On craigslist, I was searching for jobs. I came upon this guy’s job posting for an Administrative Assistant… Despite the bad grammar, I decided to apply for the job. With no job interview, no verification if it was legal for me to work, and no tax information, he hired me. It seemed super sketchy from the start, but I decided to wait it out.
He was very good at keeping in contact with me, but his grammar never improved. I ignored it, since if he did most of his dealings in France (he claims to own a gallery there) then maybe he was French? But I was lead to believe he was American… Whatever. Anyway, yesterday I received the check that was supposed to finance the shopping done for him and my pay. The note attached to it made me uneasy, but I wasn’t sure.
Then, this morning, he called me to find out when I would be depositing the check. His accent was so horrendous I just couldn’t go without googling him, especially since my friend had something similar happen to him, too. This site came up. With the same email I received upon ‘getting the job.’ It’s aggravating, because I’m seriously looking for work so I can pay bills, and this man would have had me go even deeper into debt. Not okay!
Here is the note sent with the ‘paycheck’:
“My Name is Josua Lamken i have been instructed by your Boss Mr Raymond Brunel to contact you as a result of the debt am owing him. As soon as you have received the Payment at hand.I would like you to contact your boss Mr Raymond via Email (e-mail stated above) and confirm to him that you have received the Payment so that you can get further Instructions from him. Thanks. Joshua.”
And the first response to the craigslist ad:
“Hello, How are you doing and your family,hope you are all doing well?.I got your reply that you saw my advert on Craigslist and that you are interested in working for me.I am looking for someone who can handle my personal and business errands at his/her spare time.
My name is Raymond Brunel.I used to have a personal assistant,but he had to travel back to his country (Brazil) on emergency.That was why i needed someone to work for me urgently.
I needed someone who can offer me these services: Mail services: Receive my mails and drop them off at UPS(nothing illegal), Shop for Gifts Bill payment ( pay my bills on my behalf), Sit for delivery( at your home) or pick items up at nearby post office at your convenience.
Let me know if you will be able to offer me any/all of these services. Where are you located? I would love to meet up with you to talk about this job but I am currently away on business. I am in France so there will be no interview. I will prepay you in advance to do my shopping. I will also have my mails and packages forwarded to your address. If you will be unable to stay at your house to get my mails, I can have it shipped to a post office near you and then you can pick it up at your convenience.
When you get my mails/packages;you are required to mail them to where I want them mailed to. You don’t have to put money out of your pocket, all you have to do is have packages shipped to your house and do my shopping. You are allowed to open the packages to reveal its content. The content of the packages are computer and electronics, clothing business and personal letters.. All expenses and taxes will be covered by me.
You will work between 15 and 20hrs a week. I am willing to pay $250.00 weekly. That is not a bad offer is it? I need your service because I am constantly out of town. I work in real estate and I own an Art Gallery here in France. I will return to USA in June so this process will be on going till then. If you don’t mind, I will meet up with you when I return and then we can talk about the possibility of making this long term. Well, let me know if you are able to handle the position.Hope to hear I will email you the list and pictures of what to shop for when I am ready. No heavy packages is involved! You can do the shopping at any nearest stores. You will be shopping for Electronics and clothing’s…
I will provide you my personal UPS account number for Shipping. All you have to do is provide my account number to UPS and shipping charges will be applied into the account. I will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need done as well the funds to cover them… If I were to mail you money to do my shopping plus upfront payment for your service, where would you want it mailed to? How should your name appear on the money?If you are interested in working for me,i will like you to provide me with the following details below
( NO P.O BOX)
Cell Phone Number:
Home Phone Number:
Once you send all this information,i will do a back ground check on your details and will get back to you within 48hrs to let you know if you good for the job and you can start the probation stage immediately. I look forward to a long lasting working relationship. Thanks
CELL : 6173136007
TEXT : 7753916183
EMAIL : Dley2@rsp-corps.com “