Does this sound fishy? Response I got about a job....

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Posted 9/27/2011 by StampingCrazy in NSBR Board
 

StampingCrazy
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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:04:16 AM
I emailed my resume to someone about an admin job and this is the response I got. I personally think it sounds weird and I dont know that I will respond to it. What do the peas think?

*****below is the email

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 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 amongst other things will include: Make travel arrangements and submit expenses for Attorneys Order office supplies, Running personal errands,faxing,printing and typing letters Web research, Internet search skills and 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 can only apply for this position if you own a printer and personal computer. Basic wage is $500 a weekly i am a member of the admin in Crown Central Petroleum Corporation i have a family of 3. and I travel alot,hence the reason why i need an assistant to handle affairs for me on the home front when i am away on business which is usually quite often. This position is home-based and flexible you can be in any location,working with me is basically about instructions and following them, my only fear is that I may come at you impromptu sometimes, 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 Mon-Fri @ 10am


APPLICATION FORM

So Fill This Application And Email It Back Here Asap!!! d.christopher23@yahoo.com


First Name
Middle Name
Last Name

Street Address

City, State, Zip Code
Sex

Nationality

Cell Phone Number

Home Phone Number

Email:

Current Job:

Hope to hear from you again.


Angela











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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:08:00 AM
Yes and I wouldn't be responding to that email.


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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:10:21 AM
Yeah, that sounds fishy to me. The grammar, asking your sex and nationality were the first things that clued me in. I'm surprised it didn't ask for your SSN or bank acct number.

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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:10:42 AM
That's like the strangest thing I have ever seen. Where did you originally hear about the job opening?? Although working from home would be great!!


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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:10:52 AM
Circular file.

I would not want to work for someone who presents himself/herself that way.


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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:11:20 AM
Nothing about that email looks legitimate.

Also, it is illegal to ask for nationality.

I would not respond.




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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:11:36 AM
Wow, that person needs an assistant to write their emails.


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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:13:16 AM
I also would not reply to that e-mail. It sounds like the scammers on the internet. I did google the company and there is a Crown Central Petroleum. Perhaps you could send a copy of the e-mail to their mail offices and ask them if they have a person on their staff with that e-mail. I think it is someone who wants to steal your identity. I'm actually surprised they didn't ask for your social security number in order to "pay" you.

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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:13:34 AM
I don't think it's legit, for reasons the other peas have already mentioned.

I also Googled the company name he used - Crown Central Petroleum Corporation - and any email from that company should have their domain, not yahoo.

Delete the email.

StampingCrazy
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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:15:09 AM
I cant remember which site I got it off of. I have sent resumes from several different sites. I think I am just going to stick with Career Builders because I know they are legit.


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StampingCrazy
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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:16:28 AM
I didnt even think to google the company. I think I will send a copy of that email to them and inquire. Of course now I am concerned that this person has my resume with my home address on it.


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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:18:44 AM
I just googled the email address and he has ads posted in several different cities all over the place.


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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:20:44 AM
It's always good to be wary, especially if you don't know the person. However, to say that because the email sounds off, the person is a scammer is a little bit offensive. There are many people for which English is a second language.

Where did you get the job description from? Was it from a legitimate job search site? I'd create another email account with no identifying info, and write back asking for more clarification. Also, check out the company. Just don't automatically write them off because of poor grammar. My grammar is poor, but that's due to laziness.




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Posted: 9/27/2011 9:27:48 AM
Well the company he listed is in Baltimore but when googling the email address he has the same listing in several cities in the US. All on craigslist. So that must be where I got it. While craigslist is not a legitimate job search place, I tried it because my fiance has had great luck there. But of course he is in a different field than me. I think I will just stay away from craigslist and stick with Career Builders.


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Posted: 9/27/2011 10:36:53 AM
Fishy. I got emails from a Secret Shopper service. Sounded wonderful to be one now that I'm retired. Today I got a follow-up email that states they'd send me a package for $1600 via UPS today & I'd have to cash the check thru my bank and proceed with their instructions with Western Union (supposedly that was the company I was checking out). I was going to be paid $200, but running their check thru my bank tipped me off that this was a scam. I wonder if they're really going to courier me a check today.......

Beware of scams right now--people are getting savvy with their scams.









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Posted: 9/27/2011 10:41:27 AM
No way would I reply to that. An identity thief wet dream is what you have right there--no good can come from responding.



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Posted: 9/27/2011 10:45:15 AM
OMG! I received the same message. THe thing that I noticed that was weird was that the message was sent at 12:50 a.m. I told my husband about it and he said not to respond. But I feel the same way as you do, that person now has my resume and information about myself. I had responded to a job opening on Craigslist, I googled the Crown Central Petroleum to check the legibility of it and it brought me to this posting. Now this is scary and now I am worried...

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Posted: 9/27/2011 10:50:29 AM

Just don't automatically write them off because of poor grammar. My grammar is poor, but that's due to laziness


Umm...that is not poor grammar that is a language barrier. Would anyone really want to work for someone with which they may have major communication breakdowns? I wouldn't.

There's nothing wrong with writing someone off as an employer when they lack basic professionalism in their marketing text for an admin position.

Besides, what about this posting makes you think anyone should give this guy a chance? Because he says he has 3 kids? Guess what, the King of Nigeria needs your help too.


So Fill This Application And Email It Back Here Asap!!! d.christopher23@yahoo.com


First Name
Middle Name
Last Name

Street Address

City, State, Zip Code
Sex

Nationality


Seriously? 3 exclamation points? This could be a nice person who needs to brush up on business communication skills or it could be someone who wants to steal your identity and empty your bank accounts. Run for the friggin' hills.

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Posted: 9/27/2011 10:58:16 AM
That definitely smacks of some sort of a scam. I'd probably try to notify the legit company that somebody is likely using their company name as part of a scam and forward the e-mail to them.


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Posted: 9/27/2011 11:05:10 AM
Highlight the first few sentences of his reponse, copy and paste it into Google. You will find this is a common Craigslist scam (or a variation of one).

Also, right click on the email in your email list box. This will bring up a dialogue box, in that box select and click on 'Properties'. In that pop up box chose the "Details" tab. Scroll down to near the bottom where you will see where the email is "From". That info will give you a clue of who sent the email and through what domain. You can also copy and paste the domain name (plus the .com or .net or whatever) into whois.net - the info might include who owns the domain and/or what country it comes from. Useful information to have before you respond to any unsolicited email.


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Posted: 9/27/2011 11:48:18 AM
FISHY!


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Posted: 9/27/2011 12:21:45 PM
The first two sentences of the return email told me everything I needed to know about it.

Report the posting to Craigslist as a violation or spam and they'll block the poster from future postings


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Posted: 9/27/2011 12:23:01 PM
I contacted the corporate office of Crown Central and the lady said that this person does not work for them and it is a scam. She has never used Craigslist and wanted to know if there was a way to report this.

I guess whats done is done, he has my resume with my address on it. But I dont think that is what he really wants. I am thinking he wanted me to respond and then he would probably have asked for my SSN and bank info for direct deposit of my wages and that's where the scam would come in.


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Posted: 9/27/2011 12:30:31 PM
This response is exactly why I took my home address off of my resume. I actually have two copies of my resume; one I send if I absolutely know the job is legit and one I send if I have a hunch that it's not. Most legit jobs ask for you to fill out an online application anyway after they get your resume, so it's not really a big deal.

StampingCrazy
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Posted: 9/27/2011 12:33:45 PM

This response is exactly why I took my home address off of my resume. I actually have two copies of my resume; one I send if I absolutely know the job is legit and one I send if I have a hunch that it's not. Most legit jobs ask for you to fill out an online application anyway after they get your resume, so it's not really a big deal.



Good idea. Off to update my resume.....


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Posted: 9/27/2011 12:49:22 PM
Scam.



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Posted: 9/27/2011 1:50:25 PM
While there are many legitimate jobs on craigslist, it's a hotbed for scammers as well.

Never bother answering any ad or anyone who replies to you with a yahoo, gmail, hotmail etc address. Serious companies don't use those throwaway type email accounts. Those ppl are scammers.





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Posted: 9/27/2011 3:12:27 PM

I am thinking he wanted me to respond and then he would probably have asked for my SSN and bank info for direct deposit of my wages and that's where the scam would come in.


Exactly.

You did the right thing by trusting your instinct when it told you something wasn't right.

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Posted: 9/27/2011 3:23:13 PM
Scam and bad use of puncuation and grammar!


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Posted: 4/5/2012 9:31:10 AM
It is really weird because I applied for a job true craigslist and received two emails from this person saying the exact same thing but I am looking for the date and it was recent and yours was in 2010 so I guess that the company did not do anything about it and now I am as worried as you are and I live in P.R. so I guess now he is scamming people here to.

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Posted: 4/5/2012 9:34:06 AM
Oh sorry I confused the date on your post it was by the same date that I received mine to.

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Posted: 4/5/2012 9:35:44 AM
I don't respond to employers or businesses that use yahoo email.


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