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Scams! Scams! And more Scams

  1. Jluvies profile image60
    Jluviesposted 6 years ago

    So... For the past three or four weeks I've been diligently looking for a job.  I've applied to about seven different job networking sites and, cross your fingers, I think I have  a job finally. Call back for second interview, so that's always promising.  Anyways, during my hunt I came across quite a few disturbing and insteresting developments.  First of all these work from home jobs, do any of those actually work? Second, posting an ad for a job that doesn't exist just so they can get you to input your info.  I'm betting they either sell your information to telemarketing companies or use it themself somehow. Third, actually telling someone they have the job, just so they can get your information. Check out this letter and please tell me what you think?


    Hope you're having a pleasant day today

    You contacted me applying for the position which I advertised on Craigslist. Do take time to go through this introductory mail and feel free to pass any questions on.

    My profile briefly:

    I'm Ray Michael, 58, and a father of 3 wonderful kids, a successful entrepreneur and investor, a member of the Angel Investment Network. I'm also a research journalist and I travel every now and then within and outside the US working on various independent projects, this is why I need someone who can help keep up to date with all of my activities especially when I'm away and amidst my busy schedule.

    I have had a previous PA 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 will be as efficient as she has been.
    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;
    * Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence;
    * Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring;
    * Organizing and maintaining diaries, memos and making appointments;
    * Dealing with incoming email, faxes and post;
    * Carrying out background research and presenting findings;
    * A personal reminder for Schedules, programs, flights and keeping me up to date with them as they come up;
    * Arranging travel and accommodation
    * Carrying out specific projects and research;
    * Taking on some of the my responsibilities and working more closely with management and other staff related to me;
    * Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.
    * Handling and monitoring financial activities.
    * Processing and taking charge of weekly payments and purchases.
    * You will also be a part of my household and a helping hand to issues as they arise.
    * General clerical activities.

    Basic wage is $550 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 week.

    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, 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. 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'm currently in England now for a project, however, I do have a number of things you could help me with immediately, 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;

    Full Names
    Full Contact Address
    Zip Code
    Phone Number (H)
    Phone Number (M)
    Occupation (if any)
    Marital status

    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.

    Hope to hear from you again.

    Ray Michael

    Can someone please tell me why people would go out of there way to do this?  What are they doing with the info that some girls end up giving them?

    1. DeAd Dolls Inc profile image60
      DeAd Dolls Incposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Scam Scam Scam.

      Sadly, everything these days are a scam. Real Work At Home jobs have sites where you can put that information. Any e-mail looking for this info is really somebody out there looking to steal your Identity. Even worse some Nigerian sitting in a back room on a computer.

      So in closing only trust sites that are legit and have members who are making money on them. Never give out your information online in any e-mail to anyone regardless of how good it looks and no matter how many excuses they try giving you.

      Always be careful

    2. kschang profile image90
      kschangposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      That scam would likely make you the front of another scam. Basically, they probably have stolen credit cards and whatnot ordering products and ship to your address, and your job is to re-ship them. Of course, when police comes to investigate, they come to YOUR door, not the scammer's door, and then police will think you're a part of the scam, because nobody could be stupid enough to fall for this.

      Frankly, the Craigslist excuse is pretty lame. Craigslist is available in UK
      http://london.craigslist.co.uk/ . As for reminders and whatnot, there are FREE services like ReQall, personal information managers, smartphones, and more. Sounds lame to me.

      Besides, who will admit that they are a scam?

  2. thisisoli profile image72
    thisisoliposted 6 years ago

    That might not be a scam, there are loads of people who look for temp PA's on craigslist.

  3. N. Ramius profile image82
    N. Ramiusposted 6 years ago

    Hard to say. It reads a lot more legitimate than many though never know for sure. 

    At least it's better sounding than the one I received. An e-mail from CareerBuilder offered me a wonderful opportunity. I just needed among other things a bank account for money transfers.

  4. fastfreta profile image80
    fastfretaposted 6 years ago

    My son responded to one of these legitimate sounding job offers.  After the initial email, he started asking for bank account information so as to deposit monies for his services.  My son asked him outright if this was a scam, and guess what?  He never heard from him again.

    I also wonder why the question about your marital status.  The age and sex is suspect, but could be, in some cases reasonable.  I agree why go through the trouble of posting ads like these, all I can see is that it must work or they would stop.

    1. Jluvies profile image60
      Jluviesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I know what you mean about asking that info.  It kind of makes me wonder if there intentions might even be worse than just taking your money.

  5. thisisoli profile image72
    thisisoliposted 6 years ago

    I think this may be over-reaching.  If one of my potential clients asked if I was goign to scam them I would simply drop them in the 'too much hassle' area and move on.

    The bank details you give for a direct deposit are usually not the same as the bank details you use to pay, so it is often pretty obvious if something is fraud or not.

    The original article seems pretty clean cut to me, by the sound of his lifestyle he probably does need a PA, and he is not asking for anything less than most other jobs would ask for!

    1. Jluvies profile image60
      Jluviesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I responded back to him very politely saying, "Yes I'll accept the position"  For my own verification, I asked, If he could send me a link to his job site or some more information about himself.  Then I would send my personal info.  I believe any supervisior would appreciate this, but he never replied back.

    2. kschang profile image90
      kschangposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      On the other hand, no scam is going to admit that they are a scam.