Scam Alert! The classic bait and switch…now with textiles as the bait.

Below is an email I received this morning. My email package had placed this in my spam bin but since I had nearly 200 over the weekend I decided to do some cleaning and browse the messages looking for the legitimate ones.

I was curious about the below post since the subject line was textiles. So I opened it and sure enough I immediately thought “I can’t believe these people are at it again!”.

If you ever get any type of email, regular mail, phone call or inquire about a job listing (craigslist, hot jobs) do not get suckered into this particular scam.

The offender (or employer as they make themselves out to be) is wanting you to be their ‘representative’. It sounds too easy. All you do is wait for the checks, cash them in your account, take your cut and forward the company’s due share back. But what they don’t tell you is THE CHECKS ARE FAKE! They look real. My guess, the below named company probably does exist and they have no idea their identity has been stolen (I’ll check on that and most likely report back here). Or…these offenders will send a somewhat real looking ‘cashiers check’, ‘money order’, or ‘bank draft’ and want you to cash this for them.

Put your thinking cap on here. What company do you know of that would have someone else cash their checks??????? CLUE: NONE! This is obvious the first indication this is a scam. How the scam works is after you deposit the money, in about 10-15 days your bank will report back to you that the check, money order, bank draft, what have you was a fake and if you were so unlucky to have already sent back to the perpetrator your own cash, you not only are out the money you sent, but now you owe the bank a ‘bad check’ fee AND you have just committed a crime!


How do I know these are scams? Well not having personally been a victim my company was used once as the bait and job postings were posted both on craigslist and hotjobs. I started getting phone calls from people all over the country asking about the job. After a little research and many emails and letters to craigslist and hotjobs I was able to have the listings removed.

Subject: Part-Time Job Opportunity
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 16:57:51 +0100 (CET)

Would you like to work online from Home/Temporarily and get paid
 weekly? We are glad to offer you for a job position in our organization
 KINGSTON FABRICS TEXTILE LTD. based in BELGIUM. We need someone to work for
 the company as Representative/Book keeper in the USA ,Uk and Canada

This is in view of our not having an office presently in the USA ,UK or
 Canada . You don't need to have an office and this certainly won't
 disturb any form of work you have going at the moment.

 Your tasks are:
 1. Receive payment from Customers and co-ordinate payments.
 2. Receiving and re-mailing of official letters.
 3. Cashing or process payment at your Bank.
 4. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed
 5. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the
 offices you will be contacted to send funds to through Money transfers.

This takes barely hours, so it will give us a possibility to get
 customer's payment almost immediately.For example you got $3000.00, you take
 your income/benefit: $300.00 Send to us: $2700.00, First month you will
 have 15-20 transactions on $3000.00-£6000.00 so you may calculate
 your income.For example 18 transactions on $3500.00 gives you $4410.00Plus
 your basis monthly salary is $1000.00 Total: $5410.00 per month.Our
 payments will be issued out in your name and you can have them cashed in
 your bank or other Cashing Services, deduct your benefit and forward
 the balance to the company.

 We are looking only for the worker who satisfies our requirements and
 will be a honest assistant and we understand it is an unusual and
 incredible job offer. The job offer is legitimate and legally called
 Business Receiving Agent/Management of Account Receivables.

 We are glad to offer this job position to you. If you feel that you
 are a serious and earnest worker and you want to work for KINGSTON
 FABRICS TEXTILE LTD, kindly email us the following information about you:

 Your full name :
 Sex and Age :
 Home Address :
 Telephone number(s) :

Your Urgent reply is needed so that we can give you a Contact Agreement
 and decide on giving you the job.
 We await your response back to this email :


11 thoughts on “Scam Alert! The classic bait and switch…now with textiles as the bait.”

  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Jason Rakowski


  2. ive been waiting to hear about my money and what do i know its a scam thank you for telling me i could have gotten in to real bother.cheers jay.


  3. Thanks for the scam alert. Got one myself this morning:

    Hello, We are glad to offer you a job position with our company.Following ourexpansion, we need someone to work for the company as a Representative/Bookkeeper in the USA. This is in view of our not having an office presently inthe USA. My customers make payments for our supplies every week in form ofUS based Money Orders or casheir’s check which are not readily cashableoutside the United States. Moreover, the international money transfer taxfor legal entities(companies) in UK is 25%, whereas it is only 7% for anindividual and that is why we need your help. Your tasks are: 1. Recieve payment from Customers which will arrive your doorstep via FEDEXor DHL..2. Cash Payments at your Bank (Upon the paper instruction enclosed in sameenvelope alongside the cheques).3. Deduct 10% which will be your commission/pay on each Payment processed4. Forward balance after deduction of commission/pay to any of the officesyou will be contacted to send payment to.(Payment is to forwarded either byMoney Gram or Western Union Money Transfer Preferably). If you are interested, Kindly send to me the listed information below: #Your full name:#Your full home address (ADDRESS 1, CITY, STATE AND ZIPCODE):#Your age,#Present Occupation:#direct contact telephone number (HOME AND CELL):#Your email address: AFTERWARDS YOU WILL BE SENT A COMPREHENSIVE EMAIL FROM ME OR MY BUSINESSMANAGER, STEVE CALVIN( +447031973627 cell) CONTAININGALL WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE JOB. WARMEST REGARD, FROM: CEO/SHEILA STEWARTCLASSIC TEXTILES AND GALLERIES LTD158 Renfrew StreetGlasgow, G3 6RF


  4. This happen to me about 5 years ago when I was new to the internet world so I have became aware of this scam for awhile now. So this morning I received another one about and apartment I have listed on craigslist. Here is the email:

    —–Original Message—–
    From: LORNA FREY
    Sent: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 7:44 am
    Subject: good day

    Good Day

    With regards to the property I am inquiring about, I will like to get
    some more details about it, I am currently in the Uk and I am
    Relocating down to the US to do a survey for my employer (Kingston
    fabrics & textile
    ) (UK), as we are about to open an office in the state,
    so due to my non presence to inspect the Property, I will like you to
    give me the below details,

    # I need full details including address of the property and pictures
    if available for the place.
    # Monthly rentals/security deposits.
    # If utilities is added to monthly rent.
    # When the property would be available.
    # Mail me the total move in cost.

    I await your response soon.



  5. one small simple thing to remember

    there is no free lunch

    if you keep that in mind

    you will be ok


  6. thank is sent my name and the other info i glad i read this people are crazy it did sound to good to be true so i typed in steve calvin and you site popped up first as a scam the company seemed to be real when i looked it up but something still didn’t seem right im so glad i read this
    thanks a bunch


  7. I just received a internet job invitation from Mood Fabrics it sounds like a scam. However, I notice they have an website and address in N.Y. They talked about account receivable work as a assistant secretary part time. Of course, I would not open up an account in my name. I know that scam. However, is this company legit? Does anyone know about them.


  8. Mood Fabrics is a wonderfully sucessful fabric bisness which appeared on project runway not to long ago however these emails of employment are a scam… I got one of these emails and was really hurting for money so thought it would be a good idea. I googled them and found scam after scam… same email and same guys name along with other people’s names…. supposedly the checks are fake and that if you put them into your account it will end up being negative… devestating for some of these people


  9. I’ve gotten similar scam emails myself but hadn’t gotten any in quite some time until the other day. This one is claiming to be from Please be careful people!!!! Here is the most recent attempt these criminals gave sent me.
    We wish to employ the service of a work at home financial assistant/secretary who would
    handle billings and full inventory of monthly billings, payments and activities routed through
    him/her on behalf of TRIM FABRIC.I work with ( ) as the Recruiting
    Supervisor and where we sell our brand of fabrics and garments made from unique materials
    online.I require the services of a company assistant/secretary to help with payments, provide
    customer support services and keep records of ongoing transactions. I have to be very mobile,
    as I need to import and export a lot of selective and unique interior designs on the request of our
    customers as the best of them are actually produced in Europe.We have a store in
    Gloversville,New York.We sell our products mostly here in the US and in Canada. Most of the
    buyers we work with are those we’ve previously handled successful transactions with, new
    buyers are verified by me so you have nothing to worry about. The best form of payment is via a
    Certified Cashier’s Checks and Money Orders as they are readily available and since payments
    come from a wide range of consumers these means is an easy option for those that prefer the
    old fashioned cash means and money order way of transaction.As a financial assistant/secretary,
    your work is pretty simple and straight forward with flexible working hours. You receive the
    payment from buyers according to their preferred mode of payments directly from the individual
    buyer, in your mail and have them cashed at your bank.You send the payment to our
    suppliers/vendors when I need you to, or directly to the company and your pay is 10% of the
    amount sent to you from individual buyer.An average transaction from a buyer is worth
    $1,700.00 and upwards. All charges during cashing,sending of payments and transaction
    completion will be deducted from the balance after you’ve gotten your pay.If you can handle as
    many as 3 transactions per week, though you’ll be handling one (1) initially to see how efficiently
    you can carry out your tasks and complete transactions. On 3 transactions you’re assured of
    making nothing less than $500 weekly.The hours are flexible and you can decide when you
    wanna work,I don’t need you online 24/7 just online on a daily basis and check your emails
    regularly.Working with me will also not disturb your other jobs as I require that applicant only
    have easy access to the net, be reachable easily and respond/carry out instructions sent as soon
    as possible.Kindly indicate your interest in the position by sending me your full contact details in
    the format below.Hope to hear from you soon.
    Full Names…
    Physical Address ( PO BOX NOT ACCEPTED )…
    Zip code…
    Cell Number…
    Home Number…
    Email Address(Pry & Sec)…
    Kind Regards
    Recruiting Supervisor,
    Steve Sawyer
    Gloversville,New York 12078


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