Job Offer Scam Emails Target the Desperate and the Unemployed

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bill-swift - July 16, 2012

It sucks to be unemployed, but it sucks even more to be unemployed and to have been taken for a fool. That's what some scammers are setting out to do with these bogus job offer ads and emails that they've recently cooked up.

Researchers from Solutionary explain something that I think many of us have noticed with these types of scams: they all sound too good to be true. The reason for that is because most of them truly are. There are no work-at-home jobs that will let you earn a couple of thousand dollars a week, and there are no 'fast-track' job opportunities that will have you earning several hundred thousand bucks a year.

Here's the latest shady job offer that security experts were able to intercept recently:

We have an excellent opportunity for an apprentice applicant to join a rapidly expanding company. An at home Key Account Manager Position (Ref: 30721-126/5HR) is a great opportunity for stay at home parents or anyone who wants to work in the comfort of their own homes.

Applicants must have an excellent telephone manner, have a friendly approach, excellent communication skills and be computer literate. You must have the ability to type and talk at the same time to customers, as you will be taking customer details over the phone and inputting data onto company database.

It goes on to say that applicants should expect to earn up to $750 a week, depending on the number of hours they put in.

The thing is, this isn't actually an ad looking for employees. It's an ad looking for gullible individuals who money launderers will be using to transmit money. In short, you'll end up working as a money mule if you get the "job" from these folks.

Times may be tough, but it's pays to be smart during hard times like these. Avoid ads and job offers like these, because there's no such thing as an easy ride when it comes to earning your own keep.

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