Posted by : Becca | On : January 7, 2009

Personnels?? LOL. Um, “personnel” is already plural. That and about a million other spelling and grammar errors. Smells like the old Nigerian scam to me. Besides, a company that it a subsidiary of the Sony group isn’t going to use Hotmail and Yahoo. They’re clearly idiots. Friends don’t let friends work for morons. Shall we highlight all the mistakes in this ad? Let’s see:

ONLINE CLERK – COMPUTER SKILLS – TYPIST Hello Applicant, We have recieved a notification of your resume from Job Planet Resume Database. We have reviewed your resume and we are satisfied with your credentials. Let me start by introducing myself and the Company to you, I am Benny Moore the Personnels Manager of the firm Chester Concepts Networking Company which is a new Innovation of the Sony Group Holdings Japan, Through our Rep. Ms. Josephine K. Anderlet Sony Technologies, Inc and also a member of the British Better Business Association.

We are offering one of the Best Work from Home opportunity to individuals seeking for Temporary Jobs, Work From Home and Second Shift. The Company is offering an ( HOME BUSINESS NETWORK – WORK FROM HOME INICIATIVE ) For $25 Per Hr. ( location not required ).

Chester Concepts Networking Company is a United Kingdom baby firm which is just getting to a year old, seeking assistance with the work from home iniciative to assist with clerical and administrative duties online pending the establishment of our New Outlets in ( Ontario, Alberta and Saskatoon ) Canada, ( New York ,California, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvenia and Virginia ) United States. We are into Computer Peripherals Supplies. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of independent dialysis providers around the world by leveraging today’s most innovative technologies to deliver a full spectrum of high-quality services to the businesscommunity. We Specialize in all kinds of Computer peripherals Suplies such as ATX case, Networking Routers, HDDX Compacts, Satilite HDD Communicator, Computer Pheripherals, CD-R Hard Drives, Memory Sticks and many more. CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES:Your duty when work commences are to be provided by your supervisor which would be made known to you . You would be giving Log s and records of company transactions that are back dated and back logged to sort out and help to ascertain balance sheets and computer records of several invoicing and payments made in past transactions. This are the enormous logsthat the company needs an extra hand for, which made it necessary for the company to employ Online staffs to record company transactions the ever growing needs of our clients.Now the software you would be having would entail the proper data entry and arrangements of records beingsorted out along side with Microsoft office Soft.( Spread sheet and Excel ). This would help make it easier. After Logs have been processed by you, the end data would be passed on to your supervisor by through the Accounting Software. ( Tuition and Training on how to use the softwares would be given freely by our supervisors before your equipments arrive. These equipments are given out to online staffs for Data-security reasons. ) Here is a Brief Questionaire that would help Us acertain your skills and experience. Interview Questions *Have you ever worked from home?*So why do you want this Job?*Are you taking this as a primary or secondary job? if secondary explain why?*Do you have professional Reference which I can go through?*Will you be able to devote 20 hours of your time toChester Concepts Networking Company.? that is 2hrs atleast daily?*Have you worked as an Online assistant before?*Do you have a printer, fax machine and a scanner?*Privacy and code of conduct….explain the phrase?*What do u understand by petty cash?*How would you describe your self?

*Do you know your clerical speed?what is it?*Do you have an idea of how to use ms excel? SEND YOUR REPLY TO ( chesterconcepts@yahoo.com ) IMPORTANT: Send in Your Full Name, Address and Contact phone number so we could reach you after the Interview and create a folder for you on the administrave desk.

RegardsBenny MoorePersonnel And Resource ManagementChester Concepts Networking Company. HQ26-29 Curlsburg Avenuve,Bolton, SW London. SW2 S1Email :

chesterconcepts@yahoo.com chesterconcepts@hotmail.com

Bwahahahahaha. Seriously. WHO in the WORLD would take an ad like this seriously? It’s ridiculous. I can’t believe anyone would fall for that after the first couple sentences.

Bottom line…use common sense, people! And if you don’t see the problem with ads like this, you should seriously enroll in an English class.



Posted by : Becca | On : August 7, 2008

I may have touched on this before, but a recent flurry of posts on a WAH website recently reminded me of something. When looking for work from home jobs it is absolutely required to be CAREFUL about the opportunities you see. Places like Craigslist, WAH forums and even sites like Monster and Careerbuilder are littered with postings that may seem legitimate but upon closer inspection are nothing more than scams, or at the very least are questionable “opportunities.”

So, as a reminder, here are some tips to keep in mind during your search:

1. If it looks to good to be true, it probably is.
When you see postings that offer big money for part time work or a lot of money for really simple tasks that is a big RED FLAG!

2. Don’t even consider “jobs” that entail receiving and sending money.
Every one of these that I’ve seen are nothing more than money laundering schemes that at best won’t pay you and at worst will land you in serious legal trouble. No legitimate business EVER needs you to use your personal accounts to transact their business.

3. Always get the business name and state of incorporation before sending your personal information.

The internet makes it very easy to check up on businesses. Find out the business name and where they are registered and check up on them. Visit the BBB, check with the Attorney General in their state. Verify, verify, verify.

4. If they have a website, find out who really owns it.
You can do a simple Google search on the business name and find out information, but you can find out more about who registered the domain at http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp.

5. Ask others’ opinions!
Use forums like WorkPlaceLikeHome.com and WAHM.com to ask more experienced WAH moms about companies you come across. The great folks on those forums are so helpful and willing to share information that will help you steer clear of scammers.

Good luck out there! The good news is that there ARE lots of legitimate jobs out there and eventually you will find the right one for you.



Posted by : Becca | On : February 15, 2008

Liars and scammers and money launderers, oh MY!

Here’s just the most recent “job offer” I’ve received in email. It’s quite obviously the same old “payment processing” scam in a new email.

First clue – I didn’t ever apply for a job with them. REAL companies don’t send emails to random people on the internet offering jobs.

Second clue – the email header shows the reply-to email address as a Yahoo email in the UK.

Third clue – they’re offering a part time position as a “Payment Representative”. Repeat after me folks – THERE IS NO SUCH LEGITIMATE JOB. EVER. REAL companies do not need random people on the internet to process their funds. EVER. It does NOT happen in real business.

Fourth clue – This wording “This project has also been developed not to affect your present job nor bring about any form of stress but in order to help take care of those extra costs.” Please. Who writes like that? Nigerian Scammers. That’s who.

Fifth clue– the job description:
1. Receive payment from Clients.
2. Cash Payments at your Bank.
3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed.
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage and pay to any of the
offices you will be instructed to do so later (Payment is to be
by Money Transfer

Once again, REAL legitimate companies do not, under ANY circumstances EVER need individuals to use their own bank accounts to process company funds. It’s called MONEY LAUNDERING folks, and it’s highly illegal. If you take a “job” like this you can wind up in JAIL. They say it’s legal. THEY ARE LIARS AND SCAMMERS, folks. Do NOT respond to emails like this:

From WINGAS COMPANY Fri Feb 15 06:03:16 2008
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Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 09:03:16 -0500 (EST)
From: “WINGAS COMPANY” <wingas@joboffer.co.uk>
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Head Office.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stra├če 160
D-34119 Kassel
Germany .
Web site: www.wingas.de
Email: jamesalmac@yahoo.co.uk


How do you do?

My name is Dickson James (Head of Public Relations, WINGAS Companies).

I would be very interested in giving you a part-time paying job as a
PAYMENT REPRESENTATIVE for WINGAS Companies, in the United States/Canada, in which you could earn a lot. This job would be based on contract and
commission terms and involves quite a lot of trust and honesty.
This project has also been developed not to affect your present job nor
bring about any form of stress but in order to help take care of those
extra costs. Meanwhile, this is 100% legal and there is no start up
cost required.

WINGAS GmbH is a joint venture of Wintershall AG in Kassel , the
largest German producer of oil and gas, and the world?s largest producer of
natural gas. The company has been active in the gas supply industry
since 1990 and supplies natural gas to public utilities.

WINGAS is successfully using the opportunities offered by the
increasing liberalization of the gas market for the sustainable expansion of its
market position in Europe .

Presently, we have just been granted a funding to head a research
project in Asia regarding Oil Drainage, Planning and Management and this would
be commencing very soon. However, the funding is made mostly in US
certified cashiers checks.

1. Receive payment from Clients.
2. Cash Payments at your Bank.
3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed.
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage and pay to any of the
offices you will be instructed to do so later (Payment is to be
by Money Transfer).

10% from each operation! For instance: you receive 5000 USD via check’s
our Behalf. You will cash the Money and keep $500 (10% of $5000) for
yourself! At the beginning your commission will equal 10%, though later
will increase up to 15%!

(1).18 years or older legally capable,responsible and ready to work 3-4
hours per week.

(2).You must have PC knowledge,e-mail and internet experience

And please know that Everything is absolutely legal, that’s why you
have to fill a contract!

Anyways, to get started with us is free and easy. Your commission is a
constant fee that is dependent on how long you are ready to work with

Your willingness to work as a Payment Representative now will help and
save time so that this project can be concluded as soon as possible.

Also, I can assure you that you will be insured on Health bases and
housing allowance will be catered for (Effective after 1 week of
Application). This is acknowledged as part of our policy. You may
the policy offer anyway.

If interested in this job, do fill the application form below send via
e-mail to:


Then we’ll make the concluding arrangements on how you’ll get started.
Just to let you know that English will be our official communicating
language. Hope to hear from you soon.

Warmest Regards,

Dickson James
Head of Public Relations










PHONE NUMBERS (Home and Mobile):-


(Information included in this application form is CONFIDENTIAL between
you and me, and the full name and contact info should be included as it
should be written on the payments being issued over to you, you should also
include a valid phone number for easy contact)

Dickson James
Head of Public Relations.