I Want to expose here a typical scams People on Craigslist have tried to get me in.
I've discovered this site last week when I had to make some research and decide What to do with The Cheques they have sent to me ($1,800 and $1,800 from two different so-called Professional who offered PA jobs).
You're one of the Site that God used to help save my butt.
We've exchanged a couple of emails and SMS. See some of the emails below:
Christian Davies <[email protected]
I am glad to inform you that your contact details have been reviewed
and received. I congratulate you as my personal assistant. The job
along with your first assignment has been fully assigned to you.
As my assistant you will resume work immediately and you will be
helping me on errands, sorting out my deliveries/packages and
processing of check since I am not available. All these will be done
by you on my behalf. You will be properly briefed in order to carry
out each and every task appropriately.
I will make arrangement to send payment to you in form of a Money
Order or Certified Check for your first salary and also to carry out
your first assignment. You will be informed once the payment has been
sent and what you are to do with the remaining money after deducting
your salary. So be expecting a check or money order payment from me.
Remember the payment will cover your wages of $350 and also for the
duty you are to carry out. Once you receive the payment, you deduct
your $ 350 while you will be informed of what you are to do with the
remaining money after deducting your salary. We go step by step.
I believe we started the assignment with trust, honesty and sound
mind. Please I need you to assure me of you trust, honesty and
commitment towards this assignment. I know can trust but still assure
me of your trust and I hope we have an understanding???
You would have to keep a comprehensive record on every activity you
carry out. Email me immediately to confirm receipt of this message and
agree to work.
I will wait to hear from you.
(the cheque $1,800 has been delivered to my mailbox via USPS Priority mail from a guy in Virginia.)
Sep 2 (10 days ago)
Now you have received my check sum of 1800$ get it deposit and get
the remaining money transfer to my client
Amount Received ..................$1800
Your money $350
MoneyGram Transfer Charges......$100
Amount transfer to my shipper $1300
Here is the client information below where to send the funds to
Name .... Angela Ingram
City ....Las Vegas
Zip Code 89121
Immediately you have it wired,Kindly get back to me with the details below:
1. Name and Address of Sender :
2. 8 Digit Reference Number :
3- The scan copy of the receipt
I will need your immediate response via email assuring me that i can
trust you to handle this with care and have the remaining fund
returned appropriately to my client .
(I told him that his cheque his suspiscious, that my banker suggested but could not verify it with the issuing Bank. All along he never wanted to cooperate into verifying his contact details.)
Rosaline Griffith <[email protected]
I received your details regarding the job. As a consultant with a focus in international business, the majority of my clients are out of the country. I need help with my errands because I am constantly out of town. As a matter of fact, I am currently on a business trip to Stockholm, Sweden. I will prepay you in advance to do my shopping, Bill payments, placing and expediting orders, picking-up and delivering items to my PO box. I will pick the items up from the post office when I return from Sweden on the 15th of Oct. How soon can you start?
I will email you the list and pictures of what to shop for so you can do the shopping at Sears, Walmart, Best buy and other stores. I'll pay you $300 for your service for 10 hours every week. I'm prepared to pay for mileage/travel expense. I will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need done and sufficient funds to cover all errands. I'd love to meet with you upon my return from Sweden to discuss the possibility of making this job long term. Well, let me know if you can do the Job.
Hope to hear from you soon.
The hours are flexible so you can spread those 10 hours a week on your own time. I will provide you with sufficient funds and adequate instruction for every task. You Will get directions at the beginning of each week of what needs to be done for the entire week. And for clarification, the job is through Oct. 15th (my return date) and from there you will be working in my office doing more office oriented tasks. We will discuss longer employment upon my return. I will be sending money for my errands inclusive of payment for your service through my bank channel.The money will arrive inform of a Check. How should your name go on the Check? What address and phone number should I have it mailed to?
Sep 5 (7 days ago)
Thank you for being patient with me. Here is the USPS tracking number of the Cheque of $1860: 9405501699320092406417. Kindly track it via usps.com, it will be delivered to you this week. The Payment for your services is included with the money. However, I would prefer to pay you upon satisfactory completion of the tasks. So I have decided to pay you half now and half at then end just so there are no discrepancies.
The bank needs 24 hours to process the check so deposit it into your bank account as soon as possible. Deduct $150 (Partial payment for your services for a week) and then proceed to:
1. A Money Gram location to Send $850 to my supplier at this address:
Receiver's Name: Lori Freeman
City: Metro Manila,
Zip Code: 1004
2. A Western Union location to Send $850 to my second supplier at this address:
Receiver's Name: Krista Johnston
Zip Code: 46227
Country: United States
The information I provided is sufficient for the transfer, you don't need a street address. Bring cash to Money Gram and Western Union locations and have it wired to my suppliers as instructed.
Email me the details of the transfer as soon as the money is sent. I will need the Money Gram Reference number and Western union MTCN for both transfers respectively.
Pay the transfer fee from the balance remaining and keep the change against next errand.
When the suppliers gets the money, they will ship the products to you (Customized promotional items for my new restaurant).
I will be sending you additional money soon with a detailed list of what to shop for. I will be sure to include your balance. Sounds good?
Just so you know, I'll be returning home to see a cardiologist schedule for October 27th. I want you to mail the items my suppliers will send to you together with the items you will shop for to my PO BOX before I return. I'd like to meet you upon my return to discuss the possibility of making this position long term. How do you feel about meeting? Where is the closest coffee shop to you? Once again, deposit the check into your account today and complete the task ASAP.
Please Acknowledge your receipt of this message.
(Her Cheque was from California, via USPS priority mail, both banks are credit Union. I just interrupted communication with her)