The fantastic money laundering job scam I almost fell for


I saw an unusual advert on Twitter today which reminded me of the time I almost got into trouble just because I was after a decent job. I found a job advert that offered lots of money (£1500/month for a student – imagine all the calculations that had gone on in my head) for minimal skills, training, and even commitment. The role was non-specific, but the pay was brought to the forefront of the job ad. Here’s the ad I saw:

At first glance, what could be possibly wrong with an organisation which is committed to create jobs across Africa?

I remembered a similar fantastic “job offer” I feel for several years ago. In fact, I haven’t forgotten the name of the advertiser. Leona Ghiloni, she was called – an Italian antique dealer who needed a sales representative for her increasing customer base in England. On receipt of my CV, I was offered a job without hesitation or an interview. Here is the letter I received below:

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Just like that. You would also notice that I was assigned my first task(s) straightaway.  A dummy task (the meeting), and the main task (the money transfer). Of course the meeting never happened, but what did happen was an immediate transfer of about £2000 into my account and an urgent request to move this to a “buyer”. As per mugu. I did indeed receive £2,150 from an insurance company, and I communicated this to “my new boss”, Leona. Here was her response below:

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To which I responded:

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By this time, I had contacted the bank, printed and sent them all these e-mails and asked for the funds to be revered. Here is the response of a busy business woman losing money:

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That was the last e-mail. Thank the Lord I dodged this bullet otherwise who know what jail they would have sent yours truly to? Lesson learnt: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And beware of Anna Zimova from Russia.

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  • what do you think about this casa feranza stuff, because its really making a wave across Nigeria, especially. what do you think please

    sergio July 17, 2015 4:28 pm
  • i am skeptical about casa feranza. Not sure if it’s real

    Barthz September 3, 2015 12:21 am
    • To be honest, I can’t vouch for them either as I have had no experience with them. I don’t know anyone who has had an experience with them either, so I would say proceed with caution!

      mrpepe September 4, 2015 11:08 pm
  • Please sir they are developing a very big network which is currently spreading in Africa but no one knows the true aim and objectives of them(casaferanza) so please we would like you to do a little investigation about them. you help us all because we are all part of it

    Aidoo David September 19, 2015 5:09 am
    • They are, and it’s very difficult to tell especially without seeing a physical product they offer. Are you registered with them?

      mrpepe September 23, 2015 7:07 am

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