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: me a position working from home. I'm sure that this is a scam but don't know how it works. I am to open a bank account with a zero balance and as transactions are completed by myself, (paper work etc.,) the amount of the sale which will be made by the employer will be credited into my newly opened bank account. I am then to send all the money on to the employer but hold back 7.5% for my commission. I can't understand why a middle man would be required in the first place and am suspicious that the "employer" may be hacking other bank accounts and transferring the funds into the new account as opened by myself. Should this be the case, then the transactions would be easily traced to myself and I would have a difficult time explaining my role in these transactions. I do not intend to enter into such an proposition as it all seems too underhanded and dishonest. Has any one else been made an offer such as this and can any one tell me how such a dubious arrangement could turn out to be a scam and how it would work? Nice to hear from a few people on this. Thanks in advance.

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: Obvious scam.
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: i've heard of it, its a total scam.
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: NEVER reply to emails of an economical fashion. Ever.
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: They are either:

Laundering money and you will be the one investigated.
Committing fraud and you will be the one investigated.
Sending non existent funds and you will be the one responsible to your bank for the money when it disappears.
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: It's one of two common scams.

1. They are scamming other people into sending real checks to you. The checks clear, you hold out your "commission" and when they don't deliver the item the buyer paid for, you are left holding the back as the only person the victims know the name and address of. The police charge you with money laundering unless you convince them of your innocence AND pay 100% of the money back to the victims.

2. They come up with fake checks and send them to you. Usually you figure out the checks are bouncing weeks later and again, must make them all good.
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: It's called money laundering and is a felony that will land the account holder in prison for 5-10 years
You and your account are being used to launder criminal funds, money from hacked bank and paypal accounts and cash counterfeit checks and money orders
It's illegal for any employer to ask you to process any transactions through a personal bank account. By law all business transactions must go through a merchant banking account opened by a director listed on the company's articles of incorporation. This is for government reporting and tax purposes
Report this to your local police or FBI Field Office
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: Utter scam. Just walk away,

Why do they need YOU to do this?
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: 100% are correct.

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 accept a fake bank deposit. The deposit will be from a stolen credit card, hi-jacked paypal account or phished bank account. You are then suppose to withdrawal the money before your bank realizes the transfer was made with stolen money. You are suppose to send the "money" via Western Union or moneygram back to the scammer posing as the "supply company" while you "keep" a small portion. When the credit card/paypal/bank account owner realizes their money is in your account, your bank reverses the transfer now you get the real life job of paying back the bank for 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.

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", "fake job bank account 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.
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