Christchurch Earthquake Money Laundering Scam

It shouldn’t come as a big surprise, but sometimes it is just shocking how low facebook fraudsters will sink to get what they want. The latest example comes from a group of criminals looking for an opportunity to take advantage of facebook members in New Zealand, where an earthquake recently killed nearly 100 people.

How the Hoax Works

This hoax is directed at residents of New Zealand. It promises them a job as the donations manager for a London-based charity organization that helps communities in times of turmoil. In order to avoid international red tape, the charity wants to hire someone inside New Zealand to accept donations and then send them on to the local chapter. In return for the person’s work, they get to keep 10 percent of the donations that they process.

Why It’s a Scam

The charity exists, but they aren’t using these shady techniques to assist victims of the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.What this scam actually does is use New Zealand residents to launder money. It’s pretty ingenious in its own, twisted way.

The criminals send you the money. When you send it back to them, it appears as a legal source of cash. Instantly laundered money.

Why it Works so Well

This scam takes advantage of the desire that people have to help those in need. It also takes advantage of the desire to make some quick cash. The job not only gives you the opportunity to help victims of the Christchurch earthquake, but also take 10 percent of the donations as payment. Considering the psychological manipulation going on here, it’s amazing that more people haven’t fallen for the scam.

It is, however, a scam that tricks innocent people into helping criminals, not earthquake victims. Don’t be fooled.


~ by facebookhoaxes on February 25, 2011.

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