Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Answer a "Too Good to be True" Work-at-Home Ad and Take the Rap for the Phishermen

Ryan Naraine of eWeek did an interesting story about how the phishermen launder their ill-gotten proceeds:

"The dramatic rise in phishing and identity theft attacks includes a well-organized offline component—the not-so-innocent "money mule" recruited by fraudsters to launder stolen money across the globe."

"The ads appear innocently on all the major employment listing sites, offering stay-at-home positions titled "shipping manager," "private financial receiver" or "sales representative."

eWeek story, here.

In the article, they responded to a Craiglist Ad - where after being prompted to submit personal and financial information to the Russian Mob - a base salary of $2000.00 a month was offered, plus $50.00 for each wire transfer and or shipment successfully received by them.

I agree with the article that people involved in this "aren't always so innocent," but since all the stolen money and merchandise will be sent to the new employee -- guess where law enforcement is going to trace it to?

Here is where anyone accepting these jobs could end up.

Also mentioned in the article was that prospective employees for these mobsters are required to submit a lot of personal and financial information about themselves to "hired." My guess is that this will be used to commit even more crimes without the knowledge of the employee (identity theft).

Trust me, Boris and his merry band of "Vlads" are expert at this.

Here is a story about a Better Business Worker caught up in one of these job scams:

BBB Worker Takes Job Processing Fraudulent eBay Transactions

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