The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Monday, August 07, 2006

Money laundering scam -- Swiss Invest

A new scam spam is making the rounds lately (new to me, anyway). In this scam, you're contacted out of the blue by someone calling themselves "Swiss Invest" (not to be confused with Swiss Invest Centre). The scam email asks that you act as their "financial manager". The job entails accepting wire transfers into your personal account and then sending postal money orders to their "clients".

In other words, it's a money-laundering operation.

You can learn more about it in this article from the Westeran Australia consumer protection department and this detailed explanation from JoeWein.de.

One blog commentor writes that this is the work of known spammers "Ruslan (Send Safe virus writter and botmaster), Leo (List gathering and spamming), Dean Westbury (Linked to Mike Van Essen, Shane Atkinson ChCh), and one Kiwi.

Joe Wein has these very important points to make:
  • No legitimate company will use bank accounts of private individuals for processing payments from its customers.
  • No legitimate business will pay 5% and more for international money transfers (for example, $250 out of $5000), when banks provide such services for only $30-50 per transaction and businesses and individuals can set up their own bank accounts in other countries if needed.
  • No legitimate company uses private individuals to receive parcels and remail them.
Any job offer that involves any of the above activities is a fraud!

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a 419 scam based out of a different country.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Spam Diaries said...

Yes, that was my first thought — that it's some sort of advanced fee fraud. However, the other web pages on the subject seem to think that the spam is for real — they really want you to launder money for them. The catch of course, is that you eventually get arrested while the spammer kites off.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous gerwin said...

Is this a another type? Just received it in my mailbox.


-----------SPAM MAIL------------------
Dear Sir, Madam,
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We are small new firm engaged in export of goods to overseas
outside my country .We have won various small exports contract at one
time or the other, recently we were (engaged) contracted to supply
financial programs for market analyzing, management project software
in Germany and USA which was successfully done.
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Unfortunately we have faced some difficulties while receiving payment
for our software in our country as need 10-30 days to get a payment
from your country. We do not have so much time to accept wire transfers
and can't accept cashiers checks and money orders as well.
So we need your help to accept this payments in your country faster.
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If you are looking to make additional profit we will accept you as our
representative in your country. You will keep 8% of each deal we
conduct. We plan to forward our merchandise in exchange of wire
transfers and check payments. Your part is very important accept
funds and forward it to us. It is not a full time work but a very
convenient and fast additional income. Being our agent may grow into
future branch opening in your area if you are interested and the
business will be on up and up.
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We therefore solicit your assistance to help remit this money ,To facilitate this
transaction if you deem you would be able to undertake this task for the company,
I would want you to submit to us via mail to vginfosoft1@aim.com the following information which includes
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1 Your Full Name as it would appear on your resume
2 Your Qualification
3 Your Contact Address
4 Telephone number/Fax
5 Your present Occupation and Position presently held
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Please respond ASAP and you will get additional details on how you can
become our representative. Joining us and starting business today will
cost you nothing, just some extra income for you.
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Sincerely,
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Director of INFOSOFT Marketing Dept.
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4:58 AM  
Blogger Spam Diaries said...

Yes, obviously another variant of the same. It's either an advance fee fraud, a phish to get your banking information, or a genuine recruitment for someone to launder money illegally.

The inclusion of random gibberish such as "wet jump attic laugh" in the middle of the text is another unmistakable spam sign. The use of random words in a message is known as a "hash buster" -- it's intended to prevent anti-spam software from recognizing it.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The domain names of not only Swiss Invest but others like it like consulting-norway-gr.cn and Global Austrian Syndicate

Are always registered with joker.com whose it seems is not only happy to take money to registered the domain names.

But by not doing much about the spammers is happy for people to be spammed with a illegal money transfer scam.

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

got this too...

Hi Jojo.
We are small new firm engaged in export of goods to overseas outside my country .We have won various small exports contract at one time or the other, recently we were (engaged) contracted to supply financial programs for market analyzing, management project software in Germany and USA which was successfully done.


Unfortunately we have faced some difficulties while receiving payment for our software in our country as need 10-30 days to get a payment from your country. We do not have so much time to accept wire transfers and can't accept cashiers checks and money orders as well.
So we need your help to accept this payments in your country faster.


If you are looking to make additional profit we will accept you as our representative in your country. You will keep 8% of each deal we conduct. We plan to forward our merchandise in exchange of wire transfers and check payments. Your part is very important accept funds and forward it to us. It is not a full time work but a very convenient and fast additional income. Being our agent may grow into future branch opening in your area if you are interested and the business will be on up and up.


We therefore solicit your assistance to help remit this money ,To facilitate this transaction if you deem you would be able to undertake this task for the company,

!!! I would want you to submit to us via mail to infosoftvictorg@aim.com the following information which includes



-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
1 Your Full Name as it would appear on your resume
2 Your Qualification
3 Your Contact Address
4 Telephone number/Fax
5 Your present Occupation and Position presently held ________________


Please respond ASAP and you will get additional details on how you can become our representative. Joining us and starting business today will cost you nothing, just some extra income for you.


Sincerely,
Victor Godunov
Wed, 6 Sep 2006 14:00:36 +0100
P.R.O. INFOSOFT Marketing Dept.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please - can someone get this asshole off the Internet:

http://www.support-spdw34.com

It is a money laundering scam.

I'd like to but can't trace the server or his ISP

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got one of these BS offers.
I repled saying this is a BS money laundering scsam.
If they wanted to set me up with making me a corporation,generating a corporation then establishing a domestic bank account.and then call me if you need a rep

10:16 AM  

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