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    NutMag Travel?

    Hi everyone,

    First time visitor and poster. I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about this company? They have ads listed for several locations in Canada right now, hiring "Data Entry" people. I received the following email, and I'm pretty suspicious of it, but I was wondering if anyone could confirm anything they may have heard.

    "

    Hello,

    We recently received your correspondence indicating an interest in a position at
    Travel Agency "NutMag". We want to thank you for taking the time to send us
    information about yourself.
    We regret to inform you, however, that the available position has been filled, but
    For today at us vacancy of the Financial Manager(part-time) is open. Below you will
    see its detailed description. If you were interested with our offer simply reply on
    this email.

    Please examine this list of requirements for our company's employees:

    - Must be able to use the Internet and have access to the Internet (email).
    - Must have 5-10 hours per week available to work with the e-mail account.
    - Must be able to work without supervision.
    - Must have a responsible approach to business.
    - Must have a branch of Western Union or Moneygram in your town.
    - Must be able, if necessary, to visit a bank or another financial institution in
    your town on any weekday.

    Who are we?
    We are one of the world's premiere designers and providers of "extreme adventures" a
    unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime tours tailored exclusively to meet your threshold
    for risk, excitement, adventure, and more. Our trips include travel by air, land,
    and sea; comprise solo and group endeavors; and traverse the heights and depths of
    one's imagination. Have but one goal in mind the complete and absolute
    satisfaction of our clients and co-adventurers.
    To ensure this, we provide our adventure clients with thrilling, on-the-edge, safe,
    one-of-a-kind travel experiences to the untamed outskirts and far reaches of Russia,
    where they inevitably experience great personal feats and bear witness to some of
    the most magnificent places on earth and beyond. Although our tours are guaranteed
    to push the limits of one's imagination, we are committed to not seeing our clients'
    cost go beyond reason. We are committed to providing our clients the world's best
    travel experience at the world's best price. We achieve this by catering to
    individual adventure-seekers, as well as large entertainment, travel, and corporate
    groups.
    You can find more about us in our web site: http://www.nutmag.com

    Your earnings
    Your earnings will consist of the monthly constant salary at a rate of 2500 CAD and
    interest from the processed payments: 5
    Your basic salary is paid to you two times a month.

    Description of your activities
    You will receive and cash in the transfers from our clients, process these payments,
    and send the funds to our company.
    Here is how it works:
    1. The client makes a payment.
    2. Immediately after this, our manager sends you an e-mail message with information
    about the payment and detailed instructions on how to process it.
    3. You receive this payment.
    4. You cash it.
    5. You deduct 5 (for example, if you receive $1000, you deduct $50 as your
    commission. The balance remaining is $950.).
    6. You go to the nearest branch of Western Union or Moneygram.
    7. You send the balance to us.
    8. You send us an e-mail message containing all the required information on the
    transfer.
    When you make the transfer you will have to pay a commission to Western Union(or
    Moneygram). The exact amount of this commission depends on the amount being
    transferred. Let's assume the commission is 50 US Dollars. You pay this commission
    from the balance of the payment (the $950), which means that the actual transfer
    will total $900.
    All transfers will be sent on Interac E-mail Money Transfer System. For sent of such
    transfers it is enough to know your name and a E-mail. For reception of such
    transfers, it is necessary for you to have the bank account in one of banks included
    in Interac System. These are such banks as Royalbank, Scotiabank, BMO, CIBC and TD
    Canada Trust. For more detail about that such Interac, look on sites of these banks.
    You can use as bank account already available at you, or to open new specially for
    work.

    Example
    If we have a client, we forward him directly to you. He transfers the required
    amount to you, then you send this processed payment with all the required data to
    us, having deducted your 5 commission. For each such transaction you will receive
    detailed instructions from our managers who will tell you what to do and how to do
    it.
    The number of clients per employee varies. It depends upon the market conditions,
    the season and other factors. On average, an employee processes 20-30 payments a
    month. The amount of each payment is not fixed, but it normally fluctuates between
    700 and 1500 Canadian Dollars.

    If you have any questions about the job offer, terms or conditions, please do not
    hesitate to contact me directly, I will assist you with any step of the recruiting
    process.

    Sincerely,
    Ekaterina Frolova"
    HR Manager | TA "NutMag"

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    I think it's sketchy too. First of all, there are grammar and spelling mistakes. Secondly, I googled them and I only find their website and this post. There is no listing or mention of them in actual Russian travel agency websites. I think it's a front and what's really going on is money laundering. The money does not have to be sent to you to be "processed" unless there is some laundering going on.

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    scam, for sure. they are saying that they cannot handle company money, need to have it sent to you and pay you 5% + your salary + western union fees, all for nothing.

    this is because they want you to cash fake checks thru your own bank account and send the money on to them by western union. they are in nigeria or russia where your local police can't get them. your local police will get you, and you will pay back everything they stole from your bank account.

    in this case, it won't be bad checks, it will be stolen money wired to you.

    All transfers will be sent on Interac E-mail Money Transfer System. For sent of such
    transfers it is enough to know your name and a E-mail. For reception of such
    transfers, it is necessary for you to have the bank account in one of banks included
    in Interac System. These are such banks as Royalbank, Scotiabank, BMO, CIBC and TD
    Canada Trust.
    Last edited by mumbles; 03-31-2011 at 08:13 AM.

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    I received exactly same email. So, it is scam ?? what you suggest me to do now ?

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    100% scam, I agree with mumbles.

    There is no job.

    There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.

    The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "secretary/assistant/accountant" and will demand you cash a large fake check sent on a stolen UPS/FedEx billing account number and send most of the "money" via Western Union or moneygram back to the scammer posing as the "supply company" while you "keep" a small portion. When your bank realizes the check is fake and it bounces, you get the real life job of paying back the bank for the bounced check fees and all the bank's money you sent to an overseas criminal.

    Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

    When you refuse to send him your cash he will send increasingly nasty and rude emails trying to convince you to go through with his scam. The scammer could also create another fake name and email address like "FBI@ gmail.com", "police_person @hotmail.com" or "investigator @yahoo.com" and send emails telling you the job is legit and you must cash the fake check and send your money to the scammer or you will face legal action. Just ignore, delete and block those email addresses. Although, reading a scammer's attempt at impersonating a law enforcement offical can be extremely funny.

    If you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    You could post up the email address that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

    Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

    6 "Rules to follow" to avoid most fake jobs:
    1) Job asks you to use your personal bank account and/or open a new one.
    2) Job asks you to print/mail/cash a check or money order.
    3) Job asks you to use Western Union or moneygram in any capacity.
    4) Job asks you to accept packages and re-ship them on to anyone.
    5) Job asks you to pay visas, travel fees via Western Union or moneygram.
    6) Job asks you to sign up for a credit reporting or identity verification site.

    Avoiding all jobs that mention any of the above listed 'red flags' and you will miss nearly all fake jobs. Only scammers ask you to do any of the above. No. Exceptions. Ever. For any reason.

    If you google "fake check cashing job", "fraud Western Union scam", "money mule moneygram scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.

    Flag the ads on c_raigslist or which ever jobs board you found that fake job posted at, then do not respond to that criminal in any way.

    Wasting a scammer's time legally and safely is called "scambaiting". If you google that word, you will find sites where you can read scambaits, post up the emails, email addresses and that scammer's fake website, ask questions and learn all about that hobby. At the sites you find, you can also read how to alert a hosting company that they are hosting a scammer's fake website and help to shut that fake site down. Even if you aren't interested in shutting down that fake site, you can still post it at the "scambaiting" sites for someone else to "take care of".
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
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    Yup, I received the exact same e-mail today.

    I think it is money laundering and tax evasion.

    The thing is that I work for CRA (please don't hate me) and that is listed all over my resume.

    I will be giving the information to the people that can do something about it.

    How stupid, lol.

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    daredevil_60

    don't do whatever they want you to do. don't moneygram or western union. don't respond. just don't.

    if you already gave somebody your bank info, might be a good time to switch banks.

    platinumtangerine

    let us know how that works out.
    Last edited by mumbles; 03-31-2011 at 05:26 PM.

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    Re: NutMag Travel?

    Hi all,

    I was stupid enough to make a few transfers for this company. I wish this thread would have been created just a few days earlier. Anyways, what should I do now? Call the police or Canadian Fraud Agency? Any advice would be appreciated.

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    just tell the bank what happened. they will try to reverse the transactions and find out who got the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmac1324 View Post
    Hi all,

    I was stupid enough to make a few transfers for this company. I wish this thread would have been created just a few days earlier. Anyways, what should I do now? Call the police or Canadian Fraud Agency? Any advice would be appreciated.
    Go to Western Union immediately and see if the money has been picked up. If it hasn't stop the transaction and get the money back. Then go directly to your bank and tell them you accidentally cashed fake checks. You aren't the first and won't be the last person to tell their bank teller that. If the Western Union money has been picked up, talk to someone at the bank about repayment options. You WILL have to come up with that amount of money to pay back the bank. Your bank is NOT going to take the loss, you are, sorry.

    Since all you have is one of the scammer's fake names, one of the hundreds of free email addresses he uses and one of his paid-for-in-cash cell phone numbers, there is little the local law enforcement agency or Fraud Agency can do except take a report and file it with the dozens of other reports they have. There are not any multi-country law enforcement agencies working on finding and arresting fake check or other internet scammers sitting in cyber cafes half way around the world from you, sorry to say.

    Making a scammer's scam googlable on every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find is a great way to slow that scammer down when a suspicious potential victim goes looking for information, finds your post containing the name the scammer is using, his email address, phone number and the emails themselves and then that potential victim does not become a scam victim because you took the time to "get the word out".

    Wasting a scammer's time legally and safely is called "scambaiting". If you google that word, you will find sites where you can read scambaits, post up the emails and email addresses of scammers, ask questions and learn all about that hobby.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
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    I'm so glad to finally hear something about this. I replied to their ad and got the same email back. Seemed way too weird to me. I decided to complain about it so I sent an email to the job board that it was advertised on and gave them all the deets. I don't know if they did anything, but I don't see the ads anymore.

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    I'm so glad I did a quick google search on these con artists. Almost fell for it too.

    I got so far as for them to send a transfer to me. Fortunately my bank blocked the transfer, citing it as "suspicious activity". I emailed back asking about it and haven't received a reply as of now.

    Thankfully all they got from me was my email address and my name.

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    Hey
    i was stupid enough to make some of the transactions for them through Email Transfers, but I quit the job right after. What should I do now?
    Should i contact the police and file a report?

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    you want to just call the police and turn yourself in? or you want to go in person and confess?

    i dun know. i think i would alert the bank, perhaps. they may close your account and list you as either too gullible or too crooked to open another account anywhere. they may need you to pay back the money. they won't want to pay for your mistake.

    it can be a mess to clean up. now you know better.
    Last edited by mumbles; 07-11-2011 at 05:35 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by altantie View Post
    Hey
    i was stupid enough to make some of the transactions for them through Email Transfers, but I quit the job right after. What should I do now?
    Should i contact the police and file a report?
    If you are saying that you cashed a fake check or accepted a spoofed paypal transfer and then send cash to the scammer, then you will have to pay all that money back to your bank or paypal account. You could report what happened to the police, you can give them one of the fake names that scammer uses, one of his free email addresses, one of his stories, one of his fake company names and if you have a cell phone it is a paid-for-in-cash number. None of that information is going to help your police department find a scammer sitting in a cyber cafe half way around the world from you, sorry but you don't even know in what country your scammer is located.

    Walk into your bank and explain what happened and work out a repayment plan, you will have to pay all the money back. Your bank is not going to take the loss, that was their money you sent overseas and the bank wants it back, from you.

    Making a scammer's scam googlable on every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find is a great way to slow that scammer down when a suspicious potential victim goes looking for information, finds your post containing the name the scammer is using, his email address, phone number and the emails themselves and then that potential victim does not become a scam victim because you took the time "get the word out".

    Wasting a scammer's time legally and safely is called "scambaiting". If you google that word, you will find sites where you can read scambaits, post up the emails and email addresses of scammers, post up a fake website, read up on how to alert a hosting company that they are hosting a fake website, ask questions and learn all about the hobby of scambaiting.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
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    i expect you don't have, and won't have, the resources to pay back the money. you are a victim of this scam. your identity was stolen and used by a criminal. the criminal likely advertised items for sale using your name as the seller. the people who sent the money were tricked, but not by you. you thought you had a job. you are innocent victim. we all make mistakes.

    the bank can afford the loss more than you can so i wouldn't volunteer to make a payment plan. just tell the bank official what happened, that you were tricked, and see what they say.

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