Email Job


I heard back from  the guy in France this morning.  Suddenly this job offer is looking less legit to me.  While his first two emails were poorly punctuated, his English was flawless.    Here’s today’s message:

Greetings to you,
 
How are you doing and how is the weather treating you? I do hope that you and your entire family are in best of health condition.This is just to wish you a wonderful day?
 
I am e-mailing you to let you know that you will be receiving the first package in 2-5 days and it will be delivered to you by Regular mail,I will also like to let you know that the Payment you will be receiving include your first week salary and the remaining balance is for what you need to shop for me.I will be e-mailing you later to let you know what to do with it…..So as soon as you receive the Payment,I will like you to have it deposit at your Bank,I will like you to e-mail me as soon as you receive the package.
I will want you to confirm that you recieve this email.
 
 
Thanks
Jeff

I was going to post his first email, but looking at it with fresh eyes, I see it too is filled with flaws I was willing to overlook before.  What do you think?  No where does he even mention my counter offer of wanting $400 a week.  This is beginning to stink, and I am angry with myself for falling for this!  If this is the scam, what are they possibly getting?  They do have my home address and phone number.  And that worries me a bit.  But they haven’t asked for anything else.  I guess I can wait and see if I get a package, maybe I would know more.  Somehow I don’t think I will receive a package, as I don’t think I will respond to this email.

Is it a scam, or some kind of phishing?  Wonder who I can report this to?  Should I save the emails?  I wonder about this is coming right after my email account was hacked.

Greetings to you,
How are you doing and how is the weather treating you? I do hope that you and your entire family are in best of health condition.This is just to wish you a wonderful day?
I am e-mailing you to let you know that you will be receiving the first package in 2-5 days and it will be delivered to you by Regular mail,I will also like to let you know that the Payment you will be receiving include your first week salary and the remaining balance is for what you need to shop for me.I will be e-mailing you later to let you know what to do with it…..So as soon as you receive the Payment,I will like you to have it deposit at your Bank,I will like you to e-mail me as soon as you receive the package.
I will want you to confirm that you recieve this email.
Thanks
Jeff

11 thoughts on “Email Job

  1. My ‘gut’ instinct is that this sounds suspicious and maybe go so far as to say some of Scam. Whoever wrote this is trying now to be precise with their words. I don’t think English is their main language.

    I’ve had emails asking for money with similar language issues.
    But they put an ad in the paper. Do you think they can read your blog? Do you have their last name? Of course they probably wouldn’t use their real one.

    Would the newspaper that put the ad out..possibly be able to give you any information…You could always call the police and ask them if there is anything you should be doing as you say…they have your name and address.

    I just feel ‘uncomfortable’ about it…..Diane

    1. Well, I’m onto them now, whatever their motive, and will not respond to the email. I answered the ad off of Craisglist.org. I don’t remember the exact ad, or I would contact them. I answered about a dozen Craigslist jobs. I got another “scam” email this morning. They wanted to pay me $35 per package I could forward for them. They mail a box to me, I forward to someone else, without, of course, opening said packaged. Scary to think of what I might be forwarding!

      I’ll keep my eye out for a mysterious package and let you know if I get it.

      Thanks for pointing out red flags for me.

  2. they are probably in nigeria in an internet cafe. what they get is your information. these people send out hundreds of these and if one or two bite then they proceed. deposit to your bank is the key. also the next one will be he has to send you more than agreed on. would you cash his check and send him the overage. this is quite common and they do it because it works.

    please do not give them any more of your information and let them know that you will involve law enforcement if need be. usually once you stop responding or just call them out they will stop.

    i am sorry this did not work out but you are a highly skilled professional and you can find a job the traditional way.

  3. Craigslist is a tricky place to find jobs. There are a lot of jobs that are scams, and some days more so than others. I taught a class on job hunting for almost a year, and have seen far too many of these false-job-leads. Keep using Craigslist, because many local companies use it. However, it also is abused and not screened for scams, so you have to be wary.
    If they ask for money, if they ask for you to send something, and if they do ‘sport’s marketing,’ or are trying to sell you on something, then they are probably a scam.

    1. This one has turned stranger still. Yesterday in the mail I received a check from someone telling me to email the Boss to tell him I received the check for $2400. I’ve never been paid before I’ve even done anything. I called the cops and they agreed it was some sort of scam. I’ll be calling them back today to talk to one of their detectives. Maybe they can bust this guy and whatever he’s doing. I think he wants me to launder money for him. Job hunting has turned very interesting.

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