Here’s a new Craigslist scam that’s been brought to my attention by our old friend Joe! You guys do remember Joe, right? Sheesh, tough crowd. He’s only been gone for a few months, you know.
Joe has informed me that scammers are putting up seemingly real job ads on Craigslist. The ads look like they could be legitimate and don’t make any outlandish claims regarding pay or how easy the work is. However, the real scam begins after you send them an email.
Now, Joe is seasoned scam hunter and recognized the scam immediately. (I’ve seen him work. He has perfected the scammer mating calls. It’s kind of scary actually.) The ad was looking for an office assistant, to which Joe responded with, “Hi, I can write and type real good with Word or a typeriter. And files too. Do you want my resume?”
The scammer was quick to reply with this message…
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Salvatore R Park
Date: Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 8:07 PM
Subject: Office assistant
Thank you for writing us!
We appreciate your interest but we are sorry to announce you that the job is no longer available.
We do have another job offer that needs same qualification as the one you inquired for.
Below you can find a quick description of the job.
We are currently interested in hiring US residents for our USA Middle market Payment Solutions
Your job will be forwarding payments to our European clients
You will need a personal bank account (you can open a new one, to use just with us).
We are offering you a 10% commission
This is a great money making opportunity, as this requires little of your time, and your expected income will be around $2500-$3000 a month
NO CHECKS SENT
To apply for this position simply reply to this email with the following information:
Best time to call:
USA Middle Market Payment Solutions System
Because of new law in European Union, any company, that receives money transfer from non-EU company, has to pay VAT (Value Added Tax), 20% from incoming transfer. But EU company doesn’t have to pay VAT receiving money transfer from person. Using this opportunity, our company grows continuously, and serves world wide clients.
Nothing more than a payment processing scam, despite the ad saying there are no checks involved. As long as these guys keep crafting up new schemes, I’ll continue to cover them.
If you have any similar emails, please forward them to Steve@ivetriedthat.com. I’ll post them here to help prevent others from falling for the scam.