pongo000 writes: Here's a fascinating and rare look at the endgame of an Internet scam as it unfolds. What makes this account so compelling is how the scammer continues to draw in victims despite the clear warning signs of a scam in progress. It's all here: Greed, avarice, risk, regret, fear. The technique used by the scammer (exposed as the scam collapses) is especially chilling in its simplicity, and explains a great deal why legitimate Internet e-commerce sites are reluctant to ship to alternate addresses.
pongo000 writes: Over the past few weeks, there has been a proliferation of software engineering ads in the
Sunday Dallas Morning News classifieds. Page after page of
supposedly legitimate software positions, almost all posted under the
"Employment & Training Administration, Division of Foreign Labor
Certification." Typical wages are on the order of $80-100K/year. One
would think the IT economy is really picking up in Dallas!
But who are these "mystery employers"? None other than our own US Dept. of Labor, host to the
Office of Foreign Labor Certification, an organization with the
mission of providing "guidance" to those companies who want to hire
foreign workers. But in order to do this, said companies must
demonstrate there are "insufficient qualified U.S. workers available
and willing to perform the work at wages that meet or exceed the
prevailing wage paid for the occupation in the area of intended
employment." So in an effort to assist employers in their quest to hire foreign help, the DoL has
established "Backlog Elimination Centers" (BECs), one conveniently located in Dallas (and the source of the aforementioned job ads).