Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Employment scams on Craigslist

Since I've been job hunting I've run into a number of scams aimed at the unemployed. I don't know why but these people obviously think people looking for job seekers are idiots. I hope no one gets sucked in, but sadly I'm sure some will. Here are a few of my favorites:

Jess Steele

10:09 AM (22 hours ago)

to me


      Good day to you and thank you for your timely response. The
house is a two bedroom unfurnished apartment. I will like you to know
that you will be responsible for general cleaning of hallways
(dusting, vacuuming and mopping), doors, windows, pick up trash in
common areas, sweeping and changing light bulbs etc. I am a consultant
Agent currently working with Fair Trade Organization (FTO). I’m
currently out of the states and I will be arriving to the states soon,
I want the apartment to be worked on and get clean before my arrival.

   I wont be able to make payment to you but i will instruct my
secretary to make payment out to you, She will be sending you the
payment in form of business check, which you will get soonest this is
because i don't want any delay in your cleaning service, I want the
house to look as clean as possible. I want you to know that I will be
paying you $700 every 2 weeks if you are willing and ready to work for
me; cleaning the house. If you are interested in the work, I will
instruct my secretary to email an upfront payment of $400 to you so as
to know how serious I am with the cleaning job I want you to do.

So as for my secretary to send the upfront payment to you; I will like
to have the below information so i can instruct her to send the
payment to you;

1. Full Name
2. Mailing Address ( NOT P O BOX),
3. City
4. State and Zip Code
5. Phone Number
6. Age, Sex and marital status.
7. Current Occupation

Thanks for showing interest in the post and hope all this arrangement
is okay by You, if so do email back as soon as possible so that i can
make the arrangement for the check ASAP, I will really appreciate your
mail and I believe you will enjoy working with me.

Best Regards,

Jess Steele

5:52 AM (2 hours ago)

to me

My apartment agent just got the apartment for me in your area but i
dont have the full address yet. I will get in touch as soon as i have
it. But before then can i have the Information requested so i can
order my secretary to mail out the check to you and the hours of work
is 2-3 hours a day and its a flexible hour that is convenient for
your. Waiting to read back form you asap
Paul Skinkis <>
3:18 PM (18 hours ago)

to me 

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I am replying back to your message concerning the job posted on Craigslist in which you're interested in,your application was received, unfortunately the position already been filled, but there's another position to be filled, if you will be interested.I have gone through your email and am quite impressed, i think you are the right person for this job I will deeply appreciate all genuine efforts to help me monitor and keep up to date with all my activities. I Most very often get my hands occupied because am working with many companies both states and outside, so it is imperative for me to have a worthy assistant who can  Monitor and keep me up to date with my activities. As my assistant, your activities among other things will include: Make travel arrangements and Order office  Supplies, running personal errands, Check Processing Filing documents mailing services, receive my mails and drop them off at UPS office, Shop for Gifts, Bill payment  (Pay my bills on my behalf), Sit for delivery (at your home) or Pick items up at nearby post office at your convenience. Posting ads Quality communication etiquette Skills and good organizational skills Serious sense of humor required and mandatory to work with me Ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential information  Perform duties with accuracy, quality, and integrity. You will be working 3 days in a week and you're to choose any 3 days of the week from Monday to Saturday that  Will be preferable to you and you will be working 5 hrs. in these 3 days and that will be from 9 am-1 pm and we will be offering you  $400.00 per week.

 About me: My name is Paul Skinkis I have a family of 3 and i deal with Art craft. I travel alot, hence the reason why I need an assistant to handle my affairs for  Me on the home front when I am away on business which is usually quite often. I would love to meet up with you to talk about this job but I am currently away on a  Business trip. I am in France so there will be no interview this position is home-based and flexible you can be in any location, working with me is basically about   Instructions and following them, I need someone who can be able to meet up with my regular timings. There is also a very sensitive issue on trust 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 do have a number of things you  Could help me with this week if you will be available for me. This can act as a stable foundation to our working relationship. Note: This position is home base office  Work you can be in any location and work with me from your home. Let me know your interest if you are ready to work with me from your home.

So Fill This Application And Email It Back Here ASAP!!!

Full Name: 
Full Address: 
Apartment number: 
Phone Number Cell: 
Phone Number Home: 
Current Occupation:
How often do you check your email daily___________?

Do you have a bank account for you salary? (YES) (NO)

PLEASE NOTE:  Your account details not needed.

I will be looking forward hearing from you and then proceed on the next step forward.

I shall await your response.
Thanks Regards

4:55 PM (16 hours ago)

to pskinkis 

You may want to work on your capitalization, punctuation and grammar before you try to scam anyone else. 


John Owen

Feb 9 (2 days ago)

to me

We are currently seeking to employ individual’s in United State Of
America (USA). How would you like to make money by simply driving your
car advertising for YAMAHA AUTOMOBILE.

How it works?

Here’s the basic premise of the "paid to drive" concept: YAMAHA seeks
people -- regular citizens,professional drivers to go about their
normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for "YAMAHA"
plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known
as "auto wraps,"that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and
which will cover any portion of your car's exterior surface.

What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of
exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colorful,
eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it's a form of
advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in
traffic can't avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them.
This program will last for 1 Year and the minimum you can participate
is 1 month.

You will be compensated with $450 per week which is essentially a
"rental"payment for letting our company use the space no fee is
required from you, YAMAHA shall provide experts that would handle the
advert placing on your car. You will receive an up front payment of
$450 inform of check via courier service for accepting to carry this
advert on your car.

It is very easy and simple , no application fees required contact
email along with the following if you are interested in these offer.

Full Name:
Zip code:
Make of car/ year:
Exterior Color of Car:
Telephone numbers       - Home: Cell:

We will contact you immediately we receive this information.

Kind Regards!

®YAMAHA Automobile Advertisement. All rights reserved™.
 As you can see they all want my address to send me money even though we've never met.
I've gotten a lot more than these and I now look at Craigslist merely for the laugh factor. I'm sharing 
these ones because they have been the most pushy so far.
If you're looking for a job go to the actual website of the company or the actual location you want to 
work. Don't try to get one off of Craigslist. It's just a bad proposition.
Good luck and have fun!


  1. Ugh, you're so right! I can't believe that people fall for these. We once had a trailer that we were selling on Craigslist, and I got a few responses wanting to send me a check without even looking at the trailer. I just had to give them my info. Right!

    1. I just feel bad for the people who do fall for it. I hate scammers!