Jobs Scam: Western Exporters Pty (Australia) Limited - James Ivan

Job and Recruiting Scams:
Payment Officer Scam
Western Exporters Pty (Australia) Limited
James Ivan

Have you received an email from James Ivan of "Western Exporters Pty (Australia) Limited" in Australia (or ANYWHERE else) offering you a job as an "agent to receive payment", "Payment Officer", "local agent" or "local representative" in which you "receive payments", deduct your "Processing fee", deposit the checks and then wire most of the money to an overseas "company"?

It is an AFF / Money transfer Scam.  They'll send you counterfeit checks which you are supposed to deposit, take out some percentage (typically, 10%) for your work, and then MoneyGram or Western Union wire the remaining 90%. Notice that although you receive checks, they won't let you forward a check to them, only Western Union or Money Gram. There's a reason for this: Western Union and MoneyGrams are cashed immediately and are untraceable and irretrievable. Bank checks can take 1 or 2 weeks to clear!

Of course, since the check is fake, it will bounce a week or so later after you deposit it.  But you have already moneygram'ed the scammers the 90% of the amount, and that is transacted almost instantly.  So you now owe the bank for the full amount. You may also face criminal charges for passing counterfeit checks. See this page for a step-by-step explanation of how the scam unfolds.

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Notice the passages we have highlighted in the actual scam email below.  They point out some of the additional clues that it is a scam, such as the email comes from a free email account (such as,,, Gmail,, etc.).  Wouldn't you expect a company to have its own website and email address (after all, it only costs about $200/year; every reputable company has its own website these days!) And don't be surprised if the scammers do put the names of real companies, real websites and events in their scams; it doesn't mean anything at all!

Sample "Payment officer" scam emails:

From : <>
Sent : Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:07 AM
Subject : Earn More: Represent Our Company.

Dear Friend,

At Western Exporters Pty (Australia) Limited we sell Meat. We have reached big sales volume in the European and Asian market and now are trying to penetrate the Northern American market. Quite soon we will open representative offices and authorized sales centers in North America and therefore we are currently looking for people who will assist us in establishing a new distribution network there. The fact that despite the Northern America market is new for us we already have regular clients also speaks for itself.


The international money transfer tax for legal entities (companies) in Australia is 25%, where as for the individual it is only 7%. That is why we need you. We need agents to receive payment for our products in their locality and to resend the money to us. This way we will save money because of tax decreasing.If we do not do it this way,we will not make profit.


7%-9% from each sale/resale operation! For instance, you receive 1000 USD to your bank account. You will withdraw the money and keep $70 (7% from $1000) for yourself. At the beginning your commission will equal 7%, though later it will increase up to 9%!


You do not have to go out as you will work as an independent contractor right from your home office. Your job is absolutely legal. You can earn up to $3000-4000 depending on time you will spend for this job. You do not need any capital to start. The employees who make efforts and work hard have a strong possibility to become managers. Anyway our employees never leave us. Again, if this offer suits you, please get back to us for further details and forward to us your full contact details in the form of a resume/Curriculum Vitae to enable us know who we are dealing with.

Thanks for your time.

Your's Sincerely,

James Ivan

The letter may be signed by other names, such as this:

Thanks for your time.

Your's Sincerely,
Anne O'Brien

Other Jobs Scams

There are a variety of sleazy scams that look, at first glance, like legitimate job offers.  Before you write back to them, pause a moment and read about the scams below!

Some of the more common job scams are

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