Job Scam Alert!

Job Scams you need to be aware of in your job search.

As I feverishly search for career opportunities and research, I also have to ensure that the job postings are legit and bonafide.  Every now and then you get the job scam replies in your inbox.

This frustrates me beyond belief, especially when innocent job seeker victims are caught in the middle. In a sadistic manner, I find it absolutely hilarious that these idiots really think the majority of people cannot see thru this fecal net. Don’t get me wrong, with the recession and being in a vulnerable condition, you can see why there are some who do fall prey.  These types of job “phishing” are not filtered from the major online job boards such as Career Builders, Monster, Simply Hired and so on... so you have to be careful of where you apply as well. Craigslist still offers pretty reasonable job postings; however it does leave a much wider door opening for cons and scammers.

How did they find me or get my email?

Most likely you answered some kind of ad or job posting (quite normal routine) in order to get the reply from them.  You probably received  an email stating that they saw your resume on Career Builders, although some are truly legit but again, some nastiness do slip in. Some have even experienced these people on Facebook. The fallen soldier scenario, you won the lotto, foreign person asking for help and the list goes on. This is the stranger who befriended you and once saw you online, reached out to you and stated they would pay you for certain deliveries or need you to accept money deliveries... The conversation may not necessarily go that way right off, but if you continue the chat, you will start to recognize it.

Here are a few actual email scams received (the recipient’s email has been concealed):

From: XXXXXXX <logistics.replies@gmx.com>
Date: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 5:24 AM
Subject: XXXXXXXX, New Position Opened

VACANCY TITLE: Logistics Coordinator
WORKING HOURS: 9am-5:00pm Mon-Fri Full-Time Remote
SALARY: 28'000 - 32'000 per year

E-commerce company is looking for a motivated person to join our team. As Logistics Manager you will contribute with many functions in a detail-oriented environment. From order processing to mail handling and inventory control, this role covers diverse functions in the warehousing-logistics area.

Do you thrive on working unsupervised? Are you customer-oriented? If both yes - apply and join our team today!

Duties to include:
-Staying at home to sign for the deliveries from wholesalers.
-Prepare the shipment.
-Send the package.
-Complete various reports.

-Graduate diploma is desired
-Pronounced self-organization skills
-Effectual communication skills
-Ability to problem resolve and multi task
-A PC or Mac with Internet connection


From: XXXXXXX <XXXXXXXX@gmx.com>
Date: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM
Subject: Job opportunity for XXXXXXXX


US Parcel Distribution LLC is currently searching  for people who are willing to try earning a living as a Shipping Clark.

We need committed and energetic people. Apart from solid income, working hard for our company will provide you with numerous perks and great career advancement prospects.

You must meet the following requirements to work as a Shipping Agent:
-       You should have a US citizenship or permission to work in the US
-       You should be of full age
-       You should have a cell phone
-       You should be free for three or four hours per day

Should you be interested, hurry up and contact us in order to get more detail: email. Our manager will get in touch with you at the earliest possible time and give you detailed information on this job.

All the best!


POSITION: Sales assistant
WORKING HOURS: 09am-5pm on weekdays, Fulla schedule, Telecommute

- fixed salary and social benefits
- free training
- no initial investments or other hidden expenses

Main responsibilities:

- receiving and inspectating of items
- preparing of reviews
- packaging operations
- shipping of orders
- delivering reports

Job requirements:
- Responsible approach
- High school diploma preferred
- Formidable self-organization
- PC or MAC with access to the Internet
- Availability thru phone during the business hours
- Ability to solve problems and multi- tasks
- Attention to small details
- Customer service skills are indispensable
- Possibility to work under remote supervision

If you feel like you correspond to the above mentioned criteria and this job may suit you, please, inquire for an application form and further information



Original Message-----
From: CXXXX XXXX [mailto:CXXXXXXX@hotmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2012 7:34 AM
Subject: new exciting positions are available

VACANCY: Warehousing Sales
JOB SCHEDULE: 09:00am-5pm Mon-Fri, Full-Time, Telecommute

- worthy salary and benefits
- free training
- no entrance payments or other hidden fees

Main responsibilities:

- accepting and inspectating of goods
- creationg of reports
- packaging operations
- shipping of orders
- preparing reports

Job requisites:
- Responsibility
- High school diploma preferred
- Formidable self-motivation
- Personal computer or MAC with Internet connection
- Availability thru phone during the working hours
- Ability to solve problems and multiple tasks
- Attention to little details
- Customer service skills are required
- Ability to work under distant control

If you feel like you suit to the above mentioned prerequisits and this job opportunity may suit you, please, inquire for an application and further details rplslogistics@gmx.com.



There are a lot of job seekers out there who continue to get their identity stolen…If you have fallen victim to these scammers or have received these emails, please post your comments and tell me your story. I would love to follow up on them.

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Franklin January 02, 2013 at 02:21 AM
I just finished reading your post on job scams. How did your contacts figure out these were scams? I think that one about the logistics manager could fool a lot of people. I'd like to know more about how the job seeker learned that the offer was not legitimate?
Chewy Ine January 03, 2013 at 09:48 PM
You are so right! It could fool a lot of people. I do get quite a few emails from those who have been scammed from these postings. To confirm my investigation, the company was researched in addition to a dummy "job seeker" profile was used to get further information for follow up. The main key look out is when the company is requesting bank account prior to working or asking for additional bank accounts. Here is one of the many links of those exposing these emails as well. http://exposingemailscams.blogspot.com/. Thanks for a great question!


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