Word of the Week: Scam

Word of the Week: Scam

Are You a Victim of Money Laundering?

Every day a scam star is born. Like a colony of ants infiltrating a pile of wood, the scammers have come out of the woodwork in record numbers, and have attacked the Internet at full force. They are often found hiding within the offers for work at home (WAH) jobs, careers, and telecommuting opportunities.

Under an easy disguise their proliferation is accomplished by advertising in free posting sites such as Craigs List. Craigs List is a legitimate place to find many good job offers, but unfortunately the crooks have used their site to gain access to hundreds of people to do their hideous work.

Most people become participants in money laundering schemes simply by not being aware of what money laundering really is! I'm always happy to alert someone of the signs of those scams. Perhaps the example below will assist you to guard yourself against one such scam.

In the example below, here are the characteristics to identify, which reveal that their operation is nothing more than a disguise for laundering money.
  • Instructs their victim to open a bank account for receiving funds from customers or clients
  • So called employee keeps a percentage of the funds received, and then forwards the remaining monies to the so-called employer - thus laundering the money.
Now that I've pointed out the key characteristics it makes it very easy to identify the operation as a federal crime waiting to happen. However, if you were not given the points above, would you have recognized this example below as money laundering? If not, I hope next time you will.


A lady applied for a job with a company. They sent her an email with information about the position, and she responded back telling them that she wanted to apply. Fortunately before she replied she was smart enough to recognize that something was not right with their offer. She then shared the information to ask the opinion of others as to whether or not it sounded like a scam. Please note the spelling errors are from the original she received, and spelling errors are often another sign that it is not a legitimate offer.This is What the process consist of:As you applying you need to forward us your bank information (account name, account number, routing number, bank name) that we may able to register merchant account to it, we suggest you to use separate bank account to exactly this job.The merchant account registration process will take up to 7-10 days to complete. Once merchant is ready, it will be configured in 24-48 hours on our website and will start receiving payments from customers.After we start selling, your exact duties will be in collecting payments from customers, it means that all payments will be forwarded to your bank account, you will be reporting to our sales manager about current status of how much orders collected.In some cases you will be making or receiving calls from/to customers to discuss the order status or any other concerns, our sales manager will inform you if it will be required.Corresponding payments to our financial department each payment day, this day will be set in further when orders start coming, usually each week. You will be get paid in the same day.Your salary will be equal 10% of the total amount you receive from our clients.

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