Posted by Miss_C. , Sat Jul 02, 2011 12:56 PM
The craigslist job turns out to be a scam. src='
I'm pissed off, frustrated, generally disgusted at the situation and at the fact that these parasites exist, sad, depressed... Ugh, I could go on about how I feel, but I won't. I'll just give you the facts.
First of all, I've been scammed once before in a situation much like this one, so I learned my lesson, and I can tell you that there are red flags that will alert you when something is a scam. When I was living in MD with Mr._C., we had a joint bank account with Bank of America. This was maybe a couple of years ago now. Mr._C. and I knew this couple down there. I'll call the guy B and the girl S. S was looking for a job and found something about being a secret shopper. It sounded legitimate enough - I know that being a secret shopper is a real thing. There are secret shoppers who work for all sorts of major companies, and it wasn't like I had never heard the term "secret shopper" before. In fact, after this all happened - within the last six months, I'd say - my mom was fired from her part-time job at Five Guys Burgers and Fries because she failed a secret shopper test. So secret shoppers do exist, and one can become a secret shopper, so at the time when S was looking for a job and found this one, nobody thought anything of it. She was sent a large check and had directions to go to Walmart, spend part of the money, use an evaluation thing to rate their performance and quality of service while she acted like a regular customer, etc. The whole nine yards.
Here's how Mr._C. and I got scammed. S didn't have a bank account and essentially had no way to cash the check she was sent. So Mr._C. deposited the check into our bank account. He waited until the next day, went to the bank, spoke with a teller, and withdrew the amount of the check that had been deposited. (This was a universally stupid move, and I am wary about having a joint account with Mr._C. to this day. It makes me very, very nervous.) S took the money, went to Walmart, and did what she was told to do. Within the next week, I received a letter from Bank of America that told me that a check that had been deposited recently was counterfeit and that I now owed Bank of America almost $3,000 to cover the amount of the check that had been withdrawn from our account. The bank had taken what was in our account - a little over $500 - to cover part of the check, but we still owed the bank just over $2,000 to pay for the rest. It was a scam, and we had been suckers and fell for it - Mr._C. and I, B, and S fell right into the trap. src='
Once we found out we had been scammed, we called the local police and had an officer come to our apartment so we could file a report. We have copies of paperwork in a folder still, and we gave the officer our statement - but as far as I know, nothing came of the report we filed. These scammers are so difficult to track that it's virtually impossible to figure out who they are or catch them.
I haven't paid the rest of that money to Bank of America, and I don't think I ever will. After a couple of years of owing this money, my credit score - as far as I can tell - hasn't suffered for it, and they haven't taken any legal action against me. IMO, I'm a victim just as much as the bank is, and their fraud protection measures didn't protect me from fraud. There was absolutely no hold on the check - and there should have been on a check that large, IMO. And I have the letter from the bank that says the check was counterfeit. I've filed the police report, and if I ever need to defend myself, I'll hire a lawyer, but it hasn't come to that, and I doubt it ever will since it has been so long without any action being taken by the bank. I'm assuming that they decided to cut their losses, take the $500 or so that they could get from our account, and drop the whole thing.
Like I said, I've been scammed before and have learned my lesson.
So how did I figure out that this craigslist thing is a scam? Well, it would help if you have already read the first part of this story. Picking up where I left off, my new boss had assured me that I would no longer be posting ads on craigslist and that he'd find something else for me to do. My next task was going to be to run down to Office Max in Harrisburg to place an order for office supplies for a client. He also tells me that he hopes I'll receive a check for my first week of work by Wednesday of this past week. I'm expecting him to e-mail a list of what I'll need to order, but he says that the client will be giving him the list once I have the money to pay for the order.
I was constantly kept waiting.
By Wednesday, I hadn't received a check, and I still didn't have the list for the order. I e-mailed my new boss and asked for the list again and told him that I hadn't received the check yet. He assured me that the check was coming and said that he would compose an e-mail to me regarding the list right then. I received an e-mail from my new boss, but it didn't contain the list. Instead, there were only instructions about handling the check. He said that I should take it to my bank and either cash the check or deposit it for next-day clearance so that I could withdraw the money. He provided the tracking number as the envelope was being sent via UPS. That's when things started to get fishy and when I started to become suspicious, so I went back to the first e-mail I received from my new boss and did some investigating. All of a sudden, I saw red flags where I hadn't seen them before.
In the first e-mail I received from my new boss, he gave me a phone number. I decided to call the number - I just had a hunch. Just as I thought, it didn't work. The message I hear says, "I'm sorry, but I cannot complete your call," in a recorded message before the calls ends by itself.
He also had told me that his company has a Web site but that it's "under construction." Hmmmm... How convenient.
So I tried the tracking number for the envelope containing the check that I was to receive. The package had just been sent on Wednesday, so how was I to receive it by Wednesday? Plus, the package had been sent from Florida. My new boss claimed to be based in Texas. Another discrepancy. And when I received the package, the return address was in North Carolina. And the address on the check itself was in Arizona. So I have addresses in four different states. Not only that, but all of the names were different, too. My new boss had one name, but the package was sent by someone else, and the check was signed by a third person. And - the company name on the check was not the name of the company that my new boss had provided. Finally, instead of the check being made out in the amount of $530, which was decided on as my weekly wage, the check was for $3,850. (My new boss later told me that the rest of the money was to be used for the Office Max order.)
I called the state police to file a report. They confirmed that it was a scam and told me to contact my local police, so I did. I filed a report with details. I advised the woman on the phone that I still have a few e-mails from my new boss if there was any way to track his IP address via e-mail. She said that she'd leave the report for an officer and that I might receive a phone call if they wanted more details or if I should bring them my laptop. She advised me to keep the e-mails until further notice. She also asked if I had lost any money yet, and I told her that I hadn't lost or taken any money and didn't plan to deposit the check at all. I said simply that I had been scammed before and had learned my lesson.
Luckily, because of the secret shopper scam, I was pretty gun shy from the start. I didn't give out much information. Just the information on my resume - my name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. I also gave him my Yahoo! Messenger username so that we could communicate that way. I didn't provide any bank information, credit card or account numbers, or my social security number. And I didn't deposit the check. I don't think there's a way he can scam me with the information I provided. And I've filed the police report, so I feel like I at least have someone on my side.
But I'm keeping him on the hook as long as I can. I don't want him to know that I know he's a scammer - just in case there's something the police can do. I talked to my new boss on Yahoo! Messenger yesterday and told him that I had deposited the check and had to wait 5-7 days for the check to clear. I said that I had asked the teller when I had deposited it. It's a completely lie, and I hadn't even gone into the bank, but I wanted to gauge his reaction more than anything. The first thing he said was that he didn't think it would take that long and that I could have just cashed it or that I could get next-day clearance, but I told him I was more comfortable just allowing the money to show up in my account after the check had cleared. Then, he said that he understood and that I should check my account every day, and he seemed to let it go after that. But later, before the conversation ended, he reminded me to let him know when I had the money.
He made small talk - he asked if I had plans for the weekend. I played along. I told him that it was supposed to be very hot and humid and that I planned to stay inside as much as I can. He's supposedly in China working with some business partners for the next couple of weeks (Yeah, right...), so I asked him about the weather in China and said that I have never been there (which I haven't). He took too long to respond - probably checking the weather online so that he could be accurate - and told me that the weather was cool and that it had been raining since the morning but that he liked that kind of weather and was excited to go see some sights this weekend. I told him that he should take lots of pictures, the conversation ended, and we signed off.
What a fucking bastard parasite, I thought to myself. src='
The worst part of this scam, IMO, is the idea that I've been a part of it. I'd be willing to bet that all of those ads I posted on craigslist were for this scam. I bet I was just one of probably dozens of people (or more!) who are out there posting these ads, thinking it's a legitimate job, getting scammed, and realizing later that they were helping all along to scam others. I posted 50-60 ads - so how many people have seen them by now? How many others are being scammed right at this moment because of the ads I posted? I feel terrible just thinking about it. If I had the e-mail addresses for the accounts I used on craigslist, I'd contact the site right now and report the scam and ask them to disable those accounts. But I deleted the documents once the task was completed, and I don't know if there's a way to recover them. They've already been emptied from my Recycle Bin. If anybody knows how I can recover those documents, please - PLEASE - help me so that I can report the accounts to craigslist and keep others from being scammed because of the ads I posted. I'm also going to try to contact the company on the check as they are a legitimate company, and I'm going to try to contact JP Morgan Chase Bank as that's the bank listed on the check.
I just want to tear my hair out or cry or something over the fact that I can't seem to turn my life around since I moved back to Pennsylvania. This is where I want to be - with Mr._C. and near my family - but I just can't seem to get it together. I apply for jobs but get no responses - not even form letters that say that the position has been filled or that the company found a more qualified candidate. I feel like I made a huge mistake when I resigned from my teaching job in MD. I feel like I made a huge mistake when I quit my job at AT&T.
I did see an ad in my local newspaper for a copy editor (for a different newspaper src='), so I'm going to apply for that job and see what happens.
But if you're reading this blog entry, please protect yourself against these degenerates of society - these parasites who will prey on you for all they can steal - and learn to recognize the red flags. plymouth2011 recently posted a blog entry entitled "SCAMMERS." You can read his entry here. It outlines some of the types of scams that are out there and gives you some tips for recognizing scammers.
Posted by Miss_C. , Wed Jun 22, 2011 02:23 PM
Thought I found a job on craigslist. It's a personal/administrative assistant job that I can do from home on my computer. The guy I'm working for is from Texas and posted the ad on craigslist for someone who could type letters, post ads on craigslist for his clients, meet with him online per his schedule, and there are some other parts to the job that I haven't experienced yet. He said I'd need a fax machine, photocopier, printer, scanner - I have a 4-in-1 machine that does all of those things - and I'd send and receive packages, run business errands, etc. Sounds easy, right? That's what I thought, too.
I started on Monday. Met with the man on Yahoo! Messenger at 10 A.M. to talk and maybe begin the job. He asked me a few interview-style questions - asked me to tell him a little bit about myself, etc. - and was very professional. He gave me my first task. One of his clients wanted a job ad posted on craigslist in many different states and cities. My new boss e-mailed me a document containing the client's login information, the ad's title and description and compensation information, and the list of states and cities where I should post the ad. I logged in on craigslist using the client's e-mail address and password and started to post the ad in the first state and city on the list. I copied and pasted the information from the document into the proper craigslist fields, made sure the client's e-mail address was anonymous, and posted the first ad. A screen came up with a green box at the top that says something about the client receiving an e-mail about the ad with links to edit or delete the ad from craigslist, and I moved on to the next city. Simple enough so far.
I posted ads in the cities on the list one-by-one and eventually was stopped by craigslist. I was posting the ads too quickly and had to wait a few minutes before posting any additional ads. So I waited. My new boss had warned me that this could happen, so I wasn't surprised when I got the error message on my screen. He told me that I should wait about ten minutes and try again. I tried again after ten minutes and was able to post more ads. Well, this cycle continued throughout the day. I'd copy and paste and post several ads, get stopped by the error message, wait ten minutes, and try again. I thought things were going well.
Then, I was kicked out of the client's account. I figured it had timed out or something and tried to log back in using the information from the document. The account was put "on hold" by craigslist, and I couldn't log in. I e-mailed my new boss and let him know what was going on and updated him on my progress. I had made it through about half of the list of states and cities he had sent me, which means I had posted maybe 50-60 ads so far.
The next day, I received an e-mail from my new boss saying that his client had contacted him about the craigslist account being put on hold. He said to forget the task, and when I offered to finish the task at another time once I was able to access the account again, he said that I seemed like a hard worker. He contacted his client to see if that's what the client wanted, but when he returned to give me instructions, he told me that the client wasn't concerned about the job getting finished. The ads I had been able to post before the account was put on hold would give the client somewhere to start, and he would be able to receive applications from those areas where I had posted the ad. So the task was ended without me being able to finish it. I was a little worried that the client or my new boss wouldn't be satisfied with what had happened, but my new boss said that he thought I did good work, and the worry left me.
On Tuesday, my new boss had no task for me in the morning. He said that he would text my cell phone once he had information from a new client. The day progressed, and I didn't receive a text. Mr._C. came home from work, took a bath, and we went out to dinner, and still, I didn't get a text. We came home, watched some TV, and he fell asleep, and still, I didn't have a text from my new boss. So I set my alarm and went to bed.
This morning, I woke up and logged on to meet my new boss on Yahoo! Messenger - as we have done every morning since Monday. We say good morning to each other, and he provides me with a task to do. Today, he had information from a client for some craigslist ads again. Same states and cities as on Monday - but the ad was different. My new boss advised me that I'd have to go slower today so that the account wouldn't be put on hold by craigslist, so instead of copying and pasting, I decided to type the information by hand. The ad was only four sentences long, and I took breaks between every few ads to surf SF or watch some TV or clean up a little bit so that I wasn't posting the ads too quickly this time. Things were going well, I thought, and I didn't hit the error message even once.
But then, I received a message from my new boss. None of the ads were posting to craigslist - he didn't see them being posted at all. I told him that I had seen the green-box screen for every ad I had posted, and I had thought it was working. It seemed to be going well. But he told me to stop posting right then. Now, the client's information wouldn't even log me in. The account wasn't on hold this time; the error message said that the login credentials were incorrect, even though I was copying and pasting them from the new document. I was confused and felt like I had done something wrong. I got more upset than I probably should have and even started to cry while I was on Yahoo! Messenger with my new boss trying to figure out what had happened. I told him that I was going to be honest with him and was starting to think that I wasn't the right person for this position.
I've been unemployed for almost a full year now. I'm depressed and disillusioned and lack encouragement to continue looking for a job. My bills are beginning to go unpaid. Mr._C. hurt his knee, and the clinic where he went to have it looked at told him he has high blood pressure. He's stressed and hates his job and wants to find a new one, but we're stuck. Mr._C. is only 33 years old and has high blood pressure. He's been driving for some job or another since he was 19. We want to get our life back on track, but we just can't. It's hard, and we don't know what to do. I know there are people out there who have things MUCH worse than we do. But I thought I finally had a job that was at least going to pay me a decent wage every week - I may not get benefits, and doing my taxes might be more complicated since taxes aren't being taken out of my pay (as far as I know), but at least I had a job of some kind. I'd be able to catch up and start paying my bills on time again. Mr._C. could look for a new job now that I could support us for a little while. And in the first three days, I've fucked up twice, and I can feel this job slipping through my fingers.
My new boss replied that he understood and said that I was the right person for the job. He said that he didn't know what was going on with craigslist and that we'd try again tomorrow with a new task (that didn't involve posting ads on craigslist). Then, he signed off. What he said made me feel better, and I stopped crying, but I still don't know what to think. I hope this works out and that I can keep this job and continue to do what my new boss and his clients need me to do.
I'm just so frustrated about not being able to do right what should be a simple task.
The story continues in the second part of this blog entry.
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