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The new methodology expands on existing money laundering scams; criminals advertise jobs on popular employment or job-seeking websites, online in chat rooms or through unsolicited employment emails.
In this instance, the Mule receives electronic or associated goods, purchased using fraudulently obtained funds.
Typically, a phishing email will ask an internet banking customer to follow a link to a fake banking website and enter his or her personal banking details.
If the link is followed, the victim often also downloads a malicious program which captures his/her keyboard strokes including any typed information such as banking login details and sends them to a third party.
The Mule is then provided with instructions on how and where to forward the goods, and is promised payment of up to ,000 per week for their services.
Mules unknowingly ship this equipment off, normally to an overseas address, and are often not paid for this "employment".
Spam emails are a proven method for distributing viruses and other unwanted programs.
A conviction for an offence of money laundering may carry a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment.
'Mule Recruitment' is an attempt to get a person to receive stolen funds using his or her bank account, and then transfer those funds to criminals overseas.