On October 21, 2011 an ad for employment was posted on Craigslist. I answered the ad the same day. On October 25, 2011 I was made an offer of employment. It was required of me to fill out an employment application, which required personal information about myself.
I am worried at this point that my identity could be in jeopardy. After the offer of employment, he requested that I open a new email account in Yahoo in order to better chat. I did so, and it was at that point that he wanted me to post ads on Craigslist, using my phone number but put the accounts in his name. Then send him the password and sign on.
I became suspicious at this point and told him I could do so without a phone number he provided. His responses stopped at that time.
Below, I will copy and paste the email trails. They tell the story.
>> From: kathy Coelho <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> To: job-n58ed-2660409245 <email@example.com>
>> Sent: Fri, Oct 21, 2011 3:09 pm
>> Subject: Administrative Asst Position
>> This individual will provide part time (9am to 2pm, possible more hours
>> depending on availability) administrative support to the company owner
>> The ideal candidate will be experienced in handling a wide range of
>> executive support functions and will be able to work INDEPENDENTLY with
>> little to no supervision.
>> This person must be WELL-ORGANIZED, FLEXIBLE, and PUNCTUAL.
>> **It is critical that the candidate be able to work in a very fast paced
>> environment, to use their initiative and perform confidently under
>> and be able to meet tight deadlines.**
>> Essential duties & responsibilities include:
>> -Take instructions from CO, then independently and quickly work to
>> -Liaise daily with other departments on behalf of CO
>> -Answer any emails and phone calls, update CO as needed
>> -Prepare documents
>> -Running misc errands as needed
>> -Must be prepared for fast tempo office environment
>> -Must be POSITIVE, ENERGETIC, and RELIABLE
>> Please forward a copy of your resume if interested.
>> Compensation: $20/hour
>> This is a part-time job.
n Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 10:38 AM, Craig Ashley <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> How are you doing ?
>> Thank you for replying to the assistant position, I received and read
>> your resume and i feel that you have the qualifications that I am looking
>> for in an assistant. I would like to offer you this part-time position at
>> $250 a week. The hours will vary from 5-10 hours per week. I will
>> with you at a later date some addition pay incentives that I have to
>> You will be paid on a bi-weekly basis. The position also has the
>> possibility to increase to full time if you choose to do so down the road.
>> ** I'm looking for someone that can be trusted and reliable, someone
>> with good self motivation, and working skills.
>> I am Craig Ashley, 52yrs of age. I am an entrepreneur and investor
>> profession and I have been pretty successful in a handful of ventures I
>> involved in, from UK and United States to various community service
>> programs. I keep a very busy schedule, so it is imperative that I have a
>> worthy assistant who can monitor and keep me up to date with my
>> This position is home-based and flexible, working with me is basically
>> assisting me in keeping up with all the things that I have going on around
>> me. I need someone whom possesses good problem solving skills and a
>> willingness to do whatever I may need done to assist me. My only fear is
>> that I may come at you impromptu sometimes, so i need someone who can be
>> able to meet up with my irregular timings.
>> As my personal assistant, some of your duties will include:
>> * Create and modify documents using Microsoft Office
>> * Running personal errands
>> * Scheduling fund raisers and calling local businesses for charity
>> * Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away.
>> * Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.
>> * Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities.
>> * Recruitment and interviewing
>> I am presently in England for a summit. I will be back in 3 weeks
>> time. I think you're the right person for this position, please note that
>> this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels
>> tight schedules. If you can manage your time properly, this job may even
>> give you some extra while you do something else on the side. I want us to
>> get a head start on things as soon as possible. I do have a pile up of
>> and a number of unattended duties which you can immediately assist me
>> 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
>> work out your time schedule and fit it to mine. In the long run we should
>> have a relatively good working relationship between us.
>> I'm online most of the time as I am hard of hearing so I prefer we
>> contact each other via e-mail, but if there is need for me to call, I will
>> be glad to do so. I have been checking my files and i would want you to
>> for me within the next couple weeks is to run some errands out to some of
>> the foster care placement homes which I do every month. The funds will be
>> in form of check, it will be sent over to you from one of my accountant
>> and i have a list of people I will need you to email once you have
>> the funds.
>> Please fill out the attached application form and return for my
>> email me back ASAP and let me know if you are interested in the position
>> we can begin as soon as your available.
>> Once I have received your application form, I will get back to you
>> the task for next week. Please understand that you will also be paid
>> my return as it is important for me to make the necessary steps before i
>> back from my business trip.
>> NOTE: This position is home-based and flexible part time job, you can be
>> any location, work from your home doing all the activities.
>> Please get back as soon as possible.
I would like to employ you as my assistant. As you know this is a part-time home base job for now until i get back to the States, If you have any other job at the moment, you can still keep to your job I am very flexible to work around.
I will keep you informed as soon as I make a list of what I need done and email them to you, but the first on the list is the orphanage home. Funding that i usually do every second week of every month, i do this every month . Ensure you check your emails daily so you can keep in contact with me because I will be communicating with you mostly through email, it is Nice having you on board as my assistance while am away in England I will be getting back to the States in the next three weeks, I hope to meet you face to face soon. Please respond to this email as soon as you receive it and let me know that you are interested in the position or I will need to count you out of the position and look for someone to fill the position. Regards and God bless
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How are you doing?kathy.coelho (Oct 27 2:44 PM):? I am doing just fine. It is a lovely day here.Craig Ashley (Oct 27 2:45 PM):? Oh yea i see..its night time here, just got back from a board meeting not quit longkathy.coelho (Oct 27 2:46 PM):? Yes, you stated you were in England. I am looking forward to my first assignment for you. Are you ready for that yet?Craig Ashley (Oct 27 2:47 PM):? yes i am, will let you know as soon as possible..in the meantime, i will like to know if you can post an ad on craiglistkathy.coelho (Oct 27 2:48 PM):? Yes, I can post ads on Craigslist. I have done several.Craig Ashley (Oct 27 2:48 PM):? ok good.Craig Ashley (Oct 27 2:49 PM):? i will want you to post an ad for me, i am still seeking for assistant in some other cities apart from yours.Craig Ashley (Oct 27 2:49 PM):? since i have you there.kathy.coelho (Oct 27 2:49 PM):? That would be fine. Do you want the ad to read the same as the one I answered? What about contact info for the ad?Craig Ashley (Oct 27 2:50 PM):? i will want you to try to compose something like that but you try to that on your ownkathy.coelho (Oct 27 2:51 PM):? Not a problem. I can word it differently. How do you want the applicant to respond to the ad? To myself or you directly?Craig Ashley (Oct 27 2:52 PM):? to me directly..you will open a new account for that..and you will give me the username and pasword of the accountkathy.coelho (Oct 27 2:53 PM):? I will need a phone number in order to open a new account as Craigslist has changed recently and only one account per phone number is allowed.Craig Ashley (Oct 27 2:54 PM):? ok..you can use your phone number for that..or is that a problem ?kathy.coelho (Oct 27 2:54 PM):? That would be a problem as I have one phone number and already have an account with Craigslist.Craig Ashley (Oct 27 2:55 PM):? do you have a landline?kathy.coelho (Oct 27 2:55 PM):? No, I do not.