While cyber criminals often create false companies to recruit ‘money mules,’ or individuals to move stolen funds for them, sometimes they choose to use established companies instead. Often the recruited money mules do not even understand that they are participating in cyber crime.
According to researchers at F-Secure, a recent ad used to recruit money mules purports to be from Texaco, an oil company. The ad offers prospective ’employees’ the opportunity to earn 8,500 British pounds per month. The IP address linked to the email is in Lagos, Nigeria, the starting point for a number of Internet scams.
The scammers even created a fake Texaco website (which is not at Texaco.com but rather texaco.us.ms). The email asks that the prospective mule enter their information into a form and return to an email address that is [email protected]