Saturday, July 01, 2006

Evil genius seeks henchmen

Ever wonder how evil Geniuses like Dr No or Ernst Stavro Blofeld hired all those henchmen willing to be shot in the course of their plans for world domination? Wonder no longer, Craigslist!

Evil genius seeks henchmen
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Date: 2006-07-01, 10:37PM EDT

Must be expendable, physically fit, follow orders without question and wear uniform (provided). Previous experience with rockets, telecommunications and/or excavating the inside of volcanoes highly desirable.

Job location is various

Compensation: Monthly stipend (negotiable), room, board, ammunition, generous death benefits

yes -- OK for recruiters to contact this job poster.
no -- Please, no phone calls about this job!
no -- Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
yes -- Reposting this message elsewhere is OK.

OK, I admit that I posted this myself. The point is that real criminals are recruiting people through the Internet to be mules for package reshipping and carding schemes. My post is obviously a spoof, their scams are much easier to fall for.

As with drugs trafficers, mules are expendable. The only difference is that an Internet money mover or package reshipper is certain to be caught. You could almost call it their job description. The carding ring does not want the goods they buy on Amazon with stolen credit card numbers shipped to their own address, too easy to be caught. So they have them sent to a package reshipper who forwards them by freight courier to the type of address Amazon would never ship goods to, like the West Africa or Eastern Europe, often the address is a loading dock of a warehouse.

When the mule gets caught the face a real risk of going to jail. Often the carding rings use the details they collected when they recruited the mule to perform an identity theft, that is taking out large loans in their name. In the case of money movers the transfers of stolen money into their account are fraudulent and are reversed. The transfers of money out of their account were properly authorized though and the banks will demand repayment.

Being an Internet mule is the job from hell: you end up with a tripple whammy of wrecked credit, a huge debt and likely jail time.

Update: We have our first applicant!
Update: Number of applicants is up to 3 in first hour!

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