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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fake Job Scam

Thank you to the concerned person who sent us this alert.

Name: John Bill

Email:bill_john_45@yahoo.com

Hello ,
Thanks for applying for the post, I quite appreciate it. I received and read your e-mail and it's reasonable and acceptable. So I will give this a go"

I'm looking for someone that can be trusted and reliable to work very well and good understanding person

This position is home-based and flexible, working with me is basically about instructions and following them, my only fear is that I need a very honest person, so I need someone who can be able to meet up with my irregular timings. As my assistant, your activities amongst other things will include;
*Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring. Scheduling programmes, flights and keeping me up to date with them, Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away.
Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf. Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities..
Basic wage is $500 a week .

I'm sure you'll understand I tend to have a very busy schedulle at this point, as I am presently in Ontario Canada, I will be back in Three Weeks.
I think you're the right person for this post , Please note that this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels and tight schedul es, it's a part-time, work from home basis and the flexibility means that there will be busier weeks than others, so it's a little difficult judging the exact number of hours you'll be doing per week. If you can manage your time properly, this job may even give you some extra while you do something else on the side. As I have said, I'd want us to get a head start with things as soon as possible. I do have a pile up of work and a number of unattended chores which you can immediately assist me with, I hope we can meet up with the workload eventually. Permit me to use the coming week to test your efficiency and diligence towards all this, also to work out your time schedule to mine. I really need to find the perfect person for this job, I'm confident you can take up the challenge and on the long run we should have a relatively sound working relationship between us.. I'm online most of the time as I am hard of hearing so I prefer to contact each other through E-mails, but if there is need for me to call, I will be glad to do that. I am glad you are willing to work with me and i promise to be a good boss. I am also glad on the commitment in working. I have been checking my files and what i would want you to do for me this week is to run some errands out to some of the orphanage home, I do that every month . The funds will be in form of Money Order and it will be sent over to you from one of my clients and i have some list to e mail you once you received the funds,You will make some arrangements by buying some stuff for the kids in the nearest store around you so you can mail them out. I will get you more information on that,I will like you to get back to me with your Contact Details such as:

Full Name:
Contact Address NO P.O BOX:
City:
State:
Zip-Code:
Phone Number:
Occupation:
Age:


Once I have received your contact information, I will get back to you with the task for this week,Understand you will also be paid as well as its important for me to make the necessary steps before i get back from my business trip back to the states. Hope I am clear with that.

Get back as soon as possible..
Mr John Bill.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are willing to work with me and i promise to be a good boss.I am also glad on the commitment in working.I have been checking my files and what i would want you to do for me this week is to run some errands out to some of the orphanage home,I do that every month .The funds will be in form of Money Order or Cashier's Check and it will be sent over to you from one of my clients and i have some list to email you once you received the funds,You will make some arrangements by buying some stuff for the kids in the nearest store around you so you can mail them out.



I will get you more information on that,I will like you to get back to me with your Contact Details such as:



Full Name:
Full Contact Address:
City:
State:
Zip code
Phone Number:
Occupation:
Age:
Email:



Once i received your contact information i will get back to you with the task for this week or next week.. I will want you to Understand that you will also be paid as well as its important for me to make the necessary steps and i hope that i am clear with that.



Get back as soon as possible..



Mr. John Bill.

Anonymous said...

I got a very similar message from the same email address:

Hello,



Thanks for your interests in the PA position, I will deeply appreciate all genuine efforts to help me monitor and keep up to date with all my activities. I have had a previous PA who has been very commendable in her activities and who has been part of my life for the past 8 months, she has since returned to her country. I sincerely hope I will be able to find someone again who will be as efficient as she has been. I'm Mr John Bill, 45. I'm a Personal Dealer by profession and I have been pretty successful in a handful of ventures I get involved in; I formally work for an international Oil company Then i was the Operating Manager in their organization. But now i deal directly with their depot because i got my licence to import and export oil product all over the neighboring countries and United State , I most very often get my hands occupied, 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 amongst other things will include;



*Running personal errands, supervisions and monitorings.
*Scheduling programmes, flights and keeping me up to date with them.
*Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence when I'm away.
*Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.
*Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities.



Basic wage is $500 a week



I'm currently in Utah. however, I do have a number of things you could help me with hopefully next week if you will be available for me. This can act as a stable foundation to our working relationship. Please note that this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels and tight schedules, it's a part-time, work from home basis and the
flexibility means that there will be busier weeks than others, so it's a little difficult judging the exact number of hours you'll be doing per week.If you can manage your time properly, this job may even give you some extra while you do something else on the side. As I have said, I'd want us to get a head start with things as soon as possible. I do have a pile up of
work and a number of unattended chores which you can immediately assist me with, I hope we can meet up with the workload eventually.Permit me to use the coming week to test your efficiency and diligence towards all this, also to work out your time schedule and fit it to mine. I really need to find the perfect person for this job, I'm confident you can take up the challenge and on the long run we should have a relatively sound working relationship between us. I'd want us to meet up on Yahoo chat whenever you are free to come online because I am hard of hearing so I prefer to contact each other through E-mails, but if there is need for me to call, I will be glad to do that. More so, it's easier for me to convey informations once i am online. My Yahoo ID is the same as my e-mail address, bill_john_45@yahoo.com It may be a little difficult working out the time difference between us initially, with time however, we should get used to it.
I'm online most of the time when I'm not out or in a meeting so we should be able to have a chat sooner than you think. Do try to keep a date.

Anonymous said...

I have received the same email after looking for jobs on Craig's List. Now I sent him my information and today I received 3 money orders for the task. Now my question is, is this really fake?? I do not want to cash the money orders if it is!! Please email me at krazybraden@yahoo.com with your help or post back to me ASAP!! Thanks So Much!!

Anonymous said...

hello, i fewll for this scam and he sent me 3 money orders for 930 each and wants me to take 500 bucks and send the rest to the UAE what do i do"? im like freaking out

gayle said...

My email was pretty much word for word as to this one. The name however, was josh wills also at a yahoo email. This was on Sarasota craigslist.

Anonymous said...

I am curious to what this person plans on doing with this information. I had sent my resume to this post which happens to have my address and phone numbers on it.

Anonymous said...

I received this exact letter, with different names:

Honey Adams
to me


I received your e-mail. I'm sure you'll understand I tend to have a very bus schedule at this point. Please note that this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels and tight schedules, it's a part-time, work from home basis and the flexibilty means that there will be busier weeks than others, so it's a little difficult judging the exact number of hours you'll be doing per week. If you can manage your time properly, this job may even give you some extra while you do something else on the side. As I have said, I'd want us to get a head start with things as soon as possible. I do have a pile up of work and a number of unattended chores which you can immediately assist me with and i hope we can meet up with the workload eventually.Permit me to use the coming week to test your efficiency and diligence towards all this, also to work out your time schedule and fit it to mine. I really need to find the perfect person for this job, I'm confident you can take up the challenge and on the long run we should have a relatively sound working relationship between us. I am glad you are willing to work with me and i promise to be a good boss. I am also glad on the commitment in working. I have been checking my files and what i would want you to do for me this week is to run some errands out to some of the orphanage home, I do that every month.The funds will be in form of Money Order or Cashiers Cheque and it will be sent over to you from one of my clients and i have some list to email you once you received the funds. You will make some arrangements by buying some stuff for the kids in the nearest store arround you so you can mail them out..I will get you more information on that before the payment gets to you..

Thanks and do have a great time, Ensure you Get back to me as soon as you receive this message. Let me know your interest if you are ready to work with me from your home Kindly Provide me with the information below, in the format Below

Mr.Honey

Anonymous said...

i have recieve the exact email as well but from a different email address and name... here is what i have recieved.


James Terry [james_terry770@yahoo.com]
Hello,
I am seeking a good Personal Assistant to work for me online,I will like you to reply with your CV to willson_greg770@yahoo.com for proper assessment

weekly wages is $500

Regards
willson

second email....received 11/3/09
James Terry [james_terry770@yahoo.com]

Hi
I'm sure you'll understand I tend to have a very busy schedule at this point as I am presently in New York. I will be back in Three Weeks.

I think you're the right person for this post, Please note that this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels and tight schedules. It's a

part-time, work from home basis and the flexibility means that there will be busier weeks than others. So it's a little difficult judging the exact number of hours

you'll be doing per week. If you can manage your time properly, this job may even give you some extra while you do something else on the side. As I have said, I'd

want us to get a head start with things as soon as possible. I do have a pile up of work and a number of unattended chores which you can immediately assist me

with. I hope we can meet up with the workload eventually. Permit me to use the coming week to test your efficiency and diligence towards all this, also to work

out your time schedule and fit it to mine. I really need to find the perfect person for this job and i am confident you can take up the challenges. On the long run

we should have a relatively sound working relationship between us.

I'm online most of the time as I am hard of hearing so I prefer to we contact each other through E-mails but if there is need for me to call, I will be glad to do

that. I am glad you are willing to work with me and i promise to be a good boss. I am also glad on the commitment in working. I have been checking my files and

what i would want you to do for me next week is to run some errands out to some of the orphanage home which I do every month. The funds will be in form of

Money Order or Cashier check, it will be sent over to you from one of my clients and i have some list to email you once you received the funds. You will make

some arrangements by buying some stuff for the kids in the nearest store around you so you can mail them out. I will get you more information on that.

These is to acknowledge that your information has been received and I am equally using this medium to inform you that the payment for the donation will be

sent soon, I will keep you informed as soon as it has been sent. I will email you with the list of the items to be purchased and the necessary information on how

to get it mailed out to the orphanage. Ensure you check your emails daily so you can get the email message before the delivery of the payment. Your weekly

payment is $600 and it will be sent to you either inform of check/money order to your address or inform of cash using either western union or money gram

money transfer, and You will be paid upon the completion of every assignment given to you.
Thanks and do have a great time...

Regards
Willson

TRU said...

Have something very similar to this one.

Hi TRU

Thanks for your interests in the position, I will deeply appreciate all genuine efforts to help me monitor and keep up to date with all my activities.
I have had a previous PA who has been very commendable in her activities and who has been part of my life for the past 6 months, she has since returned to her country. I sincerely hope I will be able to find someone again who will be as efficient as she has been.
I'm 45 originally from London, but I have spent a whole lot here in United States. I'm a lawyer by profession and I have been pretty successful in a handful of ventures I get involved in; from the Angel Investment Network in Canada and United States to various welfare and community service programs, I most very often get my hands occupied, 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 amongst other things will include;
*Running personal errands, supervisions and monitorings.
*Scheduling programmes, flights and keeping me up to date with them.
*Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence when I'm away.
*Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.
*Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities.
Basic wage is $500 a week

This position is home-based and flexible, working with me is basically about instructions and following them, my only fear is that I may come at you impromptue sometimes, so I need someone who can be able to meet up with my irregular 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'm currently in Queensland Australia now for a summit, however, 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.
Hope to hear from you again.
Cheers.

Umm Ibrahim said...

wow if that doesnt scream obviously sketchy, i donno what does. I love the typos and mispellings...oh so professional!

Anonymous said...

Here is another one from Mike Benson

Hello

Thanks for your interests in the PA position, I will deeply appreciate all genuine efforts to help me monitor and keep up to date with all my activities.

I have had a previous PA who has been very commendable in her activities and who has been part of my life for the past 6 months, she has since returned to her country.

I'm Mr.Mike Benson 45, originally from London, but I have spent a whole lot here in United State. I'm a lawyer by profession and I have been pretty successful in a handful of ventures I get involved in; from the Angel Investment Network in Canada and United State to various welfare and community service programs, I most very often get my hands occupied, 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 amongst other things will include;

*Running personal errands, supervisions and monitorings.
*Scheduling programmes, flights and keeping me up to date with them.
*Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence when I'm away.
*Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.
*Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities.

Basic wage is $500 a week

I'm currently in the UK now for a summit and would be back to the state in about 2 weeks, however, 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.

I'd want us to meet up on Yahoo chat as soon as possible so we can discuss this extensively, more so it's easier for me to convey informations once i'm online.

I'm online most of the time when I'm not out or in a meeting so we should be able to have a chat sooner than you think. Do try to keep a date...

I have been checking my files and what i would want you to do for me this week is to run some errands out to some of the orphanage home,I do that every month .The funds will be in form of Money Order.

I will get you more information on that,I will like you to get back to me with your Contact Details such as:

Full Name:
Full Contact Address{Not PO Box}:
Phone Number:
Age:
Email:

Once i received your contact information i will get back to you with the task for this week,Understand you will also be paid as well as its important for me to make the necessary steps before i get to the state.

Hope i am clear with that.

Get back as soon as possible..

Mr.Benson


--- On Tue, 2/2/10, holliephip@aol.com wrote:


From: holliephip@aol.com
Subject: Executive Assistant Profile
To: mikebensn@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 9:47 PM





An executive is in need of a very perfect assistant,who will be doing the following things below

*Running personal errands, supervisions and monitorings.
*Scheduling programmes, flights and keeping me up to date with them.
*Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence when I'm away.
*Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.
*Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities

Email cv to mikebensn@yahoo.com


Location: Nashville,TN
Compensation: $500 weekly
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.

MJDills said...

also known as
colleen o connor
mike brown
the brown family in australia
o connor claims to be a dr/phd but can't seem to spell and grammar is horrible. these people are sick. whoever they are.

Anonymous said...

what does this gain them? what is their next step?

Anonymous said...

Dam I was scammed too... These ppl are sick... Can't believe I feel for this shit... Got's to be more careful

Sandi said...

I believe I too almost got scammed on a Fake Job Scam. The wording is almost identical to what others have said. I was sent a check (she said it would be certified funds) which is was not. I took the check to my bank and the routing number on the check did not exist. I called the bank listed on the check and there was no such account. The lady who I'v been so called "working with" says her name is Maxime Wildop. Her email address is fisherr.mattyy@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I just got one today that is very similar....

Hello

Am offering you the position of my personal assistant. I'm
looking for someone that can be trusted and reliable, someone with good
understanding and working skills. I am Mr. Murphy ray, 49 yrs of
age, I'm an engineer by profession and I have been pretty successful in
a handful of ventures. I got involved in a lot, from the Angel
Investment Network in Canada and here in the US, to various welfare
community service programs and some charities and orphanages I donate
to every month. I often get my hands occupied, so it is important for
me to have a worthy personal assistant who can monitor and keep me up
to date with my activities.

This position can be home-based, its flexibility is great and part
time but if you impress me we could have a very long working
relationship. Working for me is basically about instructions and
following them. My only fear is that I may need you impromptu.

As my personal assistant, your activities among others will include:
*Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring.
*Scheduling programs, flights and keeping me up to date with them.
*Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away.
*Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.
*Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities.
*Basic wage is $1,600 a month ($400 a week).

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
*Good planning, communication and organization skills
*Must be honest, reliable & dependable
*Excellent verbal & communication skills
*Must be organized
*Ability to multi-task and make impromptu decisions on my behalf
*A willingness to do whatever needs to be done!


Once I receive your application form, I will get back to you with
the task for the week ahead. Please understand that you will also be
paid ($400 a week), as well as it’s important for me to make the
necessary steps before I get back from my business trip.

POSITION/AVAILABILITY:
Position Applied For_________________
How often do you check your email:______________
Days/Hours You will be available:
Monday____
Tuesday____
Wednesday____
Thursday____
Friday____
Saturday____

Hours Available: from_______ to______



What date are you available to start work? ________________

I Will be expecting to hear from you soon to let me know if you will be
willing to handle my business on my behalf before I return.The funds
and your salary would be in form of Certified US Payment, it would be
sent over to you by one of my clients, and I have some things to email
you once you received the funds. I will give you more information on
that when we start working properly. Note that this job is 100%
legitimate i completely assure you.
Thanks so much and have a nice day.


Best Regards
Murphy ray

Anonymous said...

He's still at it. East Texas this time. But he sent me the same email that is already on this blog a few times. Thanks for keeping this blog up. It saved me from sending him any info!

Anonymous said...

Here it is, nearly a year since the last post on this scam, and I received the same, almost word for word, email this morning. The contact name was Andrea Clarke. These people prey on the desperate, and with the job market at it's current low, there are a lot of desperate people. Sad....

Anonymous said...

I have just received a similar scam reply after responding to a Bookkeeper Employment ad posted on the Fresno Craigs list 09/23/11. http://fresno.craigslist.org/ofc/2613486036.html the email came from Zolotas Helena