Scammers on Craigslist Jobs

I applied for a job yesterday on Craigslist. Here’s how it went

Craigslist listing

Delivery Man Needed !!!

Reply to: job-xzbze-1111112608@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
Date: 2009-04-07, 7:56AM PDT

15 openings for Immediate Resume .

Must have valid drivers license and clean driving record
Must be friendly

Compensation: Good Pay +Benefits
This is a part-time job.
This is a contract job.
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.

Compensation: Full Paid Job
Telecommuting is ok.
This is a part-time job.
This is a contract job.
OK for recruiters to 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: 1111112608

I replied and then I got this email today:

Dear Applicant,

Thanks for your email and enquiry about this Job. I have gone through your résumé and I must say I am impressed. However, the position of Delivery Man has been filled up by an earlier applicant. Nonetheless, the position of Personal Assistant is still vacant and from what I read in your résumé, you are the right person for the job.

I am Linda Jones, I am a Credit/Collection Agent and I have worked with various financial institutions. I work presently with some construction and manufacturing companies.

I want to employ you urgently as my Personal Assistant to handle certain aspects of my job till I return from a business trip to Spain. You do not need any fund collection or accounting experience to execute this job.

BELOW IS THE DUTY YOU HAVE TO TAKE UP UNTIL MY RETURN:

1. Make some minor calls and sometime attend some short meetings.
2. Receive funds from my clients either by Bank Transfer, Cashier Check, Business Check, E-Check,Money Orders and Western Union.
3. Disburse fund to my numerous clients either by Bank Transfer Cashier Check, Business Check, Money Orders and Western Union.

REMENURATION
You will be entitled to a basic salary of $1,300.00 weekly and a benefit of 10% on every fund collected and disbursed.

Get back to me with the following information if you are interested in this position:

1. Full name
2. Full mailing address
3. Contact phone number
4. Age
5. Sex
6. Scanned copy of your valid driver’s license

Otherwise, I must thank you for your time and my sincere apology if I wasted it in anyway.

With Regards,
Linda Jones.

Yeah, I’ll get right on that Linda.
If you can’t see it, the letter shows several warning signs of a scam.
I sent a letter back to her asking for more info about the company and a telephone interview but I’m sure I’ll never hear from this scammer again.

Warning signs include:

  • non-company email address
  • job duties that look a lot like money laundering
  • salary discussion too early
  • requiring personal information up front
  • the whole Spain thing
  • several small language cues
  • more, difficult to name issues

I have to commend these scammers for setting a good trap for a mark like me.

  • A craigslist job listing costs $75 to place so there is less spam in that channel
  • The seemingly personal letter has sway
  • “Sorry, that job is filled but here’s another” creates interest

3 Comments

  1. Laie says:

    Yeah I got the same thing but from a bernard colo. In fact, here:

    Dear Applicant,

    Thanks for your email and enquiry about this Job. I have gone through
    your résumé and I must say I am impressed. However, the position of
    Delivery Man has been filled up by an earlier applicant.
    Nonetheless,the position of Personal Assistant is still vacant and
    from what I read in your résumé, you are the right person for the job.

    I am Bernard Colo, I am a Credit/Collection Agent and I have worked
    with various financial institutions. I work presently with some
    construction and manufacturing companies. I want to employ you
    urgently as my Personal Assistant to handle certain aspects of my job
    till I return from a business trip to Spain You do not need any fund
    collection or accounting experience to execute this job.

    BELOW IS THE DUTY YOU HAVE TO TAKE UP UNTIL MY RETURN:

    1. Make some minor calls and sometime attend some short meetings.

    2. Receive funds from my clients either by Bank Transfer, Cashier
    Check, Business Check, E-Check,Money Orders and Western Union.

    3. Disburse fund to my numerous clients either by Bank Transfer
    Cashier Check, Business Check, Money Orders and Western Union.

    REMENURATION

    You will be entitled to a basic salary of $1,300.00 weekly and a
    benefit of 10% on every fund collected and disbursed.

    Get back to me with the following information if you are interested in
    this position:

    1. Full name
    2. Full mailing address
    3. Contact phone number
    4. Age
    5. Sex
    6. Scanned copy of your valid driver’s license
    7. Your Bank Name

    Otherwise, I must thank you for your time and my sincere apology if I
    wasted it in anyway.
    With Regards,
    Bernard Colo

    Dear applicant?? if you were SOOOO impress atleast tell me my name!!

  2. ANITA says:

    I TAKE IT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR CREDIT CARD INFO AND BANK ACCOUNT INFO?

  3. morgan says:

    Ya. I got a msg from michael hunter and it was very similar. Wanted an office assistant but it was filled so he wanted a personal assistant and it would be $500/wk. Was going to send funds for an orphanage via cashiers check while he was in sapin for 3wks. I thought it sounded fishy so I’ve been researching. Glad I found this. I’m gonna email him back so I can send it to the appropriate atthorities.

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