I received a totally unsolicited email with the subject line... "personal ast.. needed' When I opened the email the only text was... "Become my assistant for $500weekly, reply"
So I replied with the following... "I have some mad skills and may be interested, but would you mind elaborating just a little on exactly what you're looking for in a VA?" and my name.
The email I received the next day was HIGHLY suspicious. Appears English may not be a first language, no geographical location or other contact info, and is asking for a lot of my personal
LOOKS LIKE THE MAKINGS OF AN IDENTITY THEFT SCHEME !!
I have copy / pasted it below...
I'm Dr Andrew Smith, 53yrs of age, I'm a Dentist, I have been pretty successful in a handful of ventures which have involved. I'm presently working with UNICEF and other private organizations, also various welfare and community service programs. I most very often get my hands occupied, so it is essential for me to have a worthy personal administrative assistant who can monitor and keep me updated with my monetary activities.
As my assistant, your activities will be.
* Running personal errands and supervision
* Taking care of my Financial activities
* Clients Schedule
Wages is $ 500 per week.
I want us to start with things as soon as possible. I do have a pile up of work and a number of unattended chores which you can immediately assist me with and i hope we can meet up with the workload eventually. Permit me to use the coming week to test your efficiency and diligence towards all this, also to work out your time schedule and fit it to mine.I really need to find the perfect person for this job, I have confident in you that you can take-up the challenge and on
the long run we should have a relatively sound working relationship between each other.
This is only an introductory e-mail, as time goes on we should be able to arrange a proper meeting to get things started officially when i get back from my trip because am currently in Belgium for health Summit. So i will be here for couples of weeks, till i get back this position will be a part-time and home-based job because my new office in your local area will not be set up till i get back to the state.
I have been checking my files and I would want you to do for me is to help my clients get their monthly medication from the Pharmaceutical Company. The funds will be in form of certified Cashier's Check, it will be sent over to you from one of my clients and I will e-mail the guidelines to you once you receive it.
PLEASE FILL THE APPLICATION FORM BELOW:
Full Street Address (not PO BOX):
Cell Phone Number:
Home Phone Number:
Guideline & Benefit as follow
***Weekly pay $500.
***Candidate from USA only.
***Make sure your legal Name & correct address is given for record purpose.
***Instruction on 1st task will be send via email.
***This position is open to individuals 18 years and above and no sign up fee is required.
NB: Got your email through U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Andrew Smith