Craigs List Job Scams


Thank you for emailing us in regards to the available job opening. Good news, we would like to setup an interview with you!

As an employee, the responsibilities of this position are as follows:
You will be working alongside our current marketing team and helping them with administrative duties and Feedback Reports. Feedback Reports which will be discussed more in detail below.

Hours will be flexible, but for now we are planning on starting you at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM with a 1 hour lunch break. Pay will be $13-$16 an hour depending on experience.

We would like to setup an interview with you next week. For the interview, we ask that you bring in your resume along with a printed out Feedback Report. To complete your pre-interview Feedback Report, please visit one our leading partners to complete a survey, print it out, and bring it with you to the interview. We will use the print out to verify your information at the interview. Please take 5 minutes to complete the Feedback Report for Apple Computers now and print it out:

This will be a typical Feedback Report that you will be required to complete at the office along with administrative duties. We only provide feedback for free client products. Once you complete the Feedback Report please email me with a copy of your resume along with the best date and time next week to setup an interview. We are looking to fill this position next week. I look forward to meeting with you!

Best Regards,
Christina Cook
Media Solutions
Human Resources

Thank you for your inquiry with regards to our job posting on Craigslist. We are a young company in expansion and are looking to build an ambitious and eager team. We are very interested in your application. Our CEO requires that all resumes be sent via the Career Network for consistency and easier tracking. This is a free service to you. Please upload your resume at this site:

We look forward to receiving your resume and discussing your potential employment with our company. Please contact me and let me know once your resume has been submitted.

Thank You,
Hiring Manager
Watson Realty


Thank you for applying to the available position.

We have reviewed several applications and we have narrowed our selection down to five. Congratulations, you are one of the five applicants we would like to interview by the end of next week!

Candidate Qualifications: Energetic, self-motivated individual, excellent communication skills, punctual with strong work ethic, the ability to multi-task and work in fast pace environment. The candidate will need to perform basic administrative duties such as answering phone calls, filing, emailing, and working well with others. We will give more specific details at the interview.

Compensation and Benefits
$12 – $16 an hour. Hours are 8:30 – 4:30 (1 hour lunch break and 2 15 minute breaks). Medical, dental, vision, disability/life insurance, tuition reimbursement, flex medical spending plan, vacation/sick days and 401K.

Please upload your resume into our database so we have a copy on file for the interview. Please upload your resume and information here:

After uploading your resume please reply stating:
-The best time for us to hold the interview. Morning (8-12) or evening (1-5)
-2 references for us to contact should we feel the need too.

Thank you for applying and I look forward to meeting with you!

Janelle Scott

Hello ,

How are you doing today? I’m very happy that you want to becoming part of our company by working for us. Thanks for the mail…
I am looking for someone who can handle my personal and business errands at his/her spare time. Someone who can offer me these services: Mail services:
Receive my mails and drop them off at UPS(nothing illegal)Shop for Gifts,Art works,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.It does not matter where you are located as long as you reside in the united states.
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 Australia 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 me or our customers. 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,art works,antiques business and personal letters.. All expenses and taxes will be covered by me. You
will work between 15 and 20hrs a month..
I will pay $450.00 weekly, That is not a bad offer is it? I need your service because I am constantly out of town. I work in a realestate and I own an Art Gallery in Australia. I will return to USA in May 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 from you.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 anynearest stores.

I will provide you with 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 as 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?
Kindly,provide me with the following details below

Full Name:
Full Address:
Zip Code:
Phone Number:
if you have yahoo messenger or hotmail to chat with you also about the job….

Thank you!

Tammy Sanders to me
show details 1:50 PM (3 hours ago)
Hi potential valued team member,

Thanks for your reply!

We recently placed an ad online, seeking a qualified candidate to fill an available position within the company.

I would appreciate it if you would formally apply for this job:

The position is for a Mystery Internet Shopper.

You will be doing online shopping, claiming special offers for merchants, getting free quotes, claiming free gifts, rating merchants and products and providing your feedback about your experiences.

We pay 3 times per week!

-Must Be 18 years old or older
-At least 10 hours a week of time
-Internet Access
-A PayPal account (this is how we pay you, it is free to create an account, if you do not have one)

Go ahead and officially complete an application right now at our website:


You will receive Complete details after applying at our website. The pay is about $15/hour, depending on how quickly you catch on and work.

Tammy Sanders
Resources Department
Mystery Internet Shopper Corporation


I would like to say thank you for contacting us concerning the job opportunity we’ve posted on line.

I have Great News. The position your interested in is still open, and we are in the middle of processing applications. Currently we have 2 other applications along with yours that we are considering, so you can consider yourself on the short list to be hired.

Please help us to express-process your application by performing one of the two mandatory steps that the company must take for all new employees. Since we run both background and credit reports on all employees, you can help us by obtaining your own current credit report, speeding up the process immensely. We have found it’s best if you have it in advance to make sure there are no surprises on it.

Both myself and the company would prefer that you use This Company to acquire your credit history because they’re offering the check at zero cost to you (unlike other places) and their results contain the most precise details I’ve come across, but feel free to use any service that suits you.

Once you submit all of the needed information, they are going to show your own personal report. Please print it out and save it for the meeting. Please do not e-mail me the report, since it will have personal content. We can go over it when we meet in person. Should you have a lower than expected credit ratings, it will never prevent you from gaining a position with us.

When your finished please e-mail me back at (job-w54r65 @ with the subject “My Availability” to let us know you obtained a current copy of your credit history along with your availability and we will arrange an interview.

I’m looking forward to your quick response.
Warm regards,

The first bolded link leads to My Free Gift. The person sending this email is using fraudulent Craigs list job postings to feed traffic to My Free Gift.

The second bolded link leads directly to which has NO listings for Watson Realty and in fact has NO listings at all for Bend, Oregon.

The third bolded link leads directly to a site called Jobs In My Neighborhood. This site also has an affiliate program and the person sending the email is using fraudulent Craigs Lists job postings to feed traffic to Jobs In My Neighborhood

The first, second, third, and fourth emails were in response to the same job posting which was supposedly for a periodontal office in downtown Bend, Oregon. The posting has since been removed by Craigs List as it was clearly fraudulent.

The sixth email –where it says ‘this company’–in the original email the link (which is masked) leads to Credit ID Protect.

Another thing that is troubling is that the email address is (not the hotmail address above). — hmmm VPN Proxy. Aren’t those generally used to hide your country of origin?

If this were a legitimate job offer it would be coming from a real email address. A real email address in this context is NOT hotmail, and NOT

Credit ID Protect is NOT a free service (30 day free trial, $14.99 per month if you forget to cancel the trial).

Credit ID Protect does indeed have an affiliate program, and one of their affiliates is using fraudulent Craigs list postings to drive traffic to their affiliate link.

Above and beyond that, no reputable company does the background checks and credit checks BEFORE a job offer is made.

The mystery shopper job is problematical because I did NOT apply for any mystery shopper jobs through Craigs list. I applied only for administrative and clerical positions. While the offer may or may not be legitimate (the link and the website appear to be legitimate) the posting at Craig’s List is again fraudulent and is possibly also being used to drive traffic to an affiliate link.

Scammers who take advantage of a need for employment are lower than pond scum!!


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