Payment Officer

Job and Recruiting Scams:
Payment Officer / Transfer Manager Scam

This is a category of job scams unto itself. Have you received an email offering you a job as a "Payment Officer", "Transfer Manager", "book-keeper", "receiving agent", "distribution 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%.  See this page for a step-by-step explanation of how the payment manager scam unfolds. And you might what to read this email from an actual victim telling what happens if you cash the check.

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.

Keep in mind that the scammers often use the name of legitimate businesses and people. The scams below are actual examples sent in my visitors, but the names my be of honest businesses who have nothing to do with the scam, and are themselves being victimized.

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Sample "Payment officer" scam emails

See these pages for actual scam emails received:


Dear John Smith

We have found your resume at

We would like to suggest you a job of a Transfer Manager in our company. This work is for those who have the company in USA.

Your goal will be to process payments between
our company and our clients through the bank checques with remote Internet operations. There will be detailed instruction with each payment order. It is a commission based position. We guarantee that you will get about 10% of each processed payment.

This job allows you to:

- Get financial independence working only 3-5 hours per day;
- Efficiently work at home;
- Get additional free time;
- Develop high selfrespect and esteem. Common requirements and abilities:
- Internet and e-mail skills; Experience in online work;
- Prior customer service experience is a good benefit, but not a must;
- Ability to create good administrative reporting;
- Willingness to work at home and take the responsibility to set up and achieve goals;
- Effective interaction with customers;

Salary: $700-$1300 per week

Current Vacancies: 5

If you are interested, or if you need some more information, please contact me directly at via my personal email address.

I will need

- your full name
- your full company name (please, write it correctly, the check will be signed on this name)
- mail address
- your mobile telephone number

so I can send you the contract and other paperwork necessary for you to get started. I am looking forward to hear from you soon
as possible.


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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