Nearly got caught up on this, seen a job advertisment a few weeks ago and applied for it, company called World Market Auctions
Basically i was to transfer money to folk after it had been paid to my account and take 5% of what they put in for my troubles - yeah i know, money laundering / money mule
I panicked and called my bank after i got a mail advising there was 7.5k on the way to my account, for that full 24 hrs i couldnt sleep, worried myself sick
So i now see there trading as WORLD TRADING POST and claim to be affiliated with Ebay, someone calls you and go through their " Contract " and they then advise when you can start with them (Roughly 2 weeks after sending all your info to them )
So what happened is ....... Got a mail monday ...........Tuesday Morning 7.5k in my account at 5am (as i couldnt sleep) went to work and got the phonecall asking me if it had been deposited ,
You are supposed to go and take it out and make a xfer via western union to someone they advise , i didnt react fast enough and when i checked again at 10am the money had been recalled / taken back from my account
If i had acted quicker i would have been up 5hit creek with no paddle,
so just beware folks, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is
Below are a few blogs i have found
I applied for a job with them as well, in Australia, they said they're looking for 10 assistants in Aus and NZ. They got back to me really quick and wanted me to sign a statement.
There was no offer of employment and it just all seemed dodgy to me.
I didn't proceed since the job entails having money wired to your bank account then you have to forward it, if it's true then you are helping them with money laundering, if not all they want is to get your bank details to emty your account.
Today I got an e-mail from the jobsite (seek.com.au) where I found the job saying this company is fraudulent, they do not endorse companies who ask for your bank account number.
So be careful please!
May 30, 2008 7:54 PM
Mick James said...
My brother recently had one of these emails and I advised him not to touch it with a bargepole.
Not only does the service they purport to provide seem absolutely superfluous, so does the "admin assistant" job itself.
The eBay identity they quote is not necessarily them, and in any case has not sold anything for years. The only advertising they do is for these admin assistant jobs, not for their wonderful "service". Draw your own conclusions
June 2, 2008 9:40 AM
Hey i got one of those emails the same day from the address 'Геранькин Петр (firstname.lastname@example.org)' and advsd me to contact the world market auction email address for more information.
Obviously a scam since the first line of the email 'Dear job seeker, after investigating your resume we decided to invite you to work with our consort as our administrative assistant.' - i already have a job and have never sent my resume via email to any company, always via post and never to an address in Russia!
July 5, 2008 4:33 AM
I received the same email about two weeks ago, signed the paperwork and returned it. Gave them all my details (i have very little in my account so was not afraid of it being emptied) I have since recieved two transactions and have earned £198 for very little work. I am waiting on my third transaction and am finding the work profitable and non time consuming. I have spoken with my account manager personaly on the phone when they talked me through what was required. I believe in them, they are doing me no and of good!
July 21, 2008 6:00 PM
I just received the same e-mail as you all and did a IP tracking...
Reads as follow:
IP address: 18.104.22.168
ISP: Pochta.ru network
Country: Russian Federation
This is highly suspicious... and I'll send a copy of the e-mail to the abuse department at the Host e-mail address (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Obviously not to be trusted!
September 22, 2008 12:08 PM
Thank you for your blogs, I received a letter from Becci Purkey, (email@example.com) with a reply to World Market Auction
firstname.lastname@example.org. Nothing was mentioned about ebay or transferring funds, I never even thought about it not being legitimate until I tried to search the company. But it does seem strange about the email address, not to mention that it says, "For a trial period we sign a contract valid within 4 weeks. You undertake no expenses!
If you are interested in growing your income and long for a better salary - welcome in our team !
This position is available for United States and UK residents only."
I wonder how this other blogger is making that money or if they are simply representing the company. Thank you again. Saved me a lot of time applying.
September 28, 2008 12:35 PM
I got this mail and sent my details back, i gave them an account/sortcode that has virtually nothing in it , so today i got a call to accept their first deposit, ok, i am nervous , money laundering does cross my mind, and think i may speak to my bank for advice,
What do you think ??
October 6, 2008 4:36 AM
Ok, here is the story so far, Money £7.5k was transferred into my account Monday evening, Tuesday morning i was making arrangments to withdraw these funds and send as requested, fortunatley due to work commits i couldnt make it that day, also 24 hours notice is needed for huge amunts of cash. So i checked my bank again on the wednesday morning and the money had been recalled, here is the scam: Money deposited, you take out, Money recalled you have to put money back in including your 5% commision, so effectivley i would have been £375 out of pocket, so she called me, i explained to her and asked her why this happened and she hung up on me !!! BEWARE
If anymore info is needed i can be contacted at email@example.com
October 8, 2008 3:53 AM
Nick UK said...
BEWARE - They are now calling themselves 'World Trading Post' and are currently operating from 'world-trading-post.org'.
October 28, 2008 5:17 AM
hiya saw the job role advertised on gumtree, i aplied to the job and didnt get a response untill around 3 weeks later then i had to recieve and sign an agreement before i could get started, i am now due to recieve my 1st payment tomz, i have a feeling they could be washing money, but other things are telling me this is ligit company, they asked for my account number and sort code ,with them details it is not possible for them to take money out of my account only to put money in. i could get done for fraud but with all the emails and bank statements i have i can prove i was innocent to it will give it ago and just see what happens.
October 28, 2008 2:03 PM
i poseted the comment above! the money whent into my account, and my account then got frozen i was not able to access my wage, my daughters benefits my rent, and also all money due to go into my account will be bounced back, my account has being closed down, i am not able to open one at any other branch i will not be able to ever have a bank account, i will not be able to get any credit and i am being investigated for money laudering all because of this fake company, the company called me and onece i told them i knew they were commiting freud and money laundering the phone was put down on me!! i strongley advise no one to proceed with this job role,
IT SOUNDED TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE AND OBVIOUSLY IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
October 29, 2008 4:44 PM
This is a scam, they put 3k in my account as i was at university it was hard for me to make the transfer so by 2 i thought i would go in the bank to withdraw the money but guess what the money had been recalled. I have saved all the emails just in case any thing happens cautiously iasked the everything i had nothing in my account so i have nothing to loose
they operate as world trading post now but there website does not work. There should be some sort of compensation for all the people who have been effected by this,
they sounded more like nigerians when a lady rang me her english was quite broken beware people ,
i cant believe hard working people are getting scammed!