I'm pretty sure that this Craigslist ad that I responded to is a scam. I went to the website that was listed in the reply to my email and the website appears to be a legitimate photography website for a Michael Andrews Photography, aka Michael The Mentor. I even got a response back from Michael_Butts@ymail.com
. However, Michael Andrews' email on his website is different than the reply I received. Also, what aroused my suspicions further was that the original Craigslist ad was flagged for removal. Then, I read an example of job scam emails posted here by user, "DKabe", which was pretty much the exact language, word-for-word, and that confirmed my suspicions. Questions for everybody: Does the fact that I sent my resume to this person make me vulnerable to identity theft? I had my full name, address, email, and cell phone at the top. Also, is it more common now that scammers are now pretending to be real people, i.e. an actual photographer that does real work and has a real website? I will post the email I received from "Michael Butt The Mentor" here:
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:12:17 -0700
Subject: Re: Accounting Administrator
To: Removed personal information. ~Bubbles
Hope you're having a pleasant day today, In response to my craig list posting,I am in search of dependable individual with a high pedigree to help me handle my Business errands.Do take time to go through this introductory mail and feel free to pass any questions on. Michael Butt Thementor is My name and I have been A photographer for over 30 years and also has been teaching photography for 20 years. I bring a unique teaching style to students which will guarantee creative and fun learning by all student photographers while elevating them to new, exciting photographic heights that they have only dreamed of.I often conduct LIVE slide/talk lectures on Understanding Exposure, the Art of Seeing, Macro Photography and Photographing People throughout the USA,CANADA, Great Britain and Asia.At the moment, I am in a work-shop in Great Britain.I will be here for a month after which I will fly down to Paris for a Live-slide/talk show lectures with some students.
YOUR DUTIES AS MY PERSONAL ASSISTANT.
While I am out of the states,I need some one who can stand in the gap for me.His/her duties will be
-To receive letters and mails on my behalf.
-Receive Payments from clients who want to attend the forth coming workshops or Live shows.
-Schedule appointments for me.
-Book my flight tickets. Send letters and mails from my clients.
This position is home-based and a flexible part time job,you can be in any location you will be working from your home doing all the activities.All you need do is to check your emails twice daily and keep your phone on most times in case I might need to call you from anywhere I may be.I do have a number of things you could help me with this week if you will be available to start.
Let me know if you have any of the office equipment (If not),I will make arrangements to send them to your address
For proper review(since i am not available now to set up a face-to-face interview) supply out correctly the information below .
FULL NAME :
Full Street Address(Not PO Box) :
Apt No :
City, State, Zip Code:
Cell Phone Number:
Home Phone Number:
Note: It will be of added advantage if you can provide 2 references from your past employments.
-Educational background is not a criteria.
-You must be Organized and able to take instructions well Dependable, Reliable, Trustworthy a must
-Must have excellent English language skills (both spoken and written)
-Have great work ethic and attitude, as well as people skills, pay-attention to detail, capable of multi-tasking, and works well under stress at times.
- Yearly performance bonus
- Paid vacation/sick/personal days
- Medical benefits
$500 weekly($2,000 monthly)
Also,there will be compensation for efficiency and hard work.
Michael Butt Thementor email@example.com http://www.michaelthementor.com