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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Example 221: University J0b Recruiting / Artnet Job Offer

Scam offers for employment sent to students using an image file to present the offer.

Messages text:

Date: Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 12:44 AM
Subject: Re: Artnet Job Offer

*find attached..*
The above had this customized IMAGE file delivering the message:

Date: Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 11:26 PM
Subject: University J0b Recruiting
Dear selected Candidate,
Your university recruiting department has selected you for an on-campus
offer. Please find attached..
This message, sent by a different email as the first, included this image with the gmail address used in the other "Artnet" offer:

Things to note:
  • Sender is unknown 
  • Email text sent as image file - presumably to avoid being detected as spam
  • Message follows standard "money mule" come-on

What is a money mule?

A money mule is someone recruited by criminals to transfer the profits of their illegal activities. The money may have been stolen directly from another bank account or may be the profits of fraud, drug trafficking, child labour or prostitution. Most of the criminals carrying out this type of crime are located abroad, so a money mule based in the UK is required to transfer the money overseas.
Although some money mules know that they are handling stolen money, criminals also target groups such as university students to unwittingly laundering the funds on their behalf.

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