Monday, May 14, 2007


Such a simple scam

The email below is the first stop on what is a very simple scam, it is part of the suite of tricks used primarily by Nigerians known as 419 scams (After the article of Nigerian law that deals with them) or advance fee fraud, however this one differs in that no upfront fee is requested. Here is how it works...

1) You respond and they sign you up.

2) The cheques start to arrive; you are implored to pay them in to your bank and wire the money immediately.

3) The Cheques bounce (they are fake) and you have to repay the money, problem is that international money transfers are hard to trace, the fraudster has made off with your money.

It really is that simple, yet it works because it has the classic scam hook, easy money, the optimist in us would love to believe that someone would just email, out of the blue offering money for old rope.

Interestingly a trace on “Michael Nash” showed that the email was send from Hamburg, Germany, not Japan as claimed.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Nash"
To: stopscamguides(at)
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 11:25 AM
Subject: P/T Job Vacancy.

> TOKYO 1000005
> Registration Number: 3699677
> VAT registration number: 832 6732
> My name is Michael Nash, a representatives from MIN-KAN INTERNATIONAL LIMITED with the head quarter in Tokyo, Japan.
> We recently expanded our sales to the United Kingdom and Europe becuase of the great innovation the company have gain across the world in the marketing of all sort of Electronic apppliances. We have been facing serious difficulties when it comes to selling our products to britain, interms of payment as majority of them offer payment with cheque payment, which is very difficult for us to cash here in Japan.
> We are presently working on setting up a branch in the United Kingdom for now and we are urgently in need of a representative in the United kingdom who will be working for us as a part time staff workers who will be working from home without affecting his/her present job if they have any at hand now and we will be willing to pay 10% for every transaction.
> We are looking for an individual in the United Kingdom who will be working for us and we are willing to pay 10% for each & every transaction, which wouldn't affect your present state of work, someone who will receive payments on our behalf, from our customers in Europe. These payments are in form of a cheque and it will be made payable to your name, so all you need do is cash the cheque, deduct your percentage and wire the rest back to us via western union or moneygram money transfer. I want you to know that you will not be investing any money from your pocket in this venture, you are to receive payments which will be sent by my customers to you via express mail.
> If you can assist us with this transaction, I would like you to get back to me.
> Awaiting your response and thanks.
> Sincerely,
> Michael Nash
> X-PHP-Mail: Mon May 14 12:25:52 CEST 2007 - /home/www/web93/html

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