quality of the gold with their refinery, and is satisfied, only then will we accept payment, by bank transfer, from the Buyer to us. Further, we currently seek outside-based serious investors on a partnership basis in order to increase our production capacity. If you are interested in this proposal, or have any further questions, kindly contact me at the numbers listed above.Looking forward to doing business with you.

Yours truly, Mr.Amose Henry Chief Director of Marketing

yes these are scams watch out for reship scam.

Hello, thanks for all your comments and personal experiences, of late I was expecting a little amount of money in my account, but when I checked and what I saw was beyond my imagination, since it was Friday evening and I wanted to travel very early in the morning for vacation, I withdrew the money hoping maybe a friend might have deposited the said some and might call to claim it, but to no avail, I try calling one or two friends to know if they did deposit the said amount. No one said to have deposited the said amount which is abt $1000 in total, so I have to return from my vacation as earlier as I expect , was supposed to stay one week but I was uncomfortable with the money in my position and I came back Wednesday evening, very early on Thursday morning I took the money to my bank, told them what happened and ask them to return the money back to wherever it came from, cause I don't know who and where it's coming from, when they checked, they told me it came from one Harrison plaza and that they will notify me if the money is resend, for over a month now hav gone to the bank, but they told me they noticed the money was not deposited but rather transferred so it may take time since they are investigating the issue. Last week Friday I went again and they told me same thing. Please give your advice. What next should I do

I answered a job ad on zip recruiter for customer service/receptionist job for Audax. I was told I would be paid $450 a week plus $50 for gas to pick up orders at stores like Best Buy and Walmart and mail them to Sweden. I received a cashier’s check for $2500 and asked to deposit into my bank account. Then let them know when it clears my bank. I have a feeling it is a scam. I don’t feel comfortable depositing a check in my bank account from someone I don’t know. I can’t find any information about the company Audax or the person emailing me.

I got a email letting me know they were responding to my resume that I used to apply for a job on line. I was registered with several sites and they even included the ad in which I "supposedly applied". Right away a man named Timothy Dalessandro said I was his PA and he produced movies or shows and he was in Puerto Rico and gave me a task to do said I was hired. Never spoke to anyone , SCAM I thought for sure. He asked that I rent some halls or look into it and give him the bids. He said he would be having checks sent to me and that he needed my bannk info, I refused and started asking him questions and giving him tasks to do so that I can do my job. He never gave me the answers I needed only minimal details. SCAM, I knew it, I told him I would open a bank account when the check came I wouldnt give my persoonal info to someone I hadnt even met, he said he would call me . He did and I didnt answer he left a mesg. a thick accent you can barely understand. he persisted and called some time later. I answered and he said where have you been I hired you as my assist and checks are at your house, I asdvised him your a scam artist and I want nothing to do with this. He adamantly said no I was out of town as I told you and I will be in town in November for the workshop on Nov. 25th, (how fitting Black Friday) and I said Thanksgiving weekend I dont think your holding a workshop then, he said yes and asked if I got 2 checks. I called my home and low and behold 1 check for $2400. was there delivered by FedEx. He said two were confirmed and gave tracking nubmers this all by email, and go depost them and send him pic of deposit slip. I said to late by the time I got home and will do tomorrow. I looked him up and the business that the check was drawn from nis associated with scams and the Mob.

Just received a job offer for a position that I didn’t apply for from a lady, Misty Quinlin who says she is the Human Resources leader at Rational Trades Inc Company and wants me to send her my full resume. Looked at both her email addresses that she gave and neither is even company email addresses and both are totally different.

So I have been in a "relationship" with an Army guy for a few months now. He popped up on my Fb account one day and started chatting...and we "fell in love" so to speak. I've heard of these scammers and walked into this knowing it is probably a scam. Now over the last three months this man has not one time asked me for money in fact I even called him out on being a scammer and he got very upset and told me he doesn't need my money that he has plenty of money and if anything he would send me money to help me. That was convincing to me because I only hear of scammers asking for things. This was different. He offered to put money on my Netspend prepaid card so I could buy my daughter a new Tablet...stupid me I fell for it and gave him all of my personal information...including ss#. But he said he wasn't able to transfer money onto my card do to a bad internet connection they have where they are based in Syria. I keep telling him I don't want his money or gifts but he keeps insisting I get a credit card so he can put money on it and to open a bank account so he can put his "Leave" pay into the account so I can get a vehicle....I'm pretty sure this is a scam. Can he now access anything of mine with my ss#... He even knows names of my family members and places I've lived before.

You can look for warning signs of identity theft.

If something happens that looks like identity theft, report it at You can create a personal recovery plan and get the identity theft report and letters you need to notify businesses and credit reporting companies about the theft.

So I was using ziprecruiter. com for applications and I was recently "hired" by a company name Tranimex SA, based in Barcelona, Spain. I filled out an employee agreement and another paper with some basic name, phone number, and address information. I'm the "logistics assistant" in the US. There is actually a legit company in Barcelona, Spain with that name. My contact emails me and calls me daily. My second task is receiving a check from Accion Rehab, which is also a legit company in Texas, and deposit it into my bank acct, wait for it to clear and then send a specific HR manager 95% of the check through moneygram. She said I can wait for it to clear before sending it (concerns me because banks take long after that to determine if it's a good check), because I told her I wasn't comfortable doing this task, my first one was much easier. She also stated the company respects the banking process and wants to show they are not apart of any money laundering scams. She sent me a picture of a "certificate" the company received with the whole nine yards of expiration dates and stamps, etc. Is she just running a good scam game on me or could this be legit? How do I find out for sure?

Some scammers post ads for imaginary job openings for payment-processing agents, finance support clerks, money transfer agents or administrative assistants. They search job sites and online classifieds. If you post your resume on a job site, they might send you an email saying, ‘We saw your resume online and want to hire you.’ The ads often say:

  • the company is outside the U.S.
  • all work is done online
  • you’ll get great pay for little work

f you respond, the scammer may interview you or send an online application. He does that to collect your personal information and make the job offer seem legitimate. At some point, the scammer will ask for your bank account number, or tell you to open a new account, and then send you instructions about transferring money.

Read about fake checks and how you will be responsible for a check that bounces.

Who did you speak with at tranimex?

Have you found out if Tranimex S.A. is legit? Have received any salary from them yet? I ask these questions because I have received an employment agreement form from them and want to check them out to see if this is an legitimate opportunity before I proceed.

Have you continued working with them? Did they state that they would have offices opening in LA & Miami in June? Have yu received pay?

Wanting to find out if anyone has confirmed tranimex SA being a scam? They have hired me but as of yet nothing has seemed suspicious. My first task was looking up local logistic companies to possibly partner with and they wanted me to post a picture of their logo on my social media account. I have not given ssn number or state ID. They said pay is once a month in amount of 3000. If anyone knows anything let me know. Thanks

Has anyone heard of Icon Shipping and freight solutions? I received several items in the mail and uploaded labels from my computer to mail out again, and have never been paid for the last two months, now I never hear anything from them so I know I have been scammed.

Hi guys,
I also received an email stating that Tranimex S.A wanted to hire me as the HR MANAGER. And that they would be making offices here in the USA. But every time I get a new email, it’s from a “Maria Diaz” but the email is weird. And it’s different every time but yet from the same person. They also sent me an employee agreement and job description but I didn’t fill anything out yet because I was suspicious. So I’m not sure what to do. It is a legit company in Spain, but other than that it’s not here in the USA. I sent a message to the company directly to see if that person even works there or if they are actually looking to hire me. So we will see if I get a response from them. But if I don’t, I’m not sure what to do. Any advice?

It's a scam the checks they were sending me were counterfeit and caused my bank account to go into overdraft. While there is a legitimate company named that in Spain I wouldn't mess with it. I would leave it alone!


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