Friday, November 11, 2005

Money mule recruitment becomes a spam favorite


October saw a massive rise in the volume of spam that seeks to recruit unwitting recipients as traffickers in stolen goods or money launderers, masking their scams as work at home or get rich quick opportunities, according to a new report.

Spammers are increasingly offering employment, either redelivering packages or redistributing payments, according to email security experts ClearSwift.

The first such scam involves accepting delivery of goods paid for with a stolen credit card, then forwarding them further along the chain. The second is a simple money laundering role where the “worker” acts as a so-called money mule, taking money from the fraudsters, washing it through a legitimate bank account and returning it clean, minus a cut, to the criminals.


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