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It's such a bad job market in the US right now, it looks like the 419ers are having a heyday with sites like Craigslist. Preying on poor people when they're already down and out without a job. Being a security professional, I have always had a good chuckle when I would read the 419 e-mails I would receive on a nearly daily basis.
Well, when my wife was recently applying for employment, she sent in for some data entry job that claimed to pay $19/hr. I had actually seen the same ad, and thought, scam!, but my wife fell for it. I know why she did too: they are copying and pasting REAL job ads so it's usually using decent English, and nearly looks like a real job: until you get the reply e-mail from them after responding... This was a dead giveaway. I won't mention his name, so I and others can have some fun with him first, but let's just say his name is McFaken Smith...
I freaked after I looked at the e-mail headers to see the origin IP was Lagos. I contacted hotmail (his provider), craigslist, and IC3, which have appeared to have done absolutely nothing to stop him.
I'm sure he gots 100s of responses to his ad on craigslist @ $19/hr for data entry in this economy...
I'm new to scam bating but have really enjoyed this website in the past, and look forward to becoming part of your community, and taking up this new sport in my spare time....
Below is the original Craigslist AD, and the reply e-mail
Reply to: [email protected] [Errors when replying to ads?]
Date: 2009-03-09, 11:34AM PDT
Our company is seeking a Data Entry Clerk. This person will be responsible for providing data entry, administrative and clerical support to the Data Management Department.
On a day to day basis, this person will be responsible entering alphanumeric data from reports and clinical study documents into an electronic tracking system. This person will also be in charge of scanning documents, verifying data entry work to ensure accuracy, distributing mail, filing, faxing, and answering phone calls when needed. Ideally this person will be comfortable with typing a high volume of information into a database all day.
Note: Our Clients look for candidates that are an investment to their company; candidates that want to take their career to the next level and keep growing and learning. Many are willing to provide tuition reimbursement if necessary.
We have locations throughout the US, and have Data Entry openings (at all levels) in every market. If you are qualified, please apply below and we will review your application.
* Compensation: $19 per hour with full benefits
* Telecommuting is ok.
* This is a part-time job.
* OK for recruiters to contact this job poster.
* Please, no phone calls about this job!
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
E-Mail receieved after replying:
From: McFaken Smith <[email protected]>
Subject: RE: application for job listed on Craigslist: Data Entry Clerk
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009
We refer to your forwarded resume/application for job engagement as a Data =
Entry Clerk to our company. Your resume have been reviewed and we are satis=
fied with your credentials. But before further correspondences=2C Let me st=
art with a brief introduction of my self. My name is McFaken Smith=2C Head=
=2C Resources For Home Employment=2C REALLY POOR COMPANY NAME.=20
EALLY POOR COMPANY NAME is a subsidiary of Samsung worldwide an=
d Topspecs Link Inc=2C Some of our products=2C Services and Applications in=
cludes: Contract Manufacturing=2C Technology services with Media Center/Eli=
te=2C Cables and Connectors=2C Digital Camera=2C PCB Design and Assembly=2C=
Switching Power Supply=2C Computer Peripherals=2C LCD Monitors=2C Flat Scr=
een Monitors=2C PDA=2C Notebook=2C Charger=2C Consumer Electronics=2C Medic=
al Applications=2C Keyboard=2C Compatible Memory=2C cables=2C batteries or =
Home Desktop PCs=2C Printers e.g (General Computer Peripherals Supplies=2C =
Distributor and Accessories and Multifunction Replacement for all computer =
Topspec Sam Global Link Technology currently seek to hire home based hands =
that will helping our Logs=2C Managerial Administrator=2C Clerical typists =
to complete projects and assignments=2C by working sincerely in maintaining=
our company enviable record of success=2C we will provide you with trainin=
g and all the equipments to perform the duties involved=2C but that is if t=
he company board approve your employment with us.=20
Based on your application=2C we assume that you are ready to work with us=
=2C but we must have to ascertain your skills and abilities to work with us=
through the interview Questionnaire as follow which is one of our major cr=
iteria for recruiting applicants.=20
1- How would you describe yourself?
2- How would others describe you?
3-Do you consider yourself successful?=20
4-What has been your greatest success?
5-How did you achieve it?
6-What has been your biggest failure?=20
7-How could you improve yourself?=20
8-How do you handle criticism?=20
9-Have you ever worked from home?
10-Privacy and code of conduct....explain the phrase?
11-If we Provide you with equipments to work with? Are you sure it will be =
use for the interest of the company sincerely
12-Your Full Names?
14-Do you know your clerical speed? what is it?
15-What do you understand by petty cash?
16- Have you been trusted with fund in the past?
17-Do you have an idea of how to use ms excel?
18-Do you feel you are ready to take on greater responsibilities?=20
19-Nation of Origin?
There will also be another major test/assignment for you before you formall=
y start off=2C but that will be when we receive your respond for the above =
interview proceeding questions.=20
The major test/assignment is a professional assignment that will be assigne=
d to you=2C to test your managerial skills and honestly=2C as soon as you r=
espond accordingly=2C we will make available to you all details about our w=
ebsite=2C and give you a user-name identity and password details to enable =
you access into our website.=20
Stay Blessed as I hope to hear from you soonest.=20
Head=2C Resources For Home Employment=20
SOME REALLY DUMB COMPANY Technology
Afferbecklauder Master of Master Baiters
Joined: 08 Jan 2007
Location: Wide open spaces
Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:21 am
This is either a cheque cashing scam, or a fake cheque printing scam.
Could be good fun to make a fake application.
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Tom_Phillips Not quite a Newb
Joined: 04 Mar 2009
Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:36 am
Sent an email off to this guy to see if we can have a little bit of fun with him. Will update if I get a response.
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