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20 Ways to Identify Job Scams on Craigslist

Updated on April 21, 2016

Poor job hunters! The stress of trying to find a job in this poor economy that matches our skills and salary requirements is hard enough. But unsuspecting job hunters now have another battle to contend with - JOB SCAMS and FAKE JOB OFFERS! No - they may not all be looking to rob us of our money but they are certainly robbing us of one commodity that can't be replaced - TIME!

Scam job offers are all over the Internet as creative web scammers are finding a way into our lives. Craig's List scammers are especially prevalent because the job posts and listings are free. You probably get the money scam spam emails that say "Make Money on Craig's List"! Well the money they are making is most likely at our expense. Millions of people every day are searching job posts online trying to find the perfect job. Everyone would, ideally, like to work at home and make lots of money or work for a company that allows telecommuting. Interestingly, these perfect job offers are all over Craig's List!

If you go on Craig's List looking for a job - be forwarned! There are many posts that aren't jobs at all - simply evil ways for people to make affiliate money, to get you to sign up for their service or a money scam that gets you to accept fake bank deposits. The fake job posts are everywhere, in every city, for all job types - especially looming in the part-time job category. Craig's List is a free post system so it is a big attraction to scam artists from across the country. I tested a few of the postings to see if they were legitimate. To my dismay - very few were real job listings. It is a shame because the few real job post ads have to be entaggled with all of the bogus crap jobs.


20 Sure Signs that a Job Post could be one of the Craig's List Job Scams

  1. It has a generic, over-used or vague job title. Admin Assistant or Customer Service Rep are popular ones.
  2. The jobs that indicate that "Telecommuting is Ok". This attracts many people and gives them more responses.
  3. They fail to list a specific location for the job - i.e. they list no location under the city or area that you are searching.
  4. They list a salary or hourly wage that seems too good to be true or too specific like $13.64 - 34.23 / hour. What the...?
  5. They list it as a government job.
  6. They post a job with a title that doesn't match the description.
  7. They use strange sentences or misspellings.
  8. A search for that job title in Google - example "Admin Assistant Craig's List" and comes up in many other cities with the exact same job post. Because Craig's List is free - they can easily post the same bogus job post in every city.
  9. If the description has a bunch of exclamation points and promises high income in one week.
  10. If the description boldly states "No Experience Necessary" but has a promise of high pay.
  11. There is no job contact information. A quality job post will tell you who to email or give you a valid company website.
  12. A link that is to a home business or multi level marketing opportunity website. This isn't a JOB - but a business venture. If you were looking for a home business opportunity you would have searched that category.
  13. A link that redirects you to another site.
  14. A link that takes you to a job membership site and asks you to register.
  15. A quick response to your email inquiry that tells you they have reviewed your resume when you didn't even send it.
  16. A quick response to your email inquiry that leads you to another website that promises you more job openings - like government jobs. Click after click - nothing but a time waster...
  17. A response to your email inquiry that asks you to sign up for a web-conferencing service so you can be part of a training call.
  18. A response to your email inquiry with a name and company that does not exist.
  19. A response to your email inquiry from someone in a foreign country looking to hire people in the United States to handle accounts payable or receivables.
  20. The same auto response to all of your emails. There isn't a real person at the other end of the email account.

Tips on How to Avoid Being Scammed by one of the Fake Job Offers

If you suspect that a job post is bogus - follow some of these guidelines to avoid spending much of your precious time and energy.

  1. Send a generic inquiry first. Do not send your resume right away. Do not waste your time on a cover letter and reformatting your resume for a scam. Tell them you are interested in the job but would like to know more about the company and the location. Be sure to ask who you should direct the resume to.
  2. Search for that job title in Google - example "Admin Assistant Craig's List" and see if it comes up in other cities with the exact same job post.
  3. If they reply to your email. Check the name, company and website. Always check to make sure the company is a real company before you continue to waste time pursuing the job offer. Do a Google search on the company name or contact name to see if they exist or if there are any complaints written by others about this job offer.
  4. Check the website address they give you. Does the website seem legitimate or does it just redirect you to another site? If the link is something like "sitename.com/submityouresume.asp". Check the main website by taking off the "submityourresume.asp" and search the "sitename.com" to see what the website is really about. If it is bogus it will have nothing to do with the job offer or the company.
  5. Never pay money for anything. Never give your credit card or bank account info. Never open a bank account for a foreign company!

How are the Craig's List Scammers Making Money?

I figured out a few but I am sure there are many, many more!

  1. When they send you to site that asks you for a membership the site they send you to is usually a job listing site that promises you more job listings if you subscribe. When you subscribe the sender will make affiliate money or get free traffic to their website.
  2. A bogus Government Job site that is all Google Adsense ads or affiliate links that takes you nowhere and finds you no job! They make money every time you click in frustration. They also make money if you click an affiliate link and sign up or subscribe to a service.
  3. A creative person came up with idea of having their job candidates sign up for a web training call using a web-conferencing services that pays for every person who signs up. This person will get paid if you follow her instructions to sign up for the web call. In the case that I found they get $3 for every person that signs up for a 14 day trial and another dollar amount if they actually sign up. This "company" then delays the call so you are forced to hang on to the service and pay for it - allowing them to make more money from you.
  4. Foreign countries looking for Assistants in the United States that are honest! They promise you the moon and the stars but really just want you to open a bank account - collect checks (that will eventually bounce) and make payments. You make the payments thinking the money is really there and then the check bounces. Because it is overseas you are stuck and liable for the money!!
  5. This isn't so much a scam but is misleading and happens even in newspapers - a great job position is advertised but it may not really exist. It actually hooks you up with a headhunter who will offer you lower paying jobs down-playing your experience or credentials.
  6. Postal Service Jobs post with promises of high pay. The problem is you have to buy the test and course materials to be able to apply for these jobs. This is from a company not affiliated with the U.S. Post Office. They do tell you that but are quick to take your money for something that is actually free.
  7. Very scary - although I never ran into this - if you think you have a legitimate job and supply them with a W-4 that has your personal information including your social security number. Could a job scam post lead to identity theft? Probably... so beware!

Update -- 2015 New Scams Found!

  • SELL ON EBAY

When I first saw the ads for people to sell on ebay I thought "wow! I can do that!". Then I thought, "Wait....why can't they just do that...". In one ad the guy said he went over his quota on ebay and couldn't be bothered opening a new account BUT was willing to give you half of his profits for using your account. Interesting isn't it?

I imagined how this would work. They give you the ad and pictures to place on ebay (doing all of the work for you) and you place the listing under your account. Someone buys the item and you get paid in your Paypal account. The person says they shipped the item and you give them 50% of the profit. I imagine they they never ship anything or if they do it is crap. You then get a return request or a complaint and ultimately have to refund the full amount of the listing. The other person is long gone with 50% of the "profits" and you are left owing money. Sound like a situation you want to be in.... I don't think so. In summary...if it sounds too good to be true ...it is. Simple as that.

Example:

Ebay and Amazon Sellers Wanted


Compensation: Up to 40% of Profits We are a Wholesale Distributor of Cellular Phones, Electronics, and Accessories, looking for qualified sellers to list our products from home. Make UP TO 40% of the profits working from home. We supply the inventory, distribute and fulfill all orders. Perfect for full time or for making extra income in your spare time.

We carry Iphone, Android, other Cellular Phones, and accessories. Must have your own Ebay and Amazon accounts.

Serious replies only. E-mail or call during business hours - 10AM to 6PM Monday through Friday

  • CREATE AMAZON REVIEWS

This is probably an ethical question rather than a concern about being scammed. You are being paid a small sum to be scammed of your morals. In these ads people would like you to write reviews for various items and they will pay you per each review. Assuming they actually do pay you. Huh? How do you write a good review for something you haven't seen, used or no nothing about? I imagine you are just writing crap. Great....that is what we need more crap online and bogus reviews. You don't want to be a part of this.

  • SECRET SHOPPERS / MYSTERY SHOPPERS / ONLINE SURVEYS / PAID TO CLICK ON ADS or SHOP ONLINE

I found a number of ads telling you about ways to make money online when AGAIN they are just affiliate links or links that serve them and not you. Note the examples below. They are coming pay per click sites that anyone can access. Are they really hiring you to do a job? No these people are just using the free Craigslist posting to promote their link which gets them points on the site or money for each sign up. Don't waste your time on these.

Example:

Experienced Mystery Shopper

Compensation: $25.00 - $50.00 per audit plus reimbursement A mystery shopper is a person who visits an establishment (typically a retail store, bank, restaurant or other such places where the public does business) for the purpose of observing and measuring customer service, product quality and the environment of the establishment in general. Pay rates range between $25.00 - $50.00 per audit plus reimbursement for expenses incurred while performing the audit.

Please respond if you are interested and provide name, city of residence, email address, cell phone number, and indicate whether or not you have Mystery Shopping experience.

Get Paid to Click Online Ads - Join Free (telecommute)

compensation: Commensurate with task Get paid to click on advertisements! Millions of people are doing it to make extra income! Copy the link below and paste into your browser for more information on how to start getting paid to click online advertisements.

http://www.neobux.com/xxox

Don't wait, take action now and get paid to do something you're already doing!

Do not hesitate to contact us via email about additional opportunities

Get Paid for Sharing Your Opinion (telecommute)

compensation: Commensurate with task Are you currently getting paid to share your opinion? If not we can show you can start to earn money for sharing your opinion and completing micro tasks online! What you think does matter! Copy the link below and paste into your browser for more information on how to start getting paid to share your opinion.

http://www.inboxdollars.com/xoxox

Don't wait, FREE TO JOIN; take action now and GET PAID for your opinion!

Job Post - Bank Account Fraud - Scam Example

Job Post Title: Accounting/Admin Clerk/Bookkeeping or also listed as: At Home Assistant

Job Description:

Maintain accurate record and documentation of account receivables and/or payables on behalf of the company.

Make light accounts payables on behalf of the company.

Accurate documentation of Company files, duplicate bank slips and checks.

Proper recordings of transactions that involves you.

Make payments to any of our branch offices where shipment of product originates, as you will be instructed to.

Keeping Company's information very confidential.

Making orders if contacted by clients and keeping tab on all order- documents that you make.

Respond to customer enquiries (internal/external).

Job Benefits:

Good communication skills.

You will earn an enviable monthly salary of $5,000.

You have salary option of Monthly or Weekly payment after your three months

probational period.

You will have opportunity of benefiting from our Fringe benefit packages, e.g., A pre-paid trip to our office in Manchester UK, Selected South American Locations or any of our shipment

locations all around the world with free Lodging accommodations.

You will work for approximately 10hrs a week.

You will not have direct supervisor though we do not appreciate abuse of this privilege.

10% bonus is accrued to you for processing payments successfully or forwarding a

successful order to the company on behalf of any of our clients/customer.

Job Requirement:

Good communication skills.

Efficiency in use of MS-Word and MS Excel.

Honesty.

Quick decisive mind and good work ethic.

A little knowledge of Documentation.

Own a verifiable mailing address.

You must be a fast-paced learner.

Easy adaptability to new challenge

We are looking for employees who satisfy our requirements and will be a competent assistant to the company, now limited to ten candidates.

Email Reply to my Inquiry:

THE REAL WOOD FURNITURE COMPANY

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your recent online application received on our Craigslist's Ad.

Welcome to THE REAL WOOD FURNITURE COMPANY. Please be informed that your application as been received and it is receiving consideration by our Human Resources Unit.

We are REAL WOOD FURNITURE COMPANY. We have branches all over the world consisting of small subsidiary companies.We act as a medium of goods and services exchange between sellers and buyers (That is we help small businesses to sell their products abroad as well as help buyers receive their goods and sellers get their money in due course). Our main office is in London England, while our executive branch office is located in Bell Garden Califorina USA.

There are basically four segments of the Company, They are:

1. REAL WOOD FURNITURE pre-Columbia arts.

2. REAL WOOD FURNITURE gallery of Levantine arts.

3.REAL WOOD FURNITURE African arts and Statuettes.

4.REAL WOOD FURNITURE Museum quality arts.

We also supply these services: Italian Marble Fireplaces, Brazilian custom made leather funitures, French wall paintings, Austrian door etches, etc.

We produce quite a range of Artifacts and Antiquities, which includes but not limited to Urns, Vases, Plates, Jewelries, Lapis Lazuli Necklaces, Clay rhytons, etc.Our goal is to always provide fast, personal, and professional service leaving our customers with a sense of purchase satisfaction. We provide a wish book for those looking for that vintage something special that may not be in stock at the time.

Historically, telecommute Employees form 37% of our total Employees number all around the world. This is as a result of the amount of demand garnered by our products around the globe. We therefore seek new employees periodically to meet the increasing demand of our product.

We simply desire the best services in our Employees both Telecommute (Work from Home) and regulars.

We are glad to offer this job position to you. To take up this job offer, send a blank message to us at us.f455.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=realwoodf@yahoo.com or Give us a call at +447045716280,02071178345

Acknowledging this job and we shall proceed with your application process.

Yours sincerely,

Brian Dixon (Human Resources Manager)

Contact Details:

Brian Dixon (Human Resources Manager)

The Real Wood Furniture Company

Address: London House,

Oxford Street,

Woodstock, OX20 1TS,

United Kingdom.

Telephone :+447045716280 ( UK Agent)

02071178345 ( UK Agent)

323-657-5937 (USA Agent)

Website  rwfco.co.uk/.

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My Review:

This person is using a real company website but if you look or investigate further you find the person does not exist and the company web site makes no mention of job offers like this. Other than that it is simply too good to be true. Excellent pay and free family vacations! The irony is they want HONEST people! Ha! This is probably a bank account scam.

Affiliate Money - Job Scam Post

Job Post Title: Customer Service Rep

Job Description:

Dont just be a number work for a company that cares.. Come and grow with us.

Duties include -

1) Taking customers calls.

2) Maintain work schedules.

3) Maintain and update computer records

You will be able to work with office, excel and word.

You will require an internet connection and a home phone

Good typing and written skills required.

You will be paid weekly - $17.50 an hour.

If you would like to apply please send your resume and outline your experience.

Location: South Jersey

  • Compensation: 17.50 an hour
  • Telecommuting is ok.
  • This is a part-time job.
  • OK to highlight this job opening for persons with disabilities
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

Reply to my Inquiry:

You recently replied to our job posting on Craigslist seeking

customer service reps/ virtual assistants.

You are receiving this email from me because your resume has

been reviewed , accepted and you have been selected as a

possible candidate for the advertised position.

We are seeking virtual assistants who will serve as customer

service representatives for our security alarm firm. We have

customers throughout 46 major cities who require 24 hour monitoring.

Your responsibilities will include monitoring remote alarms for faults

and contacting the local engineers to service/ repair faulty alarms. You may

also be required to take emergency calls.

Candidates should have average to above average office skills, good comprehension,

and should be able to type at a fast pace.

Pay is $17.50 per hour and you should be able to work a minimum of 15 hours

per week, with the maximum being 40 hours. Payments are made weekly via check or

direct deposit. Calls will be routed to the phone number of your choice (this must be a US Number)

during the time you are signed into our system only. This will not prohibit you from taking personal

calls, as your screen will indicate when it is a call being routed from us.

If calls are not answered after 8 rings they are re-routed to another representative.

All applicants need to attend a web based meeting where you will be shown

each aspect of the job in details, as well as having any questions answered.

Please set aside 1 hour to complete this and also be prepared to take notes. I have also attached

2 tests which will serve to gauge your comprehension and computer skills. In order to meet our deadline

of 1st October start date, all documents, tests and orientation should be completed no later than 1st October 6pm EST.

To receive your invitation to the orientation webinar please visit our website at:

profinsoft.com/webex/1st.php

and create a trial account using the email you used to apply for the position.

After I receive your username and tests, I will send you a few manuals to look over, along with a choice of 2 times

to attend orientation, and a file containing fully functional copies of all necessary in-house software that you will

need to have installed and ready before the orientation webinar. It will not be necessary for you to purchase any other additional

software programs for this job.

Please note you are not guaranteed employment until you receive an email from myself entitled "Welcome Aboard". Before this time all tests,

orientation and paperwork must be completed, the results of which will determine your employment eligibility with us.

If you have any questions Dolores please let me know.

Mary Green

Recruitment and Training Manager

DC Alarms

Tel: 1-253-449-8258

** Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail **

The information contained in this e-mail is of a confidential nature and is intended only for the addressee.

If you are not the intended addressee, any disclosure, copying or distribution by you is prohibited and may be unlawful.

Disclosure to any party other than the addressee, whether inadvertent or otherwise, is not intended to waive privilege or confidentiality.

Internet communications are not secure and therefore DC Alarms does not accept legal responsibility for the contents of this message.

Any views or opinions expressed are those of the author.

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My Review:

1. This company does not exist.

2. There are other people talking on the web about whether this offer is real.

3. The test files that she attached to the email are ridiculous. Very simple and the most bogus test you can imagine. A moron could complete it. No real company would have such a simple test.

4. The link in the email is a redirected affiliate link that tells you she makes money from the referral in some way. In this case she gets $3 if I sign up for the free trial and more after the 14 day trial period if I pay for a month's subscription.

5. The parent link to this website has nothing to do with security.

TOTALLY BOGUS!!

Identity Theft Info from www.bbbonline.org

What does the identity thief want?
Simply put, the thief wants to become you - and the better you look on paper, the more likely you are to be a target. There are an almost infinite number of ways for a thief to steal your identity; we'll discuss the most common ones here. But everything starts with the thief's ability to get access to certain key pieces of information that belong to you. Here's just a few things the thief is looking for:

  • Your Social Security Card
  • Your Driver's License
  • Your account number (bank, credit card and others), PIN(s) and passwords

Where does the identity thief find these?
In the real world, the answers to this question range from the absolutely obvious to the very unusual. Here are just some of the sources a thief may go to obtain your personal information:

  • Your wallet or purse. Take just a moment right now to take out your wallet or open your purse. Imagine that you were up to no good. What could you do with the contents? While you probably don't have an excessive amount of cash, most of us have a great deal of personal information packed into this relatively small space. How many credit cards are you carrying? Do you have bank PINs jotted down to jog your memory? How about your health insurance ID card? Voter registration card? Driver's license, registration and auto insurance card? Frequent flyer or frequent guest cards? Car rental premium cards? Is your Social Security number on one or more of the documents?
  • Your mailbox. In the wrong hands, your incoming mail can be a treasure trove of information about you. A bill from your credit card company, a statement from your checking account, an unsolicited offer of a new, pre-approved credit card (complete with application). And your outgoing mail may include personal checks you are sending to pay bills (containing your routing and checking account numbers). If you don't have a locked mailbox for incoming and outgoing mail, you are vulnerable.
  • Your glove compartment. Some people's auto glove compartment contains their owner's manual, and not much more. For other people, it's a mobile filing cabinet, containing things like vehicle registrations, insurance cards, old bills, credit card receipts. If you left your car unlocked and someone got inside, how much personal information about you could they discover?
  • Your trash. Because people find it hard to believe that anyone would want to pour through garbage cans, they throw away the darndest things - things like unsolicited credit card applications, old bills, expired credit cards, unused checking account deposit slips and countless other papers. So, for the identity thief, a bit of "dumpster diving" can provide a rich harvest of personal information - information that can be used to become you.
  • You. Sometimes, you can be your own worst enemy. Simply put, the easiest way for a thief to steal your identity is to ask you for it. Posing as your bank, or your insurance company, or your doctor's office, the thief calls you on the telephone, gives you a plausible story and asks you for key pieces of personal information. This practice is called "pretexting", and you can learn more about the practice from the Federal Trade Commission.

How are these used?
The short answer is, "if you can dream it, the identity thief can - and probably has - done it. Here's just a short list of some of the things that identity thieves have done with the information and documents they've acquired:

  • Use your credit card(s) to go on a buying spree, purchasing major items like computers and other electronic devices that can be easily sold.
  • Open new credit card accounts, using your name, date of birth and Social Security number.
  • Change the mailing address on your existing credit card account.
  • Buy cars and take out the auto loans in your name.
  • Establish telephone or wireless phone service in your name.
  • Counterfeit checks or debit cards, and drain your bank account.
  • Open a bank account in your name and write bad checks on that account.
  • File for bankruptcy under your name to avoid paying debts they've incurred, or to avoid eviction.
  • Apply for a job under your name.
  • Give your name to the police during an arrest. When they are released - and if they don't show up for their court date - an arrest warrant could be issued in your name.

Craigslist PHISHING for Login Info Attempt

Just when I thought I couldn't be fooled by Phishing attempts... this one tricked me so I want to share it with you. I assume they just want my Craigslist login information so they can use it to scam people and not be traced.

I was fooled by the first email because I had just posted an ad and the email said that my ad had been flagged (see below). I thought it was strange that it did not come to the same email that my account is listed with - rather the email I had listed in the ad. That was my first clue. I actually clicked on the link and didn't notice that the website had changed and wasn't the Craigslist link that was displayed. I entered my login and password and then turned pale when I saw that it took me to some bogus Craigslist page. I quickly logged into the REAL Craigslist and changed my password as quickly as I could. THANKFULLY I got to it before they did!

I proceeded to get 2 more emails saying my ad was flagged. I deleted them. The funny part is -- later in the day I got another email saying that a foreign IP address was attempting to log into my account and that I should click on their "Terms of Use" link or my account would be suspended. I had to laugh because they must have realized that I logged in but now the password that I inputted doesn't work....very persistent !!!

Initial Email that tricked me:

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Your posting has been flagged for removal.

Approximately 98% of postings removed are in violation of craigslist posting guidelines.

Please make sure you are abiding by all posted site rules, including our terms of use:

(this is a masked email that actually links to a Phishing site made to look like it is legit Craigslist - actually links to: http://ciupacabra991.tripod.com/1.htm )

craigslist.org/about/terms.of.use.html

If you need help figuring out why your posting was flagged, try asking in our flag help forum. Include posting title, body, category, city, how often posted, any images, HTML markup, etc.

If you feel your posting was wrongly flagged down (2% of flagged ads are) please accept our apologies and feel free to repost using the link below:


craigslist.org/about/ctd/repost.html

(this is a masked email that actually links to a Phishing site made to look like it is legit Craigslist - actually links to a bogus site )

Sorry for the hassle, and thanks for your understanding.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Date: 1257114516
PostID: 1447127268


Second Email:

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Your Account!‏

We recently noticed an attempt to log in to your account from a foreign Ip address and we have reason to believe that your account was used by third party without your authorization.

If you recently accessed your account while traveling, the unusual log in attempts may have been initiated by you. Therefore, if you are the rightful account holder,click on the link below to log into your account for verification.You will be automatically redirected to our "Terms of Use"page.

Please follow the link below :

(The post a craiglist link is a masked email that actually links to a Phishing site made to look like it is legit Craigslist - actually links to a bogus site )




If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to temporarily suspend your account.

ThankYou!

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Uggh! These people make me crazy...true scum of the earth!




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      AnonymousArtist 4 weeks ago

      I am overly cautious about scams because my Identity was stolen 10 years ago. Supposedly a trojan horse on my computer from an email sent by a family member or something. Anyway, I am unemployed and I just recently applied for a job posting on Craigslist in my city but after sending my cover letter and resume, I am thinking that I have been scammed. I am just not sure what to do now. This was the job posting:

      "Production Artist

      Production artist needed to scan paper items for auction. Part time contract position, could lead to full time. $12-15/hour depending on experience. Photoshop experience a must. Please email cover letter and resume."

      I am a commercial artist and photographer so this sounded legit until after sending my resume and getting no response then I had "buyer's remorse". I shouldn't have applied because they gave no details or location and now I see it is very generic other than mentioning auction, photoshop and scanning.

      My question is what to do now? Can anything be done? What can they use my resume and info for? I have too many questions and I couldn't quite find answers in this article so I thought I should put it out there. The posting has since been taken down but I have a PDF of the ad so is there anything I should do from here. Any helpful advice? I have learned my lesson but now I need to protect myself for what could come next. I would appreciate any advice the community can offer.

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      Alexander Silvius 5 months ago from Portland, Oregon

      Please note that real job search sites also have been invaded by fakers. I apply regularly on Indeed.com, and have been getting junk mail since I started. Some of these junk emails even matched the terminology of some of the jobs I applied for, so it wasn't hard to figure out what was going on.

      It is always prudent to verify the job you apply for anywhere is a legitimate business that actually exists. I hate knowing I have sent all of my personal information to some bozo the clown who just uses it to insult me with fake offers or spam.

      One thing I do with one type of resume is just to list my name and email and phone number. This way they don't have my address at least. But that is specifically for IT jobs and I don't know if that is acceptable for more regular job searches.

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      Anonymous 12 months ago

      I received this email response after applying for Administrative Assistant.

      From "Roberto Garcia" Email: bhnsrhishh@outlook.com

      Dear Applicant,

      Thank you for your quick response, i got your email and review it .

      Please apply for the job at :

      https://emprh.wufoo.com/forms/application-form/

      Thanks,

      MD: Roberto Garcia

      **********************************

      When I clicked on the link it looks suspicious, and not like a real job site.

      I also received a text message from "803-271-0231" at the same time to apply at the same exact website link.

      The Website stated the following:

      APPLICATION FORM

      Hello,

      I am writing in response to your interest on my Craigslist post . You will work from home for only 3 hour per day for a basic wages of $600 per week.You need to go through my introductory message:

      I am Roberto Garcia a Successful Entrepreneur, investor and a research journalist .I travel a lot, within and outside the US working on various independent projects, this is why I need a Receptionist Assistance, to keep up with all of my activities especially when i travel abroad.The name of the company is Zion PNT limited Company, and it's a Private Developed and well organized Company.Please note that you are being hired only on a personal level. All correspondences would be made and promptly reported to me personally. The position is part time and home-based meaning you can work most times from your home as long as you have a regular Internet access. You are also hired on a trial basis for now until we are able to see how well we fit in, this however does not affect your weekly wage.Most of your activities will be carried out locally and most official packages will be delivered via posts. You will be actively involved in my personal, business and financial life. In summary, your activities as my assistant amongst other things will include;

      * A personal reminder for Schedules, programs, flights and keeping me up to date with them as they come up.

      * Carrying out specific projects and research.

      * Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.

      * Handling and monitoring financial activities.

      * Processing and taking charge of weekly payments and purchases.

      * Receiving check for bills.

      * General clerical activities.

      Basic wage is $600 a week. Any extra personal expenses (transport,gas,etc) incurred by you while on an errand or otherwise will also be reimbursed by me at the end of each working Month.This position is very flexible and it is difficult judging the exact number of hours you will be doing,just bear it in mind that there will be busier weeks than others with a steady pay. Working with me is basically about instructions and following them . There is also a very sensitive issue on trust, dedication and accountability which I believe will resolve itself as time goes on.This is only an introductory e-mail, as time goes on we should be able to arrange a proper meeting to get things started officially. I am currently in Canada, for business .However, I do have a number of work you can get done, prior to my arrival.Due to the excessive number of responses to my Ad, do provide the following details about yourself for my personal record update and to filter applicants;

      I hope you can be available for me immediately before I arrive, it certainly can act as a stable foundation to our impending working relationship.

      Regards,

      Roberto Garcia.

      *****************************************

      Is this a Scam?

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      Dolores Ninerell 14 months ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      They had me at "Hello , Hope you're fine today?

      here, hiring manager ."

      Who talks like that? Sounds like an out of country scam to me.

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      Aura 16 months ago

      Does this sound legitimate? I erase my name and his name and co. name. Not sure it is a scam.

      Hello , Hope you're fine today?

      here, hiring manager . Thanks for your interest in the Part time / Full Time Payroll position we have on Craigslist. I will like to say sorry for the late response. I've been sick and had to attend doctors appointment . Having looked into your resume, I will like to say you have all it takes to do the job because what you have there suited and meet up with our basic requirements as i was being told by the Junior hiring manager in person on Mr Dallas Smith that he spoke to you on phone regarding the position.

      In addition, I will want to believe you will be an asset to the company, bringing your experience and organizational skills as well as your easy going personality. Moreover, this is a part time home base job. Which I believe will not in any way affect or hinder your present job. As you will be working 3-4hrs each day of your duty, which are Mon, Wed and Friday.

      Also, you may choose morning or evening to do the job. Principally, your job for now is to only make the payroll checks and while i take care of the USPS labels online for you. After I finish creating the labels, I will attach the labels to an email for the payee names you will be writing checks for and email them to you. So all you will have to do is to print them out (USPS LABELS)and glue on each envelop for drop off at any nearby USPS drop boxes.

      Also, you will be getting few supplies yourself,but reimburse of anything you purchased for the job is guaranteed.The check writing software will be provided to you, so there is no need of getting that, but only the paper check and the printer to use for the check printing. However, you can confirm if your printer is compatible with check printing and can work with a magnetic ink Micr, which will make you spend nothing to start. Importantly, we will want the jobs to get started as soon as possible.

      Also, salaries are below enumerated :

      1) Bi weekly : $550

      2) Monthly : $1200

      This depends on your choice, and you shall be receiving it through cash,via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER/MONEY GRAM or Bank transfer at any bank of your choice .

      I will appreciate your quick response to this, as am starting to receiving emails from other interested parties as well.

      If you will not mind, we can talk through text 323 285 9701 sometime today for a better explanation and perhaps put you through on how to use the check writing software as soon as you are ready.

      Hope to read from you and have a wonderful Day

      Thank you

      Dear Mr.

      Thank you for your email. Where is this company located? What is your company website? Why did you email me with a personal email and not the company email? You do not interview the candidates face to face? Are you hiring people to do payroll without any payroll experience? If you want me to work for you, you will have to provide me with everything I need to do the job.

      Sincerely,

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      Alexander Silvius 2 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I enjoyed reading this and it gave me the information I needed. A few years ago, I quit a good paying job to save my mental health - so I started looking for a full time job and responded to numerous CL job postings. I got zero responses to the resumes I painstakingly redesigned for each offer, but I did however get lots of scam emails and scam texts. It took me a while to put two and two together and when I finally did, I was so angry that people would actually take advantage of my time when I desperately needed a job to pay MY bills.

      Fast forward a few years and I am looking for a new job utilizing my skills as an overhead crane operator. I see a decent number of jobs from time to time that really look legitimate, the terminology sounds right, the pay matches the industry standard and so on. Nothing and I mean NOTHING looks out of place - except, they do not list their company name, website, phone number or address, absolutely zero identifying information and they just want me to send all of my info like a dummy.

      Sadly, there are likely a few legitimate ads, and as I send tentative inquiries with resumes tailore to give them the information they need without giving away personal info, politely asking for some sort of confirmation, those few legitimate companies will be responding to plenty of other resumes not hassling them with the need for verification and my inquiry will be ignored.

      But you know what? Better I use my time efficiently and treat these transactions with the respect they deserve and if I get a positive hit, it will be all the better because that employer may be more inclined to care about their employees needs and wants.

      Who knows. In any case, thank you for laying out the facts and some common sense. I was on the fence about whether to send my complete resume to these likely scammers and now I know not to give them anything except a chance for me to prove they are real. There is Google, phone books, a polite phone inquiry or a dilligent company website search that will reveal if they are really looking to hire people for the positions advertised on CL.

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      MichelleFae 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for writing this article ~ and everyone's comments! What a relief that I'm not the only one going through this experience (although I am sorry that all the previous people before me in these comments had to experience this horrible ordeal as well as others). After almost 2 years, I am now back looking for a FT job in the Assist Admin/Office field. I thought that Craigslist would be a great start considering that's where I found my last job ~ however, 2 years ago ~ I would have never thought to use Craigslist to look for work, it was my boyfriend who suggested for me to look there. I was looking at every other job search engine with no luck. So, I took his advice, and tried Craigslist. Within sending 6 resumes, I landed my former job ~ that was then, let's talk about now. I have put out at least 30+ resumes in the past week on Craigslist ~ and the responses I have gotten back are nothing compared to the ones I received 2 years ago. They're more like the ones that are previously noted above. Some are asking me for a credit report ~ others are telling me that they are on a business trip, therefore I can start now and will get paid $300/wk (but, need some info first) ~ etc. It seems like every single job posting I click on, is a scam ~ it's gotten so bad, I don't even know who's even real or fake anymore. I mean it's pretty sad when I'm scared to even send any kind of response to them now ~ because now, I'm getting my inbox just filled with all kinds of things; like ~ them having a check ready to deposit for me in my bank acct, when would I like to start my new job, etc. Of course, I didn't give them a credit report or give them my information ~ but, still it was a waste of my time and effort on perfecting my cover letter for these scammers. Now, it's a waste of my valuable time trying to figure out if they are a legit company or not. It's a lose-lose situation for all of us trying to look for a good job in this economy these days. I'm going to take the advice you and others gave though ~ asking specific questions about the job first (who, what, where) BEFORE I waste anymore of my time proceeding to move forward with my resume, and looking at their specific email address. I am just upset that I sent so many resumes, before realizing just how many scammers are truly out there on Craigslist. Thank you and everyone else on here again, for making me aware that I need to be more careful when sending my resume out, and some tips I should use before wasting anymore of my time on their bogus job postings. It is very much appreciated! :)

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      savannah 2 years ago

      Trying to find a REAL job these days when you are older and were downsized is a nightmare. Online applications screen you out, so you try stuff like Craigslist, hoping to find an opportunity that isn't bogus. It is maddening because all you want is to work, not be SCAMMED. Everyone tells you there is a hidden job market, but I certainly can't "find" it. HR is a joke for those older, they will say you aren't qualified but then you see the SAME jobs being advertised until filled. Everyone says be "creative" you will find a job that way. All I have found is more scammers trying to sign me up for their schemes, ugh. I knew I had scammers, when I just put a limited amount of info on a CL response, and I got your resume is EXACTLY what we are seeking. I didn't SEND a resume, I asked questions about WHERE the job was, WHO the company was...And it is true, if they are using gmail as email, probably not a real company.

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      Tania 2 years ago

      Thank you, thank you, thank you for this article and for everyone who has posted emails on job scams. It has helped me avoid four job scams because of it. I can't thank you enough. Like everyone else says, it's already a lot to deal with when finding a job, worse when there are scams you must watch out for!

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      Dolores Ninerell 2 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      Hi Ashley,

      That sounds really awful. Thankfully you were smart enough to not pursue it. I can only imagine what he was after. Could have just been a sick dude who likes to talk dirty to young girls and this is his way of getting them to call HIM.

      Good luck with your job search!

      Dolores

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      Ashley 2 years ago

      I when i was younger about 5 years ago was scammed i quickly figured out it was a scam and blocked the phone number im just confused on what the end game is to this scam. Its the

      Wine Club Hostess/Cocktail Waitress at a "private wine club" with "multiple franchises throughout southern california" it claims to be perfect for college girls and young girls needing money. Says to contact Missie Adams or Jim everytime with a Los Angeles number in starting with area code 310 (Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Culver City). Being 20 years old and a broke college girl in the height of the recession it seemed perfect. but when i called i got a guy sounding around his 50s. at first seemed genuinely legin then suddenly he started talking extremely explicit and just dirty it repulsed me so i blocked the number and hung up. Its listed through a company called "Classy Club Jobs" and posted all over the craigslist in the US. im just wondering what the heck is the point? i was thankfully never asked any personal identity questions. i find it creepy and think maybe this person is a way to get girls in the sex trade. he sounded like a really weird rich dude white pimp sugary daddy type. it was beyond creepy.

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      Joy 2 years ago

      Many people want to make money at home and they want to find a work at home job to do it with. Ultimately what happens is they become frustrated as they search from website to website looking for the right job. This brings up the question, why are work at home jobs so hard to find? In this article we will take an honest look at this problem.

      1. First of all you should know that most of the opportunities to work at home are not actually paid jobs. This is true because most employers do not know you and have no control over the work environment when you do it from the comfort of your own home.

      If you realistically think about this, why would someone pay you an hourly rate when they do not know if you are really working or not? Therefore many of the opportunities to work at home are actually in the form of business opportunities where you work for yourself.

      2. There really are some companies looking for people to work from home. This phenomenon is known as telecommuting and does provide an opportunity for people with legitimate skills to get paid working from home.

      This benefits both the company and the worker because the business does not need to provide a space for you to work from, and as an employee you do not have to get up and drive to work every day.

      Many companies now will offer work at home jobs that include an hourly rate and benefits. These benefits can include paid vacation, retirement plan, and health insurance.

      One such website or you can visit is Tjobs.com. They match employers looking for workers with employees who are looking for opportunities to telecommute. This works out very well for people who have skills such as sales, customer service, website design, and other categories.

      3. Another thing I want to talk about is websites that present themselves as work at home jobs doing data entry, taking paid surveys, and typing at home. Generally these websites are trying to sell you information on how to get involved in this type of work.

      There are companies who will pay you for your opinion, or to do data entry and typing. The websites that are selling you the information deserve to be paid because they have taken the time to develop a list of companies for you to contact.

      In the future work at home jobs will become more readily available. Until that point you need to be conscious and only deal with reputable companies before spending any of your hard earned money.

      To learn more about the top paid survey sites please visit: http://getpaid-survey.com

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      Manda 2 years ago

      I wanted to add re: the Ebay/etc sales...

      Every time I've come across those, what has tipped me off is that they want me to GET STARTED NOW. They won't let me discuss pay or any processes. You respond to the ad, they start pushing. If you push back at all to ask any questions, they stop responding. Basically, you're not the victim they're looking for.

      I'd recommend adding pushiness to the red flags. I've never had a legitimate job or opportunity that wasn't willing to answer questions. Shouldn't a legit opportunity want to make sure you're not going to run off with their money? If I had $400 autographed basketballs to sell, I'd want to be sure that the 3rd party selling them wasn't, you know, previously charged with theft or embezzlement, at least. I'd want to interview them.

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      Mirna 2 years ago

      My husband has been searching for a job and he resive this e-mail:

      Good Morning,

      Dear applicant, we apologize for the delay in response,as in regards to your resume that was forwarded to our head department from (www.azjobconnection.gov) for this Data Entry/ Customer Service Rep/ Administrative position, The Hiring Desk has reviewed your resume for this position, and we believe you have the required qualifications to proceed. The starting pay is $24.00 /hr for this position.

      I want you to setup a yahoo messenger through www.messenger.yahoo.com and if you got one already use it, add Mrs Maribel , the Interview Manager and IM her on this ID (maribellopez252@yahoo.com) asap for the interview/briefing and comprehensive job details.This is our first step to proceed further. she will be on online waiting for you. Interview Schedule date/time is From Monday-Friday (8am-5pm).

      Best Regards

      Human Resources .

      Yesterday he had the interview...chatting, they "hired" him, i dont know for me is so good to be true :s

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      Dolores Ninerell 2 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      I would ask for PayPal payments. I would do one and ask for payment immediately just to see if it is legit...otherwise you are working for free. I think that is the only possible scam here.

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      Nina 2 years ago

      I might just be freaking myself out here but I was just recently scammed and I don't want it to happen again.. I posted an add on craigslist stating that I was looking for odd jobs to do for people. I got a very quick response from a man named Jeremy Williams saying he was a real estate agent and he wanted me to post ads on craigslist for the houses he has for sale. He said I would be paid $5 for every house I post. He is supposed to send me all the info via email then I am to make an ad about it. he hasn't asked for any personal information, besides my name, yet. He also asked how I would like to be paid, in which I replied he could send it to me as a check. what do y'all think??

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      Scam Aware 3 years ago

      Recently dealt with scam annoyance with Craigslist while searching for a job. Fellow Craigslist users, BEWARE of ANY LISTINGS involved with a so-called Beyond Jobs, or Maya Thomas, who lists "herself" as HR Manager. She has MULTIPLE listings of repeat jobs and god knows what else from state to state, and her website is COMPLETELY phony. DO NOT go to it, or fill out any information. Forgive me, but I hope no one else has to deal with this bullshit from this...entity, in particular, as "she" seems to be in full force on Craigslist.

      This article is great. Many thanks, and hopefully it will help more people avoid this unnecessary hassle of scammage.

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      Dolores Ninerell 3 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      wow...thanks

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      Dolores Ninerell 3 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      JaneLyn,

      Looks like they want to send you bad checks after you paid for items and had them shipped out. You wouldn't know the checks were bad until many weeks later when they have cleared. Don't ever deal with anyone sending you checks and asking you to buy things. Why don't they buy them themselves?

      D-

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      JanelLyn 3 years ago

      COMMENTS WANTED!! sounds like a scam to me now after reading all these other peoples run-ins sounds very similar to what everyone else is listing as a scam. I applied for a receptionist position on craigslist and this is the response that i received I WAS FOOLED! I guess it was one of those things that's too good to be true;

      Hello applicant,

      I am replying back to your message concerning the job posted on Craigslist in which you're interested in,your application was received, but at this time,the only possible position we can offer is the position of a personal assistant with a full commitment. if you will be interested.

      I have gone through your email and am quite impressed, I think you can be the perfect candidate who can easily fit in for this job . I have had a previous Personal Assistant who has been very commendable in her activities and who has been part of my life for the past 6 months, she has since moved on with her personal life and it has affected me in a way. I found her previously on the Craigslist website and I sincerely hope I will be able to find someone again who can be as efficient as she has been. I need your service because I am constantly out of town. I will return back to the state real soon so this process will be on going till then. If you don't mind, I will meet up with you when I return and then we can talk about the possibility of making this long term.

      You will be a Personal Assistant,you will walk in to any warehouse which we will be disclosed to you soon and you would be expected to inspect,test, sample, and sorting of products or goods being Purchased. The Purchased products can include a large range of items, including food, Art-Materials, machinery, equipment or pharmaceuticals. Depending the type of manufacturing environment, When you get my mails / packages; you are required to mail them

      to where ever i want them mailed to. You don't have to put money out of your pocket, all you have to do is have packages shipped to your house and do my shopping. You are allowed to open the packages to reveal its content. All expenses and taxes will be paid by me including your weekly salaries.No heavy packages is involved! You can do the shopping at any nearest stores. You will be shopping for Art Materials and office appliances, sorting out my delivers and packages. I will provide you my personal UPS account number for Shipping. All you have to do is provide my account number to UPS and shipping charges will be applied into the account. I will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need done as well the funds to cover them.You will be working 3 days in a week and you're to choose any 3 days of the week from Monday to Saturday that will be preferable to you and you will be working 5 hrs in these 3 days and that will be from 9 am-1 pm and we will be offering you $350- $400.00 per week. This position is very flexible and it allows you to do other things ,but most importantly i need you for my errands when required.

      If you're interested please provide contact details. Full name that payment could be made to physical address and cell phone number to get started.I will be looking forward to hear from you and then proceed on the next step forward.Thank you! Please be informed that we shall run a background check before you are fully given this position

      I shall await your response .

      thanks regards

      Andrew Wilson

      (213) 674-0428

      the next email:

      POSITION CONFIRMED

      Hello ,

      How is your day going? After a careful review and screening , I'm more than happy to inform you that your position has been confirmed, I will get back to you as soon as I have Payment for shopping of items Including your salary sent to you with set of Instructions on each task you are to perform. Please note that this job require you to be checking your email 2-3 times daily and Your Total commitment is However Needed.

      I await your Response

      Regards

      Andrew Wilson

      and the latest email:

      URGENT RESPONSE

      Good Morning,

      How is your day going today, I am writing just to inform you that your first package has been sent out via USPS mail. It will be delivered to you Today or latestTuesday It's a Check made to you for my Shopping including your wages. keep me informed once you receive it, I will also want you to go ahead and deposit the check into your bank account as soon as you receive it and it should clear into your bank account within 24 hrs.Please Kindly Get back to me as soon as you get this message .Thanks

      ANDREW WILSON.

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      GloriAa 3 years ago

      Be careful with kmatinez901@yahoo.com

      I'm a freshman college student , my dad got in an accident so I thought hey this job sounds great. I send my resume and right away they reply the next day. It turned to be a scam good thing I didn't send all the money. My bank is investigating right now and hopefully they can get my money back and those assholes. Because we are all in need of money and a decent job and these people freaking do frauds.

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      oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing your info and warnings! I have already been aware of the "No Experience Necessary" job that offers high salary. Too good to be true indeed. You wrote with such consideration for others, I'm sharing this to let other people know about Craiglist scams.

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      Poecequeddy 3 years ago

      Incredible article! I am content you took the time to create it. I have actually been on the search for this stuff for almost forever and at long last my surf is over!

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      catmalone 3 years ago

      Thankyou for sharing this information. I will definetely keep my eyes open for these type of scammers and share with others. Very informative hub with useful information.

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      DanK 4 years ago

      This page was very inciteful. Thank you for posting it. I also received a fake job post from lauraseecharran@yahoo.com

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      Serrano Burton 4 years ago

      @Carolyn Yes it is. Trust me

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      Carolyn 4 years ago

      Is this a scam?

      Administrative Assistant is needed to support the busy Founder/CEO of a non-profit foundation.

      This position is home-based for two weeks till I am back in town where am setting up an office in your area, I run a foundation, working with me is flexible and basically about instructions and following them, my only fear is that I may come at you impromptu sometimes, so I need someone who can be able to meet up with my irregular timings. As my assistant, your activities amongst other things will include; providing reliable superior executive support and manage extremely complex business, as well as, highly demanding social calendars. Assist in supporting the foundation business; performing scheduling and coordinating meetings as well as highly detailed event planning from concept to execution.

      Job Description:

      Provide exemplary executive support and must have very strong interpersonal and communication skills, a pleasant demeanor and strong work ethic. The candidate must practice tactful diplomacy and possess the ability to multi-task with many projects in a fast paced environment.

      Responsibilities:

      Schedule appointments as well as coordinate travel to and from domestic and international locations; Book reservations, coordinate all appointments with office staff; Manage all business and personal mail and email correspondence; Coordinate all events and dinners - business and social; Exposure to high profile people will require the utmost in confidentiality and discretion; Must be energetic and extremely organized who can assist with miscellaneous errand and tasks as needed.

      Your job for the orphanage is to get donations on our behalf, a donation payment in form of a check or money order will be sent over from one of our clients.

      I'm sure you'll understand I tend to have a very busy schedule at this point, as I am presently in Canada I will be back in two weeks. I think you're the right person for this position, please note that this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels and tight schedules; It's a part-time work from home and the flexibility means that there will be busier weeks than others, so it's a little difficult judging the exact number of hours you'll be doing per week.

      If you can manage your time properly, this job may even give you some extras while you do something else on the side. Pay is fixed at $450:00 weekly for a start. I will like you to get back to me with your Contact Details such as:

      Personal Information:

      Full Name:

      Address (Include Apt Number if Available):

      City:

      State:

      Zip Code:

      Residential Phone Number:

      Mobile:

      Age:

      Email Address:

      The employee, acknowledged the Detailed Job Description

      And signed _______________

      (First Name and Last Name of Employee)

      Ensure you fill this form and send it to email: jobs@futuredesires.net

      Completed employment forms sent here (into this box) would be processed. All Completed Employment forms should be forward to the email above. Should you have any question, contact me through yahoo messenger where we can chat so I can answer all your questions.

      If you don’t have yahoo id, it’s quite easy to get one. Simply create a yahoo mail account and download yahoo messenger software from yahoo as well. Once you have that, we would be able to chat and I would be able to answer all of your questions.

      Just in case you sign in into yahoo messenger and I seem not to respond to you, it might be because I am not online or probably I am not on my sit as at the time you tried to IM me. Kindly wait for a few minutes and I would get back to you. Only serious minded employees who are ready to work should contact me. Here is my id: lauraseecharran@yahoo.com

      Once I have received your contact information, I will get back to you with the task for this week, please understand you will also be paid as at when due. Congratulations on your new appointment and I do hope that you would not disappoint me by giving me your support. Get back to me as soon as possible so we can get started.

      Director

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      sara 4 years ago

      i dont understand what can i do if i am in a scam job who do i call

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      kelsie999 5 years ago

      Does this look like a scam??

      Hope you are having a pleasant day today. After a careful review of your details, I am glad to employ you as my Office Assistant. I hope my decision will be worthwhile. I'll be using the next couple of weeks to test your efficiency and diligence towards this, also to work out your time schedule and fit it to mine. I really need the perfect person for this job, I'm confident you can take up the challenge and on the long run we should have a relatively sound working relationship between us.

      I hope we can get a head start with things as soon as possible. I have had to put a hold on a lot and I would appreciate it if you can be available for me immediately. I do have a couple of urgent tasks for you which will include you making some purchases and payments on my behalf. Your official start date is Wednesday 17 October 2012. You will receive a payment from my client via mail between Wednesday 17 October 2012 and Friday 19 October 2012 which will cover your wages for the week as well as purchases and payments needed to be made on my behalf. I will let you know as soon as the payment has been sent. As soon as you receive the payment, notify me of the receipt and go ahead to deposit the payment at your bank. The payment normally takes 24 hours to clear. Once the payments have cleared, deduct $350 for your wages for the week, another $50 for first class postage stamps for some mails you will be dispatching for me. I will forward the list of recipients you'll be sending the mails to once I compile it. The balance will be used for some materials which I intend purchasing for work. I'll let you know exactly what to do when the funds are available.

      Kindly reply this e-mail as soon as possible to further signify your interest in working with me. I have confidence in you and I am looking forward to a good working relationship between us. I hope you will be up to, perhaps better than my presumptions about you.

      The employee, acknowledged the Trial and Detailed Job description and signed .

      _______________

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      sleuth 5 years ago

      For Mrs. Confused who asked about Cuyler Tremayne.....it IS a scam. After not responding to my request to speak with him after the initial email, I was sent a check for 3,500.oo today via UPS. However, the return address was in IN, the name on the check was an escrow company in CA, and he is supposedly CEO of a computer place in CA. I talked to and forwarded info to both companies and the bank the check came from, including pics of the check. He is now being investigated by the bank. Here is the email I got this morning AFTER the check arrived....

      How are you doing today? I'm sorry for the late response, i have been ill and in the hospital. I hope you received the employment agreement from HR. You will receive a package today via UPS with tracking # 1Z21F9Y0NP90138137 containing a check to be processed for an Orphanage for an urgent surgery as your first assignment as well as your salary. Follow the instructions below to complete your assignment.

      Instructions :

      1. Once you receive the package, take the check to your bank and have it deposited. Once the funds have cleared your bank today or tomorrow, deduct this week's salary of $350 out of the total funds. Kindly have $1500 transferred to the information of Orphanage's accountant below at the nearest Western Union Location around you. The Western Union transfer charges are to be deducted from the remaining funds after you have deducted your salary. Keep the remaining funds in your account for further assignments.

      Find below the Western Union details of whom you would be sending the funds to.

      Western Union Details Below:-

      Name: Ellen Kurzweil

      Address: 333 Adams St

      Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Western Union Service type to use : Money in Minutes

      Once you send the funds, i would like you to send me the following details

      *Name And Address Of The Sender

      *10 Digits Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN #).

      *Amount Sent

      2. I need you to get me a quote on 1 laptop (250gb HDD and 4Gb ram) and any good printer and scanner. If you have any these items let me know.

      3. I need a quote for toys we can purchase for 15 kids. 7 boys and 8 girls ages btw 8-10. Educational toys preferably, 1 toy per child. No price range.

      4. I also need an idea of gifts we can purchase for 10 teachers (7 female and 3 male) in an orphanage.

      Please note that this assignment must be treated with accuracy and efficiency.

      Kindly confirm this email and the UPS delivery.

      Regards,

      Cuyler Tremayne

      CEO

      CR Acquisition Corp. CRE Computer and Audiovisual Solutions

      Tel: (800) 875-1655 Ext. 1

      Fax: (866) 486-7313

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      PersonalDetective 5 years ago

      Targeting potential victim(s) on Craigslist.

      From: Elizabeth Delgado [mailto:lizz@hmafinancial.com]

      Sent: Friday, August 10, 2012 8:46 AM

      To: P_V

      Subject: Re: Physician Office Need Medical Receptionist (baltimore )

      Dear Candidate ,

      Thank you for your reply. As you are aware, I'm looking for someone that can be prudent and reliable to work with, Someone with good understanding to work as Personal Assistant .This position is home-based for 3weeks since am out of the country on a business trip to Canada I'm a business woman and Financial Advisor by profession,I have been pretty successful in a handful of ventures. I get involved in Investment Networks in Canada and United States to various welfare and community service programs, I most very often get my hands occupied, so it is imperative for me to have a worthy assistant who can monitor and keep me up to date with my activities.Working with me is basically about instructions and following them, so this person has to be someone with good telephone skills. My only fear is that i may come at you impromptu sometimes,so i need someone who can be able to meet up with my irregular timings. As my Personal Assistant,Your activities amongst other things will include;

      * Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring.

      * Organizing and maintaining diaries, memos and making appointments.

      * A personal reminder for Schedules, programs, flights and keeping me up to date with them as they come up.

      * Making returns

      * Arranging travel and accommodation.

      * Taking on some of the my responsibilities

      * Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.

      * Handling and monitoring financial activities.

      * Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away and when needed as i am hard on hearing that is why computer works for me. Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf. Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities as the case maybe.

      Basic wage is $850/Wk

      I'm sure you'll understand I tend to have a very busy schedule at this point. Please note that this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels and tight schedules, it's a part-time work from home for now and the flexibility means that there will be busier weeks than others. I have reviewed your Resume and I think I am impressed with it and would like to give you an immediate trial. If you are interested kindly get back to me. As I have been checking my files and schedules and would need someone to run some errands for me this week/next week, while I am away. I will have some funds sent to you to complete the errands and would get back to you with more information on that, get back to me with your Contact Details such as:

      Full Name :

      Address (Include Apt Number if Available):

      City:

      State:

      Zip Code:

      Phone Number (H);

      Phone Number (M);

      Email Address :

      Gender :

      Once I have received your Personal/Contact details, I will draw my schedule and get back to you with your tasks for this week/next

      Thank You For your time.

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      Victoria Anne 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thank you so much for this post! I replied to a job on craigslist and they responded saying they had "reviewed my application" within 12 hours of me sending it (on a Sunday!). In their reply they wanted me to do a "free" credit score check, and after looking into that website I found that it isn't free at all but charges $30 a month. After I read your article I searched some more and found the same exact job description posted in several cities but couldn't find anything on the actual company. Thanks again for the tips and preventing me from getting scammed!

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Does anyone know what the scammer does with the personal information? You see, my boyfriend applied for a receptionist position on craigslist and the scammer responded by saying that his application stood out and he had some additional questions before the interview. The scammer got his address, phone, and email (already on his resumer that he sent for the job) but then also asked for his age and sex. My boyfriend filled out the survey and was hired in about 10 minutes, leading him to realize it was a scam. The scammer doesn't have his social security or bank account, but what kind of fraud does he plan to do with all of his contact information as well as demographic information? We are going to be viligant about it in the coming weeks. Thanks for the info!

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      Jessica 5 years ago

      I received this e-mail this morning. Definitely a scam. I know it is very similar to many that have been posted already. I am only posting this hoping to prevent anyone else from falling for it.

      Hello,

           Thanks for your response to my ad Craigslist.I am sorry for getting back to you lately it was due to the some obligations beyond my control. My name is Louise Stephaich , I am 52 years old International entrepreneur and i have been in business for over 30 years now.(Oil and Gas) to be precise,  fundraiser for  Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti .I am in need of a personal/Admin assistant that can handle my official and personal needs when I am not around.The job is on part time basis for now but may turn round to be a full time one in the future if the need be.I travel a lot because of my kind of business and I have strong interaction with some international organization.I'm licensed to trade in very states in the USA and Canada but I will have to streamline my personality to this few ones here and after which you will get all necessary details about me after your trial assignment due to security reasons. I have to go through some recruitment procedures as an attorney but due to my absence in the states at the moment,I will have to do it in my own way and later finish up with the documentation.I am presently in a summit in Baulkham Hills, NSW, 2153 Australia and after that i will attend my son's graduation in London,but i should probably be back to the United state in twelve weeks time( Three Months).Your work details are as follows:

      * Printing and sending out mails for me.

      * Help make hotel or flight reservation while I provide all my

      personal and delicate information to secure booking.

      * Handling and monitoring some of my administrative files and

      financial activities.

      * Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring.

      * Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence when I'm away.

      I hope you understand the job details very well and some shall be discussed in full as soon as we move on. The most important thing is trust and proper accountability, which I believe it will resolve itself as time goes on. The basic wage is $400 weekly and I want you to understand that paying this kind of wage means you need to do my work or the duties assigned to you perfectly... I hope you will be a very good and commendable personal assistant that I can trust because my work may come in at anytime. For documentation and confirmation with regardless of the information on your resume, I will need you to provide me with the information below:

      First Name................

      Last Name...................

      Physical Address ............

      City....................

      State.....................

      Zip Code.................

      Cell phone number.............

      Home Phone number.............

      Present occupation.............

      .

      Email Address...................

      Do you have full office equipment ?

      I believe you have accepted the job offer as soon as I receive this information from you and I will also put you through a week trial assignment to determine our work rate and efficiency in carrying out duties. You shall help with buying and mailings of some basic children needs to some foster home. I do this once every month and will want you to handle that for me.You shall be sent funds to purchase all these items and also be paid for the trial week, I can also give you some other duties to do apart from that during the trial week. I hope I have been able to express in details all the things involved and

      understand that you are working with a man of great dignity, integrity

      and respect.

      Very Respectfully ,

      Louise Stephaich

      louisestephaichs@gmail.com

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      Robert 5 years ago

      I applied to a posting for "inventory control" and got this back

      Regarding Your Resume Submission

      Thank you for expressing your interest in the available position offered on Craigslist. As in the ad, this position pays up to $15 hourly with approximately 40 hours a week. Benefits will kick in after 90 days which includes dental and medical.

      To get started, please just download our job application toolbar, install it, and it will allow you to access our database to fill out the job application and upload resume to our database. Please give yourself about 10 minutes to complete, and further instructions are on the site.

      Here is your Personal Link

      We will get back to you within 3-5 days to give you a date for the interview. If you have any issues,please ask us. If you are inquiring about your status, please wait until the 5th day before asking. Hope to see your resume uploaded soon!

      Regards,

      Melissa Miller

      HR Manager

      email came from melissa staffing@glo-management.com scam? or legitimate?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I believe this is another scam to be aware of:

      thomaspeek01@gmail.com

      Dear Applicant,

      I got your application resume. I'm looking for someone that can be

      trusted and reliable to work very well with good understanding. This

      position i am offering is home-based and flexible, working with me is

      basically about instructions and following them, my only fear is that

      i may come at you impromptu sometimes, so i need someone who can be

      able to meet up with my irregular timings. As my Personal Assistant,

      your activities amongst other things will include;

      Primary Responsibilities:

      * Creating orders/pick slips/invoices/credit memos.

      * Processing return authorizations for me as needed.

      * Running personal errands.

      * supervisions and monitoring.

      * Scheduling programmes, flights and keeping me up to date with them.

      * Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away and

      when needed as i am hard on hearing that is why computer works for me.

      * Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.

      * Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities as the case maybe.

      Basic wage is $400 Weekly, I tend to have a very busy schedule at this

      point. Please note that this position is not office based for now

      because of my frequent travels and tight schedules, it's a part-time

      work from home for now and the flexibility means that there will be

      busier weeks than others. I have reviewed with your Resume and I think

      I am impressed with it and would like to give you an immediate trial,

      so if you are interested kindly get back to me. As I have been

      checking my files and schedules and would need someone urgently to run

      some errands for me this week/next week, while I am away. I will have

      some funds sent to you to complete the errands and would get back to

      you with more information on that, get back to me with your

      Personal/Contact Details such as:

      FULL NAMES:

      ADDRESS,Include Apt # If Available(No PO.BOX please):

      CITY:

      STATE:

      ZIP CODE:

      HOME PHONE #:

      MOBILE PHONE#:

      EMAIL ADDRESS:

      SEX:

      AGE:

      PRESENT JOB:

      Thanks in anticipation of your prompt response

      Yours Sincerely

      Thomas Peek

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      mrs. confused 5 years ago

      seriously i can't tell a real from a fake anymore.. does cuyler tremayne sound like a scammy name??

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      patsquared 5 years ago

      Hard to believe it but I have now experienced two of the scams listed above. Loved the one for the Admin Assistant who would distribute funds to orphanages but...the guy didn't have an office and only communicated via email. I reported him to Craigslist. I just got one ostensibly from LDR Distribution, a legitimate company, but when you try to apply using the email link, you get a "anti-spam" survey. Ridiculous and kind of sad for those of us really looking for jobs.

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      Dolores Ninerell 5 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      Sounds like they were trying to make money from an affiliate... if you download the app they get paid. Scamming you and the poor affiliate company.

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      Dolores Ninerell 5 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      Craigslist does charge for job ad in big cities. The charge is nominal. The scams must be bringing in enough to cover their nominal fees.

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      sacha_E 5 years ago

      im so upset first time this happens to me, a lady name juni wilson made me waste my weekend going thru a job placement,for 18 dollars an hour as an data entry, telling me she worked with www.computerworld.com.au is from the u.k. and they help american people with jobs. plz be ware. she tells u to download yahoo for an online interview. thank God she just got my name,cell and home address ( witch also makes me wonder how much can she do with that.)

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      tellmeabout it 5 years ago

      Is this a SCAM jOB OFFER???????????

      ur name has been shortlisted to work in our company (AIKON INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION USA).

      You have to furnish us with the below details to enable us consider your

      CV/resume for job offer in this company:

      FULL NAME........................................

      CURRENT LOCATION.................................

      NATIONALITY.......................................

      CURRENT EMPLOYER ....................................

      CURRENT MONTHLY/ANNUAL SALARY...............................

      EXPECTED MONTHLY/ANNUAL SALARY..........................

      MOBILE/TELEPHONE NUMBER:...............................

      CURRENT DESIGNATION/POST.............................

      THREE DESIGNATION/POST DESIRED.........................

      - Maximum joining date of 60 days from the receipt of the job offer letter

      - Good accommodation facilitiesac

      - Free meal based on your choice dietary

      - Good infrastructural facilities

      - Good transportation facilities etc.

      We really hope to make all proceedings very easy and such your Visa, work

      and residence permit documents will solely be our responsibility, We shall

      keep you posted of events and turnouts.

      Expecting your message

      Thank you,

      Recruitment Officer.

      AIKON INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION USA

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      kathyw1 5 years ago

      Unless things have changed, craiglist DOES charge for job postings; it's the only ads that are not free. That's how they make their $. Am I missing something here?

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      Dolores Ninerell 5 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      probably legit - just a hard core sales job...my guess. Check it out with caution.

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      Al 5 years ago

      i keep seeing this add all over on craigslist but in different areas and people. What do you think?

      Customer Service $$1800 plus (La Verne)

      Date: 2012-04-23, 9:46AM PDT

      Reply to: c2c9k-2974501660@job.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

      Fast growing company in La Verne is looking for young, motivated, driven individuals to work ASAP!

      Positions available in customer service, appointment setters, and set up and display. Base pay is $1800/mo plus bonuses.

      No experience needed. Training will be provided.

      **18 years and older

      Must have open schedule. Energetic, good with people, and have a go-getter mentality.

      If you feel you fit the position CALL 909-593-8182 and or 626-890-9647 ASK FOR MERCEDES OR DON.

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      Blair 5 years ago

      its ridiculous...then its confusing

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      Dolores Ninerell 5 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      YES... sounds scammy. You can tell immediately by the wording..."It is nice to READ from you again"? and the lengthy ridiculous email.

      Best of luck with your job search!

      Dolores

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      Blair 5 years ago

      Hi,

      I posted something on CL last week. Some people emailed me. one of them name, Allan Rodgers, asked me to take care his Mom. he said he is a Professional Makeup Artist

      based in VA. his mom is in VA now, but she is gonna go back my place...I have emailed him for a while...and here the 2 latest email from him..

      1)

      Hi Again,

      Thanks for the response, it is nice to read from you again. Mom lives

      few miles away from you and I'd be more than happy if you will take

      interest in caring for her. She is very friendly and fun to be with,

      free eaters and never allergic ! You should be loving, caring and

      responding to her needs at home and also i'm willing to assign a

      driver to you who will take you and my mom to wherever place you want

      to take her to, Let me know if you are ok with the idea. You are to be

      with her during the schedules with the specialist and escort her back

      home.

      Let me know how you would like to get paid, weekly or bi-weekly ?

      Kindly be aware that I am not too keen on the amount you will be

      asking for the hour frame as long as it is reasonable. My main focus

      is a better attention and care for mom. All I want is a great

      hospitality for her, so far we both can have an agreed amount for this

      time frame.

      Please understand that you have to be honest and very reliable if

      you're going to help take care of my mom. I was leary at offering a

      position on the internet but a friend refered me and I thought I'd

      give it a try. Kindly fill up the questionnaire below to facilitate

      your chances: I am a good Christian likewise my mom. Please understand

      that I won't entertain any games or unholy activities.

      You are required to answer the following interview questions since we

      are not opportuned to meet face-to-face for an interview. I ought to

      have met you before offering you this position but I have limited time

      to catch up with my appointments. Without wasting time, we'd like you

      to start work as soon as possible before mom arrive back to the city,

      so kindly get back to me with answers to the questions below.

      1. Can you drive ?

      2. Are you trustworthy ?

      3. Do you smoke ?

      4. Ever been convicted ? Doesn't matter to me as long as you have

      realize your past mistakes and now a changed person

      5. Where are you located presently (I mean your residential address

      and zip code) ?

      6. What is your qualification as an adult caregiver ?

      7. Present occupation :

      8. Number of years as a Caregiver(Experience):

      9. Charge Per Week :

      10. Number of available reference and their contacts information:

      11. What are your spiritual belief ?

      12. Age

      13. Have you ever sold or bought on eBay ? Because you'll help mom in

      listing items for her on eBay

      Requirements:

      • Reliable transportation. If you don't have, please let us know

      because we can make arrangement for that.

      • Must have previously held a position with some responsibility.

      • High School Diploma

      • Some college preferred although not necessary.

      Hope to read from you soon. Thanks and in anticipation of your response

      Allan

      2)

      I'd like to congratulate you for securing the position. Thank you for

      your understanding and interest in taking care of my mom, and after a

      thorough review I have solely decided to secure this position for you.

      I would want my mom and yourself under a very conducive environment

      while you care for her, i will send you the address of where to meet

      up with mom on her arrival back home and also details of our flight,

      I'll come with mom but will go back as soon as everything is in place,

      so you'll be informed our arrival time to pick us up at the airport.

      I'd have loved to talk to you on phone but I am a very busy person and

      usually don't have much time for phone calls, where standard questions

      are being asked anyway, therefore prefer communication per email. If

      you have any specific questions, write them down and I will answer

      them per email. If there is a real and urgent need for a phone call,

      specify the issue per email first and then I will try to arrange a

      Skype call (keep in mind the time zones difference though). If you

      have any questions that I have not answered, please pardon me and list

      them in the next email, I'll be more than happy to give response to

      them.

      I'd also like to inform you that i will be needing your assistance in

      helping her purchase the following items from the grocery stores

      before her arrival because she won't be carrying much bag pack, so i

      would be happy if some of the items needed could be purchased by you

      from the grocery a day before her arrival. Such items are listed as

      below

      FOOD

      1. Milk 2%

      2. Cheese (Cheddar)

      3. Yoghurt (Fat free)

      4. Breakfast cereals.

      FRUITS

      1. Vegetables

      2. Apples

      3. Banana

      4. Strawberries or Grapes.

      5. Wheat corn, peas or mixed frozen vegetables and Melons

      6. Salad.cucumber and tomatoes

      7. Kiwi fruits.

      8. Carrots

      CLOTHING

      1. Towels (Big and small sizes) Pink color

      2. Bedding Sheets. (King size) White color

      3. Washing detergents (Any)

      4. Medicated Soaps (Tetmosol)

      I already placed an order for a new electric wheel chair ( Invacare

      TDX SR with Formula CG Powered Seating ) and it is on hold awaiting

      instructions for shipment. I'll let you know how the shipment for the

      wheel chair goes. I will be waiting to read from you with an estimate

      cost for the requested supplies.

      Thank you, can't wait to meet you. Take good care of yourself.

      Allan

      It's kind of funny. I assume its scam, isn't it?

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      Dolores Ninerell 5 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      The Customer Service Evaluator position just wants you to place ads on Craigs List for them. Since CL now required a phone verification they can't post multiple scam ads themselves and now are recruiting others to do it for them - double scam. They are forced to advertise in newspapers now - so beware. Bogus! Ugh!

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      Nicki 5 years ago

      Watch Out for this piece of crap! Just received this today...I found the ad on Craigslist. Under Admin. I believe.

      Job Description

      Ace Europe Group, INC is a big financial online company. The main types of our activity are:

      real estate investments, trading services, broker intermediary. During the financial crisis we have got a lot of clients who are searching for an opportunity to invest their funds to the stable European real estate property. Most of the new clients are in the U.S.A. Due to features of the legislation we can't cooperate directly with the physical persons. To do this we need an authorized representative or official representation for the post of Customer Relationship Manager. As we do not expect great interest from the US side - the post of representation office is not included in our plans. In connection with the foregoing, we are looking for a responsible individual for mediation services who will be the official representative in your area. More details will be provided to you if you find our offer interesting for you.

      Customer Relationship Manager will work in liaison with our supervising manager, for the day to day financial activity and will earn $2500 monthly.

      If you are interested in, please write us at drago.tashev@aceeuropegroupinc.com mentioning your contact details.

      Have a bless day!

      Drago Tashev,

      Ace Europe Group, INC

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      Hamsa 5 years ago

      ROBEN & JACK CONSULTING.. A 100% SCAM..

      They would tell you as administrative assistant. send u western union money transfers and online surveys..

      when the training period ends they wont pay you the salary nor send you tasks.

      its not a USA based company. it is operated from Australia. A single lady operates that.

      100% FRAUDULENT AND SCAM..

      I worked and when i found out and questioned her they have closed the website itself and flew away.

      PLEASE BE AWARE.

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      Fay Biondo 5 years ago

      I recently thought I rented a house on craigslist. The owners name and the address of the house matched up to the county assessor. I did not meet the owners in person, I sent them the rent and deposit. I moved into the house,and about 3 weeks later I get knocks on the door from realtors, loan specialists, and credit unions all telling me different stories. The police knocked on the door at 11:30 pm asking what I was doing in the home. I rented it. Showed my rental agreement. The real owners called the police. I was told the wife is in the FBI and they are well known in the neighbor. They explained of how the locks on their house have been changed before, they didnt seem alarmed. And told us to move out as soon as we can. We told neighbors the story, they never heard of such a thing, and said the real owners are the scamers, not an actual scamer as we were told. Neighbors told us the real owners wife only works for as a receptionists at the FBI and the husband is a electrician. The truth I am not sure of yet, but I'll find out soon enough. If anyone has information that can possibly help me, let me know. I am a college student and am out a lot of money. PO BOX 2273, Marysville, CA 95901

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      mours sshields 5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Thanks for this great hub! I tried to get some work through Craig's List; and I think about all the several

      replies I got were scams!! They tried to scam me, but they didn't get it done.

      One persistent person, I even finally told them that they

      were trying to scam me, and to lose my name and email ad-

      dress. I told the person to never contact me again!

      I probably will never place an ad in craig's list ever

      again. All I got was people trying to rip me off! What low-life's!!!

      Again---great article! Marcia Ours

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      pricelezz 5 years ago

      tony hunt apartment cleaning job is a scam

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      Elle 5 years ago

      This person posted an ad for a personal assistant on www.ziprecruiter.com. The following is the email I received from him:

      Dear Candidate ,

      I'm looking for someone that can be prudent and reliable to work with, Someone with good understanding to work as Personal Assistant .This position is home-based for long term, i mean permanent position since am out of the country on a business trip to Canada and even when i arrive in 2 weeks time. I'm a business man and Interior Designer by profession,I have been pretty successful in a handful of ventures.

      I get involved in Investment Networks in Canada and United States to various welfare and community service programs, I most very often get my hands occupied, so it is imperative for me to have a worthy assistant who can monitor and keep me up to date with my activities.

      Working with me is basically about instructions and following them, so this person has to be very close to a computer and with a good telephone skills. My only fear is that i may come at you impromptu sometimes,so i need someone who can be able to meet up with my irregular timings. As my Personal Assistant,Your activities amongst other things will include;

      Primary Responsibilities :

      * Creating orders/pick slips/invoices/credit memos.

      * Processing return authorizations for me as needed.

      * Running personal errands.

      * supervisions and monitoring.

      * Scheduling programmes, flights and keeping me up to date with them.

      * Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away and when needed as i am hard on hearing that is why computer works for me.

      Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf. Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities as the case maybe.

      Basic wage is $950 Weekly

      Duties Include :

      I'm sure you'll understand I tend to have a very busy schedule at this point. Please note that this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels and tight schedules, it's a part-time work from home for now and the flexibility means that there will be busier weeks than others. I have reviewed your Resume and I think I am impressed with it and would like to give you an immediate trial. If you are interested kindly get back to me.

      As I have been checking my files and schedules and would need someone to run some errands for me this week/next week, while I am away. I will have some funds sent to you to complete the errands and would get back to you with more information on that, get back to me with your Contact Details such as:

      Full Name :

      Address (Include Apt Number if Available):

      City:

      State:

      Zip Code:

      Phone Number (H);

      Phone Number (M);

      Email Address :

      Once I have received your Personal/Contact details, I will draw my schedule and get back to you with your tasks for this week/next

      Thank You For your time.

      Elgin Die Mold

      Elgin Die Mold is on the internet as a real company but when I called the number it did not work. The man said he was in Germany but when I searched the IP address it said he is in London. My fear is that I gave him the information requested. What can he do with that information? He does not have my social security number or birth date or anything but can he still steal my identity with my name, address, phone number, and email address?

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      James 5 years ago

      I applied for a job on CL for Accounting/Data Entry Clerk that claimed to pay $25 an hour with no degree required. Being that I'm about to get my degree, I felt overqualified and applied anyway. Got a response email instructing me to contact someone ASAP on Yahoo IM. It all seemed shady. I Googled the company name and found nothing, but I found that other people had received this exact same email, verbatim. After reading this article I should have known it was a scam all along. "Telecommuting is OK," "$25 per hour," no company name or location given, lol.

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      Craig 5 years ago

      One warning for those posting on jobs wanted, you might run across someone with the return address of 333average#gmail.com - inquiring about the position they are offering will result in a response from this person with a link to a short URL for an application. Checking the URL in a service that translates short URLs to normal URLs indicates that this URL is actually an .exe file. I didn't download it, fortunately.

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      Saxx Mobile – Albert Mita Scammer – Saxx Mobile Scam - Exposed 5 years ago

      Saxx Mobile is wireless dealer located in New York. Saxx Mobile specializes in scamming their customers by selling them used phones, as “new”. They have also been caught selling carrier returns as new, as well as selling Blackberry Devices with blocked PIN’s. If you research Saxx Mobile you will find a great and informative site called Saxx Mobile Scam. WWWsaxxmobilescam(dot)com This site will provide validation on the claims listed above. It will also provide you location information of this corrupt company.

      Saxx Mobile claims to have 2 locations.

      Saxx Mobile New York

      2709 Coney Island Ave.

      3rd Floor

      Brooklyn N.Y. 11235

      (P) 347 673 8455

      (F) 347 673 8457

      Saxx Mobile Miami

      8000 NW 31st St.

      Suite #9

      Doral F.L. , 33122

      (P) 305 599 8804

      (F) 305 599 8807

      Both of these locations have been involved in scams of their customers. Saxx Mobile prides themselves on the number of phones they sell, not the quality of phones they sell. Saxx Mobile does not build relationships; in fact, they destroy them. Saxx Mobile is after one thing; MONEY. Money is what drives Albert Mita (the owner of Saxx Mobile). Anything to make a ‘quick buck’ will be a priority to Albert Mita. Albert Mita can be researched at WWWalbertmita(dot)com. This will take you to the Saxx Mobile Scam website where you will find more and more scams that Saxx Mobile has done.

      They can not nothing but deny the claims. Saxx Mobile has been involved in 6 large public scams, all found on the Saxx Mobile Scam website. These are not the only scams that Saxx Mobile has been a part of. If you have been involved in a scam with Saxx Mobile please visit Saxx Mobile Scam and post your story.

      The wireless industry is a deceitful one, but with sites like Saxx Mobile Scam there are ways to make it better. Exposing these companies will help the industry by making prospective customers more aware of scams, such as Saxx Mobile Scam.

      Please stay away from Saxx Mobile. They will do anything to get your business, and more to get your money. But once they have your money, they are in control of you. Do not give them control. The less you buy from Saxx Mobile, the better chance they have of going out of business. Post your story at WWWsaxxmobilescam(dot)com – the epicenter of all things Saxx Mobile Scam

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      Kelly 5 years ago

      I live in San Diego and was also contacted by Andy Grubbs for $600 a week. thought it might be a scam and I googled it and saw your post

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      Dolores Ninerell 5 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      Yes Kattwamm - it doesn't sound good.

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      kattwamm 5 years ago

      Hi,

      I think this must be a scam. I just came across this posting on craigslist in manhattan, new york. I called the number listed and the lady I spoke to set up an interview for me. She also asked that I bring in $100 for the security check as well as my ID and social security card - just in case they offer me the job. She says the job is at a security firm and would involve just scanning visitors through the security check. she also gave me a web address: www.rowesecurity.com that led nowhere. It doesn't even show up on google. It sounded legit until she asked for the $100 and gave me the fake web address.

      -----------------------------------------------------------------------

      Now hiring. Front desk positions (NYC)

      Date: 2012-03-23, 1:43PM EDT

      Reply to: xg8qw-2918156763@job.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

      Now hiring for multiple front desk positions.

      Offering very flexible hours

      Full time and part time available

      Professionalism is a must

      Must not have criminal history

      Answer and direct phone calls

      Do paperwork

      Ability to work independently as well as within a group setting.

      Good costumer service skills

      Email resume with no attachments or call employer directly at 347 431 6145.

      Location: NYC

      Compensation: up to 18$/hr

      Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.

      Phone calls about this job are ok.

      Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

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      Dolores Ninerell 5 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      Nice Smarter... There are ads on all Hub Pages and I happen to use Life Lock myself...so I know that is not a scam. Do you consider everything a scam if someone makes money from it? If so...don't view most websites on the internet because that is how a lot of people make money. For that matter - don't watch TV, read a magazine or open the newspaper...there are ads there too. A scam is deception. Ads are not deception but clearly ads. If I am referring you to Life Lock - how is that a scam? Seriously???

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      Smarter 5 years ago

      The funny thing is person that made this page talkabout is doing the same thing to you. If you didn't notice 'she' pushed an affiliate offer for identity theft right after posting the other stuff about affiliate offers on cl. Also notice the ads pushing the same crap?

      Just another way to trick you into making her money just like the cl people are doing. Smarten up, you come to check on a scam and get scammed anyways.

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      Dolores Ninerell 5 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      No this does sound bogus. I think putting the ad up is a good thing as well as searching on your own - you just have to be smart about it. Just filter out the weird responses. Why don't you call local spots yourself to see if they need help...for some reason I don't see them checking Craig's List - job wanted sections.

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      Jessica 5 years ago

      I recently put a post on cl looking for horse/barn related work. In the past two days I have received idk how many different offers, not one of them had anything to do with horses. One guy wanted to pay me 100 dollars a hour to drive his wife around for 2hr three days a week. He has emailed me back a few times, even gave me his name, profession and where he lived. But I found no record of a contractor by the name of Carton Rogers, in Austin, tx. I'm not sure if this is a scam or not. But it sounds pretty bogus to me. Any advice? I am a mother of 2 and I need work badly, it really sucks that these ppl are doing this. It makes me just want to take my add off and say the hell with Craigslist. Somebody should do something. Good honest ppl are being hurt, and these thieves are making money doing it. Pathetic.

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      MissL 5 years ago

      HELLO, I HAVE RECEIVED THIS ASSIGNMENT FROM THIS GENTLEMAN, HAS ANYONE GOT THE SAME. ALSO, HE SENT ME A BUSINESS CHECK...

      Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 19:42:57 -0800

      Subject: Personal Assistant Rep ID: #DTC100691?991 *** Appointment Confirmation ***

      From: hrmanagerconsultant@gmail.com

      To:

      Hello Lily A Lam

      Thanks for your swift response, I want to seize this opportunity to congratulate you on the new job. To take up the challenge of building a relatively sound working relationship between us, your quick response to mails and effectiveness will be required, and I will advise that we build a considerable level of trust for each other, which should involve a firm reliance of our confidence placed in each other, and I hope to have your 100% loyalty and co-operation. Once again, I say congratulations. Presently, as we have discussed, I have checked my files, and I do have quite a number of unattended chores which you can immediately assist me with, I will need you to personally represent me while you work from home in running some basic errands next week to some foster homes, I do that often every month, some funds would be sent upfront inform of a certified company check to you, from our financial institution, which would include your first $600 basic weekly salary and also the necessary amount required to cover the cost of completing the task. You will make some arrangements with buying some handy items, in favor of the kids in the N.G.Os (Non Governmental Organizations Foster Homes) at any nearest store around you, so you can mail them out. A list of items would be sent to you, and also with the tracking number of the check payment once mailed to you

      Please Re-confirm the Name and Address below to avoid loss of check payment

      Have you ever processed a payroll check within an amount range of $2000 to $5000?

      If yes, Please Specify the exact amount and how often you have done that?

      To brace up a good platform, I would appreciate that you tell me, a little more about yourself, you will simply receive all of the payment details, along with a comprehensive instruction. Let me know if you are familiar with such duties. Your Urgent Response to this message will be needed to confirm you received this notification & to confirm you are ready for this task. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions whatsoever.

      Regards

      Andy Grubbs

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      jim098 5 years ago

      As you pointed out, verifying the website's legitimacy is very important. I've stumbled upon one free website -www.scamadviser.com where you can give the url of the website and it gets you the trusting rate of the site. It's worth doing this before falling prey to the scammers.

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      why me? 5 years ago

      Can't believe I fell for this! Not sure what to do. After receiving this email, I immediately had reservations and looked up there company website as well reports. I also had a tech savvy friend look everything over and confirmed it looked legit. The attachment did not appear to have a virus and was very realistic form to complete reviews. I logged into the link and the assignments were listed, basically I was to act as actuality assurance specialist by filling out interest forms and rating the telemarketers performance. I clicked the appropriate links and provided my info. I was contacted by telemarketers and I assumed the role of a potential customer as instructed. At that point, it seemed fine. When I reached the last campaign, I became worried. I entered.all of my information as I had done previously but this time they asked for my ssn. I typed it in before I had even respirator and was immediately thrown off. It asked for a credit card as well. I didn't submit or complete the form but now they may have access to my info. The website that requested the info was a credit report monitoring agency, Profanity Credit. I'm not sure if this was just spam, although no viruses have been detected on my laptop yet. I read about click farms and I am thinking as well as hoping and praying that they were just trying to get ad clicks.

      Having just looked over yourapplication and resume, it looks like you are going to make a fantastic new addition to our team.  If you are still available, I would like to give you the Research & Administrative Assistant job that you just recently applied for. Log onto your virtual assistant employee platform with the secured link and password below to access your first assignment.  There you will also find all the details about this job, and the instructions you need in order to get started. Campaign Review & Quality Assurance Auditing Assignment #1Password: vNJhXsYou will start immediately working with our marketing data group performing advertising campaign audits and writing reviews. Attached is an editable PDF called "Review Form". Save this, as it is what you will be filling out and turning in as you complete the assignment. On the second page of "Review Form", you must fill out the necessary information so that we may pay you on time.Payments go out promptly each Friday, and account for all assignments that were turned in before the previous Friday.Each assignment pays $250. After turning in this first assignment, you can request up to 5 a week, and make $1,250/ week like our superstar research assistants, or as few as 2 and make $500 a week.  As long as you are carefully following instructions, and turning in quality work, we will settle on a schedule that works best for you. This is a virtual assistant position, meaning you won't have to come in to an office to work, but we do expect that tasks be completed and turned in on time. You will need to be able to devote at least two hours of the day to taking telephone calls.  With your personal employee platform password, you may now log in and view all relevant details and begin the assignment. I will be your associate manager, here to help you get started right away. Feel free to email or call me (between 8-5pm EST) with any questions you have about this first assignment and others in the future. If you cannot take this position, please let me know as soon as possible so I can give the job to someone else.Susan AndersonHiring & Account ManagerSusan@JustMedias.com(718) 514-9550JUSTMedia LLC. 228 Park Avenue SouthNew York, NY 10003Campaign Review & Quality Assurance Auditing Assignment #1Password: vNJhXs{We hate spam as much as you do- You are being offered this job because you responded to an ad we had for an open position. You are not on any list of ours, so if you are uninterested please let me know ASAP so that I can offer this job to another qualified applicant.}

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      Confidential 5 years ago

      In regards to the PA (Personal Assistant Ad...this exact same scam (ad) was listed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper this past Sunday. Being an ex-PI and having unusually good instincts, I knew this was a scam the moment I e-mailed and requested the geographical location of the position. I didn't attach anything to the e-mail, provided NO info. about me...and here's the response I received:

      Dear Applicant,

      Tuesday , February 27, 2012

      Your resume as been reviewed , Thanks for your interest in the PA position, I would love to meet up with you to talk about this job but right now am currently away on a business so there will be no interview, I had the issues of getting a nanny for my home which was just apprently sorted out, Time was not in my favor for the current business proposal offered so I left yesterday to attend to it, I will pre-pay you in advance for your weekly salary and salary would be received through western union in your offical job start week

      I will deeply appreciate all genuine efforts to help me monitor and keep up to date with all my activities. I oftenly get my hands occupied because am working with many companies both in canada and here in the states and also the reason why I just employed a nanny last week,so it is imperative for me to have a worthy assistant who can monitor and keep me up to date with my activities. As my assistant, your activities amongst other things will include: Make travel arrangements and submit expenses for Attorneys Order office supplies, Running personal errands,Filing documents,faxing,printing and typing letters Web research, Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf, Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities, Internet search skills and posting ads Quality communication etiquette skills and Serious sense of humour required and mandatory to work with me Ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential information Perform duties with accuracy, quality, and integrity You can only apply for this position if you own a personal computer. Basic wage is $400 weekly. Note, your wage will increase depend on your efficiency and commitment

      ABOUT ME:

      i have a family of 3 and i am a Realtor,a business personnel and also a Lawyer . I travel alot,hence the reason why i need an assistant to handle affairs for me on the home front when i am away on business which is usually quite often. This position is home-based and flexible you can be in any location,working with me is basically about instructions and following them, my only fear is that I may come at you impromptu sometimes, I need someone who can be able to meet up with my i regular timings.

      There is also a very sensitive issue on trust and accountability which I believe will resolve itself as time goes on. I'm sure you'll understand I tend to have a very busy schedule at this point as I am presently in Alabama. I will be back in 3 months time that why i need a personal assistant.

      I am sure if you stay focused then your the right person for this post, Please note that this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels and tight schedules. It's a part-time, work from home basis and the flexibility means that there will be busier weeks than others. So it's a little difficult judging the exact number of hours you'll be doing. Most times there would not be much to be done so its flexible. If you can manage your time properly, this job may even give you some extra while you do something else by the side.

      I'm online most of the time so I prefer to we contact each other through (petersaffo123@hotmail.com) on MSN Messenger. I would like to chat with you.

      Wages would be paid according to as discussed, Your committment to this position would be appreciated

      So Fill This Application And Email It Back Here as soon as possible If Interested!!!

      First Name______________________

      Middle Name___________________________

      Last Name_____________________________

      Street Address ( Not P o Box)_____________________________

      City, State, Zip Code______________________________________

      Sex________Age_________

      Cell Phone Number (___)___________________________________

      Home Phone Number(___)___________________________________

      Email:____________________________

      Current Job:____________________________

      I Await your details,

      Sincerely,

      Peter Saffo

      RED FLAGS waving all over this one!

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      InformationSeeker 5 years ago

      I received the same email from David Schimmel. The website I was sent was www.triumphome.com not triumphinvestments. The website looks legit, but I do not think it is. The phone number that is listed on this website is 608-305-0734 and the fax number 866-472-1456 listed isn't theirs. Jobseekers beware.

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      Dolores Ninerell 5 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      FYI...

      The way I found out about all of these scams was by sending my resume and cover letter. They can't do anything with just your name, address and phone number. They don't just want your resume or picture for that matter. They want your personal information or for you to take action on other sites so they make commission on things like web-conferencing and credit reports.

      So relax if you just sent in a resume! If you fall for the job posting you can usually tell by the response that it is scam.

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      another one? 5 years ago

      Dear Sir/Madam

      MysteryShopper Canada Employment Agency. needs mystery shoppers From any where in USA,CANADA AND AUSTRALIA as part-time worker. No application fee Required,Applicant must be 17 years and above, must check email 2 -3 times in a day to read updates from us and be honest. You will earn $300 on each transaction by being our mystery shopper.

      Your employment packet include business evaluation form and a training Instructions which will be sent to you via email after you have received payment.A Paycheck of $2000 will be sent to you for the first Evaluation by our finance company,you are to deduct your $300 commission, and the rest will be used for the evaluation at the store that you will be instructed to go.This Evaluation can take place three times or more in a week so you can end up earning for yourself close to $900 or more in a week.

      1. Business evaluation form: This is the form you are required to fill after you visit any shopping mall in your area as directed,you will be given the store name and address which you are required to evaluate its customer service and quality control after their services are rendered to you. You will be required to fill a form to rate the employee(s), the form will be given to you after the evaluation at the store.

      2. Training Instructions: You are hired to evaluate the quality of services of the store or mall that will be given to you . You are needed to rate the employees.

      Interested shopper should please Enclose their information below for you to start with us.

      First Name:..........

      Last Name:..........

      Contact Address

      City:....................

      Province:..............

      Postal Code:.........

      Home Phone:.................

      Cell Phone:............

      Sex:....................

      Age:....................

      Email Address:......

      Thanks for responding, We will wait for your full details .

      P:S: After you have emailed your information to us ,You should endeavour to check your email 2-3 times in a day to read updates from

      Sincerely,

      GARY MOORE

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      anne 5 years ago

      hello,

      be aware of simon castro,franklin billy,phillip welcher.........scam

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      allylloyd 5 years ago

      AVOID THIS BUSINESS www.GlobalFundraisingInc.com LIKE THE PLAGUE!

      They are a scam running out of Philadelphia, PA! They say they are raising money for charities and want you to go DOOR to DOOR to get money! They say they will pay you $200 a week salary plus bonus!! That is a lie--they pay $35 a week plus bonus and you can't make a bonus until your 4TH WEEK!

      Also they have changed their BUSINESS NAME three times in the last two years!!!

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      NL 5 years ago

      Anyone heard of this guy? Found a few typos, and website looks professional enough - but, a lot of things aren't searchable.

      Thank you for your recent application at www.craiglist.com. After careful consideration of your qualifications and skills we have decided to offer you a Administrative Assistant position on the trial basis.

      Job Title: Administrative assistant;

      Company information: We're a market leader in the property investment field. Due to the continued expansion we have exciting new opportunities for new people to join one of the world's top Property Investment Companies. Further details can be found at our website: triumphome.com

      Wages: $58240 annually;

      Work Hours: Mon to Fri, 9am-4pm;

      Position type: Home Based, Full-Time, no traveling required;

      Key Duties:

      - Assisting with customer queries and complaints;

      - Maintaining customer database;

      - Responding to email enquiries;

      - Accurate data entry;

      - Updating property descriptions on company's website;

      - General clerical assistance.

      This is a fantastic chance to get permanent employment after 3-weeks paid trial period if you can prove your abilities and commitment to the job. During these 3-weeks you will be trained while working and being paid at the rate of $750 per week.

      If you're interested and would like to proceed further - please reply to this message and let me know when will you be available to start?

      Sincerely,

      David Schimmel - Staffing Manager enquiries@cvrevision.com

      HR Manager

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      eft 5 years ago

      ATTN:

      The Hiring Desk of the company has reviewed your resume and we believe you have the required qualifications.

      This is a work from home job ,Work hours is from 8am-4pm ...Mon-Fri and You will earn $18per hr for this position,you are also expected online at yahoo messenger during working hours. We also offer flexible hours

      Do you have a yahoo messenger on your computer. To proceed with this job position you must undergo an online interview via yahoo messenger.

      I want you to setup a yahoo messenger,add Mr Tom Alex the hiring manager and IM him on this ID ( TomAlex2211@yahoo.com ) asap for the interview briefing and comprehensive job details. He will be online waiting for you..Hope to read from you if you need any directions or more instructions.

      Interview Schedule: ASAP

      Interview Time: ASAP

      Training is Available

      Best regards

      Mr. Tom Alex

      Point Groups Corps

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      KSH 5 years ago

      be careful---

      Hello ,

      How are you doing today? I’m very happy that you want to becoming part of our company by working for us. Thanks for the mail...I am looking for someone who can handle my personal and business errands at his/her spare time.Someone who can offer me these services: Mail services Receive my mails and drop them off at UPS(nothing illegal)Shop for Gifts,Art works,Bill payment ( pay my bills on my behalf)Sit for delivery( at your home) or pick items up at nearby post office at your convenience. It does not matter where you are located as long as you reside in the united states.Let me know if you will be able to offer me any/all of these services.

      Where are you located? I would love to meet up with you to talk about this job but I am currently away on business. I am in Australia so there will be no interview.I will prepay you in advance to do my shopping. I will also have my mails and packages forwarded to your address. If you will be unable to stay at your house to get my mails, I can have it shipped to a post office near you and then you can pick it up at your convenience.When you get my mails/packages; you are required to mail them to me or our customers. You don't have to put money out of your pocket, all you have to do is have packages shipped to your house and do my shopping. You are allowed to open the packages to reveal its content.The content of the packages are computer and electronics,art works,antiques business and personal letters.. All expenses and taxes will be covered by me. You will work between 15 and 20hrs a month..I will pay $450.00 weekly, That is not a bad offer is it? I need your service because I am constantly out of town. I work in a realestate and I own an Art Gallery in Australia. I will return to USA in March,2012 so this process will be on going till then.If you don't mind, I will meet up with you when I return and then we can talk about the possibility of making

      this long term. Well, let me know if you are able to handle the position.Hope to hear from you.I will email you the list

      and pictures of what to shop for when I am ready. No heavy packages is involved! You can do the shopping at any nearest stores.

      I will provide you with my personal UPS account number for Shipping.

      All you have to do is provide my account number to UPS and shipping charges will be applied into the account.I will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need done as well as the funds to cover them. If I were to mail you money to do my shopping plus upfront payment for your service, where would you want it mailed to? How should your name appear on the money?

      Kindly,provide me with the following details below

      Full Name:

      Full Address:

      (NO P.O.BOX)

      City:

      State:

      Country:

      Zip Code:

      Phone Number

      if you have yahoo messenger or hotmail to chat with you also about the job....

      Age:

      Thank you!

      NB:You can give me a call on my australia number or my US number which is roam to australia

      Antonio Bailey.

      Tel:(+61)2939-77545 Australia

      Tel:(213)-437-6324 USA.

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      BossLadyKFW 5 years ago from WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

      Thank you for this-I wish I saw it before I sent my resume, but at least I didn't sign up for the "job website"...Unfortunate that these people are preying on folks in difficult times and situations. i put a lot of work into my resume, etc. and experiences such as this can be frustrating and downright damaging to the job seeker psyche. Thanks again for this helpful hub!

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      Rox 5 years ago

      So I am one that's very very careful when job hunting on CL. I never do send my resume with postings asking for a photo. But for some reason, I came across one today and sent both in. The ad seemed really legit and the location that was listed as well. Now I'm starting to worry. HELPPPP!

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      Boyd 5 years ago

      You guys should try Jobserve.com. One of the few site i found that wont share or sell your info to anyone. They do seem to have more IT jobs than anything, but no spam.

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      rameshkumar -mannai 5 years ago

      streco plc uk is 100% fake job offer dont apply any body

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      Cierra88 5 years ago

      I applied for an office assistant job in Seattle and this is the response I for. Pretty sure this a scam.

      Office Assistant Full Time (Seattle)

      Date: 2011-12-22, 12:51PM PST

      Reply to: job-awk5q-2765700221@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

      REQUIREMENTS:

      Must be 18+ years of age.

      Willing to commit to a full time schedule.

      Enjoy working in fast-paced environment.

      Office Assistants are needed for our new branch locations in Renton, Federal Way and Seattle.

      We are a small but growing Wholesale Distribution Center.

      These positions are Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

      It's great if you have experience for this position but it is not required.

      We will train the right candidates.

      COMPENSATION:

      $18-$19/Hour

      Quarterly Bonuses

      Health Benefits

      Paid Vacation

      Location: Seattle

      Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.

      Please, no phone calls about this job!

      Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

      PostingID: 2765700221

      Copyright © 2011 craigslist, inc. terms of use privacy policy feedback forum

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      Morgaon 5 years ago

      Here is a new one fresh off the press:

      Dynamic Enteprises LC is part of an International organization based in the U.S.A. and distributes equipment designed to help

      people with asthma, allergies, and breathing problems. The equipment is indorsed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and

      is actually recommended by Allergists around the world. We get our clients through referrals and are looking for individuals who can

      help explain our equipment and generate these referrals.

      Here are a few things that our company offers their associates:

      -BASE PAY ($16.00+ TO START)

      -COMPANY TRAINING

      -PRODUCTION BONUSES

      -PAID VACATION

      -NO CASH INVESTMENT WHATSOEVER!!!

      Please email your resume to humanresources@dynentlc.com and be sure to write "APPLICATION FOR ASSOCIATION" in the subject line of your email.

      The kicker www.dailychanges.com shows the website was created only 2 days ago.

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      jiger brahmbhatt 5 years ago

      i also have got an offer from sterco UK please help identify whether it is fake or genuine.

      i have found some misspellings and sentences that make me feel it being fake.

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      Maya 5 years ago

      more....

      Hello,

      Thanks for applying for the position, I quite I appreciate it? I

      received and read your e-mail and it's reasonable and acceptable. So I

      will give this a go"

      I'm looking for someone that can be trusted and reliable to work very

      well and good understanding person.

      This position is home-based and flexible, working with me is basically

      about instructions and following them.

      As my assistant, your activities amongst other things will include;

      Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring.

      Scheduling programmes, flights and keeping me up to date with them.

      Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away.

      Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.

      Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities

      Basic wage is $300 a week . I'm sure you'll understand I tend to have a

      very busy schedule at this point, as I am presently in United Kingdom ,

      I will be back in Three Weeks.

      I think you're the right person for this position , Please note that

      this position is not office based for now because of my frequent

      travels and tight schedules, it's a part-time, work from home basis and

      the flexibility means that there will be busier weeks than others, so

      it's a little difficult judging the exact number of hours you'll be

      doing per week. If you can manage your time properly, this job may even

      give you some extra while you do something else on the side.

      Permit me to use the coming week to test your efficiency and diligence

      towards all this, also to work out your time schedule and fit it to

      mine. I really need to find the perfect person for this job, I'm

      confident you can take up the challenge and on the long run we should

      have a relatively sound working relationship between us.. I'm online

      most of the time as I am hard of hearing so I prefer we contact each

      other through E-mails, but if there is need for me to call, I will be

      glad to do that. I am glad you are willing to work with me and i

      promise to be a good boss.

      I am also glad on the commitment in working. I have been checking my

      files and what i would want you to do for me this week is to run some

      errands out to some of the orphanage home, I do that every month. The

      funds will be in form of Cashiers Check/ US Money Orders and it will be

      sent over to you from one of my clients and i have some list to email

      you once you received the funds,You will make some arrangements by

      buying some stuff for the kids in the nearest store around you so you

      can mail them out.

      I will get you more information on that, I will like you to get back to

      me with your

      Contact Details such as:

      Full Name:

      Contact Address NO P.O BOX:

      City:

      State:

      Zip-Code:

      Phone Number:

      Once I have received your contact information, I will get back to you

      with the task for this week,Understand you will also be paid as well as

      its important for me to make the necessary steps before i get back from

      my business trip back to the states.

      Hope I am clear with that.

      Get back as soon as possible.

      David Mattison

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      Jack 5 years ago

      I hope people aren't using Craig's List as their only job search engine. There are good reputable sites out there. One good on is indeed.com and it pulls from multiple company job posting so you don't have to sign up for Career Builder or Monster (which have it's share of scammers). Indeed.com can link you directly to the company website and you go through that company's application submission process (like uploaded a resume, filing out an application, and answering those long questionnaires). Career Builder and Monster still seem to be better than Craig's List. I think the best way is going directly to a company website and applying through their job or careers section on their website. You can even apply in person, which can be better. Apply at companies (big or small, mass chains or local) you or someone one you know has done business with so you know their legit and how well they treat their customers. Also, save a resume that does NOT have you physical address (just the city and state) and maybe a phone number and/or email address if you plan on submitting to a bunch of ads on Craig's List or if you're unsure about the company in any way. Also better idea if you're sending many resumes out without verifying companies. You don't have to worry about your info. floating around.

      Other job posting website:

      idealist.org

      linkedin.com

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      Dukigu 5 years ago

      Hey guys,

      I think im being scam but im not sure. Can you help me. See if this is a scam and give me feed back please.

      This is what is what the other person told me.

      How are you doing today? Thanks for applying to the post.Actually the position for a Personal Assistant is opened now it would be a great pleasure to have you as my assistant.

      I am sorry for getting back to you late it was due to some obligations beyond my control while I was at home.My name is Lawrence Armstrong,I am 71 years old and i am an attorney and have been practicing for over 28 years. I am in need of a personal assistant that can handle my official and personal needs when I am not around. The job is part time and might end up to full time. I travel a lot because of my kind of work and I have strong interaction with some international organization.I am an international lawyer and I have a license to practice in three states in the USA but I will have to streamline my personality to this few ones here and after which you will get all necessary details about me after your trial assignment due to security reasons. I have to go through some recruitment procedures as an attorney but due to my absence in the states at the moment, I will have to do it in my own way and later finish up with the documentation. I am presently at a summit in Canada and I will get back to the states in three weeks time so pending the time i return back to the State you will be working at the Convenience of your Home .

      Your work details are as follows:

      * Printing and sending out mails for me.

      * Help make hotel or flight reservation while I provide all my personal and delicate information to secure booking.

      * Handling and monitoring some of my administrative files and financial activities.

      * Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring.

      * Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence when I'm away.

      I hope you understand the job details very well and some shall be discussed in full as soon as we move on. The most important thing is trust and proper accountability, which I believe it will resolve itself as time goes on. The basic wage again is $700 weekly and I want you to understand that paying this kind of wage means you need to do my work or the duties assigned to you perfectly... I hope you will be a very good and commendable personal assistant that I can trust because my work may come in at anytime. For documentation and confirmation with regardless of the information on your resume, I will need you to provide me with the information below:

      Full Legal Name :

      Home Mailing Address (NOT PO BOX) :

      APT # :

      City:

      State:

      Zip-Code:

      Phone Number (M) :

      Present Occupation :

      Email Address :

      I believe you have accepted the job offer as soon as I receive the above information from you and I will also put you through a week trial assignment to determine our work rate and efficiency in carrying out duties. You shall help with buying and mailings of some basic children needs to some foster home. I do this once every month.

      You shall be sent funds to purchase all these items and also be paid for the trial week, I can also give you some other duties to do apart from that during the trial week. I hope I have been able to express in details all the things involved and understand that you are working with a man of great dignity, integrity and respect.

      Cheers

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      GA Peach 5 years ago

      In reference to Arricka's Jon Williams and Tony's post about Frank Culler's Personal Assistant job...I want to reconfirm it's a scam. I also received info regarding the PA position; I got the same email word for word. But the name used was Jason MacDonough Nov.16 2011 via gmail; he used the following email addresses plentiffus@aol.com & macdonoughjason@gmail.com

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      Jonah Scammed 5 years ago

      Any email with Jenefir/ Jennafir/ Jennifer Shepherd from an HR department on any job site is a scam. My husband just found out after he sent his credit report. I'm still trying to figure out what info they can get from a credit report...we went through it and most account number are incomplete and his Social security number doesn't appear on it either. Can someone tell me what the info on the report can do?

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      Shanni 5 years ago

      I am only a highschool student and i replied to a part time job add requiring a personal assistant, and it WAS EXACTLY like the scami found on here, being onli 17, $400 a week sounded like a dream luckily i listened to my parents and did not give my personal info to the guy right away. He claimed to be in Germany, my dad SAID "If its too good to be true, it probably is" so my mom and me did some research and we found this website. Good thing for this article, who knows what i would have gotten into... THANKS =)

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      James 5 years ago

      Got a message from a job i applied to. the company checks out, and is a large company in hong kong. The offer too was well done, no spelling errors etc, and the company address was correct.

      I then got an email back thanking me for my resume and asking for an interview which would take place the next day, with the address and the time.

      I said i cant as i am writing exams for 2 weeks. to which i got a reply saying that he will be out of hong kong and i should email him to set up another interview when he is back and i am done with exams..

      NOW....the main thing that makes me smell a rat is the email address....@yahoo (not a company address)

      i cant see if the 2 address are the same because i am english an the hong kong street naming is wierd.

      if this were a scam (which it very well could be) im interested to know, why they would want an interview, and how they gonna continue the lie, and how they can gain from it??

      do scams ever go as far as to do a real interview??

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      Clareece 5 years ago

      Great site! Beware also of any craigslist posting for jobs posted by nwmillefield@gmail.com. The person will contact you saying that you will work for Bertolucci company, the watch company. I received an email from "Laurie Wakefield" with no other information. But stating that money would be wired to my account and I would keep 10% commission and send the rest to the sellers. Thank God I did not provide any bank information. These scammers need to be stopped!

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      Hadi 5 years ago

      Jeremy, it is definitely a scam. DO NOT fill out that personal information form he sent you.

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      jeremy 5 years ago

      Yea sorry for double post but that is that a scam or a real job??

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      jeremy 5 years ago

      Detailed Job Description.

      Your resume was received and it has been reviewed, I did appreciate it. So I will give this a GO"

      I'm looking for someone that can be trusted and reliable to work very well and with good understanding,I own a electronic store called Fast Lane Hobbies and it is a firm that is just coming up and will be in a high standard soon

      This position is home-based and flexible, working with me is basically about instructions and following them,my only fear is that I may come at you impromptu sometimes, so I need someone who can be able to meet up with my irregular timings.As my Personal Assistant,your activities amongst other things will include;

      Primary Responsibilities:

      * Creating orders / pick slips / invoices / credit memos.* Running personal errands,

      * Scheduling Programes, flights and keeping me up to date with them.

      * Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away. Making

      regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf. Handling and monitoring some of my

      financial activities..

      * Basic wage is $500 Weekly

      Pls send your information to :briand*****@yahoo.com

      I'm sure you'll understand I tend to have a very busy schedule at this point,as I am presently in Australia, I will be back in Three Weeks time to arrange a formal Interview with you.I think you're the right person for this position,Please note that this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels and tight schedules, it's a part-time work from home and the flexibility means that there will be busier weeks than others, so it's a little difficult judging the exact number of hours you'll be doing per week.If you can manage your time properly,this job may even give you some extras while you do something else on the side. As I have said, I'd want us to get a head START with things as soon as possible.I do have lots of works piled up presently and a number of unattended chores which you can immediately assist me with, I hope we can meet up with the workload eventually. Permit me to use the coming week to test your efficiency and diligence towards all this, also to work out your time schedule and fit it to mine. I really need to find the perfect person for this job, I'm confident you can take up the challenge and on the long run we should have a relatively sound working relationship between us.. I'm online most of the time as I am hard of hearing so I prefer we contact each other through E-mails,but if there is need for me to call, I will be glad to do that.I am glad you are willing to work with me and i promise to be a good boss. I am also glad on the commitment in working.I have been checking my files and what i would want you to do for me this week is to run some errands out to some of the orphanage home, I do that every month. A payment inform of a Certified Check will be sent over to you from one of my clients and i have some lists to email you once you received the funds,You will make some arrangements by buying some stuff for the kids in the Orphanage at any nearest store around you so you can mail them out. I will get you more information on that,I will like you to get back to me with your Contact Details such as:

      Pls send your information to :briand*****@yahoo.com

      Personal Information:

      Full Name :

      Address (PO BOX not allowed):

      City:

      State:

      Zip Code:

      Phone Number:

      Present Job:

      Pls send your information to : briand*****@yahoo.com

      The employee, acknowledged the Detailed Job Description and signed

      ______________________________

      (First Name and Last Name of Employee)

      Once I have received your contact information, I will get back to you with the task.

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      Sad Susie 6 years ago

      GODLY PERSON"!

      I guess god makes all types...

      job scammer: potential employer on Craigslist.

      I am semi retired but wanted to see what was out there. I used three e-mails for my job search, but sent out the same resume (omitting personal information). It was easier to weed out the scammers. I sent my resume to 82 potentials on Thursday and I received 5 replies by Sunday. Only thing is that three of them were almost identical. (partners?) One claimed to be a contractor and a "Godly man". (One to be trusted) so when he requested my age in his questionnaire I did not blink an eye. Mr . Rendek was in Tennessee on a job but had a phone number from Boston. He listed his ad under Administrative Assistant, yet titled it General Labor.

      The second: This was Frank Vills. Frank was an Interior Designer by profession. Frank is in Canada for two weeks but when he gets back I will meet him at an odd hour of the night because he has an unusual and busy schedule.

      Third: e-mail from Nelson Jeff has one fear and that would be that he "May come at you impromptu sometimes". He states in his e mail to me to "please be reminded that you cannot share this information with a third party. It’s going to be a challenge to keep this job a secret from my significant other who is a retired from the bureau. He did not ask me my age but he did ask me my sex. Although his salary posted was 650.00 by Sunday he reduced it to only 600.00. I can work from home too. This job tugs at my heart because Nelson Jeff is with Calvary Child Care Center. I will share your hubpage with all that I know so that many more can be aware of these scam artists. Sad!

      From: James Rendek

      To:

      Sent: Sunday, October 16, 2011 12:40 AM

      Subject: Re: Resume Attached

      Hello,

      Good day my name is Rendek James i am a contractor am into supplies of building materials.i saw your reply about my job ad on craigslist and will like to know more about you.Firstly i will like you to know little about me i am a very Godly person am honest and kind so i need whoever that works with me to be the same and most especially be truthful and trustworthy.The job entails running errands,receiving payment checks,Making payments,sending or receiving documents from costumers that want to buy materials and listening to instructions from me.I most repeat that i need a trustworthy person because i travel a lot and presently am in Memphis Tennessee for a job and i have lots of jobs done that clients will be making payments for so you will be receiving the payments in your name as my new employee and i will give you instructions on what to do after you deduct your pay of $650 from it when you get them.This job is a very easy one and it gives room for you to have other job but you most communicate with me both on phone and through emails daily.if you know you are able to handle this position properly without any complains from me i will like you to fill out your details as its requested below and you will get started.

      Your Full Name:

      Address:

      City:

      State:

      Zip code:

      Cell phone:

      Home Phone:

      Age:

      Contact Email:

      current Job if any:

      I will be waiting to hear from you so i can give you further instruction on what to do.

      Regards

      This E-mail (including attachments) is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 USC 2510-2521, is confidential and may be legally privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any retention, dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please reply to the sender that you have received the message in error, and then delete it.Rendek James

      On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 10:12 AM, wrote:

      Good morning Mr. Rendek ,

      I possess skills that would fit perfect with many positions. You are listed under office administration yet advertise for general labor.

      I am looking to establish with a solid company. My work ethic is solid and upright. I look forward to your reply and thank you for your consideration.

      Sincerely,

      Susie

      Job General Labor job

      Date: 2011-10-15, 9:22AM PDTReply to: rendek.james@gmail.com [Errors when replying to ads?]

      I am in need of a hard working person for a general labour job its base on weekly payment of $650 if you are interested contact me on Rendek.James@gmail.com for more details 508-998-9101

      Compensation: weekly payment of $650

      This is a part-time job.

      OK to highlight this job opening for persons with disabilities

      OK for recruiters to contact this job poster.

      Phone calls about this job are ok.

      Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

      OK to contact me about appearing in CL documentary series

      PostingID: 2651165817Reply ! Frank Vils

      a few seconds agoFrom: Frank Vills

      Subject: Re: Resume for Part time 650.00?

      Hello

      Thanks for the response,congratulation once again i will like you to give me your correct full information.

      Full Name:

      Address (Not PO BoX)

      Sate:

      Zip Code:

      Phone Number (H);

      Phone Number (M);

      Email Address :

      Thanks and i will be waiting to hear from you soonest..

      From:

      To: Frank Vills

      Sent: Sunday, Subject: Resume?

      Mr. Frank Vils,

      Thank you for your interest in my skills and me. I am complimented and at the same time curious with this position. I am capable of all these things.

      Forgive me for saying so but it almost sounds too good to be true. My address and information is in my resume and cover letter.

      Susie

      Mr Vills

      I look forward to a schedule of errands in your reply and meeting with you when you are back from your travels in a couple hours so that we may meet.

      Thank you once again for your consideration.

      From: Frank Vills

      To:

      Sent: Sunday,

      Subject: Resume?

      Dear Candidate ,

      I'm looking for someone that can be prudent and reliable to work with, Someone with good understanding to work as Personal Assistant .This position is home-based for long term, i mean permanent position since am out of the country on a business trip to Canada and even when i arrive in 2 weeks time. I'm a business man and Interior Designer by profession,I have been pretty successful in a handful of ventures.

      I get involved in Investment Networks in Canada and United States to various welfare and community service programs, I most very often get my hands occupied, so it is imperative for me to have a worthy assistant who can monitor and keep me up to date with my activities.

      Working with me is basically about instructions and following them, so this person has to be very close to a computer and with a good telephone skills. My only fear is that i may come at you impromptu sometimes,so i need someone who can be able to meet up with my irregular timings. As my Personal Assistant,Your activities amongst other things will include;

      Primary Responsibilities :

      * Creating orders/pick slips/invoices/credit memos.

      * Processing return authorizations for me as needed.

      * Running personal errands.

      * supervisions and monitoring.

      * Scheduling programmes, flights and keeping me up to date with them.

      * Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away and when needed as i am hard on hearing that is why computer works for me.

      Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf. Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities as the case maybe.

      Basic wage is $650 Weekly

      Duties Include :

      I'm sure you'll understand I tend to have a very busy schedule at this point. Please note that this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels and tight schedules, it's a part-time work from home for now and the flexibility means that there will be busier weeks than others. I have reviewed your Resume and I think I am impressed with it and would like to give you an immediate trial. If you are interested kindly get back to me.

      As I have been checking my files and schedules and would need someone to run some errands for me this week/next week, while I am away. I will have some funds sent to you to complete the errands and would get back to you with more information on that, get back to me with your Contact Detail

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      Dolores Ninerell 6 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

      Jay,

      That is an example of a REAL job post. Can you see the difference? You sent a resume and did not hear back - that happens! Keep searching! Real job ads have reasonable income levels and make you actually DO something.... !!!

      Dolores

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      JAY 6 years ago

      What about this?

      Patton Amusement is looking for an Amusement Game Tech. This position will work out of our Sacramento Branch office in the Gerber rd. Power Inn area. We are willing to train the right person. After training the candidate will work Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 until 6:00 and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 until 7:00. If you cannot work these hours please do not apply. You will be driving a van or pickup supplied by us, a clean DMV is a must and will be needed at interview. You will be working on Jukeboxes, Video games, Pinball and Pool Tables. You also will be moving these devices in a company supplied truck with a liftgate and all the correct equipment. We are looking for someone with Electronic experience and Mechanical experience and the need to do something different each day.

      Location: SACRAMENTO

      Compensation: Around $12.00 per hour depending on experience

      Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.

      Please, no phone calls about this job!

      Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

      PostingID: 2634838335

      I know it is a real company. its a few blocks down the street. I sent my resume but no response.

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      spaceytraci123 6 years ago

      I applied for an Administrative Assistant job on craigslist:

      We are in search of a person with strong computer and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate must be self motivated and have good communication skills.Ability to expediently and professionally answer any and all questions or concerns that may arise from our clients.

      Email resumes to cbroderick8900@gmail.com

      • Compensation: $18 - $20 per Hour

      •Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.

      •Please, no phone calls about this job!

      •Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

      This is the email reply that I received:

      We are accepting applications for qualified individuals to become

      Secret Shoppers, your resumes has been received regarding our advert

      posted on CL.

      Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide

      Variety of shops, Stores, Restaurants and services in your area.

      You'll be paid to shop and dine out-plus, you can also get free meals,

      Free merchandise, Free services, free Entertainment, Free travel and

      more. Great Pay, Fun Work, Flexible Schedules, No experience required.

      Job Description:

      - You will receive funding for the assignment.

      - You will receive the Instruction for your assignment via email on

      the location and details of the assignment.

      - You are to complete the assignment as fast and discreetly as possible.

      - You will be asked to visit a business location to conduct business

      be it a restaurant, shopping store etc.

      Payment Terms:

      You will receive a flat sum of $300 per assignment, The company will

      furnish you with all expense needed for the assignment and any other

      expense incurred during the course of executing your assignment.

      Note: You are to follow all instructions given to you to the fullest.

      Kindly send the information required below to proceed on first assignment:

      Your Full Name:

      Your Address (NOT P.O Box):

      City State, Zip:

      Occupation:

      Phone Number(s):

      Age:

      It's fun and rewarding. There is no charges to become shopper, you do

      not need previous experience while you will earn $300 for every duty

      you carry out.

      They are not asking for any money up front, and seems simple enough but I am worried about scams. Any thoughts on how I can determine if this is a legit thing or if it is a scam?