An unknown spammer has been sending email messages recruiting money launders, security expert F-Secure is reports on its blog.
But the email messages aren't actually that clear in phrasing it. The spam email is masked to look like a job posting from Monster.com, pointing to a fake moster.com website. The description mentions that the job involves transferring money through Western Union.
Moving around money made from illegal operations is a common method for criminal to launder their proceedings, putting up smoke screens that make it hard for authorities to track these money streams. F-Secure pointed out that the job posting likely tries to recruite people to launder money made from credit card fraud and identity theft operations.
An excerpt from the job listing that F-Secure posted states:
"In case of getting order from another country we have to pay 15% fee for international bank transfer according to the US law. To reduce the transfer cost we are looking for Financial Managers all over the world. When we get an order from another country, the Financial Manager in this country gets the payment and sends it to us through Western Union. Commission rate of Financial Managers is 3%."
The posting mentions a genuine company called Velocity Global Resources, but the URL for the site that it points to adds an 's' at the end of velocityglobal.com, pointing to a site hosted by the spammer.
I must give the criminals credit for their cleverness in trying to recruit unknowing job seekers for their money laundering operation. By offering fake Monster.com posting and referring to a fake but real company, they might just fool the occasional individual.
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