February 7, 2013

Beware of SCAMMERS on Craigslist

Our recent move has been successful. To all of you who wished me and my family safe travels and have been keeping us in your prayers, thank you!

The changes we had to go through, big and small, were very overwhelming. In fact, I had way too much the night we arrived at my in-laws house where we are temporarily living that I cried. That was over a week ago. Right now I am just very thankful that we have a place to stay in. We are with people who love us especially the girls.

So to all of you who are wondering how our move went, thank you for the thought. We are doing good. Now, on to the real reason that prompted me to write this post.

I have been actively looking online for jobs for the past three days, mainly on Craigslist. While still in Germany, I have seen in the news and read some online articles about the many different scams happening on this site. This should probably have convinced me from even checking the site, right? Well, not really. Not everything on Craigslist is a scam. In fact, the first job I got when I came to the United States I found through the site. Scammers will always be around and they are very creative! We just have to use good judgment. I listen to my instint at all times!

Anyways, I've responded to at least 20 job postings on Craigslist. The following day I received an auto-reply email from CSDA Architects. See my point? Not everything on the site is a scam.

When I woke up this morning there was a lone email waiting for me in my inbox. It was a response to my inquiry about an Administrative Assistant position. However, the first line of the email started with a reference to a Personal Assistant position. A scam? Definitely! Long before I finished reading the first line I knew it is one of those scams you and I are trying to avoid. Below is the full email I received.

Thanks for your response and your interest on my job offer ad. A personal assistant (PA), sometimes referred to as an executive secretary or personal/private secretary, works closely with senior managerial or directorial staff to provide administrative support, usually on a one-to-one basis. PA's help managers to make the best use of their time by dealing with secretarial and administrative tasks. I would love to meet up with you to talk about this job but I am currently on a trip to Baulkham Hills, NSW, 2153 Australia. So there will be no interview for this job position for now.
PA's need extensive knowledge of their organization. They need to know who key personnel are (both external and internal) and understand the organization's aims and objectives. I need your service because I am constantly out of town on business, Show and auctions, am a collector and I love collecting old and new artwork, Antique Furniture, and lot of old stuff with history. I own artwork galleries in UK, Dubai and Italy, am opening a new gallery and Warehouse in the state by ending of May. 2013 which will be in your area that is where you will perform all your duties as my warehouse keeper/assistant. You are working for me permanently. So for the office/building, Like I said earlier, We shall get a new warehouse around you where you be performing all your duties and other, But for this month you shall be working from home and I will passing you information on what to do.

Your activities as among other things will include;
* Invoicing, managing accounts receivable and/or customer account collections;
* Purchasing needs;
* Handling and monitoring financial activities;
* 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;
* A personal reminder for Schedules, programs, flights and keeping me up to date with them as they come up;
* General clerical activities.

Your Wage is $400 a week after tax, pay will always be regular, and 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.

I am presently in a summit in Baulkham Hills, NSW, 2153 Australia and after that i will attend my son's graduation in France,but i should probably be back to United state in twelve weeks time( Three Months)., in the mean time we will begin unofficially and on trial pending my arrival because I have a number of important things you could begin work on immediately.You shall help with buying and mailings of some basic children needs to some foster home in partnership with Action Aid International I do this Quarterly every Four month's 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.    Your wage remains intact even during this trial period. I hope you can be available immediately .we will arrange a meeting and set up a proper interview as soon as I return to the country.

Due to the excessive number of responses to this job Ad on Craigslist ,I will require the following details about you to filter applicants and for a personal record update;
Full Name;
Full Address:(NO P.O..BOX)
Zip Code:
Phone Number (H)
Phone Number (M)
Present Job "If Any ":
Hope to hear from you soon.
Daniel Clemmer
+61 2 8006 4724

Anyone reading this right now can very well tell this is bogus. No legitimate company or owner of one would write something like this. This is too good to be true. Thus, not true. Unreal. Bogus. Fake. Scam. Resume Bucket has an article written in November 2010 on the top 5 Craigslist job scams.
Although not exactly the same, the one I received almost has the same theme. The main purpose of the people behind this scam is to take money from us. So please exercise good judgment.

Listen to your instinct!

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