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New job position – money mule?

16 January 2018

Santander recently conducted a ‘fake job advert’ experiment to discover how many of us would apply for a job as a money mule!

In the ad a company called Money Spark was offering prospective employees a role as a Financial Transaction Control Analyst. This exciting technology start-up company was looking for responsible, hard-working people who could “dedicate 3-5 hours per day to work on administrative and financial support activities across the wider financial and cost teams.” Details of the role included “receiving and processing of incoming cash funds” and “transferring of funds to accounts indicated by our manager”.

A staggering 32% of Brits said they would apply for the job, that would have helped criminals to launder money! An even bigger worry is that 7% of those who fell for the ad said they would still apply for the job even after they were told it was for a money mule and involved criminal activity. Just 15% of the 2,000 surveyed correctly spotted the role was for a money mule.

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