A FINE FINNISH?

From a Kindly Contributor in Finland.

I have never received job scams with any claims of being related to Finland. From this 'tourism consultant' I get a feeling that this would be related to smuggling chinese people to EU and hiding the trails of payments from those poor people who have to work years in slavery in order to pay for the transport. Another possibility is smuggling of fake watches and electronics from China to EU through Helsinki (one gang was recently busted). However, Helsinki may be just a random city put on this message, as the message really comes from Africa.

Here is a short reply from an imaginary male finnish student of age 22, who lives on the main street of Helsinki and whos post code and phone number are those of the parliament. The name is utterly normal. A real person stupid enough to fall for this scam would write in such broken finnish language that I'm not even trying to make it, so this is just an unformal greeting and proper language. The contents is "Hi, I'm interested in working from home, and it would be nice to visit China or US sometime in the future"

But most likely, as you suspect, you get no response in finnish.

Steven Lucas - "Finnish" Lad supposedly in China (really in Africa).
vs.
Jarmo Virtanen - nice young student


Steven Lucas
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007
Subject: SIMPLE JOB OFFER
From: "Steven Lucas" <slucasjnr@yahoo.co.uk>
Reply-To: slucasjnr@yahoo.co.uk

Greetings,
I am Steven Lucas I am from Helsinki, Finland now based in china. I got an office in China and finland .I am a Tourism Consultant and have many clients in Europe,usa. I need representatives in the USA to work from home and get paid and maybe a Visit to China or europe as well.

JOB DESCRIPTION?
1. Receive payment from Clients
2. Cash Payments at your Bank
3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed.
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to(Payment is to forwarded either by MoneyGram,Western Union Money Transfer or Bank Transfer).

HOW MUCH WILL YOU EARN?
At the beginning your commission will equal 10%, later it will increase up to 12%.

ADVANTAGES
You do not have to go out as you will work as an independent contractor right from your home office. If you are interested in this offer, please respond with the following details in order for us to reach you:

NAME:
CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
PHONE NUMBERS:
AGE:
SEX:
OCCUPATION :

Steven Lucas

[Your basic JOB SCAM letter.]
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Jarmo Virtanen
Tere!

Olen kiinnostunut tarjoamastasi kotityöstä, ja olisi mukava päästä käymään joskus työn merkeissä Kiinassa tai USAssa.

NAME: Jarmo Virtanen
CONTACT ADDRESS: Mannerheimintie 42
CITY: Helsinki
STATE: Suomi
ZIP CODE: 00102
PHONE NUMBERS: +358-9-4321
AGE: 22
SEX: Mies
OCCUPATION: Opiskelija

[If the Lad actually answers, it will be posted!]

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