The fantastic money laundering job scam I almost fell for

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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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Comments

  • 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
  • I have worked for Casa Feraza as an agent, Team leader and junior partner manager. They keep promising you for payments and never pay. that is almost six months of my time.

    Ronald February 5, 2017 12:35 pm
    • Thank you for this. I don’t know anyone who has had a positive experience with “them”.

      Ethan Okoli February 11, 2017 10:26 am

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